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Top posts of the week: Batman and Catwoman finally defeat Bane

For the first time since the public location shooting began in Pittsburgh, Tom Hardy’s Bane was not in the top five search terms, which this week is dominated by Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman in two forms:  Anne Hathaway/Selina Kyle in the Dark Knight Rises, and the Arkham City Catwoman, with an emphasis on player dissatisfaction with her costume and portrayal in the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.

  1. Profile: Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises
  2. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  3. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume
  4. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane
  5. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  6. Bane Mask, Other Batman Items coming up for sale in Movie Memorabilia Auction
  7. Batman Merch: Joker Tshirt of the Day
  8. The Dark Knight Rises: New Poster and a menu on Official Website
  9. Batman Merch: Arkham City models from Play Arts Kai
  10. Christian Bale said Anne Hathaway had the hardest job as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises
  11. Hot New Location Photos: Not Bruce and Selina this time. It’s Batman and Catwoman IN FULL COSTUME (or is it?)
  12. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment at Comic-Con: LOVE BITES

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Batman Arkham Asylum tops list of 10 Best Superhero Games Of All Time

It’s nice to know that the many missteps of the disappointing sequel are not being held against the original stellar game Batman: Arkham Asylum, topping Crave Online’s list of the 10 Best Superhero Games of All Time.

Yes, of ALL time.  The Crusades, Ancient Mesopotamia, everywhere.  Gotta love the gamers and fanboys, they do love their superlatives.



Developer: Rocksteady Studios
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release: August 2009

Did you expect something else to be in the number one spot? If so, shame on you. Batman: Arkham Asylum is easily the best Batman video game ever made, and a perfect use of a well-established license by Rocksteady Studios. Arkham Asylum had everything a Batman fan could ask for: phenomenal graphics, excellent voice work, an amazing combat system, proper use of Batman’s detective reasoning, and a boatload of cool gadgets.

But Batman: Arkham Asylum isn’t just a game made for the Bat-fanatics. Arkham Asylum is a great game period. It was runner-up only to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for our game of the year back in 2009.


Written by Gotham Trending

01/24/2012 at 1:37 pm

Batman: Arkham Asylum for Macs Oct. 13th | MacNN

There is one bright spot among all the angry cries of “Bait and Switch” and disappointment over Arkham City.  The original game, Arkham Asylum, which everyone agrees was a wonderful Batman adventure, will be coming out for Macintosh October 13th.

Batman: Arkham Asylum for Macintosh: One bright spot amidst all the disappointment  over sequel Arkham City

Batman Arkham Asylum: Released for Mac, October 13

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum will at last reach Macs on October 13th, port developer Feral Interactive has announced. The Mac version has been a long time in coming; the game originally launched for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in August 2009, and for Windows systems less than a month later. All three of the original platforms will in fact be getting the sequel, Arkham City, on October 18th.

In Arkham Asylum, players assume the role of Batman as he escorts the Joker into custody, only to fall into a trap where he must stop not only the Joker but other residents of the asylum like Bane, Scarecrow and Poison Ivy. Gameplay involves a mix of stealth, gadget use and brawling, the last being based on a system of chained combos. The story is penned by long-time Batman writer Paul Dini.

The Mac port will cost $40 at retail, and also go on sale through download portals including the Mac App Store. Buyers will need a minimum of a 2GHz Intel Mac running OS X 10.6 or better, along with 2GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics card sporting 256MB of memory. This excludes any system using integrated Intel graphics.

via MacNN.

Arkham City DOA (Oh yeah, Nightwing now)

Major games are often compared to Hollywood movies now, and savvy game-watchers took one look at the pre-release hype for Arkham City, the pressure to pre-order and the saturation bombing of ads on ESPN and Spike that opening weekend and said “This is a turkey.” It was the behavior of a studio that knows negative word of mouth will kill the thing as soon as real people not swayed by fanboy hype see what all the fuss is about.

Arkahm City should be thanking those complaining about the Catwoman Bait and Switch, they're the only ones talking.Rocksteady should be thanking the people complaining about the sexism and the Catwoman bait-and-switch, because they’re practically the only ones talking.  There are a few reviews on various blogs.  Shockingly few.   On par with reviews of an Indy comic book.

“That’s what the hardcore fans do when they’ve bought into  hype and been disappointed,” said one insider at metacritic.  “They don’t admit it. They don’t write bad reviews. They just go quiet.”

Serious gamers have called the movie-making elements dated: the camera work, lighting and action are at least a generation behind other top-tier offerings like Uncharted 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

“They seem to be relying entirely on it being Batman to make up the difference,” said a GameStop clerk.

And Batman fans were, on the whole, disgusted with everything from character re-designs to characterization on everyone from Alfred to Oswald Cobblepot.  Paul Dini’s story is rooted in a ludicrously dark “Gotham is Hell” environ that played in comics in his glory days back in the 1990s, but has long since worn out its welcome.  Dini himself became a red flag to comic readers in recent years when his stewardship of the Batman titles drove away even hardcore fans.  Many point to his mishandling of Batman and related characters at the very time when The Dark Knight and its rival boosted popularity to unprecedented heights as pivotal in the corporate restructuring which recently manifested in the DC Reboot and “The New 52.”

What politicos call “The Base” is always there to provide numbers and positive quotes, but the swift disappearance of the Arkham City TV ad says it all.  Unlike Dini’s old masters at DC Comics, corporations will not throw good money after bad to let this guy save face.

Rocksteady doesn’t have that luxury of cutting bait.  Having built their name on Arkham Asylum, they’re still begging us to keep our eye on the ball on their left hand.  They’ve released a new Nightwing DLC, which spurred a lot of “Arkham fanboys like dick” jokes on the forums, but did nothing to spur new interest in the game.  Even positive reviews from that base who are so determined to be pleased have called it “a ripoff.”

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Top Posts of the week: Arkham City release, Catwoman costume and skins hold the top spots as TDKR has a quiet week

Filming for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises has upstaged most Batman news in recent months, even when it’s not doing anything set photos from the location shooting in Pittsburgh, of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman or Tom Hardy’s Bane continue, Bruce Wayne’s Lamborghini and Batman’s Batmobile to generate interest even when there is no fresh news.  But this past week, the news of Arkham City’s Catwoman coming with downloadable skins, a frenzy of searches as to how to acquire and apply them, and the release of Catwoman #2, the second issue of DC Comics heart-stoppingly sexy rebooted Catwoman comic have all but shut TDKR out of the Top tier of net activity.

  1. Why I’m passing on Arkham City
  2. At long last: There will be Alternative Catwoman Costumes (skins) in Arkham City
  3. DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement
  4. Arkham City Preorder Perk: Batman Costume skins – UK ONLY
  5. Batman: Arkham City the Riddler
  6. Arkham City Portraits of Riddler, Two-Face, Penguin
  7. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  8. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  9. The Dark Knight Rises Set Photos: Bane

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Batman in video games: a history | Telegraph

The Telegraph is celebrating the release of Batman: Arkham City with a fascinating survey of the Caped Crusader’s appearances in video games dating back to 1986.


Batman Video Games, A History

Batman in video games: a history


Developed by Manchester based Ocean Software, the original game saw a rather chubby Batman search over 150 isometric rooms looking for boy wonder, Robin. Incorporating checkpoints within the game the Dark Knight’s first video game outing scored 9/10 and 5 stars from Sinclair User and Your Sinclair respectively, inspiring the next generation of Bat-gamers.  via Batman in video games: a history – Telegraph.

Rocksteady: Bat-GADGETS!!! (Pay no attention to the Rogues behind the curtain)

Rocksteady continues to try to divert attention from the deplorable character designs for Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler and others in its upcoming release Batman: Arkham City, sequel to the justly popular Arkham Asylum.  Since the release of the first trailer showing Catwoman as a playable character, but in a fan-loathed goggled costume from the comics and conspicuously unnatural skin-tone and make-up, fans have been grumbling.  “The Epic Fail of Catwoman’s Costume has been discussed at length.  The fact that they have alternate skins for EVERY OTHER PLAYABLE CHARACTER EXCEPT HER only adds insult to injury,” complained one fan.  “Penguin looks like an Orcish overseer,” said another.  “He looks like Grishnakh! “Wot about their legs? They dun need those! Oo they look taaasteey!”  And as for Riddler?  “looks like the dude from the 40 Year Old Virgin after a bad divorce: he’s been dumped, stopped shaving, started chainsmoking. Smells like cheap cologne and Jack Daniels.”

What’s a game maker to do?  Address the issue?  No, far better to follow the lead of DC Comics and pretend it doesn’t exist.  Dazzle the gullible masses with some concept art of the Bat-Gadgets.  That’s the ticket…

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We here at Gotham Trending actually like the look of all the Bat-Tech, but we can’t pretend we don’t see what Rocksteady is doing and we can’t pretend it doesn’t insult our intelligence.

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