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New Leaked Arkham Asylum 2 Domain Names May Hint Plot Lines.

July 13, 2010

Image from Collider.com

Recently, Warner Brothers registered several domain names for the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. They were found and published by superannuation. When you go through the names of these some of them seem to reveal plot lines that may appear in Arkham Asylum 2, some of them pretty interesting. If these are true, Rocksteady are definitely detaching themselves from the first Arkham Asylum. Let’s take a look at the different names. Here’s a list of them:

http://whois.domaintools.com/arkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanarkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanashesofgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanbrokenground.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmannewarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmangranddelusion.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanriseofarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmansiegeofgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/batmanstateofvillainy.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/cityofarkham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/closearkhamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/peopleforgotham.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/stopmayorsharp.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/waringothamcity.com
http://whois.domaintools.com/wheresbrucewayne.com

Arkham City, Batman Arkham City, Batman Ashes of Gotham, Batman New Arkham, Batman Rise of Arkham, Batman Siege of Gotham, Batman State of Villainy, City of Arkham, Close Arkham City, Stop Mayor Sharp, War in Gotham City and Where’s Bruce Wayne.

All of these names coupled with the teaser trailer released a while back point to many things. First of all, the most obvious one, Arkham has taken over the Gotham and it’s in their control completely. This would make for a fantastic plotline! Just like they took over Arkham island and you had to beat them from the inside-out, you’re doing it again but on a much bigger scale. The whole city of Gotham! Or perhaps, “City of Arkham”.

“Stop Mayor Sharp”, now there’s a title! Anyone who’s played the first game will know of one character, Quincey Sharp. He was the warden in Arkham Asylum and (SPOILERS) later found to be the “Spirit of Arkham”. The spirit of Amadeus Arkham, the founder of the asylum. In the first game Quincey was running for mayor and apparently, he won. But being the spirit of Amadeus (who throughout the game you hear some pretty… Interesting things from) he may be corrupt, insane or even evil!

“Where’s Bruce Wayne” is a bit obvious. Bruce Wayne, Batman, hasn’t been seen for a bit and nobody knows where he is. At the moment in the Batman comics, Bruce Wayne is presumed dead and Dick Grayson (formally Robin) has taken the role of Batman with Damian Wayne (Bruce Wayne’s son) now helping him as Robin. The game may be taking inspiration from the comics but if not then we’ll have to wait and see where Bruce Wayne is!

Broken Ground, Grand Delusion and People For Gotham

To be honest, I have no idea what the first two of these mean. I can’t think of anything related to The Joker or Arkham that they may referring to. If you have any ideas please let me know in the comments, I’d like to hear any ideas of what the next game could be about.

“People for Gotham” is once again related to Gotham changing and being taken over by The Joker and Arkham. Perhaps people on the outside of the city want to change it and bring it back to the city it once was. Or it could be a revolution group on the inside working in the place of Batman due to his absence to rid Gotham of the thugs. A strange thing about this name, though, is that it’s listed as “People Forgot Ham”. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but that strikes me as Warner Brothers trying to cover up “People for Gotham” which could mean that this name is an important one. Or it could mean that Bruce Wayne left Gotham to pursue a career as a butcher, I’m not sure.

I think that we can all agree, though, Rocksteady did something absolutely amazing with the first Arkham Asylum and regardless of the storyline they choose I can see this one turning out just as good. I love the mystery around the sequel. I don’t want to see a rushed game and it seems that they’re taking they’re time.

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 teaser trailer analysis

December 13, 2009

For those of you who don’t know, last night was the 2009 Spike VGAs (Video Game Awards). This was a huge event in the world of gaming. It had 28 awards and multiple announcements. These included a new Prince of Persia, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Green Day: RockBand and Crackdown 2, to name a few! But the one that personally caught my eye was the teaser trailer of what we can only assume is Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. The 1 minute 25 second trailer was presented early in the show and set the mood for the night. This is the video link: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/batman-arkham-spike-tv/59828 (Sorry, embedding isn’t working)

The first thing to notice is at 00:15 when you can see that Arkham Asylum is now in downtown Gotham City as opposed to Arkham island which could mean anything! Is it that it was hard to get to an island and easier if it’s downtown? It could be that they wanted a change of venue due to the events of the 1st game. If this is true, it would mean that you could have all of Gotham to explore! Which would make sense seeing as the asylum looks to be much smaller than last time, consisting of no more than 5 buildings (from what I can make out).

At 00:24 you can see searchlights frantically scouring the surrounding area which would imply a breakout or to show that the security is very high.

At 00:26, you can see a vandilised garage door in a run down alley. On the door is spray painted “Long Live Joker” which would reinforce the idea of a breakout. The next few seconds will also make you think of a jailbreak with thugs running rampant around the streets.

At 00:31 you can see a Uncle Sam-like poster in the top right corner which says “We want you” on it. You can see a close-up of another one of these posters at 00:35. The figure in the poster is in an American flag suit with a gun in his left hand. Half of the suit seems darker than the other, which would immediately point to the popular villain, Two-Face. You can see the poster without the face at the official teaser website http://arkhamhasmoved.com/. Something that would nearly ensure Two-Face’s appearance in this game is the fact that he’s referenced 5 times in the 1st game!

At 00:33 you get a glimpse of a sign in the top right corner saying “iceberg” and at 00:35 you can see (from the inside part of the stain-glass sign) the word “lounge” written backwards. Fans of Batman should know that the Iceberg Lounge is famous villain, The Penguin’s club. The Penguin would be a great villain to include in the 2nd installment as he is a favourite of Batman fans.

Come 00:36 there’s a flash of lightning and the camera moves from a back-alley to a an abandoned building. A giant clown face then comes down and the camera is once-again moved.

You’re moved, at 00:43, from that building to some sort of  fun-house. There’s a rollercoster with a dead body in t in the fun-house, and if you look closely, it looks like the dead body is an Arkham Asylum guard, though I’m not sure about this.

The word “Sionis” appears at 00:46. Sionis is the surname of  villain, Black Mask (Roman Sionis) meaning that he could be in this game as well!

At 00:49 you go through a window leading into a small room and you can hear laughter. In this room you can see Harley Quinn, The Joker’s assistant, and a chair. At 00:50 you can just make out a bit of green hair, and it’s pretty easy to guess who that is. Joker. 00:51, there’s an explosion and Harley kisses Joker on the cheek, all the while Joker is still laughing. Harley walks away and at 00:53 you’re treated with a close-up of the awful-looking Joker. He looks much older. *Spoilers from 1st game* Then again, it could just be a side-effect of Titan */Spoilers* He’s on an IV full of blood and on the bag it says “Property of Gotham General”. He then starts laughing harder until he breaks into a fit of coughing.

At 01:05 it fades away to a picture of a concrete Batman symbol, which starts crumbling and some bits fall off to reveal a steel frame underneath, like you’d have with most concrete structures. The crumbling could symbolise something like Batman being old now, and that he hasn’t fought crime in a long time. Another possibility is that the game could be going the way of the comics *Batman comic book spoilers* in the way that Bruce Wayne has died and that Dick Grayson (Robin) has taken his place, with Wayne’s son becoming the new Robin. */Spoilers* This scenario would be less likely, though considering the fact that Robin was barely even referenced in the 1st game.

At 01:19 the words “Arkham Has Moved” come up, and the form one word when “.com” comes down.

In my opinion, I think that they may have it more based around Gotham than the asylum, but still keeping the asylum, seeing a that’s basically the backbone of this game. When you think about it, having the sequel set in the city could make it feel very much like the Spiderman games or [PROTOTYPE]. I don’t think that having it in the city would be a great move. I can’t find many words to describe it, other than; It might make it too open-worldy.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

October 17, 2009

Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum

By Mark Breen

Intro

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a game that came out August of 2009 on PS3. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed video game of this year. This is the highest rated superhero game of all time. I will be reviewing the PS3 version of this game which has the main game with all the challenge maps as usual, but has an added extra set of challenge maps where you can play as the Joker.

The Story

The story was good to say the least. The game didn’t need the story, as in, it wasn’t too important. If someone told you The whole ending, it wouldn‘t be the end of the world, you‘d probably just think, “Oh. That’s pretty cool.” As opposed to, “Thanks a lot Dumb Ass!”. If someone told you about some big boss fight or that a character that you didn‘t know was in it, you‘d more than likely think, “I can’t wait for that!” as opposed to, “I wanted to learn that for myself!”. It’s a, somewhat, un-spoilable game!

The Characters

The characters in this game are fantastic! Ranging from Batman and Jim Gordon, the good-guys, to Joker and The Riddler, the villains. Between the heroes and villains, there’re the simple-minded and, in a way, humble lunatics that occupy the asylum itself. Another thing in this game are the character bios. All 32 of them. You can learn about characters that have been around since the 40s, ones making their 1st appearances in this game and everyone in between. The voice acting in this game is some of the best that you’ll ever hear. The sound quality and actors themselves are fantastic.

The Gameplay

I’ll basically just say up-front, that the gameplay in general, is great! The FreeFlow combat in it is very well done. It’s easy enough, but not too easy, to get combos, they worked the counter, stun and dodge in well with the fighting itself, and this all helps when you’re doing the challenge maps or whoring combo trophies. The detective work is great and the stealth is even better. The parts where you have to take all the guards out 1-by-1? Executed fantastically, one of the best points of the game, and the good thing is that they keep it fresh, as in, some bits would have gargoyles for you to perch on and others you would go around the floor on foot, going through air vents. It’s a wide variety!

The Challenge Maps

The challenge maps are extra maps that you can play at any time outside of the main game. The first type of 3 that you’ll see is when you fight off enemies that respawn every round (4 rounds) You get achievements for getting up to and beyond a set score. The second, is a stealth mission where you take the armed enemies out 1-by-1 without being seen. You also get achievements for doing certain things, but they don’t tell you how to do them. The final one, is like the first, you fight off enemies, but you don’t get a break in between enemies. They keep coming until you die. There are variations on these called “Extreme” versions. This is the same as a previous mission, but it’s made harder by something that they add. On the PS3 version of this game, you’ll be able to download the “Play as the Joker” challenge maps which are the same as the Batman ones but you can play as, you guessed it, Joker.

The Boss Fights

The boss, I think, are good. Some people say that they’re “meh”, but I liked most of them. I can’t really make this section too long, as I don’t want to spoil them for you

Good Points

  • Good story and isn’t easy to spoil.
  • Great characters and back-stories. I mean come on, it’s Batman!
  • Great graphics and physics.
  • Amazing voice acting and actors.
  • You can roam around the island once finished the game.
  • Is a thrill to play some parts!
  • Extra maps (challenge maps) are great fun!
  • Great value for money!
  • Easy to get and well-working controls.
  • Stealth, free-roam, fighting and puzzles all make for great gameplay.

Bad Points

  • Can glitch sometimes.
  • Not all the boss fights are good.
  • Anti-climactic ending.

All in all, I loved this game. I thought that it was a great game to play, fun and challenging in a way that not many games can pull off. I’m giving it…

9/10

“This sets the bar for all superhero games in the future.”