GTD: Gaming To Do
I’m drinking the kool-aid on the new Batman: Arkham Asylum game. Not only is it just plain fun to run, jump, and swoop around as Batman, knocking the beJeebus out of (literally) clown-faced thugs…but it also reminded me (in a good way) of the graphic
novel poem that made me a Batman fanboy in the first place: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (pictured).
Thanks to some awesome amazon-birthday-gift-card presents from my parents, I’ve already got 2 other games pre-ordered and on deck: Beatles: Rock Band(you might have heard of that one) … and the sequel to Assassin’s Creed, the aptly named Assassin’s Creed II.
There’s been quite a lot of griping about the flaws in the first AC [repetitive missions, pointless flag-collecting, unskippable (and long) cut-scenes, etc.], however I really enjoyed the way the developers had created these massive, detailed cities, over which you could run and jump along, climbing towers and nearly everything in sight. It was probably the first game I’ve ever played in which I felt in tune with the control scheme and therefore connected to the character’s movements onscreen. Anyway…I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Here’s a recent video walkthrough of some AC2 action: