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So. Arkham City.

…I’m pretending the household isn’t seriously considering plunking down a couple hundred bucks for a new laptop just for the sake of gaming.

It’s no secret that Arkham City is gonna be huge. I mean, Arkham Asylum was big enough to help influence the DCnU Harley Quinn redesign:

(Yeah, okay, nobody's ever said the official reason, but I defy you to try and tell me otherwise.)

It’s also no secret that Catwoman is going to be a major player. I’ve already posted a game play sneak peek, but there’s new, very hush-hush news!

According to gamestop.com, if you pre-order the Arkham City special edition strategy guide, you get the following:

*Choose from two special covers…The Dark Knight or Catwoman!


*PIN-UP POSTER included! Enjoy a pin-up poster featuring the two female leads of Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Each femme fatale appears in a seductive post for your viewing pleasure.


*Bonus Catwoman’s Walkthrough: Get complete coverage of Catwoman’s DLC content! All 4 episodes are revealed!

(…leave us not discuss the enticement of a special edition poster of the two main female characters in seductive poses, please. *eye roll*)

The most pertinent bit of info: Catwoman DLC. That stands for downloadable content.

Arkham Asylum had DLC, consisting of a special subplot in which you could play as the Joker. Presumably, there’ll be a special subplot for Catwoman in Arkham City as well, which will be DLC exclusive! Whether or not this content will be available for all platforms remains to be seen, but if it’s anything like the Joker content, there’ll be a whole mini-story arc to play through as Selina.

I wonder what it will consist of? Arkham Asylum was very puzzle heavy, and naturally, with the Riddler figuring into Arkham City in a big way, the sequel will be too, so I’m curious to see if that carries over into the Catwoman DLC. I can easily see a theft-based mission that could play with that game dynamic. Imagine, a heist, lots of laser beams, lots of booby traps, lots of skill involved.

Of course, it could go the complete opposite direction and require lots of beating the ever-lovin’ crap out of Gotham thugs. Who knows?

In any case, I know I’ll be anxiously awaiting the game walkthroughs on YouTube.

on 2011-09-18 08:53 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
I am so excited for this game! Can't afford the game and strategy guide though. :[

I read a good review yesterday on DC women kickin ass' tumblr and apparently Catwoman is the first character you play as and her moves, etc. are well done. SO EXCITED.

on 2011-09-18 09:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
If I actually manage to get my hands on the guide (via ebay or somewhere sensibly priced), you can bet I'll be scanning the most interesting bits. :D

I'm excited too, but also apprehensive. Catwoman can go so wrong in so many ways. Fingers crossed that they handle her well!

on 2011-09-18 09:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
Oooh I hope you can get it then! :]

And yeah, you're right about the potential for her to be poorly handled... But even though I had some issues with Arkham Asylum with the character designs for Ivy/Harley (not to mention the height vs. weight ratio of some of the women in their bios) I was overall really pleased with it and have played it through more than once so I'm pretty optimistic for Arkham City. Oh, and I definitely still have issues with Harley's character design AND for Catwoman's but... I'm willing to overlook it if it has great gameplay/story (and I love Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker).

on 2011-09-18 10:14 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
Oooh, can I ask what bugged you about the Harley/Ivy/Catwoman redesigns? I'm curious!

You know, the height/weight thing carries over to the official DC Universe Encyclopedia as well. I can't tell you how many times my best friend and I sat reading that thing, pointing at various stats and going, "Nope. Nuh uh. AHAHAHAHAHHAHA, 5'7" and 120 lbs.? And she's supposed to be made of muscle? Yeah, riiiight."

And a hearty "Yes! Yes! Yes!" to Conroy and Hamill. Hamill will always be my favorite Joker, and Conroy...well, I'm a little too attached to Michael Keaton as my on-the-edge-ready-to-snap Batman to call him my favorite, but it's definitely close.

on 2011-09-18 10:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
Well, granted Scarecrow's costume made him more exposed it was so obvious why they had Ivy dressed the way she did, as well as Harley. Granted both always look sexy in their costumes regardless they could have kept Harley's costume more true to the original. And for Catwoman's costume I'm happy they're using her recent look but in all the commercials I've seen they have the top unzipped and her boobs look unnatural half the time. And she has heels. And the textures on her costume in general don't look very life-like most of the time.

I swear Arkham Asylum had one that was 5'7'' or 5'8'' and "115 lbs." o_o Not all of them were that bad but yeah.

Michael Keaton is my absolute favourite live action Batman. I've honestly never cared for any of the others (I mean, I like them and I like the movies but if I had to say "are they Bruce Wayne?" I would say "no").

on 2011-09-18 10:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
Oh, don't get me started on Scarecrow's costume. He looked like a Slipknot reject and I am of the very firm belief that at no time should Jonathan Crane ever be associated with anything that has ever been even remotely hip. He's supposed to be the squarest square there is, damn it!

I might not have a problem with the weight/height thing if the characters weren't supposed to be boobtacularly athletic, you know? My BFF is naturally thin as a rail at 5'7" and she's perfectly healthy at that size--but she's nowhere near a D cup or muscle-y enough to be a supervillain. Catwoman should weigh somewhere around 160 at 5'7", I'd estimate, if she's made up of nothing but muscle and boobs.

Keaton's my fave too. I love that he walks that line between cool and controlled and over the edge. I want that in my Batman. I want to know that if you push him the wrong way, he could totally snap and kick your ass six was from Sunday. I think that's essential in Batman, otherwise he isn't very intimidating. Superman isn't scary because you know he won't break your fingers if you're snatching a purse--he could, but he won't. Batman, on the other hand...

on 2011-09-18 11:05 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
He looked like a Slipknot reject

He totally did. All of my friends who are Slipknot fanboys loved Scarecrows look. :p

I totally feel the same way about the weight/height thing. If they can't keep the numbers realistic I don't think they should bother to put them in the bios.

I also think Keaton is the only one who's successfully played Bruce and Batman in a live action movie. The rest of them might be good at playing one or the other but it seems like they never get a great handle on both like Keaton does.

on 2011-09-18 11:13 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
That's an excellent point. A friend of mine thinks that Val Kilmer made a really great Bruce. And I know there are a lot of people who really like Christian Bale's Bruce too. In either case I don't agree, myself, but then, I'm picky. Batman is a whole person to me, and both aspects of him--Bruce and the Bat--must be pitch perfect for me to really like an actor in his role.

Keaton's my favorite, of course, but I have to give props to Conroy, too. I mean, the cemetery scene in Mask of the Phantasm is so crushingly moving that I can't deny how much I adore that particular take on Bruce, and by extension, Batman. I know Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are video games and thus must be action packed, but I'd really love the opportunity to see Conroy playing Bats out of the costume again.

on 2011-09-18 11:22 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
I honestly think Bale is a better Batman than Bruce (all criticisms of the voice aside). And from what I remember Kilmer was a better Bruce than Batman. But neither of them have the same balance (or integrate the two halves into a whole) as Keaton and Conroy.

Annnnd you've just reminded me I need to rewatch Mask of the Phantasm since I haven't seen it since the 90s. :]

on 2011-09-18 11:06 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
Oh, and a-duh, I am so forgetful: re: Catwoman's costume in AC:

I'm a big fan of the recent costume, and while I don't mind that she leaves it unzipped sometimes in the comics, it's just plain stupid looking with the zipper down and the mask on here, because there's that super huge chin strap breaking up what little flow the costume has. Sigh.

And yes: bleh to the texturing. That's just unnecessary.


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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