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A Short History of Batman Video Games

Batman fans are excited about the latest game release, Batman: Arkham VR for PlayStation VR, taking the Caped Crusader into a whole new dimension of gaming. The move to VR is just the latest in a long line of Batman inspired games.

The first Batman video game was released back in 1986; it was a 3D action adventure game where Batman has to save Robin by collecting missing pieces to Batman’s hovercraft that are scattered around the Batcave.

In 1990, Batman was developed for console games, with a game based on Michael Keaton’s Batman, for Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Game Boy.  The Nintendo version of the game had 5 levels, and Batman had to defeat several of his nemeses, with a big showdown at the end against the Joker.

In 1992, the Batman Returns based games were released to all major systems. The game was a definite improvement over the 1990 game, with more levels, more shooting, and more bad guys.

Throughout the next 20 years, it seemed as if new Batman video games were being released every year, as the consoles improved so did the quality of the games. Every new movie brought about a new game, complete with the movie villains and game play that attempted to resemble the plot.

In the early 2000s, there were new innovations to the Batman games. Smartphones were becoming popular and game developers saw a whole new market they could reach. Batman Begins was released for mobile devices in 2005 and players had to try and defeat Falcone. This game was followed up in 2008 by The Lego Batman: The Mobile Game, and many other games coming in quick succession.

In 2009, Rocksteady Studios released the first of what would eventually be three games called the Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight (which we reviewed here). The first two titles received a facelift in Batman: Return to Arkham which not only had the remastered versions but also included all previously released DLC.

Batman games have come a long way since its simple beginnings in the mid 80s and we’re excited to see what fun games the future will bring.

We Review: Batman: Arkham Knight

You all know by now that the bat-PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is so bat-ly gimped that it had to be forcefully, vengefully even, pulled from the online batstores. Thankfully, I’m playing one of the decent versions. I become the terror that flaps in the night. No, wait…wrong series. I become the dark detective in the night, and prowl through Gotham’s streets to bring you this batreview of Batman: Arkham batKnight.

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A Dark and Stormy Knight

Johannesburg-based freelance digital artist Riyahd Cassiem created these fantastic renders of The Dark Knight. The images are suitably broody, and I like the organic feel of Batman’s outfit in these images. If you like this, you should check out his other work over at his Blogspot site! There is some really wonderful stuff there. More images after the break.

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Batman on a Postage Stamp

The US Postal Service honours the “quintessential American superhero” in a special edition run of stamps. It’s Batman’s 75th Anniversary this year and the set of stamps show the Caped Crusader’s iconic identity through the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Modern ages of the American comic book.

Check out the Batman-themed stamps after the jump.

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Batman Does Death Metal

Batman rocks out with his cape out in this most hilarious music video. The caped crusader teams up with Robin (drums), Red Hood (bass), and Nightwing (guitar) for a head-banging rendition of Face Fisted by DETHKLOK.

So strong my face is
You punch, break fingers
Kick me, you’re limping
Stab me, you’re bleeding
I am be angerous now
You throwing rock at me
Hit eye and it no hurt me
I’m strong, you’re not
You’re not

The lyrics are extremely fitting for the situations that Batman often finds himself in and the animations are hilarious to boot. Check out BATMETAL below.

[via @Choffel]

We Review: Batman: Arkham Origins

From the fantastic voice work to the hard-hitting combat system, Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham series is at the zenith of modern superhero games. In fact, 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum held the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever”. In 2011, Arkham City improved on its already fantastic predecessor, giving players the freedom to roam the dangerous streets of Gotham.

They say “third time’s a charm” and developer Warner Bros. Games Montréal has the unenviable task of ensuring that Batman: Arkham Origins lives up to the series’ pedigree. Will this outing to Gotham City be remembered as one of Batman’s most memorable moments or a dark blight on what has been a great series so far?

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We Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us

Superheroes are some of the most revered characters in fiction, and every now and again, someone tries to make another superhero video game. Mostly, they tend to suck. So it’s with mixed feelings we received Injustice: Gods Among Us. Is it superpowered? Or is the transferal to a digital medium its proverbial Kryptonite? Let’s find out.

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We Review: Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Let me tell you a story. When I was a kid, I used to stay over at my cousin’s place during the holidays. He used to own one of the most amazing comic book collections I’d ever seen, and—to the ire of everyone around me who told me I was being thoroughly antisocial—I spent every holiday reading and re-reading every single one of those comics. He had them all: superlative quantities of Superman, great piles of Green Lantern, judicious amounts of Justice League, and of course, a buttload of Batman comics. I read them all, over and over again. I first got my love of the DC and Marvel universes from those days back then, and I never really lost it. As you, dear readers, know well, I also have a great love of Traveller’s Tales Lego series, so I was justifiably quite excited to get my hands on Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

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Batman Characters in the Style of Dr. Seuss

There is a man who lives in a cave.
He is dark and broody and brave.
He wears a funny little hat.
And dresses up like a big bad bat.

If Gotham is in trouble
He’s there on the double.
All around there are nasties and louts.
But taking out the trash
Is what Batman is all about.

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Arty Batman Posters by Alexander Stojanov

Bulgarian artist Alexander Stojanov channels Drew Struzan in his series of film Batman posters. Based on Struzan’s Blade Runner poster, Stojanov crafts similarly themed posters, with the caped crusader as the centre-piece and the other characters forming the patchwork around him. Hit the jump to see his posters for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.

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