I used my $20 promo credit from Gears 3 to order the 360 version from Amazon today. Definitely looking forward to it.
Gah. Oh, well -- I am only 10% of the way through fucking Deus Ex: Human Revolution as it is, so the more slips the better, as far as my backlog is concerned. Besides, this is one title I do not want them to rush; if it takes them longer to spit-shine the bastard on PC, that's fine, because this time I want to play this at 1920x1200 in my dark man-cave (er, bat-cave!), and I want it to fucking work first crack out of the box.
Is this going to be on Steam? It's not pre-orderable yet...? Arkham Asylum is Steamable, but not this. Steam would be how I'd love to get this if possible....
That sucks about the PC delay. I guess I'll have to play it on my dedicated BATTMAN game console instead.
I will probably be unable to resist buying both Skyrim and Arkham City at full price, even if I can't play them right away. I am weak like that, plus I like throwing money at developers who kick the ball right out of the park and straight into orbit.
My guess is the Chinese company that made the exterior case for the Xbox decided to rip it off, stick a PS1 in there, and sell it to idiots for cheap. No other explanation makes sense. It certainly is UNIQUE(tm) though.
The green part under the red X clearly says "Open." Where the hell does it open?
MSUSteve, my guess is that weird "Open" triangle opens the DVD tray.
Shacknews is reporting that the pre-order bonus skins will be available as DLC eventually. They're being billed as "timed exclusives" with regard to being pre-order bonuses.
I also saw the the Green Lantern Blu-ray will contain a Sinestro Corps Batman skin for the PS3 version of Arkham City.According to a Rocksteady representative, the plan is to make all these skins a timed exclusive. "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," he told us at a recent press event. "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."
I'm ok with waiting on the PC version, as its been mentioned in a few previews, the console versions just don't look as good.
Plus I'll probably still be finishing up RAGE and enjoying BF3.
Did they say what DAY in November? :|
December 1st really isn't that far off.
I am disappoint. :(
Here's an article about technical advantages of the PC version:
If you don't have an Nvidia card, you'll have to scroll halfway down to hear about the features you get to use. The DX11 features sound like the common ones from the latest games. So far my experience with those has been mixed. Some things like SSAO and tessellation look fantastic (even though I don't know enough to explain why). But the fancy shadows tend to slow my framerate down or cause hitching in certain games. That might have to wait for a second playthrough the next time I upgrade.
Joker is the big bad in this one as well? That's a bit disappointing.
I'll take it. This silly thread made me play through Asylum again last weekend, and it's still great. Interestingly I played on hard and finished the Party Crasher in one go, and Ivy in maybe four. The less you are invested in the outcome the better you fight.
I'm also disappointed that Joker is so front and center in this one. I suspect it has less to do with him as a character specifically and more to do with the perceived star power of Mark Hamill as the Joker. I like the Joker, I like Mark Hamill as the Joker, but I was hoping for a different focal villan for this one.
Still a day one purchase for me, though.
Arkham City introduces a horde of different villains and characters. I have no problem with Joker being at the top of that hierarchy, simply because it maintains a certain degree of continuity from the last game. Not everyone is a big fan of Batman or know the roster of characters involved, so having these two characters as polar opposites at the top is fine by me. It keeps the story focused.
Besides, Rocksteady have been pretty adamant in showing that they're not exactly afraid to explore the lore outside of this relationship. I see it as a more of a practical design decision than anything else. Not that the Mark Hamill name is hurting their marketing campaign or anything.
And after the amount of bitching about how boring the last battle was with the Joker, aren't you guys eager for an overhauled rematch? :)
Of course it can be the typical hype of the first review. Still, it may be one of the best games of the year. I really didn't put much attention to this game."Batman: Arkham City is not only the best superhero game ever made, it's one of the best games ever made full-stop. It takes the already superlative original and gloriously expands on it. It's a deeper game, more complex, more inventive, more mature. It brings the caped crusader's world to life better than any comic, movie or television show before it."
"Presentation: Endlessly creative, perfectly moody, and technically flawless. This is Epic's Unreal engine pushed to its absolute limit."
"Sound: Alternatively foreboding and frantic, the game's orchestral soundtrack matches the on-sccreen action perfectly. Voice acting is brilliant."
"Controls: Complex and initially overwhelming but also logical and responsive. It'll take a while to get used to them, but once you do it feels perfectly natural flinging Batman around."
"Replay Value: Immense. A massive main quest, dozens of side missions, Riddler challenges, secondary game modes, and DLC will keep most people occupied for months."
"VERDICT: We can't imagine how a superhero game could be better than this. Absolutely sublime."
I rate Official [Console] Magazine reviews up there with YouTube comment reviews.
I think I'll have to avoid this thread when the console version comes out. It's going to be nonstop posts about how awesome it is (in addition to the usual name dropping I try to avoid for new releases).