Arkham Asylum. Now that’s a name that provokes fear and terror for many. Officially named the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, the hospital/prison is where many of Gotham City’s, and the DC Comics universe’s, most dangerous deranged criminals are incarcerated. From a minor reference in one comic book, it has become so much bigger, most recently with two huge selling videogames and what looks to be a major plotline in one of this summer’s surefire blockbusters, The Dark Knight Rises.
All this week, Biff Bam Pop’s various writers will drop by with their thoughts on the best of the year when it comes to tv, music, movies, comics and more. Monday, we looked at what topped our tv list, Tuesday featured our musical faves while Wednesday was all about comics. Today, Biff Bam Pop’s gaming gurus tell their favourite plays of 2011.
Not a bad year for gaming! Heavy hitters such as Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, MW3, and a few others all hit the shelves, making it a very confusing time for gamers figuring out what to play first! I made my decision for Game of the Year based on the overall playability of the game, including its appeal to not just the hardcore gamers, but also the casual ones.
When DC Comics, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios teamed up to release Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms in 2009, fans of the Dark Knight were blown away by the killer graphics, a rich story and most important of all, the chance to actually be Batman in a video game.
Many fans were so taken with the game’s free-flowing combat, challenge maps and multitude of Bat gadgets that they didn’t think Arkham Asylum could be improved upon.
Enter 2011’s sequel, Batman: Arkham City.
Like the first game, Arkham City features a story written by Paul Dini, one of the primary architects behind the much-loved Batman: The Animated Series. Expanding on just about everything from the first game, Arkham City increases the game playing field three times over, expands the number and quality of side missions and villains for Batman to handle, and even allows you to take control of such fan-favourite characters as Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing through downloadable content.
In every way, shape and form, Batman: Arkham City is a vast improvement on the near-perfect gaming experience of the original. It’s a strong contender for game of the year, and worth every penny. Giving the gift of a stay in Arkham City this holiday season will make you a winner come Christmas morning.
Batman: Arkham City is available on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and retails for $69.99 in most video game stores and online via Amazon.ca.
As many of our neighbours to the south enjoy the annual gorging of Thanksgiving, many others are preparing for one of the biggest shopping days of the year: Black Friday.
A few Canucks have also decided to jump on the shopping bandwagon by crossing the border in search of deals. Seeing how well Black Friday works in America, Canadian-based companies have decided to try and keep some dollars in the Great White North by joining the frenzy and offering some sweet deals over the course of the weekend.
While December 1st will bring the debut of the Biff Bam Pop! Holiday Gift Guide, we thought it’d be nice to give you a head start on the holiday shopping with the 5 Best Black Friday deals we’ve seen so far.
Curious about what you can score? Come on in and find out…