Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alec Meer)

My VR column returns! Now that my Oculus DK1 is replaced by a less nauseasome DK2 at last, the pressing problem is less “ooh, me poor peepers” and more “so, er, what is there to actually play?” The stark fact of the matter is that very few developers have yet included meaningful Oculus support, because this is not yet a consumer device. This is very much the case at a software level as well as a hardware one.

In the next column I’ll do a round-up of some of the more interesting experiments doing the rounds for DK2, but today I want to talk about VorpX. It’s a name that sounds like an ill-advised sci-fi remake of Jabberwocky, but actually it’s paid software which forcibly injects VR support into all kinds of PC games that don’t otherwise support it.

Important update: Alien Isolation now working. Aaaaaaah. … [visit site to read more]

Shacknews - Robert Workman
Batman: Arkham Knight is Rocksteady's third and final foray into the Arkham universe. While the Arkhamverse has been going strong for four years, the Caped Crusader has a long history in games. Today, we look back at some of the noteworthy moments of the Dark Knight in video games.
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Batman Arkham Asylum best games

There is an important question we all must ask ourselves one day: can I afford to be Batman? If the price for all of those wonderful toys in Batman: Arkham Origins is too high for you, then the folks at the Humble Bundle have got you covered.

Starting today, The Humble WB Games Bundle offers a set of top games from Warner Bros., including a few that feature copious amounts of caped crusader. You can pay what you want for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, F.E.A.R. 3, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and of course, Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition.

Exceed the average payment and you'll receive two additional games: Scribblenauts: Unlimited and Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition. Which means you'll have even more chances to claim "I am the night!" to loved ones or random strangers.

As usual, the pay-what-you-want scale allows you to divide your payment between a chosen charity, the Humble Bundle group, and the developers. This sale's featured charity is We Can Be Heroes, an organization owned by DC Entertainment (the purveyors of Batman-related media) that fights hunger throughout the world. That's pretty heroic.

The Humble WB Games Bundle runs from Nov. 5 to Nov. 19. Previous Humble Bundles have been extremely successful, so there's no reason to think this one will be any different.
Shacknews - Steve Watts
The Humble Bundle is offering another spate of PC games, this time a collection of WB Games properties for charity. Appropriately enough, a portion of proceeds will go towards DC Comics' We Can Be Heroes charity, which combats the hunger crisis in the horn of Africa by selling branded superhero merch.
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 75% on Batman: Arkham Asylum!

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PC Gamer
Batman Arkham City - Batbird
Batman: Arkham City is still weeks away on PC. Those of us with consoles have had to face a tough dilemma. Buy it now and save Gotham before Battlefield 3 and Skyrim come out, or hold fast until it's finally released on November 18. Stand fast! Improved physics make for much moodier cape-whooshing, and the extra layer of heavy Gotham fog will hopefully make it a more atmospheric experience on PC. Find out how your machine will handle Arkham City with these system specs, spotted over on Eurogamer. There are also three new screenshots showing the Bat at his best.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7
CPU: Dual-Core CPU 2.4 Ghz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA 8800 or ATI 3800 with 512MB of VRAM
Sound: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100 per cent DirectX 9.0c-compatible)
DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive: 17.5GB free disk space
Input Devices: 100 per cent Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard
Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7

CPU: Dual-Core CPU 2.5 GHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or ATI Radeon HD 6850 with 768MB+ of VRAM (DirectX 11 compatible)
Sound: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible sound card (100 per cent DirectX 9.0c-compatible)
DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive: 17.5 GB free disk space
Input Devices: 100 per cent Windows XP/Vista or 7 compatible mouse and keyboard or Xbox 360 Controller for Windows




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Batman: Arkham City is arriving a month late on PC. Which is annoying. BUT, the PC version will come with a few extra bonuses. Those running NVidia GTX cards will be able to take advantage of the extra PhysX effects present throughout Arkham City. See the first video above, spotted via RPS, and check out the Nvidia site for more.

So those enough with GTX cards can expect glowing, bouncy sparks, swirling wreaths of paper, shards of ice and low Gotham fog. DirectX 11 cards will also be able to take advantage of "tessellation," a technique that shatters polygons into smaller components that can be raised and lowered according to the whim of the graphics artist, creating more detailed 3D models. The first screenshot of Batman: Arkham City's tessellated environments has been released. And... er, yes. Those leaves certainly look more detailed. Just look at that... foliage. Oh my.

Product Release - Valve
Save 50% off on the Caped Crusader pack during the Midweek Madness sale!

Critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum returns with a remastered Game of the Year Edition, featuring 4 extra Challenge Maps. The additional Challenge Maps are Crime Alley; Scarecrow Nightmare; Totally Insane and Nocturnal Hunter (both from the Insane Night Map Pack).

When all the villains in Arkham Asylum team up and break loose, only the dynamic duo is bold enough to take them on to save Gotham City. The fun of LEGO, the drama of Batman and the uniqueness of the combination makes for a comical and exciting adventure in LEGO Batman: The Videogame.
Shacknews - Jeff Mattas

With high-grossing franchises like Batman, Mortal Kombat, and multiple LEGO titles, Warner Bros. has been largely successful in its recent forays into the video game business. President of Warner Interactive, Martin Tremblay, asserts that he expects 2011 to be the company's most profitable year in interactive entertainment, "on track to generate close to $1 billion in sales." Today's release of Batman: Arkham City for consoles is sure to help matters.

An article in the Los Angeles Times examines Warner Bros. path to success in the video game space, a path that continues to elude most movie studios that try to get their feet wet with making video games. Warner Interactive produced its first title in 2005, but quickly realized that while it had a good number of intellectual properties that could serve as the basis for great video games, it didn't yet have the ability to make high-quality titles.

To solve that problem Warner Interactive has spent the last four years or so buying successful game production companies and their associated LEGO, Mortal Kombat and Arkham franchises. The most notable of these acquisitions was Arkham Asylym and City developer Rocksteady, though the acquisitions of Traveler's Tales (LEGO games) and Midway Games (Mortal Kombat) have both proven quite profitable as well. The publisher has adopted an approach with recent games (especially movie-based tie-ins) meant to avoid the common trappings of games that are made and rushed out the door. "The movie-based games business is broken, and for teen-targeted titles, we're going to try and distance ourselves from the movies so the game stands by itself," Tremblay said.

In addition to the Dark Knight's highly anticipated return to video games (and the new Nolan-directed film, due out in nine months), Warner Bros. is releasing The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on November 1, and will also have a game featuring Hobbits done prior to the release of Peter Jackson's film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in December 2012. The company is also working on two new LEGO sequels--one for Batman and one for Harry Potter--that are due out in November of next year as well.

Tremblay also teased a new game based on a "superhero from Warner's DC Comics unit," but wouldn't share any more details at this time. Let the speculation and anticipation begin! (Personally, I'm hoping that we'll finally see a proper Superman game.)

To put Warner Interactive's recent success into perspective, research firm Ipsos OTX reported that Batman: Arkham Asylum sold 4.3 million copies. Hype on sites like Metacritic is already tracking higher for City than Asylum, and Warner Interactive's sales-profits for the publisher should also increase significantly with Arkham City sales, now that Rocksteady is owned under the Warner Interactive umbrella.

PC Gamer
Batman Arkham City - Fear not Gotham..
We learned several weeks ago that the PC version of Batman: Arkham City would be slipping into November. On the day that the game hits consoles in the States, Warner Brothers announce that we can expect it on PC on Friday November 18. A whole month away! By the time Arkham City reaches PC, the first Nightwing DLC pack will already have been out on consoles for more than two weeks.

No reason is given in the statement as to why the PC version is late, but there are four new screenshots for us to stare at longingly. If you're looking for a new desktop background, the larger version of the above thumbnail (without speech bubbles) looks spectacular blown up, and there's a shot of Joker's face in gruesome detail. Click to see each screenshot full-size.


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