Video Games: Bats, New Muties and Quests

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There's some exciting video game news that recently hit the web. Some things were kept under wraps until now, while others we saw coming a mile away. All of it is still exciting.

First up, X-men: Destiny. I haven't seen too much about this except that it will introduce three new playable characters whose destiny is decided by the player's actions and choices in the game. Sounds like a Fable-esque game to me, but with awesome mutant powers, an emo Cyclops and a likely overkill of Wolverine.

I do have some additional X-Men news: the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game has finally come to the PS3 for download. I can't tell you how many of my hard-earned allowance quarters were dropped into the coin slot of this awesome side-scroller. This has to be one of my personal favorites—as in all-time favorites. Just the memories of playing this game are worth the $9.99 download price. I'm actually more inclined to buy and play this than the new X-men: Destiny.

Batman: Arkham City is a follow up to the 2009 smash hit, Batman: Arkham Asylum, which I reviewed here, and man, am I ever excited to play it. Just look at the trailer!

I could watch that for hours—which I actually did. I had to base this write up on something, and the junk on Wikipedia doesn't quite hold water. But, damn, look at those graphics, and the bad-assery of the Dark Knight. I don't even know where to start on how great I think this game will be. It's the sequel to a game that was already too good to be a video game based on a comic.

Paul Dini is writing it, and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill return to lend their voices. Additionally, Stana Katic (Detective Beckett in ABC's Castle), will voice Talia Al Ghul according to IMDB, which is a treat for anyone who enjoys her snappy, and sly retorts on Castle . Up to this very moment, when I checked IMDB, I hadn't heard anything about Talia being in the game, but you know who I had heard about? Catwoman! That's another big plus for the game, that and “the more, the merrier” factor.

As proven by the previous Batman Arkham Asylum, if one villain is good, then a half-dozen is even better. All those nasty bad guys who didn't get screen time in the first game, and some of those who did, will be making a hideously grand appearance in Arkham City. With Mark Hamill returning, it's obvious we'll get the Joker with a Harley chaser, but Doctor Hugo Strange will be playing a larger, if not the main, villain role. I really like the choice of using Hugo Strange. He's different—a notable villain, but not the first name that comes up when you say villain in a Batman game.

Anyway, the game is set for fall 2011, and I can't wait to get a pre-order in for it. There aren't many games that I will buy at full price, but this seems like one of the few that just might be worth it. What kind of Batfan would I be if I didn't?

Now this next game has nothing to do with the comic book world, but it's too good to ignore: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I giggled and danced a little when I was told about it and saw the trailer. It seems not too long ago that my friends and I were sitting around discussing the new Fallout game and how long it had been since Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion had come out. Well, I guess we've got some kind of ESP, because Skyrim has been announced for fall 2011, which means I'll have another game to pre-order. Man, I am going to be broke come November. I hope no one wants anything for Christmas other than to watch me play video games for hours.

Since Skyrim was just announced, not a whole lot is known other than the story takes place after Oblivion, and takes place in the snowy province of Skyrim, and there seems to be some sort of dragon involved according to the trailer.

That's it for now, folks. All in all come the third quarter of game sales next year the game publishers will be richer and we'll be poorer. Batman and Skyrim will be on my must-have list, how about you? Maybe, if we're good and can hold out ‘til next Christmas, Santa will do us a solid and hand out some extra first-person adventuring and batarangs. I'll see you in-game.

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