Unlockable costumes, weapons, etc. are a staple feature of contemporary video games. The makers of the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City have announced that at least six unlockable costumes will be available. Six costumes and one huge catch.
The catch is this. The hidden costume you’ll have access to depends on which store you pre-roder from. Plus, you’ll only get one costume per store. Holy Rip-Offs, Batman! Sounds like you’ve got to buy the thing five times to get all five outfits.
Below is a list of which costume is available at each store. Choose wisely, old chum.
Batman Beyond — GameStop
Dark Knight Returns — Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition, Any Store
Earth One Batman – MightyApe
1970′s Batman — Toys R Us
The Animated Series Batman — MightyApe
Finally, Best Buy will offer an exclusive Robin Map Pack, featuring a Red Robin costume.
Here’s a surprise: I enjoy MMORPGs. I’ve been playing Warcraft for years, and have anticipated the upcoming Star Trek Online for almost as long. Meanwhile, Bioware has released the first cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republicand it looks great. There’s not a lot of info available just yet, but here’s what we do know.
The story is set 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader and 300 years before the events of The Knights of the Old Republic. Specifically, it depicts the Sith Empire’s sacking of Coruscant. Players can choose to join either the Sith Empire or the Galactic Republic, and then refine their selection with classes, factions, alliances, etc.
One interesting aspect is the Holonet, a vast database of gameworld history, classes, planets and factions that will be accessible from within the game. You can get a small taste of it online. Additionally, LucasArts called the game “…the largest voice over project in the history of games and maybe across all areas of entertainment” at this week’s E3 Expo. Why? Because every character in the game — yes, every one — is “voiced.” Walk up to them and they’ll talk. That’s cool.
There’s no release date or system requirements available, but we’ll follow this game’s development and keep you in the loop.