With Warner Bros Interactive releasing the details of the Batman: Arkham Origins Collected Editions earlier today, fans of the video game franchises are understandably excited. But at $119.99, it's double the price of the regular game. It's not surprising, given the crazy amount of stuff in the set, but it's still a bit steep. So we decided we'd do our share to help, and we're teaming up with Arcade Sushi to give away a free XBox 360 version of the set.
I try to be responsible with my video game purchases, but let's be honest: the key word there is "try." As much as I tend to wait for a price drop for a lot of things, the fact that there's a miniature Dubstep Gun and a rotating Saints Row IV display case on their way to my house at this very moment is irrefutable evidence that I'm a sucker for a good Collector's Edition -- and for the upcoming release of Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games has gone all out in trying to to get $119.00 out of me. How? Nothing much. Just some posters, art books, a light-up statue. You know, the usual.
Oh, and also Purple Gloves Batman and a documentary narrated by f**king Dracula.
If you were just kind of excited about Batman: Arkham Origins, but really thought what the whole package needed was a statue of Batman hoisting The Joker up by his lapels, boy, does WB Games Montreal have something for you.
The newly announced collector's edition of the game includes just such a statue, standing 30 cm. Along with it come a 30-page art book, a metal case for the game disc, a pack of villain dossiers and a collector's box. Also included are the first three DLC packs: two costume packs and the Deathstroke challenge pack.
A complaint you sometimes hear about online multiplayer components of AAA video games is that you never get to play as the star or stars of the single-player campaign. Maybe that's why WB Games Montreal and Splash Damage designed the multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Originsso that one player out of eight gets to actually wear the cape and cowl, at least for a round.
Check out the trailer for the multiplayer mode, which features "3 vs. 3 vs. 2" combat, below.
Not to be outdone by DC Collectibles' ongoing Batman: Arkham Origins/Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate video game tie-in action figure reveals, Mattel's unloaded two new promotional images of its 6" B:AO Batman and Deathstroke toys. The timing is solid considering last week's steady stream of E3 reveals, including new gameplay footage and screen shots of Batman confronting an army of goons hired by Black Mask to wipe him from the streets of Gotham. Serving as Batman's most capable rival in terms of combat, Deathstroke's been a major player in game promos, which is probably why Mattel's honed in on the increasingly action figure-ified villain for its retail line.The Batman figure seems not to include any overt accessories, although Mattel may stick him with at least a Batarang. Deathstroke, on the other hand, is armed to the teeth with a pistol, rifle, staff, sword and scabbard.
If you're not a super mega-nerd, you may not be aware that E3 is going on right now, but I can assure you that the rest of us are riveted by the news about this year's upcoming video games. There are a lot of announcements coming out, from new consoles to new Pokémon, but for us, some of the most interesting stuff has to do with the upcoming Batman games, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman City Origins: Blackgate.
Getting the jump on this week's E3, WB Games Montréal has released the first gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins. The new gameplay vid expands on the game's previously seen trailer and screen shots, and gives pending players a look at Bane, Deathstroke, Black Mask, Deadshot and the Joker in action (although Bane and Joker technically debuted in action figure form yesterday).
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