Arkham: Origins Unleashed
A wave of news for Batman: Arkham Origins hit today. The group over at Gamespot showed off a United Kingdom collectors edition that features a statue, an art book and a steel case for the game (http://www.gamespot.com/news/batman-arkham-origins-collectors-edition-unveiled-6412621). The same article promises news about the collectors edition for the United States is coming soon. Most of the time these editions end up being very similar. Sometimes the statues are different or one country or another doesn’t get the steel game case but often the contents are pretty much the same. I really like what I see from the UK version.
That wasn’t the only news to hit about Batman: Arkham Origins today. Gameinformer has uncovered some of the alternate costumes that will be in the game (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/08/07/four-more-batman-arkham-origins-skins-revealed.aspx). The costumes include Long Halloween Batman, Thrillkiller Batman, Earth 2 Batman and Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table. I’m a fan of the classics so I really enjoy seeing the back to basics outfit from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween story making the cut. The rest of the costumes are well designed and definitely give you some different looks. I think what I would most like to see added in the future are some of the costumes used in the Batman cinematic universes. I’d like to see a version of Tim Burton’s costume as well as a Dark Knight version from the Christopher Nolan films. It might take some doing but Warner Brothers figured out how to get The Man of Steel costume from the new Superman movie into Injustice: Gods Among Us so there is hope.
Summer of Arcade Underway
Microsoft’s annual Summer of Arcade event kicked off today with the release of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. I didn’t have any interest in the title until I found out it was developed by Starbreeze Studios. By looking at the gameplay I never would have guessed that. I have enjoyed many of the games that have come out of this studio and this is about as far away from the Chronicles of Riddick, Darkness and Syndicate franchises as you could possibly get. I played the demo and I enjoyed it. Did I enjoy it enough to throw down $15 on it? I’m not sure yet. There is a lot of stuff I’m interested in this month. The big games for me in August are Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Saints Row IV. I’ve also got a close eye on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows which will close out the Summer of Arcade offerings. It’s a busy month. If you enjoy Starbreeze games though I definitely recommend you check out the demo and form your own opinion. It is definitely one of the most unique new releases I have seen in a while.
X-Box One DVR feature will be exclusive to Gold Members
The X-Box One DVR feature (the feature that allows you to record five minutes of gameplay and upload it to the internet from your console) will be available only to X-Box Live Gold Members. X-Box Live Gold typically costs $60 a year although you can usually get a year service card at a slight discount on Amazon.com. It’s worth mentioning to prospective buyers who have yet to from an opinion. The news itself is hardly surprising though. I’ll go out on a limb and say the PS4 dvr service will be locked behind a $50 a year PS Plus membership when it launches. I think I’m on a pretty sturdy limb though. It seems like a pretty advanced feature that will take up a lot of online storage space for both companies so it seems only natural that they would want compensated for that. (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/08/07/xbox-live-gold-required-for-xbox-one-game-dvr.aspx)