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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

Top Posts of the Week: Arkham City steals TDKR spotlight but at what cost?

Arkham City is drawing flack for all the promotion they put into Catwoman only to have her spend all her game time with Poison IvyArkham City’s took the top spot from The Dark Knight Rises this week, but Warner Bros. probably wishes it didn’t.  Back in May, the game got off to a terrible start with Catwoman, offending fans with a costume that was instantly proclaimed an “Epic Fail.” It was portent, because the revelation with the games release that Catwoman is a downloadable add on with little contact with Batman or impact on the main story has many fans crying Bait and Switch, and googling ‘bait and switch’ in conjunction with various arkham-related keywords.

  1. Why I’m passing on Arkham City
  2. New Set Photos from The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale/Bruce Wayne looking very Wall Street 
  3. Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises: so very good at being bad (via Sexy Girls Dressed)
  4. At long last: There will be Alternative Catwoman Costumes (skins) in Arkham City
  5. Batman at Comic Con: Catwoman of the DC Comics Reboot, not apologizing for sexy!
  6. Batman and Catwoman Cosplay: The Best of Dragon Con
  7. Bruce Wayne’s latest hot ride: The Lamborghini Aventador
  8. Batman and Catwoman in full costume on the set of The Dark Knight Rises
  9. Batman Merch: Riddler Converse
  10. Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume

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The Dark Knight Rises - Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, Batman and Catwoman - Christian Bale and Anne HathawayTop non-Arkham City searches

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Reblog: Catwoman’s Arkham City Skins

Information on the downloadable Catwoman pack with skins for The Long Halloween and Batman: The Animated Series for Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City. We think Catwoman looks sexiest in purple and are grateful not only for the awesome TLH costume but for this simple information clearing up so much confusion about how to acquire it.  This post includes gameplay video of the B:TAS skin in action, but no spoilerage that wasn’t seen at E3 and elsewhere.

Chris Dee's Cat-Tales Blog

The Long Halloween Catwoman Skin in Arkham CityAlright, updating information on the Catwoman skins for those of us who haven’t been living and breathing these games for years.

First: the explanation on “only with a new game” –  Catwoman is a downloadable pack that comes with both the animated series and long halloween skins.  if you bought the game (ie it is new) then you will get a code in the package to get that download pack for free.   If you rent the game or buy it used the code will have been used, you’ll have to pay for the download but it is still available to you.  So there is no need to worry about some pre-release versions not having her/the skins.

Now, how to “unlock” and apply a skin, no idea yet.   But stay tuned.  There are two Catwoman skins, and it’s clearly labeled on the download pack so this isn’t any kind of spoiler…

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Joker is the favorite Batman villain. Well DUH

Anyone could have told Rocksteady that Blackmask and Talia al Ghul were nobodies that fans didn’t care about and Joker and Catwoman were the fan favorites.  Anybody but Paul Dini that is.  Any follower of DC Comics for the past few years could have warned them his choices were certain to alienate fans and lose customers.

It’s a pity Warner Bros. and Rocksteady didn’t conduct this poll before they started work on Arkham City.  Who would have guessed that Catwoman was second only to the Joker among fan favorites, and that Talia al Ghul was a non-starter?

Joker, Catwoman favorite Batman villains. Talia al Ghul, Blackmask are non-starters.

poll conducted at

On second thought, ANYBODY could have guessed.  What were they thinking?  They seem to have understood Catwoman’s popularity in the way they promoted her involvement.  How could they not realize that failing to deliver would result in hostile cries of a bait-and-switch?

via marketingdisasters.


The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman.

Arkham City is drawing flack for all the promotion they put into Catwoman only to have her spend all her game time with Poison IvySee related:
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At long last: There will be Alternative Catwoman Costumes (skins) in Arkham City

Catwoman Skins for Catwoman in Arkham City

It was touch and go if Rocksteady would deal with the fact that the goggle costume DC Comics had sold them on for Catwoman had negative connotations for a substantial portion of the fanbase, or if they would follow DC’s lead and simply ignore fan dissatisfaction and pretend it isn’t so, or indeed to actively punish them for it.   The release of alternative costumes (skins) for all other playable characters and former comic editor Paul Dini’s involvement in the project,  led many fans to assume the worst.  But the latest word on the Arkham City forums indicates otherwise.  There will indeed be Catwoman skins, and not as a limited pre-order perk but as an unlockable feature of the game.

GamesMaster’s review (96/100) featured a snippet of info on Catwoman’s attire. Telling readers to “Unlock her Long Halloween costume ASAP”  As well as this NeoGAF user Jintor claims that The Animated Series Catwoman is “in the game” and although not spotted as a skin notes that the 3D model definitely exists in the game.

So, it looks like Catwoman will be gaining a range skins just like Robin and Bats. What ones would you want to see?

What unlocks it?  Nobody seems to know yet, at least in the forum.
What fans want to see?  Well Purple seems to be leading by a mile:  The Jim Balent Costume, also called the Iconic Purple Catwoman and 90s Catwoman, the Classic Skirted Costume, and The Long Halloween are popular choices, although the gray outfit from Batman the Animated Series has also got a few votes.

Catwoman Skins for Catwoman in Arkham City - The Sexy Jim Balent Costume is an Iconic FavoriteCatwoman Skins for Catwoman in Arkham City - The Golden Age Classic Shows off her shapely legs

See related:
Arkham City Robin Costume of the Day
Arkham City Preorder Perk (Batman Skins)
Why I’m passing on Arkham City
More on Catwoman in Arkham City
Arkham City Epic Fail on Catwoman Costume

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.

See related:
Why I’m passing on Arkham City

Batman Arkham City delayed on PC

batman-arkham-city-delayed-for-pc-still-pushing-pre-order-perksArkham City sequel to the popular Batman: Arkham Asylum  from Warner Bros and Rocksteady games  will be delayed for the PC platform, but retailers are still pushing the pre-order perks: skins offering alternate Batman and Robin costumes.

Like Ubisoft and Driver: San Francisco, the PC version of Batman: Arkham City has been delayed, Warner Bros. today announced.

Rather than be released on October 18 alongside the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, Arkham City on PC will instead be out in November. No exact date was attached to that version, which is sure to be frustrating to fans. Keep in mind there was a similar gap with Arkham Asylum; consoles got the game on August 25, 2009, but it wasn’t until September 15 that it came out on PC.

In better news, the various retailer exclusives that can only be gotten by pre-ordering the game at different stores will later be made available to all.

“The skins that are divvied out at the moment across various retailers and territories… the wording for all of those is if you pre-order here or here, you’re getting early access,” a Rocksteady representative told Shacknews. “We still have more details to come, but the intention is that, for example, if you’re red hot on Robin, you pre-order it at Best Buy, you’re gonna get early access to it.”

Warner Bros. did something very similar with Mortal Kombat earlier this year — you could get different costumes and fatalities depending upon where you pre-ordered or purchased the game. After a period of exclusivity, these were all sold together in a bundle for $4.99 — but not before an eBay market emerged for certain costumes that cost nearly $100.

While the practice of selling this sort of content to gamers might upset some people, at least we’re being told about it before people end up wasting unnecessary amounts of money to ensure they get the Sinestro Corps and Animated Series skins.

via Batman Fans Will Have to Wait Longer for Arkham City on PC.

The original game, Batman: Arkham Asylum is soon to be released for the Macintosh:  October 13

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Batman: Arkham Asylum for Mac allays disappointment over Arkham City
Why I’m passing on Arkham City