Gotham City. This crime-infested metropolis has been famously imagined and reimagined in comic books
Gotham City. This crime-infested metropolis has been famously imagined and reimagined in comic books, cartoons, and films. Now, we have a new vision of Gotham, and it stands not just as one of the most unforgettable incarnations ever of the city that Batman is devoted to protecting, but as one of the most richly detailed and exciting environments ever seen in a game. Building on 2009's outstanding Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City sets you free in the intoxicating neighborhood of North Gotham, now a sealed-off superprison for the city's worst criminals. As the Caped Crusader, you struggle to bring some semblance of order to the chaotic streets, foiling the plots of supervillains and protecting the victims of those who prey on the innocent. With its atmospheric setting, thrilling movement, immensely satisfying combat, and tremendous assortment of secrets to discover, side quests to complete, and other attractions, Arkham City is a fantastic adventure game.
Today, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Texas-based developer Twisted Pixel Games to work exclusively with the Xbox 360. The move will see the developers brought to Microsoft Studios to continue development of their games for Microsoft's platform.
Twisted Pixel, founded in 2006, is known for bringing the generally well-received 'Splosion Man to Xbox Live Arcade, following up with the sequel Ms. 'Splosion Man. The firm's latest game, Kinect-enabled title The Gunstringer, was also met with positive reviews.
The company also brought The Maw and Comic Jumper to the Xbox Live Marketplace. Before the acquisition, Twisted Pixel was also a registered developer for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS but had only ever actually released games on the PC and XBLA.
Earlier this year, Twisted Pixel was involved in a public plagiarism spat with Capcom regarding 'Splosion Man and the Capcom title MaXplosion. MaXplosion was released by Capcom onto iOS devices, with many--including Twisted Pixel's CEO--pointing out a number of similarities between it and Twisted Pixel's title. It also emerged through an interview that Twisted Pixel had pitched the idea of 'Splosion Man to Capcom, only to be rejected. Capcom defended its position, stating that the mobile division was a completely separate department and had no knowledge of Twisted Pixel's pitch or the game.
Twisted Pixel now joins Lionhead Studios and Rare as Microsoft-exclusive developers.
The upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be out in North America next year, but previously there has been little news on the official release dates for Asian territories. Now, Namco Bandai Partners Asia--a distribution offshoot of Namco Bandai Games--has announced that it will be handling distribution duties in the region for the upcoming RPG.
Gamers in Taiwan and Hong Kong can look forward to playing the Japanese language version of the game on December 15, while the Chinese subtitled version of the game will be released on January 31, 2012. Korea will get to interact with a Korean language version of the game on January 31 of next year. Meanwhile, Southeast Asian territories (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India), will receive the English version of the game on January 31, 2012.
In related news, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong announced recently that it will be releasing the PS3 version of the RPG with Japanese voiceovers, along with both English and Chinese subtitles. This version will be out in the whole of Asia on January 31, 2012. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent preview.
The Mac may have long since abdicated much of a claim to gaming, but you would need to be blind to have missed the marked effect on gaming made by the iPhone and iOS over the last three years. With that in mind, we'd be remiss in ignoring former Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs passing today at the age of 56. Jobs stepped down from his CEO position earlier this year due to his waning health. Jobs is survived by his wife Laurene and his three children, and his biological sister Mona Simpson.