The Lego games are released on a schedule as constant as Call Of Duty or Assassin’s Creed, and that means they can be formulaic. Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes was one of the series’ innovators, however, introducing fully-voiced characters and an open world. Between missions you and a friend could hoon around Gotham City in Lego vehicles or climb its buildings looking for secrets and punching on hoodlums. It basically had everything I want from future Arkham games and threw in a playable Superman as well.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham expands the roster even further, pulling various deep-cut characters from the DC Comics catalogue, while shifting the focus away from Batman’s home turf of Crimetown USA and into outer space. The villainous Brainiac has a plan to shrink the Earth and place it under glass like he’s collecting bugs, and he’s stolen the power of the variously coloured Lanterns to do it. Green Lantern isn’t alone, you see – in the comics he pals around with Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, Orange, and Yellow Lanterns. It’s a whole thing.
Lee found himself trapped inside the unforgiving, desolate world of Dark Souls 2 (PC), and he couldn’t be happier. Jody reviews Batman: Arkham Origins DLC Cold, Cold Heart and we use that to justify five minutes worth of Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze impressions.
‘Cold, Cold Heart’ is an expansion for Batman: Arkham Origins that introduces the wintry villain Mr. Freeze. Tragically, at no point in this add-on does Mr. Freeze say “Stay cool” or “Let’s kick some ice!” or even “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” It’s as if he doesn’t realise the entire point of being a cold-themed bad guy is the incredible variety of puns available to him.
Instead, he teams up with the Penguin to kidnap a philanthropist during a Gotham City charity event. This is why Bruce Wayne doesn’t use his fortune to fight crime at its source by stamping out poverty – every time he tries, a bunch of goons in masks arrive and wave guns in the air before taking hostages so their boss can threaten them. Which Mr. Freeze does, while completely missing the perfect opportunity to say, “This seems like an ice party.”
This week we spoke about EA consuming independent publisher Popcap (Bejewelled, Plants Vs Zombies); XBOX Live game Trenched; new trailers for Batman: Arkham City & Bioshock: Infinite; and why staff are leaving popular RPG studio BioWare.
1. S/TRACK – Super Mario Bros. 2 Overworld Theme 2. MOOSEBUTTER – John Williams is the Man 3. S/TRACK – NES Disney Afternoon Medley (Darkwing Duck, Talespin, Duck Tales) 4. BITIUM RIBBON – Day of the Tentacle Cover 5. RUBIJAQ – Dust 6. ANDY EXPANDY – Battledeath 7. LOWKI – Tetris 8. RANDOM – Das Model (Kraftwerk Cover)
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Last week, me and Lee were drooling over this Batman: Arkham City gameplay trailer. Check this shit out:
Being the sequel to the best superhero game ever made, this game has a lot to live up to and it looks like Rocksteady are attempting to raise the bar even higher. Batman: Arkham City is scheduled for realease in Australia on October 19th (PC/XBOX360/PS3).