Batman Arkham Knight: Batgirl DLC Trailer and Impressions


The first bit of DLC for Arkham Knight is a Batgirl centric prequel to the main game. Now, i haven’t played Arkham Knight yet, but i do know that miss Barbara Gordon here plays the role of Oracle in the main game and i know why she takes on that title (no spoilers for non comic readers) so my biggest question is: Will this be used to explain what happened to newer fans? While i’m okay with this in theory i also have to wonder if it’s a sign of the dev. team running out of ideas. I mean, one of the things i was most excited about for Arkham Knight was the idea of a Joker-less Batman universe yet here we are, doing another prequel story in order to jam in more Joker. I can’t be too harsh as the DLC does look pretty good and it’s always nice to see some female characters getting some love, but i do wish we could have focused on another villain.

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Batman Arkham Knight Batwoman Reveal Poster and Impressions


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My Thoughts:

I hate the look Rocksteady went with for Nightwing and Robin. Everything about them angers me to an unreasonable degree. Thankfully they decided to put in some actual work in creating this version of Batwoman. The only issue i have with this is that it’s a part of Arkham Knights Season Pass, and Season Passes are freaking stupid. But as far as the look goes, yeah, i can deal with this.

And just in case you haven;t seen the abominations They made of the other two, i’ll add them for your viewing displeasure. image18

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Batman: Arkham Knight “All who Fallow you” Trailer and Impressions


My Thoughts:

Have you ever thought you wanted something, only to get it a find you didn’t really want it too begin with? Well, that’s what this trailer left me feeling. A while back i did a “What I Want In…” for “Batman: Arkham Knight” and one of the first things i said i wanted was the Batfamily. Now that i’ve seen the new look for Robin and Nightwing i kind of wish they weren’t there. The sad thing is that, other than how badly those two characters look, there’s a lot i like in this trailer. The two man take downs are a cool new idea, and i loved seeing Oracle, but then i see the stupid character designs and i just…i have to ask why? why do they look the way they do? who made these chooses?

nightwingarkham_610Why is Nightwings mask connected to his armor? Who decided that he needed to have a the same hair cut as Fallout Boy fans? Who did this?

image18Why does Robin look like he’s trying to be Phil Anselmo of Pantera? Just….whhhyyyy?

How could they get the look of Batman so right and then these two just so, so wrong? I still think this will be a good game, but these character designs just don’t sit well with me. What about you? What do you think about Robin and Nightwings new looks? Do you love them, hate them, don;t care? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

On the Topic of Batman Arkham Knight’s “M” Rating


Today we learned that the last chapter in Rocksteady’s “Arkham” franchise will be getting an “M” rating, a first for the franchise. I’ve been going over this in my head for the last few hours and i’e thought of two potentially great things that could come out of this, and one that could make everything go very, very wrong. Now, as seeing that I am such a positive person, let’s start with the good, shall we?
The first good thing is that, as this is the last game, we may be able to see the Villains truly be villainous. Batman has one of the best rouges gallery in comics, but due to a lot of restraints that come with a PG-13 or “T” rating we hardly ever got to see them in a light that truly lets that shine. Sure, good creators have been able to work around this (my favorite incarnation of the dark knight is still the 90’s cartoon witch was aimed at kids and thus couldn’t be all that dark), but this freedom could show us way exactly Batman has to do what he does. The steaks here should be at their highest and an “M” rating could easily make that possible.
Another good thing: as Scarecrow is the main villain, we will most likely get some more sections where he drugs batman like in the first game(something noticeably lacking the “Arkham City”). With the freedom an “M” rating gives the creative team, just think about how much scarier these can be. Think about how SPOILER WARNING the jokers death in “Arkham City effected Bruce Wayne and how Scarecrow could use that to really mess with Batman’s head.
The “M” rating could allow us to see something a lot of comic book writes have issues with: giving us dark stories that do not delve into complete pessimism and nihilism. We can see the villains at there worst, show us exactly what the hero has to face, then show us how our hero is, in fact, the hero. That is, of course, assuming that the creative team are all on the ball.
However, there is one way that this game could have gotten an “M” rating that will turn some comic reading gamers off (myself included), maybe so far as to have them avoid buying the game all together. And that’s if the devs. are taking their ques from comic writers like Frank Miller. You can’t deniers his work has had a lasting impression on both Batman and comics as a whole (for better or…no, no, just for the worse) so it would make sense from a marketing stand point to try and ape his work. But with how poorly his work has stood up over time, and with how unlikable he tends to be in general, taking your lead from him is a surefire way to make a crappy product (in my opinion, of course). Now, there are other bad writers who the team could be fallowing who would also make for a bad game but….lets be honest, it’s fun to make fun of Frank Miller.
So what do you think? What do you see as the potential positives or negatives of an “M” rated Batman? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Does anyone want the writer of this crap being the inspiration for a batman game?

Does anyone want the writer of this crap being the inspiration for a batman game?

Batman Arkham Knight gets “M” rating.


Holy F***ing Sh*t Batman. You read that right, the third and final game in Rocksteady’s “Arkham” franchise is getting an “M” rating. I came cross this from a “comicbook.com” article that lead me to this page from IGN. So, what does this mean for “Arkham Knight”? Well, Lets talk about it. The ESRB website content description says that the game will include “Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence”.

I’ll be doing a full “poor man rambles” about this when i figure out exactly what i think about this, but for right now i just thought you might want to know.

What i want in “Batman: Arkham Knight”


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So, this bit of pre-order news found it’s way onto my facebook feed…
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…and i thought this would be a good time to give you my two cents on what i want in the game.

#1) The BatFamily.
In “Arkham City” we meet Tim Drake, aka, the Third Robin. And as this pre order incentive tells us, the “Red Hood” does exist in this universe. So, i want to meet the rest of the family. Nightwing, Batwoman, even Red Robin, if this game takes place far enough into the future. And This also means i want at least 1 missions were Robin is with you.

#2) At least a mention of some other DC characters. Sure, keep the focus on Batman. This is DC we’re talking about, so that is a given. But at least name drop Superman or Green Arrow or The Flash or something. I love the shared universe in mainstream comics, so i’d like to see a bot of that in the game as well.

#3) Better Boss Fights. Remember the fight against Mr. Freeze? For those who don’t, go watch it on youtube, then come back. AWESEOM, RIGHT.  Yeah, i want more fights like that, more bosses who learn and adapt.

#4) NO MORE JOKER. Let him stay dead. Yes, as this is based on comics, it is 100% possible for The Joker to return, but i don’t want him too. I like what it meant to the story and what it did to Batman. This was probably the single most interesting bit of character development Batman has ever got, so don’t let it go to wast.

#5) NO MULTILAYER. No one wants it, no one asked for it and from what i remember, no one played it. Don’t take away time and resources from the main game to make another crappy multilayer mode.