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Recent Articles: Batman: Arkham City
According to Hollywood Reporter, there’s a Batman: Arkham Asylum animated film coming, which will be based on the Arkham video game franchise. Jay Oliva, who is building a shared continuity of DC animated films beginning with this month’s Justice League: War, will direct the film. The new Batman: Arkham film is considered a “stand-alone, continuity-free project,” and is due to come out as a Warner Bros. home release sometime in 2014. Oliva was quoted as saying: “We can do original content, we can do New 52 [based on the New 52 DC line] stuff.”
As of right now, it’s unknown if the film will be based on Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, or Arkham Origins.
Level-5 has taken over another Nintendo Download with their 3DS game Crimson Shroud. Called “a tribute to the tabletop RPG” by Level-5, dice rollers everywhere will want to give it a look.
Also new to the 3DS eShop this week is Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! A demo version of the animation adaptation will also be available. And speaking of demos, bite-sized chunks of Art of Balance: Touch! (3DS), Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U), and Rayman Legends (Wii U) are also available beginning this week.
And speaking of the Wii U, the full version of Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition was added to the Wii U eShop today.
Hit the break for more details on this week’s “featured” downloads as well as an extensive list of additional games for the 3DS, DS, and Wii. (more…)
The Death that stars in Darksiders II isn’t taking a holiday, but he did take the top spot in The NPD Group’s list of bestselling games in August.
Two other August releases, New Super Mario Bros 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, round out the top three, making August the first time all Summer that three new releases lead the bestseller list. New releases Sleeping Dogs (#6) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (#7) also made the list.
The remainder of the August top ten looks very similar to previous months and you can find it after the break. (more…)
The football sim was the only new release from the month of July to crack the top ten, but to be fair, there weren’t very many games released last month. Instead, the top ten is populated by holdovers like Lego Batman 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, and two Call of Duty games (Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3). According to Joystiq, this motley crew could only manage sales of $260.7 million, a 23% drop from July 2011′s take of $338.5 million.
The full top ten is available after the break. (more…)
With editions on seven different platforms, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes rose to the top of The NPD Group’s monthly list of bestselling games. The remainder of the list was split between new releases, May holdovers, and Fall 2011 games that are still popular.
There were only a handful of new games available in June with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (#2), Pokemon Conquest (#7), and The Amazing Spider-Man (#10) all earning spots in the top ten. Grasshopper’s Lollipop Chainsaw didn’t make the cut, continuing Suda 51′s lack of success at the register.
An astounding four games from Fall 2011 continue to sell strongly enough to make the top ten: NBA 2K12 (#5), Batman: Arkham City (#6, boosted by the newly released Game of the Year Edition), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (#8), and Battlefield 3 (#9). I’m sure it helps that all were among the best-reviewed games of last year.
As a whole, game and hardware sales are down 29% from June 2011, according to Joystiq.
A complete list of last month’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
Not content with creating a full scale replica of Batman: Arkham City’s Batarang and a standard Riddler Trophy, the geniuses at Project TriForce have created a limited edition Catwoman Trophy exclusively for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
The Pink Catwoman Riddler Trophy Full Scale Replica is hand-finished and hand-painted to precision quality. Intricately crafted and cast in polystone, it measures 19″ in height, weighs in at 8 pounds, and features working LED effects!
While not ready just yet (if the big question mark didn’t give it away), the company will be taking pre-orders at the event with delivery sometime in late 2012. Although quite pricey at $400, it will be a limited edition piece, with only 100 being made. Those unable to attend Comic Con may still have a chance to pre-order one via TriForce’s online newsletter.
So pre-order it before she steals them all!
Reggie has ceded the stage to WB Games and Rocksteady Studios to announced Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.
The game will include new Wii U GamePad-exclusive features (specifically relating to Batman’s Utility Belt such as Batbombs and a remote control Batarang) and special “Armored” suits for Batman and Catwoman.
The Armored suits will tie in to B.A.T. Mode, a Dark Knight-take on rage mode.
Basically, Batman Beyond: The Game is a reality.