There's a great old gag from The Simpsons in which Homer, who's trying out to be a member of the secret society the Stonecutters, is going through an initiation ceremony that involves him getting hit in the butt with paddles over and over. The members of the group keep doing the same thing to him, but they call it different names, like "Crossing the Desert" and "The Unblinking Eye."
With just a few days left to go before the October 25 release of Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games Montreal has released a 17-minute video of gameplay, guided by Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre, to get players psyched.
Anyone familiar with Rocksteady Games' previous two Arkham games (they weren't involved this time) will instantly recognize the combat and the way Batman travels around the city with his grappling hook, but there are a few surprises in the video.
Batman is a character with many facets. On the one hand, he's an orphan who witnessed his parents being gunned down in front of him, which led him to a lifelong crusade to do the impossible. On the other hand, he's a guy who beats up thugs using car doors and that's pretty funny.
These two new TV ads for WB Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins(one of which, we should note, is actually a Gamestop ad) aim to capture both of those sides to the character. Check 'em out after the jump
Perhaps in an attempt to alleviate any worries about Mark Hamill not reprising his role as The Joker in the new Batman: Arkham Origins, the hosts of Saturday's New York Comic-Con panel on the game asked the new actor in the role, Troy Baker, to demonstrate his grasp on the character.
They didn't ask him to read any old lines, either. Baker read The Joker's ominous monologue to Commisioner Gordon about madness from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke, and he more than held his own. He got a full-on standing ovation. Check out the video of his reading after the jump.
Mattel's new take on 4" action figures will extend into Batman's "Arkham" video game series world in the coming months, with new toys based on Batman: Arkham Origins, plus Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and the Wii U-exclusive Arkham CityArmored Edition. Like the new movie toys, these figures fall under the catch-all "DC Comics Multiverse" umbrella, which is a sound way to put Batman, Bane and Deadshot from Arkham Origins, Mr. Freeze from Arkham Asylum, and Azrael and Armored Batman from Arkham City together in one series. They're all fairly spartan accessory-wise, and seem like they'll come packed with the bare necessities (Mr. Freeze has his gun, Azrael's got some bladed weapons, Armored Batman has his electro-fists), but that could change closer to when they ship. Click through to see all of the upcoming Arkham figures.
After teasing us with Facebook and Instagram pictures of a Birds-of-Prey-like logo on a jacket and a t-shirt, the official Batman: Arkham OriginsFacebook page has revealed that a very young Barbara Gordon will appear in the game.
Batman: Arkham Origins fans are going to want to prepare to mythically use a full 90% of their brains. WB Games Montreal has announced a new Deathstroke challenge pack, which puts players in control of DC's top terminator Slade Wilson in exclusive challenge maps, including the newly revealed "100-to-1" gameplay mode (kind of like an endless mode... with an end). Deathstroke will also come sharp dressed with three optional skins, including his Injustice: Gods Among Us suit, plus his classic and New 52 DC Comics costumes.
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