So many exciting announcements! I can barely keep up with all them, let alone prevent myself from succumbing to the giddy anticipation of PAX being only three weeks from now. Bliss!
Finally, finally, after so much silence, the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, has been announced for Fall 2011. Arkham Asylum was brilliant-I loved the combat and the intricate puzzles. It was also deliciously dark-the way Batman should be. I am much more inclined to favor the Dark Knight over the cartoon character and WBIA certainly delivered-kind of like the new Nolan movies vs. the old Schumacher ones. The Scarecrow scenes were definitely my favorite-even if the quick stealth and platforming mechanics were kind of dull. But that is what made the game great-the crazies each had their own little habitat with mysteries to solve in each one. And although collectables can sometimes be token (collecting for collecting’s sake), the game within a game aspect of AA’s puzzles made them way more interesting to solve. But some of the Riddler marks were frustratingly difficult to line up properly in order to correctly analyze them and I have to admit that I kept the goggles on throughout the entire game, which was surely not what they intended since the gritty color scheme was so striking and I almost missed it. Arkham City will be set in a new prison instead of the asylum (less hospital wards, I imagine) and has a whole new cast of loonies for Batman to dance with-including Catwoman…and Two Face?
In smaller, more XBLA-sized announcements, Double Fine has given us a few pictures from their Halloween themed cutie, Costume Quest:
Adorable! I am a big fan of Halloween and was wondering what I would be doing that night since the actual holiday falls on a Sunday. Question answered.
New DLC for Dragon Age, Borderlands and Bioshock 2 will be arriving between now and the next month or so. Dragon Age is unending-every time I think, ‘all right, this has to be the last one’ they announce new DLC for Origins. 'The Golems of Amgarrak' was released last Tuesday but I haven't had a chance to play it yet. The new Borderlands chapter will center around Claptraps with 'Claptrap's New Robot Revolution'...it’s been awhile since we visited Pandora's barren landscapes so it should be great to be back, shooting skags and rescuing our little robot friends. And FINALLY, there is new Bioshock 2 single player DLC, 'Minerva’s Den', which isn’t centered around combat (like the first one) and will have more story to tell. So much to play!
And in crazy, exciting, ZOMG breaking news, the third installment of the Bioshock series, Bioshock Infinite, has been slated for a 2012 release. The narrative is not related to Rapture and it’s NOT UNDERWATER-it's set in Columbia, a turn of the century floating city where *gulp* something terrible happens. No Big Daddies, no Little Sisters...what the heck is going on?! I'll let the professionals explain.
All I know is that I woke up this morning with no Bioshock and now I have more Bioshock and I am squee-ing with delight.