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As I reported just a couple of weeks ago, GameStop is putting out a limited edition strategy guide for Batman: Arkham City, with two variant covers: one of Batman, one of Catwoman.

Those hit the internet yesterday, but I was so caught up in other Catwoman news, I didn't get to post about them.



Ah. I see Catwoman still has an ass. I'm so glad to be reminded, as I'd forgotten since the last twelve times Arkham City forcibly reminded me.

(Although, to be fair to Arkham City, it's not as bad as the comic book series I'm currently slogging through, Glory by Catwoman alum Jo Duffy and 90's superstar artist Mike Deodato--wherein, despite its excellent writing, I am reminded that the heroine has a costume with a thong every three panels. I GET IT. SHE HAS AN ASS. I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN IN THE LAST TEN SECONDS. I PROMISE I BELIEVE YOU. CAN I GO BACK TO READING THE REALLY GOOD STORY NOW?)

Additionally, I have new screenshots of super clarity to share!



















I'm not sure if it's just the corset fetishist/dyed hair enthusiast/former goth girl in me or not, but from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, I kind of dig Harley's costume for Arkham City.



SQUEE! Hugo Strange! Oh, he's so awesome. If you're unfamiliar with the character, I recommend you go here and here to read two of his most excellent comics appearances. He's a super badass, regardless of the silly neck beard. I love him a great deal.

And now for the bad news...

If you're planning on waiting to buy a cheaper second-hand copy of the game online or at your local games retailer, Warner Bros. has news for you: all of Catwoman's missions in Batman: Arkham City--which apparently make up about ten percent of the gameplay, are locked unless you have the 'First Purchaser' code, which is only included with a new copy of the game. If you buy Arkham City second hand, you'll have to pay for a pass key of your very own, or else just not play those missions.

As far as I know, this under-lock-and-key ten percent is supposed to be standard, not the downloadable content that I recently reported was theorized to be available. This sucks, especially if you're someone who's got just enough disposable cash to afford a used copy, but not the pass key.

Warner Bros. received a lot of praise for making Catwoman a playable character in Arkham City, and rightfully so, since blockbuster games with plot like this are pretty rarely have a playable female character, but putting her under lock and key is a really disappointing move.

Will that stop me from playing it? Well, no, but only because I have gamer friends who are planning on buying it and letting me take notes while they play through it.

More Arkham City content to follow in the coming weeks, you betcha.
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This is the back-up account for what I hope will be the Ultimate Catwoman Fan Blog--Dr. Von Fangirl on LiveJournal. You should go check it out over there. I much prefer the original article.

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