Friday, July 31, 2009

It Will Be Mine. Oh Yes, It Will Be Mine!

Above is the official trailer for the new Batman: Arkham Asylum video game coming out at the end of August. I've been keeping silent on this because I no longer like to spoil games until just when they're about to drop. In any event, this game's got me jizzing in my pants!

Lessee here:

Kevin Conroy reprising his role as THE voice of Batman? Check.

Mark Hamil back voicing the Joker? Check.

A slew of other original voice actors from The Animated Series, including Efrem Zimbalist (Alfred), Richard Moll (Harvey Dent), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), and Michael Ansara (Mr. Freeze) back as well? Check. Check. Check. And CHECK!!!!

And, to top it all off, Paul Dini is back to pen the script. OH HELL FUCKIN YEAH!!!! This is a veritable "Batman: The Animated Series" family reunion, all in video-game format! I think I'm in comic geek heaven!

Arkham Asylum is looking to be *the* definitive Batman game fans have been clamoring for. Batman has been done many times before on the consoles and PC--from comics-inspired, to the various cel shaded and lego games, to movie tie-ins--but never has so much awesome talent been gathered under one banner like this. Rocksteady Studios upped the ante and delivered the goods! I know it's a bit early to be praising a game that's not even out yet, but seriously: this is looking GOOD! And some of the advanced buzz is really, really positive.

From what I've been reading, this will be Batman done proper. Not only is the story dark and moody, but the visuals are looking to match! And, honestly, could you have picked a more perfect adversary and chilling location than the Joker at Arkham? The answer is NO, no you could NOT!!!

But even more impressive is the gameplay. Check out the trailer below and you'll be able to get a sense of what I'm talking about. In this game, you'll have to take on enemies the way the Batman really would. This means using stealth, gadgets, and scare tactics to weave beautiful takedowns and jaw-dropping acrobatics onto unsuspecting goons. And with Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and the Riddler to name a few tossed in, the boss battles should be something epic to boot! And of course, Batman doesn't kill, so this will also be implemented into the choice of combat and execution styles the gamer has to pick. How brilliant is that?

Lastly, for us Sony fans, the PlayStation 3 version of the game will offer a bonus exclusive whereby you'll be able to unlock the Joker as a playable character in one of the mission room challenges and, perhaps, even more. Check out the video below to see how the Joker's mechanics play out:

Honestly, after seeing that, I don't know how anyone can settle for the Xbox 360 or PC versions. For real!

Batman: Arkham Asylum hits stores on August 25th. I'm going to be starting up Dead Space real soon, but hopefully I'll be done in time to get this on the day it drops. If not, I'll save it for my birthday in early September.

But mark my words: it WILL be mine! :)

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