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Catwoman Playable (!) in Batman: Arkham City
June 1, 2011

Batman: Arkham Asylum was likely my choice for “Game of the Year” in 2009. I loved everything about that game, and must have gotten 100+ hours out of the main storyline, the Riddler’s challenges, the combat rooms, and challenge modes. Honestly, it’s one of those games that seems like it was tailor made for my sensibilities in an action game (ha, glad you liked it though!)¬†and I’ll continue to fire it up for years to come.

So, to say that I’m excited about Batman: Arkham City is something of an understatement. Rocksteady amped up my excitement at least two-fold and made that October 18th release date feel awfully far off today, in particular, by announcing that Catwoman will be a playable character (among other potential characters?) in the game. She won’t be just a skin, nor a mere challenger within the challenge maps, but a playable character in the stories main narrative! Catwoman is my favorite DC anti-hero/villain (do yourself a favor and check out Brubaker & Cooke’s awesome run on the character) so I’m champing at the bit to play her and see what unique mechanics (beyond the fun factor) that she’ll bring to the combat, movement through the city, et al and I’m hoping she’ll be available for challenge maps, free roaming at other points in the game.

Anyhow, here’s a little more from Rocksteady’s announcement from the Gamestop article:

As he began to maneuver the feline fatale around the city Ginn noted that one of Rocksteady’s key priorities around the character was to think on how she would uniquely interact with the city. Obviously Catwoman is a complicated lady who’s not quite a hero but not a villain on the level of a Joker. In the end she’s pretty much out for herself and sees Arkham City as the perfect chance to do what she does best, thieve like there’s no tomorrow. The chaos of Arkham City provides her plenty of opportunities to do that, which tie into her part of the narrative which is very distinct from Batman’s. The team wanted to ensure players wouldn’t feel as though they were controlling Batman with a curvier skin. As a result you can expect decidedly different ways to get around the city, examine the environment, and fight with enemies. Since she lacks a nifty cape and grapple line, Catwoman will take a much more physical approach to getting around that relies on her trusty whip, parkour-like moves, and good old fashioned climbing and jumping. The demo highlighted the nimble and graceful way Catwoman will get around, and teased what appears to be a scoring system for how she moves around. During the demo as Catwoman picked up speed and made her way across rooftops we saw point totals appear at points during her leaping. Ginn noted the points will be awarded based on a players skill for moving through the city.

Please follow the jump for the rest of the article, and be sure to check out the trailer below.

Also, pardon my enthusiasm.

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Aaron McConnell’s Mario Kart(s)
June 1, 2011

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[Source: Aaron McConnell’s Etsy Page]

Atlus To Bring Persona 2: Innocent Sin to the U.S. this Fall!
May 24, 2011


This will definitely be gaming’s biggest news bite today, but I’ve been waiting for the U.S. release of Persona 2: Innocent Sin for so long that I can’t help but share it as well. This was just about the first thing I woke up to as I checked my e-mail at about 6:00 this morning and it definitely got me moving a little faster than I otherwise might.

Here’s what Atlus had to say in the Newsletter:

The only Persona game never officially released out of Japan is finally coming to North America, and it’s making the trip with a huge list of enhancements and additions. Are you ready to finally discover this lost chapter in the Persona series?

  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Remastered Visuals and Audio
  • Remixed Musical Score (with options to toggle between that and original)
  • Streamline User Interface
  • New Quests
  • New Intro Animation
  • And More!

We love ya Atlus!

Fire Emblem VI: Fuuin no Tsurugi Japanese Ad
May 23, 2011

Ha, that definitely brightened my day!

Love this game, though it’s more than a challenge…to say the least.

And speaking of Fire Emblem, please do yourself a favor and play the U.S. releases on the GBA, Wii and DS if you can get your hands on a copies — they’re amazing titles and highly underrated with Western audiences. This is one of Japan’s most long-lived and beloved franchises for a good reason folks! Heck, they made a live action production of the theme song to advertise it!

Crysis 2 is Amazon’s “Deal of the Day”
May 18, 2011

I’ve been champing at the bit to play Crysis 2 since it launched as I really want to check out what the hub-bub is about, the new cover system and the different forms of tactical gameplay options throughout the levels that, hopefully, will make this a lot more fun than the all too common run ‘n gun shooter.

But I wanted to hold off for a price drop (which is pretty much the norm for me with PS3 and 360 titles) and thanks to Amazon’s Deal of the Day fans that had a similar mindset can pick up the game cross-platform for $34.99 (42% off) today.

Happy hunting.

Portal 2 Movie-inspired Poster
May 17, 2011

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[Awesome] Portal 2 Movie Poster by Tristan Reidford.

(Belated) April 2010 Acquisitions
May 17, 2011

After a 10-day trip to Japan and a couple of intense papers prior to finals I can report that I’m glad to be back and that I’m looking forward to a break and the chance to spend more time with my wife and these games (sometimes at the same time if her experience with Enslaved is any indication).

April was a productive month in terms of the games that I picked up (though just wait until you see what May brought with my trip to Japan). As always, I rarely paid full price for anything listed and I will note any extraordinary deals, because having patience and tracking down these deals is a sizable part of the fun in collecting.

Here’s what I’ve picked up in April, if a little late:

Newer Games:

  • Astonishia Story (PSP; ~ $7)
  • Bayonetta (360)
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP; ~ $8)
  • Dark Void (PS3; ~ $8)
  • Enslaved (PS3)
  • Heavenly Sword (PS3)
  • Lunar: Dragon Song (DS)
  • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (PS3)
  • Mario Power Tennis (Wii)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP; Greatest Hits)
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Wii; ~ $3)
  • Nostalgia (DS; ~ $7)
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad (360)
  • Pangya: Fantasy Golf (PSP; ~ $10)
  • Perfect Dark Zero: Limited Edition (360; ~ $3)
  • Rondo of Swords (DS; ~ $7)
  • Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals (DS; ~ $5)
  • Spectrobes: Origins (Wii)
  • Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP; ~ $10)
  • Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament; ~ $6)
  • Tales of Vesperia (360)
  • Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade¬† (PSP; ~ $5)

Retro Games (defined as anything during or prior to the Playstation 2 era) :

  • Dark Cloud (PS2; ~$5)
  • Demon Stone: Forgotten Realms (PS2; ~ $4)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS; ~ $10)
  • Nightshade (PS2)
  • Rise of Kasai (PS2; ~ $5)
  • Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2; ~ $5)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2; ~ $7)
  • Tenchu: Fatal Shadows (PS2)
  • Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (Wii)
  • Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade (PSP; ~ $6)
  • Warriors of the Lost Empire (PSP; ~ $6)
  • Ys I & II Chronicles: Premium Edition (PSP)

Tomb Raider Detailed
April 27, 2011

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Tomb Raider will be the cover story for June’s edition of Playstation Magazine, and what a cover it is!

From the Tomb Raider facebook page:

North American @tombraider fans and PlayStation The Official Magazine subscribers, get ready for some seriously juicy coverage about to hit your mailboxes starting Monday May 2nd. It is with great pleasure that we present to you Tomb Raider as the cover story of June’s edition of PTOM. Tons of exclusive screens, information about some areas never before seen. The magazine is also due to hits shelves May 10th

Up To My Neck In…
April 12, 2011

…Books.

Not games.

Sorry for my silence over the last several days folks, I’ve had my head stuck firmly in history texts for a couple of courses, but should be back and posting normally soon.

Thanks, and I can’t wait to tell you about a few great deals I was able to take advantage of over the last couple of weeks.

Amazon’s Deal of the Day: Borderlands: Game of the Year Ed.
April 4, 2011

For anyone that hasn’t yet been able to experience the greatness that is Borderlands, or for those hoping to nab the 4 available DLC game packs at some point in the near future, today is a good day to remedy the situation on both accounts as Amazon.com has the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition on sale for 19.99 (50% off the retail price).

The “Game of the Year” edition includes the core Borderlands game, as well as the 4 DLC add-ons detailed below:

Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned – Originally released as a digital content download, action in it is centered in the town and surrounding areas of Jacob’s Cove, which is on the fictional Jakobs Corporation owned Island unofficially named Zombie Island. Here players are tasked with the completion of 20 exclusive Borderlands missions, involving the zombie infestation of the island, as well as various optional side quests. As the name of the island suggests, players will be kept busy honing their skills at killing zombies, zombie bosses and the other undead beings as efficiently as possible. In-game money is earned for these kills and available weapons come both in the form of randomly generated weapons and unique items taken off defeated bosses. The level of undead action experienced is directly tied to players’ progression within the single player campaign within the main game, making for gameplay closely tied to the main game, and a zombie fest not to be missed.

Borderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome RiotBorderlands: Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot is the second add-on pack for Borderlands re-released on disc following initial availability via digital download. Designed with a Mad Mad Thunderdome ethic and feel, action here occurs within a series of spaces known as riot arenas where the changing rules, commentary and mood are provided entirely at the whim of the over-the-top and seductive ringmistress, Moxxi. Within the matches, both single player against AI and multiplayer player, players rack up kills using a variety of weapons and shields, earning themselves skill points and in-game loot that can be stored at an in-game bank.

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General KnoxxBorderlands goes to 11! You may have seen some games raise their level cap by 5, or maybe even 10, but with The Crimson Lance Assassination Squads wreaking havoc and Crawmerax the Invincible being all invulnerable and stuff we knew you’d need more than just 10. And that’s why Borderlands goes to ELEVEN. The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is an add-on pack for Borderlands that adds new guns, new class mods, new vehicles, new missions, new enemy types, and increases the level cap to 61. In other words…best add-on ever. Of all time. Forever.

Borderlands: Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution – To combat second hand sales of used munitions among greedy, haggling treasure hunters on Pandora, the Hyperion Corporation have decided to activate the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap. Instead, it has organized all of the claptraps into a revolution, and they’ve been assimilating all life on Pandora and converting them into claptraps. With our heroes caught in the middle, they must stop the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap in order to release his control over all of Pandora’s claptraps and collect their reward, of course. The pack adds 21 missions, 10 new skill points, three additional backpack slots and raises the level cap to 69.

This is a great deal as the $20 price tag alone is less than the cost of the [4] DLC add-on packs alone, if memory serves. You’ll also receive a fold-out map of the Pandora Territories, which I can confirm in my copy.

Another possible way to go about this (and the route I took prior to hearing of the Amazon deal) is to check your local GameStop store which had discounted the Game of the Year edition over the weekend to $19.99 as well. I traded in my original Borderlands copy and received ~ $8 in credit + the (usually pithy) trade-in bonus you get using their Power Up Rewards card. I traded in an additional game that I wouldn’t miss too much as well, but even if you simply traded in the original for the upgraded edition you could potentially get this for just a smidgen over $10.

I ended up getting it for ~ $5 and feel pretty darn good about it as I already loved the game and now get a chance to finally dive into the DLC that I’ve had to hold out on, until now!

[See: Amazon’s Deal of the Day]