RIP Prince

Reports are that Prince has died at the age of 57. Time to resurrect this classic. I love the song, not so much the video..

The soundtrack Prince created for Batman The Movie (1989) is still my favourite soundtrack, followed in quick succession by the Matrix soundtracks..

From that article above, check out Prince on the guitar in this song, WOW.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles

Wonder Woman

Batman

Superman

This is an alternate universe where the Justice League use lethal force to maintain order on Earth. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are not who you are familiar with. An animated movie is expected at the end of the month and will shine an altogether darker light on these super heroes.

In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. Superman is named Hernan Guerra and is the son of General Zod, who was rocketed to Earth as a child and raised by a family of Mexican immigrants. Batman is Kirk Langstrom, a scientist who has inadvertently transformed himself into a vampire in an attempt to cure his cancer, feeding on criminals to satisfy his hunger. Wonder Woman is Bekka, who is the wife of the New God Orion.[2][3] The Justice League’s unaccountability is ultimately challenged by the world’s governments following the suspicious deaths of renowned scientists. (Wikipedia)

There’s a series of comic books too. Here’s a sneak peek at the first Superman one. Looks great!

Justice League Superman

When Batman left Microsoft…

… there were cheers as gamers didn’t have to battle with “Games for Windows Live” or GFWL or “that pile of stinking sh*t that loses my save games” any more.

GFWL login

Except they do. As a final hurray, anyone who had either of the current Arkham games (Asylum or City) will get an upgrade to the GOTY version. Unfortunately the announcement says that save games cannot be transferred. Good old GFWL, evil until the end!

All is not lost however. If you’re willing to dig around with a hex editor here are instructions explaining how to make things work. I haven’t tried it yet but because I have Arkham City installed I can somehow play it with GFWL offline. It took me 5 hours to get through 16% of the game so hopefully I can salvage the save game! I can’t find any save file for the previous game which I had deleted but I had completed it and I don’t care for picking up all the Riddler’s trophies so no loss.

The Dark Knight was no Batman

I’d been really looking forward to watching The Dark Knight Rises since it came out a few weeks ago. I diligently avoided all spoilers and laughed when I heard one or two strange stories about the ending. I finally got to watch the movie last night in an almost empty theatre.

I hated it.

It’s not often that I’ll leave a theatre angry at the movie I’ve just watched but this happened last night. The movie was too long and destroyed the Batman mythology. The Batman story has always been flexible. Characters are changed about, sometimes the stories contradict each other but usually those stories are seen as separate to the main Batman story line. That might excuse some changes but this movie knocked huge gaping holes in it and threw a twist in at the end to make sure it was completely destroyed. *sigh*

I’ll leave you with this, The Dark Knight Rises: 20 Mistakes Nolan Should Have Avoided which is a pretty good overview of mistakes made in the movie. Do not read if you haven’t watched the movie.

Oh, and go read Batman: Knightfall. It’s the story this movie was based on but it’s so much better.

Batdance

I love the original Batman the Movie soundtrack. This video (which I saw for the first time today) though makes me cringe. (via Twitter but I found a YT copy)

Bonus: Batmania by Pretzel Logic on the C64. I remember watching this around the time the movie came out.

Recurring Nightmares

I’d forgotten how good Batman: Arkham Asylum was but now I’m playing it again having picked it up on release 2 years ago. The Scarecrow character in the comics had some great stories and the recurring nightmares in this game are terrifying the first time you come across them!


(Spoiler alert! Don’t watch or you’ll ruin a great section of the game!)

I still remember the first time I entered that morgue, gave me the shivers. Watch the video fullscreen, headphones on and in a dark room!

Batman Arkham Asylum Combat Tips

I’m still at the stage where I just mash the attack and evade buttons in combat. The first video above shows a simple but better technique by evading enemies with jumps and the second one is the “Perfect Freeflow 2.0” achievement showing how to do the following moves in slow motion.

1 – Standard Strike – PS3: Square I Xbox 360: X
2 – Stun – PS3: Circle I Xbox 360: B
3 – Evade Jump – PS3: X I Xbox 360: A
4 – Counter – PS3: Trianlge I Xbox 360: Y
5 – Special Combo Takedown – PS3: Trianlge+Circle I Xbox 360: Y+B
6 – Special Combo Bat Swarm – PS3: Square+X I Xbox 360: X+A
7 – Special Combo Disarm And Destroy – PS3: Triangle+Square I Xbox 360: Y+X
8 – Special Combo Multi Ground Takedown – PS3: Circle+X I Xbox 360: B+A
9 – Aerial Attack – PS3: Circle, Left Stick+X, X I Xbox 360: X, Left Stick+A, A
10 – Beat Down Finisher – PS3: Circle, Square (8 times) I Xbox 360: B, X (8 times)
11 – Batclaw Slam – PS3: L1+Trianlge, Square I Xbox 360: LB+Y, X
12 – Ultiamte Stun – PS3: Circle, Circle, Circle I Xbox 360: B, B, B
13 – Ground Pound – PS3: R2+Triangle I Xbox 360: RT+Y

I now wish Battlefield 3 wasn’t coming out on Friday as I won’t have time to devote to this amazing and beautiful game!

Bonus link: Combat, Gadgets, Upgrades, Riddler Challenges, and More!