Batman: Arkham City – 12 Minutes of Gameplay, Robin Confirmed!

It seems like I can’t get any more excited for the upcoming sequel to my favorite game of last year. Batman: Arkham City promises to bring us everything we loved about Batman: Arkham Asylum, but bigger, better, and more badass. But this is something I’ve talked about a few times before. Like when they told us that Catwoman would be a playable character with a key role in the campaign mode.

Then there was the rumor that Robin would be a pre-order exclusive (with a probable downloadable version later on) to be used in some challenge maps. Well that rumor has been confirmed, and here’s what the Arkham City version looks like, courtesy of Gotham Knights Online:

Pretty cool. Now it has been confirmed that this will be the Tim Drake version of the character, although it does seem to have the hood that was made popular by the Damian Wayne version. The staff is a pretty good indication that it will be the Tim Drake version, though.

Here’s a concept image as well as a few details on Robin from over at GeekTyrant:

We wanted to create a Robin that players would identify as a contemporary character and move away from the traditional ‘Boy Wonder’ image that most people know. Our vision of Robin is the one of a troubled young individual that is calm and introverted at times but very dangerous and aggressive if provoked. The shaved head is inspired by cage fighters, because we thought that Robin might be doing that in his spare time to keep him on his toes. Still, we kept all the classic trademarks of Robin’s appearance, such as the red and yellow colors of his outfit, the cape and the mask. We really hope that people will discover our Robin as one of their new favorite characters in the Batman universe. He is back and he means business.

Now, I know, your asking me: But, Supa, this is what has gotten you all excited again?

Not at all, good sir. As much as I love Robin, one or two pictures of a character that’s been rumored to be involved for a while isn’t enough to crank my excitebike up to 88 mph. But 12 minutes of gameplay footage would do that. Thanks to GammaSquad for bringing it to our attention:

Awesome. Clearly this takes place in the early stages of the game, as it is still giving some of those helpful and needed tutorial hints, like x = strike. Don’t know what we would do without a hint like that one. But let’s go over this footage piece by piece.

First of all, it gives us even more of a look at Catwoman’s role in the game, as well as her combat styles. I’m definitely digging it, and can’t wait to kick ass in these awesome combat stages as not only Batman, but Catwoman as well. Even if she does let Dent get the drop on her like a punk.

Next we’ll talk villains. In this short look at the game, we see Two-Face, and we hear about Riddler and Professor Hugo Strange, who is apparently the ‘Warden’ of Arkham City. So that’s three villains, plus the rumored roles of Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and of course, Joker and Harley Quinn.

The city. Arkham City looks huge, and they really demonstrated the open form of the game, made even cooler with the new gliding technique that reminds me a little bit of the cape from Super Mario Bros. But who cares, seeing Bats gliding down from the sky to perch on a street sign was worth most of the footage we saw.

They also seem to have taken Detective Mode a little further, being able to separate informants from the rest of the pack, enabling you to take care of business without taking out the guy you need answers from. It all adds up to an even fuller and more enjoyable gameplay then the first game. I mean, did you see Bats drop in on 48 guys in the courthouse and start kicking ass like it was going out of business? That was freakin awesome.

The worst thing about this footage? The game doesn’t come out until October.

What do you think of Arkham City so far? Am I jumping the gun with my excitement? Did you hate the first game and are now equally unimpressed with the second? Sound off in the comments section below!

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