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PS5 Launches This November At $399 With Spider-Man, More

Sony has announced the launch date and price for its highly anticipated PS5 next-gen console system which will be released November 12 priced at $399. Also announced for the PS5 launch includes the new Marvel’s Spider-Man game featuring Miles Morales (watch the 7-minute gameplay demo trailer) and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (teaser and …

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Watch Live: Our Game Of The Year Awards Show

Ring in the new year with Cosmic Book News!

Follow along live above as CosmicBookNews.com‘s very own Lawrence Napoli and his crew of gamers goes over the best video games of the year – as well as the awful games – and the most notable things that went down in the industry.

You can also follow along live on Twitch and join the chat room.

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Rocksteady Teases More Batman

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It turns out Rocksteady Studios is not done with Batman just yet, but whether it’s another Batman Arkham game, additional Batman: Arkham Knight content or Batman in a Justice League video game is unknown.

While the co-founder of Rocksteady, Sefton Hill, previously stated Batman: Arkham Knight was the finale of the series, in the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC preview video (below), more Batman content is teased.

The video features Sefton Hill being asked if they are “categorically” finished with Batman, when the video cuts out with Hill seemingly starting to say “Well…” to an image of Scarecrow (pictured above).

Obviously we are to take that to mean they are not done with Batman just yet.

WB Games has also confirmed two DC games are in development, with one said to be Suicide Squad. The other is thought to either be a Superman or a Justice League game.

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Batman: Arkham Knight December DLC Trailer & Info

Batman: Arkham Knight Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion and December DLC – Available Beginning Today

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion for Batman™: Arkham Knight is available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, or PC, and are connected to the Internet. The content is also available to purchase separately.

Play as Batman in the Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion, protecting Gotham City from an invasion of legendary Super-Villains. Fight back against The Dark Knight’s biggest foes in four separate missions, with all new story arcs featuring DC Comics characters The Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Ra’s Al Ghul and Mr. Freeze.

Season of Infamy missions include:

· Wonderland: The Mad Hatter makes things personal as the Super-Villain lures Batman into a demented, hallucinatory battle of wits across Gotham City and within the pages of a twisted story book. · Beneath The Surface: The World’s Greatest Detective and Nightwing venture out to investigate Iron Heights, a flying airship prison that housed Killer Croc, after it crashed in the waters surrounding Gotham City.
· Shadow War: Picking up after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Batman’s devout moral code is pushed to its limits as Ra’s Al Ghul’s health rebounds with the help of the League of Assassins.
· In From The Cold: Mr. Freeze returns to Gotham City, where he is immediately entrapped in Arkham Knight’s Militia and Scarecrow’s plan to destroy Batman. Arkham Knight’s Militia has kidnapped Nora and will return her to Mr. Freeze in exchange for Batman’s capture.

Additional downloadable content available today:

· Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #5: Combat and invisible predator maps featuring Batman, the Batmobile, Nightwing, Azrael, and Harley Quinn, allowing focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
· 2008 Movie Batman Skin: Patrol the streets of Gotham City with this Batsuit inspired by the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight”.
· Original Arkham Batmobile: Seize control from Gotham City’s most notorious villains with the original Arkham Asylum Batmobile.
· Rocksteady Themed Batmobile Skin: Customize the legendary Batmobile with this unique Rocksteady themed skin. · Batman: Noel Skin: Face your foes with this reinforced leather suit from the Batman: Noel comic (previously a DC Comics exclusive).
· Free Updates:
· Batsuit v8.05 – Prestige Edition: Players can access this suit after reaching 240% game completion.
· Classic Harley Quinn Skin: Players who own the Harley Quinn Story Pack or Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #5 can select this Harley Skin, which can be used in the Harley Story Pack or in AR Challenges, from the character showcase.
· Arkham Knight Skin: Players who own the Red Hood Story Pack can select this skin from the character showcase for Red Hood, allowing them to look like the Arkham Knight in the Red Hood Story Pack and AR Challenges.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is available now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham City and destroy the Batman forever.

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Batman Vs. Superman DLC Pack Now Available For Arkham Knight (Trailer)

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the next series of add-ons for Batman: Arkham Knight. The latest update includes the free 2016 Batman v Superman Batmobile Pack, and will be available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, or PC, and are connected to the Internet. The content can also be purchased separately beginning today on the PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and STEAM.

Season Pass holders receive early access to the 2016 Batman v. Superman Batmobile Pack, which includes the Batsuit and Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Owners of the game who do not have the Season Pass can download the pack beginning 1st December.

Also available today are two new Arkham Episodes, which give players the ability to control two of Gotham City’s most well-known characters, Catwoman and Robin.   Catwoman’s Revenge takes place after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight and puts players under the cover of darkness as they seek revenge on the Riddler. Flip of a Coin lets players take control of Robin as he looks to take down Two-Face’s lucrative money laundering operation.  Both Arkham Episodes also include two AR challenge maps.

Additional downloadable content available today:

·  Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #4: Get this Crime Fighter Challenge Pack to receive various challenge and invisible predator maps featuring Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and Azrael. This expansive challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
·  Arkham Episodes AR Challenges: a collection of six new AR challenges including Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator, taking place in environments from the Arkham Episodes GCPD Lockdown, Catwoman’s Revenge, and Flip of a Coin.
·  WayneTech Track Pack: Test your skills behind the wheel with these two cutting edge WayneTech themed racetracks.
·  Robin and Batmobile Skins Packs: Get this Robin and Batmobile skins pack to don the Original Tim Drake Robin costume and speed through Gotham City with the Robin Themed Batmobile Skin.
·  Riddler Themed Batmobile Skin: Puzzle your enemies with this Riddler themed Batmobile skin.
·  Free Update: Character Selection in AR Invisible Predator Challenges.

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Batman: Arkham Knight for PC & October DLC Now Available

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham Knight for PC is now available for purchase.  Re-released in conjunction with the latest PC update, Batman: Arkham Knight for PC now offers downloadable content (DLC) parity with the console versions of the game (with the exception of platform exclusives).  PC players now have access to Photo Mode, Big Head Mode, Original Arkham Batman Skin and more.  

Also available today is the October add-on content, which will be available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC, and are connected to the Internet.  The content can also be purchased separately on the PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft and Steam.

The new October content includes: 

Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Pack

Batmobile Track #1: Batcave Set

Batmobile Track #2: Penguin’s Dockyard

1960s TV Series Batmobile

Classic TV Series Catwoman Skin

Classic TV Series Robin Skin

1970s Batman Themed Batmobile Skin

Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #3

AR Challenge: Chemical Reaction

AR Challenge: Stage Fright

AR Challenge: Cauldron Speedway TT

AR Challenge: Guardians

AR Challenge: Precinct

AR Challenge: Vertigo

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is available now for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC.

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

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Watch: Arkham Knight Joins Injustice Mobile Game

DC announces the Injustice mobile game is getting an update which includes the addition of the Arkham Knight.

The battle rages on in the world of the Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile game. The touchscreen edition of the popular DC Universe fighting game is getting a major update, including an all-new challenge mode. In this exclusive DC All Access clip, Jason talks to Injustice Producer Erin Piepergerdes about what this means for long-time players and why if you haven’t yet played this free-to-play mobile game, it’s the perfect time to download it.

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Originally launched in April 2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a free-to-play game that features a collectible card mechanic and engages players in 3-on-3 tag-team combat.  Players can build up their roster and pit a huge cast of DC Comics’ most popular icons such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman and more against one another.  Injustice: Gods Among Usplayers can take this game to the next level through a connected digital ecosystem linking the mobile and console versions, providing in-game benefits through cross-platform play.  Fans who play on the mobile version and also own the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system or Xbox 360 games and entertainment system versions are able to unlock content in the console versions that is available in the mobile game, and vice versa, by registering for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account and playing the game.

The Injustice: Gods Among Us mobiel game is available from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  The Android version is developed by Virtuous and available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. 

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Batman: Arkham Knight Tumbler Batmobile DLC Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced that the newest series of add-ons for Batman: Arkham Knight – 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack and Original Arkham Batman Skin, are available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, and are connected to the Internet.  The 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack can also be purchased a la carte beginning today on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft, while the Original Arkham Batman Skin is free-to-download for owners of the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.

The 2008 Tumbler Pack places you in the cockpit of the iconic Batmobile from the 2008 film The Dark Knight as you navigate two movie-inspired tracks in the Tumbler. Challenge and compete with your friends for the fastest time or wreak havoc on the destructible streets of Gotham City upon full eradication of all drones. Additionally, today’s free-to-download Original Arkham Batman Skin lets you invoke fear into the eyes of your foes wearing the suit that started it all, the original Arkham Asylum Batman Costume.

The 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack and more are included with the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass, which delivers regular new content for six months featuring new story missions, more Super-Villains invading Gotham City, new legendary Batmobiles, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new drivable race tracks.

Additional downloadable content becomes available next Tuesday, September 29th:
·  Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #2: Grab this Crime Fighter Challenge Pack and receive various challenge maps for Batman, Nightwing, Robin, Catwoman and the Batmobile. This expansive challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
·  GCPD Lockdown: Set after the events of Arkham Knight, play as Nightwing to stop the Penguin from breaking out of the Gotham City Police Department in this thrilling story pack.

Stay tuned for even more Batman: Arkham Knight downloadable content coming in October, including:
·  Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Pack: Travel back in time with the Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Pack. This pack includes the 1960s TV Series Batmobile, Classic TV Series Catwoman Skin, Classic TV Series Robin Skin and two racetracks inspired by the Batman Classic TV Series.
·  Catwoman’s Revenge: Set after the events of Arkham Knight, prowl the night as Catwoman as she seeks her revenge on the Riddler with this story pack.
·  Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #3: Get this Crime Fighter Challenge Pack to receive various combat and predator maps featuring Batman, Nightwing, Robin, and Azrael.

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Watch: Top 10 Batman: Arkham Knight Easter Eggs

DC All Access is back with another video, this time with the top ten Easter Eggs for the Batman: Arkham Knight video game.

Batman: Arkham Knight is a game made by fans for fans, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the many hidden “easter eggs” found throughout the city of Gotham. In this exclusive new DC All Access clip, we dive deep into the game, uncovering the ten coolest hidden references…at least, that we’ve found so far!

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Batman: Arkham Knight: 1989 Batman Movie Batmobile Pack Trailer

Check out the trailer for the August update to Batman: Arkham Knight featuring the 1989 Batman Movie Batmobile Pack.

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With the 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack, you can get behind the wheel of the Batmobile from the 1989 film ‘Batman’ and outfit Batman with a customized skin from the film. The pack also gives you access to two racetracks inspired by the film’s sequel ‘Batman Returns’. In addition, if you successfully clear the streets of the Arkham Knight’s drone tanks, you can take the Batmobile for a spin on the streets of Gotham City. 

Separately, the Bat-Family Skin Pack includes 6 skins based on the alternate timelines of your favorite characters including 1990s Catwoman, One Year Later Robin, Arkham Origins Batman, Iconic Grey & Black Batman, 1970s Batman and the Original Arkham Nightwing. 

This content will be available beginning today for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, and are connected to the Internet. The content can also be purchased a la carte beginning today for $1.99 MSRP on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft.

Stay tuned for new Batman: Arkham Knight downloadable content coming in September including:
*Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1 (Sept. 1): Receive 6 AR challenges for Batman, Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman. This expansive challenge pack allows focused training in Freeflow Combat and Invisible Predator stealth incursion.
*GCPD Lockdown (Later in Sept.): Set after the events of Arkham Knight, play as Nightwing to stop the Penguin from breaking out of the Gotham City Police Department in this thrilling story pack.
*2008 Tumbler Batmobile Pack (Later in Sept.): Inspired by the 2008 movie ‘The Dark Knight’, intimidate your foes with the Tumbler Batmobile and race through two themed tracks.
* Original Arkham Batman Skin (Later in Sept.): Fight the war against Gotham City with the original Arkham Asylum Batman costume.

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Justice League Video Game Hinted At In Batman: Arkham Knight Easter Egg?

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Last week saw images leak online from a possible Superman video game said to be in development, but just maybe it’s actually a Justice League video game.

The gang on Reddit put forth the theory of a Justice League video game based on Easter Eggs spotted in the Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC.

The Joker amusement park reveals none other than Starro, the first Justice League villain.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the finale to the franchise, with many fans waiting for the next big announcement. 

A WB Games/Rocksteady Justice League video game wouldn’t be too bad, eh?

Here’s the image:

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Michael Keaton Batman & Batmobile Revealed For Arkham: Knight

Not only is the Batgirl DLC available today for Batman: Arkham Knight, but WB Games has revealed the Michael Keaton Batman and Batmobile for the game, which will be available next month.

The Batman: Arkham Knight Season pass for August includes:

· 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack:   Battle through the streets of Gotham City with this pack that includes the Batman skin and Batmobile from the 1989Batman film, as well as two tracks inspired by the film’s sequel.

· The Bat-family Skins Pack:  Included in this pack are six character skins based on the alternate timelines – – 1990s Catwoman, One Year Later Robin, Arkham Origins Batman, Iconic Grey & Black Batman, 1970s Batman and the Original Arkham Nightwing.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC Trailer

Check out the Batgirl DLC trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight.

Set prior to the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batgirl: A Matter of Family will allow players to take on the role of Batgirl for the first time in the Batman: Arkham franchise. 

Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be available July 14 for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass and are connected to the Internet, or it can be purchased separately on July 21 for $6.99 MSRP on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft. 

Further details on the Batgirl DLC can be found here.

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WB Announces Comic-Con Licensing Merchandise

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Below you can check out WB’s announcement for their Comic-Con licensing merchandise which includes Batman Vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and lots more.

 

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WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS LICENSEES TAKE ON

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

 

All-New Products and Giveaways Featuring

DC Comics Characters and More Warner Bros. Favorites to Delight Show-Goers

 

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) is heading to Comic-Con International: SanDiego (SDCC) 2015 in support of its licensing partners as they feature exclusive products and giveaways throughout the four-day event.  From Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to DC Super Hero Girls to Scooby-Doo and more, fun offerings can be found for fans of all ages. 

“Year after year, fans flock to San Diego to attend Comic-Con International to see their favorite brands celebrated in a larger-than-life forum,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are happy to once again offer those fans the chance to take home a piece, or pieces, of the fun with our many licensing partners’ exclusive product offerings.”

While at the show, fans who attend the interactive DC COMICS MEETS LEGO ART Panel on Thursday, July 9, will witness the convergence of the world’s greatest Super Heroes with one of the world’s greatest toys as LEGO® brick artist Nathan Sawaya unveils the first-look at select signature sculptures to be showcased in the global touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick: DC Comics. Acclaimed comic book artist and Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee, will draw LIVE the concept for a brand new Batmobile to be built entirely out of LEGO bricks and later unveiled during the tour exhibition. EP Daily TV host, Victor Lucas, will serve as moderator, with production team members, Brandon Griffith and Tommy Williamson, joining the discussion. Additionally, attendees will be treated to exclusive giveaways during the panel.

DC Super Hero Girls, the all-new Super Hero franchise targeted to girls ages 6-12, will also have a presence at the show as DCE and Warner Bros., as well as WBCP partners Mattel and Random House, offer fans giveaways throughout the four-day event. 

Additionally, fans won’t want to miss all the exclusives and exciting activations offered by WBCP’s partners. Some of these exclusives include, but are not limited to:

· Bif Bang Pow! – Booth 2343 (Entertainment Earth) – Mike Tyson Mysteries Mike Tyson Astronaut 8-Inch Action Figure with Pigeon; The Big Bang Theory™ Sheldon and Stuart 3 3/4 Inch Action Figures 

· Cryptozoic – Booth 820 (Awesome Conventions Exclusives) – Batman Fluxx Exclusive

· Diamond Select Toys – Booth 2607 – Gotham “Roughed Up” The Penguin Figure; Gotham Minimates Fateful Meeting Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne 2-pack; Batman: The Animated Series “Almost Got ’im” B&W Batman Resin Bust; Batman: The Animated Series “Almost Got ‘im” B&W Catwoman Resin Bust; Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales “Almost Got ‘im” Harley Quinn B&W PVC Statue

· Factory Entertainment – Booth 2647 – Batman Classic TV Series Dynamic Duo Color Monolith

· Fisher-Price – Booth 3029 – Thomas & Friends™ DC Super Friends Minis

· Funko – Booth 5341 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Pop Fun Hero 2 Pack; POP TV Arrow Unmasked; Pop TV The Flash Unmasked; Reaction Figure: The Flash Unmasked; Reaction Figure: Arrow Unmasked; Dorbz XL: Batman 6″ Variant

· Hallmark – Booth 2913X – Chrome Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Ornament

· Icon Heroes – Booth 3345 (Action Figure Xpress) – Arrow and The Flash TV Super Hero Fight Club Mug Pen Holder; DC Comics Bombshells Harley Quinn Die Cut Mouse Pad; The Flash TV Deluxe Letter Opener

· Junk Food Clothing – Booth 1915 (DC Comics) and San Diego – Exclusive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Logo T-Shirt

· Kotobukiya – Booth 2601 – Alfred Pennyworth SDCC Limited Edition ARTFX+ Statue

· The LEGO Group – Booth 2829 – Action Comics #1 Superman Inspired Set; LEGO DC Comics Comic Book with Poster; Arrow Arsenal Mini Figure

· Mattel – Booth 3029 – Hot Wheels® Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile™; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lights and Sounds Figure 2-Pack

· Mezco – Booth 3445 – One:12 Collective Limited Edition Summer Exclusive The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Boxed Set; Poison Ivy Mini Mez-Itz Clip On

· Moebius Models – Booth 2946 – Krypto the Superdog Commemorative Edition Model

· Monogram – Booth 3645 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Logo Keychain    

· NECA – Booth 3145 – Friday the 13th Clothed 8″ Action Figures – 35th Anniversary Pamela Voorhees with Young Jason; DC Comics HeroClix: Brainiac Skull Ship; DC Comics HeroClix: Felix Faust with Custom d20

· Quantum Mechanix – Booth 4149 – DC Comics Batman Luggage Tag

· Trend Setters – Booth 4730 – Batman: Arkham Knight (Harley in Red) Morphing Mug; Batman: Arkham Knight (Harley Quinn) MightyPrint Wall Art; Exclusive Arrow Oliver Queen MightyPrint Wall Art

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Does Arkham Knight Deserve Game of the Year Consideration?

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Rocksteady’s swan song is in full effect and the Knight will never again be the same.  In what we all presume is the final “Arkham” game featuring Batman (if you believe them, that is), gamers all around will be treated to a beautiful looking, next generation, high production value, AAA title that once again empowers the player to be vengeance; to be the night.  Arkham Asylum (2009) and Arkham City (2011) made people believe in super hero video games again.  They didn’t have to be shameless and senseless movie tie-ins without vision.  They could produce atmospheric immersion as edgy as Chris Nolan’s “Bat” films.  They could reach deep into the treasure trove of “Bat” mythos established in the comic books.  They could deliver fast-paced gameplay that was both satisfying in its ease of use and difficulty to master.  Arkham Knight is one of 2015’s highly anticipated games, and in some instances this game meets all the hype with a knockout smash.

However, there is no such thing as a perfect game, and there is a laundry list of issues associated with this product that cannot be ignored in light of the average consumer needing to be as smart as possible when it comes to their cash.  When AAA game productions boast so much money in their budgets and employ so many talented professionals, everything needs to be taken into account to properly separate Game of the Year contenders from the pretenders. 

Let’s start with the big one:

PC sales of Arkham Knight were suspended indefinitely (starting June 24th) by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment due to multi-dimensional software failure.  Gamers who remember the rocky release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity last year know what I’m talking about when it comes to describing a game as being “broken.”  The PC version of Arkham Knight is apparently worse.  Bugs, glitches, sporadic freezes and frame rate stutters are running rampant like a jailbreak from Blackgate Prison.  The main culprit appears to be the massive performance discrepancy between this game’s system requirements and the capabilities of AMD graphics cards.  Users on STEAM are absolutely irate (and rightly so!) delivering a 70% unfavorable rating for this game.  The console versions are by no means functioning with full fluidity either.  I played my version of Arkham Knight on a PS4, and I too experienced some frame rate issues as well as two instances of complete freeze/crashes – one during the middle of a massive hand-to-hand fight and the other when I was opening the door to a building.

Can this news get any worse?  According to Kotaku, anonymous quality assurance testers have stated that WB Interactive knew precisely how much of a mess the PC version of this game was and pushed ahead with the release anyway.  Before we grab our torches and pitchforks, we do need to realize that the PC translation was subcontracted out to developer Iron Galaxy.  Then we need to appreciate the relationship between software developers and distributors/publishers.  Developers usually want more time and resources to finish their projects while distributors want return on their investment ASAP and push hard for deadlines; sometimes so hard that the end result isn’t pretty.  No one gets a pass here.  Rocksteady, Iron Galaxy and WB Interactive deserve poor marks for their choices regarding the PC port.

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Arkham Knight’s Season Pass pricing set at $40 seems too high.  I do not believe that downloadable content is or should be priced at some proportional ratio to the content provided by a “complete” game.  However, I completely understand how anyone could compare the price points and think exactly that.  I consider DLC as a separate entity that may or may not enhance the original product for the player.  I don’t care about the pricing so long as I know what I’m paying for, and that is specifically the problem with Arkham Knight’s pass.  Season passes in general don’t do a good job at identifying its own content because the trick to snagging early sales is by pushing the impulse buy that the hype of a game release such as this can generate.  Most season passes do not deliver any form of content right away and investing in them early on can be a gamble.  What if you’re only interested in certain parts of it? 

I personally do not recommend the season pass for Arkham Knight as this series of games has a history of producing a ton of aesthetic skins to dress Batman up like a Ken doll as a major component of the overall content that is provided later on.  I would change my tune in an instant if the “Batman Beyond” skin would allow me to turn invisible and jetpack around the city as opposed to gliding.  Unfortunately, these skins never have and never will alter the gameplay and therefore have no value to me.  Story levels have been promised as part of the season pass which will allow the player to control other marquee personalities stalking Gotham City (like Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Red Hood), but I need to know details such as how much time it takes to clear this content before having any measuring stick to determine worth.

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What the hell happened with those “Batmobile” Collector’s Editions?  This SNAFU is not to be laid at Rocksteady’s feet as it is usually the corporate conglomerate’s desire to increase sales through cross promotions and tie-ins, and it is WB Interactive’s authority to determine who to partner with and how so.  Details are sketchy as to which company is to blame for making these “fully transformable” Batmobiles a quality control issue.  According to WB, “unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality,” are to blame.  This corporate rhetoric can translate to any number of excuses, but none of them matter for those that pre-ordered the $200 dollar version of Arkham Knight.  Nobody is getting it now.  I’m not sure what’s more pathetic, the fact that the “New 52” skin pack is being offered to everyone for free as some kind of apology or that this edition was officially cancelled less than a week prior to its retail release?

How many times has this game been delayed?  Twice.  Arkham Knight was originally slated for a holiday release in 2014, then it got pushed to June 2nd of 2015 until finally settling on June 23rd.  Now that we have passed the release date and everyone is loving (or loathing) the game, it is natural to forget about those pesky delays that felt so soul crushing at the time.  Considering the technical difficulties that have cloud burst the PC iteration, one can’t help but think about what Rocksteady (and Iron Galaxy) was doing with the extended time?  Delays, unfortunately, have become hard wired into the very essence of the video game industry.  Teasing the general population with cut scene videos and quarterly window release periods is the norm because there’s some fundamental miscommunication happening between distributors and developers.  To suffer almost a year’s worth of delays for some to receive an unplayable game is inexcusable.  Avoiding such a travesty is worth additional delays for problematic platforms, at least.   Better time management and detailed communication in the first place would have been better.

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Yay!  The Batmobile is a major part of Arkham Knight.  But how much is enough?  Do you know that feeling when a software company introduces a new mechanic to a game and when you start playing it, it seems like all you are doing is that very same game mechanic?  That’s exactly the situation regarding the Batmobile in Arkham Knight.  Having completed the main story and a number of all the side quests, I’d estimate that Batmobile centric activity in this game is at least 50% of the whole shot, and that’s a huge amount considering this entire series has been about “being the Batman” which is considerably more than simply “being his car.”  And what does that car do?  Well, it’s mostly a tank that gets into a ton of tank battles on the streets of Gotham where shells don’t penetrate buildings, damage dealt to sidewalks and parked cars regenerate and pedestrians don’t get “run over” by the car, they get “knocked out” and pushed to the side of the road.  Huh?

Do you know what the “car” mechanic means in the video game industry?  It means races and time trials.  Do you know what the Batmobile brings to the “Arkham” series?  Races and time trials (and tank battles?).  Now, if you’re a fan of these, chances are you are familiar with games that do these better like Forza, Gran Turismo or Midnight Club.  If you’re a fan of “Arkham” games, get used to the learning curve of driving this really fast, heavily armored, and poor handling contraption that gives you the ability to power slide corners, but chances are you are just going to crash through the corner, every corner, all the time.  Rocksteady’s intent was to make the Batmobile more than one of Batman’s tools and more than a mode of transportation.  The Batmobile is essentially a new character, but no character should ever steal the player’s attention from Batman himself in a game like this.

Conclusion:  Arkham Knight still plays well on Xbox Ones and PS4s.  Gamers that have said platforms should at least try this game out via rental or borrowing if they happen to be on the fence.  This game is only to be considered as an absolute buy for “Bat” fanatics and fans of the Arkham series.  Those that are looking to ride out the dog days of the summer with ANY new game should reconsider, especially if this one is still selling at the full asking price. 

The elements that underwhelm me are more than just the historic bullet points I mentioned in the body of this article.  Batmobile transit has completely supplanted methodical exploration on foot.  The story is too fragmented.  There are no proper “boss” fights (see Poison Ivy from Asylum and Mr. Freeze from City).  And the best parts about this game are things I can’t even talk about because of major spoilers early and throughout as well as the ending itself which is very fun to experience.

This is not how Rocksteady wanted to wrap up their “Bat” trilogy.  The Arkham games have been celebrated for getting the player into Batman’s head unlike any other, but I didn’t feel like the Dark Knight playing this game at all.  I felt like his life model decoy that was running errands that he himself simply could not be bothered with.  I spend too much time dealing with the Riddler when he’s contributed zilch to Scarecrow’s siege on Gotham.  I drive around way too much when I feel I should be lurking in the shadows.  Fear takedowns are so overpowered that stealth is all but a waste of time.  Ping combat was great, but there seemed to be less moments where situations called for it. 

Arkham Knight is a big budget pretender for Game of the Year.  Its sheer size and name will assure its presence on every website’s and media conglomerate’s “Top 5” lists, but make no mistake; this game has already been outshined by the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the big boys of the Fall like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Halo 5: GuardiansFallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, and Rainbow Six: Siege all show enough potential for gamers to say “Bat who?”   

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First Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the first story driven add-on for Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl: A Matter of Family. Set prior to the events of Batman: Arkham AsylumBatgirl: A Matter of Family will allow players to take on the role of Batgirl for the first time in the Batman: Arkham franchise. This exciting story add-on features an all-new location with multiple missions, side quests and secrets; a new hacking feature to progress through the world and solve puzzles; and Dual Play functionality with Robin for dynamic take-down manoeuvres. Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be available July 14th for fans who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass and are connected to the Internet, or it can be purchased separately on July 21st for $6.99 on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE online entertainment network from Microsoft.

The Batgirl: A Matter of Family add-on content was developed by WB Games Montréal and was created using the Batman: Arkham Knight engine built by Rocksteady Studios.  The remaining Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass add-on content is under development by Rocksteady Studios.  

The Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass includes an exclusive Flashpoint Batman Skin, which is available now, and delivers regular new content for six months featuring new story missions, more Super-Villains invading Gotham City, new legendary Batmobiles, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new drivable race tracks.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is available now for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The PC version of the game will be available in the coming weeks.   

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the new generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

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Watch: Batman: Arkham Knight Identity Revealed (Spoilers)

With Batman: Arkham Knight now officially available spoilers have landed online as to the identity of the Arkham Knight.

While reps for Rocksteady earlier stated the Arkam Knight is an original character, it turns out the identity of the Arkham Knight is a long time Batman character.

Check out the video above of the Arkham Knight revealing himself to be none other than Jason Todd.

It also appears as if those earlier “leaked” 4Chan Batman: Arkham Knight “spoilers” were way off.

Batman: Arkham Knight marks the last game of the Rocksteady Studios franchise.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is available exclusively for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Launch Trailer

Check out the launch trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight as the game goes on sale tomorrow.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively June 23rd for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

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