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What is Nosgoth?

What things come to mind when you hear the words “Free to play”? I know I automatically think of a sub-par, less engaging game with the option of microtransactions that usually puts you in a better position when facing other players. Thankfully, what Square Enix is doing with their latest game, Nosgoth breaks all these stereotypes and gives us an experience that we all can enjoy on numerous levels. Based on the lore of the Legacy of Kain series the game is centred on the humans uprising against the vampires that rule over everything. The vampires, brutal at close range melee combat verses the gadgets and crossbow wielding humans, this game is balanced beyond belief even if the two sides aren’t equipped the same.

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With no real ranged or projectile attacks the vampires might look like the side at a disadvantage. How do you fight something that can kill you from yards away when you can’t reach them? By simply outsmarting the opponent and luring them closer. This side of the two teams requires a lot more cunning tactics that we rarely see in competitive games. With the ability to climb upon virtually any surface and bound across the tops of buildings these bloodsuckers will always have the height advantage.

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The Reaver isn’t like your traditional foot solider class as they alone can break up the formation of a group of humans in many ways. Reavers can ground slam from vantage points that disorientates a cluster of enemies, perfect for an opening attack before having teammates join in picking off their prey. With the ability to charge into your foes as well as the ability to ignore pain giving you up to 75% damage reduction the Reavers are your all rounded fighters.

The Tyrant plays like your larger tank-like class which can take more of a beating but that doesn’t mean you can run directly head on into battle. Though you are fast you’ll find it better to pounce attack onto unsuspecting humans, one of the Tyrants signature moves. Using his evasion perk you can quickly dodge incoming attacks with a damage reduction right after hitting them with a shadow bomb alerting your team where they are for back up.

The Sentinel is the only character with the awesome ability to take off into the air and fly. With this the Sentinel can leap from high ledges and attack in various ways without ever touching the ground again. My favourite moves including kidnapping the humans below and dropping them from a high enough position to damage them as well as a dive bomb on unsuspecting groups stunning those within close proximity.

The Deceiver was my favourite class by far on the vampire’s side as the move set itself is all about misleading then finishing off unsuspecting and clueless enemies. Being able to disguise yourself as the enemy can open up a lot of opportunities for getting up close with a backstabbing kill or even to evade a heated scenario. During the hands on I kept climbing to a vantage point and using the ability to possess and take over the human’s individually just to hear the cries of the other players whilst I lead them away helplessly. It might not have been an offensive move but seeing as this is the only game that I can recall where you can control an opponent it quickly became my favourite pass time activity.

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The humans have the ranged advantage in Nosgoth with all their loadouts containing projectiles and gadgets. They can’t climb buildings but this doesn’t stop them from picking off targets waiting to pounce on them from rooftops with their trusty bows and launchers. Human are very effective in coordinated groups and I found that leaving the pack usually got me killed a lot quicker. Strength in numbers applies to this greatly.

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The Scout is armed with his bow that you can charge shots with for even more damage as well as quick shots for faster attacks if the situation calls for it. He too can throw knives that can interrupt the enemy’s attack, which is a must if you’re trying to get away. The volley ability rains down arrows from above from the sky that deals with a great area of attack. Great for attacking multiple vampires at once.

The Hunter is the next step up from the Scout but with less accuracy but more firepower. With a crossbow that can fire repeated arrows automatically the downside is that it becomes less accurate after a while. The Hunters has the ability to stun incoming vampires with the Bola that bounds their movement as they become tied momentarily. Great if you want to get the upper hand in a fight or just need to escape quickly.

The Alchemist deals more with an explosive loadout armed with a launcher that fires bombs. The Alchemist can take on multiple foes this way and being armed with the sunlight vial which works as a flashbang and a fire wall, similar to a molotov cocktail spreading fire over a large space she’s not a human to take lightly.

How does it play?

Every match played puts you in control of the Vampires and the Humans equally to keep the game fair. This means in order to succeed you’ll have to successfully climb the walls and jumped onto unsuspecting enemies as the vampires before switching sides and trying not to fall for your own tactics coming back on you as you shoot them playing as the humans. The microtransactions doesn’t put you or the opponent at any advantage just to keep the balance. All the weapons has a plus and negative side so for instance if you choose a bow that deals in a high damage output it’ll take longer to charge up and vice versa. The boosts in the game are there to help players reach a higher level if you don’t fancy the grind but once again it doesn’t put you at an advantage with someone who’s a much lower level than you.

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We only had hands on with the Team Deathmatch mode but during the presentation we were told about how Nosgoth plans to go into the competitive e-sports scene where you’ll stick to your preferred character of choice. The game mode and the levels we played was a good enough insight into seeing what’s to expect from this game and I must say it bettered my expectations and has me excited to see how it does on release. I’m a big fan of really balanced multiplayer games and Nosgoth being ranged vs melee works incredibly well and every match played was unique and exciting to see different tactics used.

2K Games have just announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, being developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia – and we have some gameplay footage for you.

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This game takes place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and focuses on Borderlands 2 bad guy Handsome Jack. Oh, and it’s set on the moon!

Here is the gameplay footage in 1080p – enjoy:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available in Autumn 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

What do you think of it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Would you like to join the War Thunder PC closed beta? We have 500 special beta keys to giveaway!

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War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.

War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds models of planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game’s painstaking attention to detail, you’ll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle.

Want a code?

If you want to join the War Thunder PC beta, just click below for you code:

No keys left! Sorry.

Instructions for activation:

  1. Login or register at warthunder.com
  2. On the main page, click the “Redeem code” button in the right menu
  3. Download the CBT-launcher and let it download the beta http://launcher.warthunder.com/wt_launcher_cbt.exe

ATTENTION: Beta-access is valid only for one PC that was used for the first launch of beta (ip-address doesn’t matter, only hardware).

Current Test Schedule
Sunday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Tuesday – 06:00 PDT – 12:00 PDT
Tuesday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Thursday – 06:00 PDT – 12:00 PDT
Thursday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Saturday – 04:00 PDT – 09:00 PDT

Saturday – 18:00 PDT – 00:00 PDT
Sunday – 04:00 PDT – 09:00 PDT

If you want to get exclusive vehicles and other bonuses once the Open Beta starts (in addition to CBT-access), there are special Packs available at official Store.

And thank you to Gaijin Entertainment for the codes.

Why not check out our review of War Thunder beta on the PS4 here.

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The Pokémon Company International has announced an exciting Easter promotion for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video game players, with a special Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY expansion treat, at the UK game retailer, GAME UK.

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Starting this Friday 4th April and for a limited time only, Pokémon video game players can receive a free Pokémon character—Magmar for Pokémon X or Electabuzz for Pokémon Y at all GAME UK stores. The redeemable codes for the characters will be printed on cash receipts upon request, and no purchase is necessary. The Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games have already enjoyed huge success, selling nearly 12 million copies globally in the first four months since the worldwide launch in October 2013.

Both seasoned Pokémon Trainers and newcomers to the games will enjoy playing with Electabuzz and Magmar, who appeared in the very first Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version. Battling, trading, and collecting have always been at the heart of the Pokémon experience, so fans will appreciate the special bonus items that come with this distribution: Electabuzz is holding an Electirizer, and Magmar is holding a Magmarizer. When traded holding these items, Electabuzz will evolve into Electivire, and Magmar will evolve into Magmortar.

Pokémon Trading Card Game fans can also get in on the action with a free Pokémon TCG: XY special sampling pack available in store and while stocks last. All packs will include a special foil Pikachu card, plus one additional card from the Pokémon TCG: XY expansion. No purchase is necessary.

Pokémon TCG: XY launched on February 5 in the UK and includes all-new Mega Evolution Pokémon and new Fairy-type Pokémon. Since its release, the Pokémon Trading Card Game has shipped over 20 billion cards across 74 countries. Pokémon X and Y have sold over 12 million units combined for the 3DS since going on sale last year.

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If you are playing inFAMOUS Second Son, then you may have noticed patch 1.02 being released yesterday.

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Patch 1.02 is 333 MB in size and according to Sucker Punch “The patch mostly addressed LOC fixes, and helped paper trail a bit.”.

Are you playing inFAMOUS Second Son? Let us know what you think of the game by leaving a comment below.

Here Be Monsters, the massive adventure game from Gamesys, is available now for the iPad.

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A game for lovers of Animal Crossing, Pokémon and Farmville, Here Be Monsters is a gloriously detailed game with 1,000s of hand drawn assets and the whole world as the setting for your adventure.

Here Be Monsters imagines a world where the countless mysterious creatures that inhabit the myths and legends of different cultures aren’t so mythical after all.  Players join the Ministry of Monsters as new recruits and build ingenious traps and craft irresistible baits to capture over 100 monsters from around the world – from the Loch Ness monster of Scotland to the Dropbears of Australia.

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layers will join a huge cast of quirky characters with a uniquely British sense of humour.  From mysterious Mystics at Stonehenge, to a temperamental Master Chef in London, Gnomish engineers, Mermaid Princesses and a Yeti with a thing for teddy bears.

Along the way they’ll discover hundreds of exotic species of fruits, flowers, butterflies and fish, all found in their real world locations.  Intrepid explorers will make creative use of these resources back on their Homestead which serves as their base of operations, and a place to show off souvenirs from their travels.

Also available online, Here Be Monsters is entirely cross platform with iPad players joining hundreds of thousands of existing players from around the world. With 600 quests already live and new episodes released every two weeks, the adventure just keeps growing.

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You can download Here Be Monsters from the App Store for free now.

One of the first digital titles for the PlayStation 4 has just been released as a physical title, which includes the Challenge Pack – and so here is our review.

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Pinball Arcade on PlayStation 4 recreates the greatest pinball machines of all time, featuring 22 licensed tables from Bally, Williams, Stern and Gottlieb. Everything from classic electro-mechanical tables to the greatest tables of the 90′s and beyond!

Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display animation has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail!

Expandable with regular updates via PSN to add additional tables as well as Online Tournaments to challenge yourself and compete against your friends!

There are 22 classic tables included with the game, including Tales of the Arabian Nights, Star Trek The Next Generation, Elvira and the Party Monsters (who reading this is actually old enough to remember Elvira?), Twilight Zone, and many more.

To give you can idea just how much effort has gone into making the tables look the same, we played Monster Bash, and then played the Monster Bash pinball machine.

Monster Bash (1998):  The goal of the table is to get six of the most iconic Universal Studios Monsters to form a band the likes of which has never been seen! If you can dig out the Mummy, he’ll dust himself off and plug in his bass. Dracula will fly out of his coffin, dying to sink his teeth into a mean guitar riff. The Creature from the Black Lagoon will crank on his sax! Frankenstein will jump off his slab and jam on his keyboard. The Bride of Frankenstein will start to sing about her Ball and Chain and the Wolfman will give you a howling drumbeat. With the help of the PHANTOM FLIP auto-play feature, you can let go of the flippers and watch the game complete your shots.

So this is how Monster Bash looks in the game:

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And here is how the original looked:

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As you can see System 3 really have done a great job in recreating every little detail from the look of the table, each flashing light, the sounds – basically everything!

Another example is Tales of the Arabian Nights.

Tales of the Arabian Nights (1996): The setting is ancient Baghdad where wishes can be granted in the ultimate battle to rescue the Princess from the clutches of an evil Genie who taunts all foes. There are jewels to be collected and a playfield that will have players spinning Aladdin’s Lamp, flying on Magic Carpet ramps or visiting the Bazaar for countless awards. With a deep set of rules, beautiful artwork, engaging voice over, and excellent sound effects, this is one of the most popular and highest rated tables of all time.

Again, we played the version in the game:

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And then we played the original pinball version:

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So as you can see, the tables themselves have been beautifully recreated, but how do they play?

Well to put it simply, very well. I have never been a huge fan of pinball games on either consoles or PC, primarily because you don’t necessarily get the same feel you do playing a real table, but when it comes to Pinball Arcade, I found it to be the next best thing to actually playing on a real table. Everything from the flippers and bumpers, to how to ball reacts is recreated perfectly, and add to that the lights and sounds, and you think you are actually playing the real thing. I really liked that depending on which table you were playing on, the flippers could actually feel lighter or heavier, which is a really good addition to the game.

Something unique to the retail version of Pinball Arcade is the Challenge Pack. This is a new mode then enables you to play on a series of tables my manufacturer (so if you are a real fan of Ballys tables you can play on just those) and also by season. This release is currently season 1. Season 2 is already out on other formats and season 3 is just arriving now.

You then have three attempts to beat a score for each table. This adds an fun element to the overall game with you revisiting the tables to try and beat each challenge – and each table has its own unique challenges, so you won’t get bored easily, although you might get frustrated if you have problems on a specific table.

Overall I would have to say that this is by far the best and most accurate pinball game I have ever played, and I look forward to seeing what other tables will be released.

You can learn more about Pinball Arcade and System 3 from their website.

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From Disney Interactive, in collaboration with LucasArts, comes Star Wars: Assault Team, a new turn-based combat game for mobile devices with strategy and card-battle elements.

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Jedi Knights in training can once again relive the nostalgia from their childhood as well as introduce a whole new generation of fans to this hit-franchise. In the app, players can assemble a powerful team of their favourite Star Wars heroes including firm favourites Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Boba Fett, as they battle enemies and other players across the galaxy. It’s not a mission for the faint hearted; strategize to give your team the winning edge by deploying the team’s special tactics to battle through new graphically enhanced missions set throughout Star Wars planets and locations from the original trilogy.

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Features include:

· Build your very own assault team –  Collect and play with your favourite classic Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Tusken Raiders, and many more! Each hero has unique stats, abilities, and attacks to increase your team’s overall strength

· Compelling battles – Take your assault team into battle, and defeat galactic enemies and other players! Strategically choose your squad, then deploy your team members’ special tactics. Crush your opponents to earn valuable rewards and new characters.

· Level up your heroes – Collect items to train your characters and improve their special attacks, making your team even more dominant against increasingly powerful enemies.

· Exciting competitive play – Fight against other players in PvP battles to win extra loot.

· Stunning graphics – Experience cinematic, high-quality graphics on your mobile device as you make your way from scene to scene with full character and background animations during combat.

· Original story inspired by the Star Wars franchise – Complete all-new missions set between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Travel to iconic Star Wars planets like Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and more.

Star Wars: Assault Team is free to download and available now on iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices at the App Store.

I got a special sneak peak at Batman: Arkham Knight and then got to talk with Rocksteady about it.

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In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

I spoke with Dax Ginn from Rocksteady about Arkham Knight, and what we can expect from it later this year. Over to Dax:

You can also see some new screenshots here – the game looks amazing, and you can read my first look here.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later in 2014 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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We have some brand new never before seen screenshots from the new Batman: Arkham Knight from Rocksteady.

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In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

Here are some more screens:

Towards the start the game, Batman meets up with Commissioner Gordon.

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The Arkham Knight has Batman in a tight spot!

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Batman talking to Oracle, who has a much bigger part to play than in the previous games.

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Batman with the Batmobile – it’s the first time the Batmobile is in an Arkham game.

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The Arkham Knight attacks – but who is he?

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A closer look at the Arkham Knight, the new character created by Rocksteady with DC Comics. Looks a lot like Batman, doesn’t he?

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I got to see some of the gameplay of Batman: Arkham Knight at a special sneak preview, and it looks great!

You can read more about that here, and watch my interview with Dax Ginn from Rocksteady here.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later in 2014 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

I got a special sneak peak at Batman: Arkham Knight, and here are my thoughts on it.

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In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

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The first major point to note about Batman: Arkham Knight is that it will only be available on next gen consoles, so the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and also Windows PC. This next gen only decision was taken by Rocksteady in order to make the game they wanted to make, including the sheer size and scale of the entire Gotham City, along with a lot of the graphics elements. Rocksteady wanted to ensure that the player felt like they actually were the Dark Knight himself.

Arkham Knight takes place about 12 months after the events in Batman: Arkham City. With the death of the Joker, there was a period of stability in Gotham City, as crime started to fall and the city started to get on its feet again, however, all that is about to change with the return of The Scarerow, last seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum.

The game starts as The Scarecrow has issued a chemical threat against the whole of Arkham City, and the majority of it’s citizens have fled to safety, leaving only the criminal elements, the police and one Dark Knight, along with Oracle to deal with the threats.

Batman must make his way to meet with Commissioner Gordon on the roof of the Gotham City Police Department, and this is where you see just how far the graphics elements have come, with helicopter lights bouncing off his cape whilst it moves around in the wind as he swoops around the city and rain drops running down Batman’s cowl. It’s something that Rocksteady refer to as “epic verticality” and is something that could only be achieved with next gen.

Each part of Gotham City has a unique look and feel, and it does look amazing. We got to see parts of Chinatown, with neon lights bouncing off puddles of water – there is a lot of detail there!

In Arkham City, Batman had the capability to use his grappling gun to move around the city, in Arkham Knight, Rocksteady have introduced the full grapple reversal, which enables Batman to instantly change direction, something very useful if you are going the wrong way, or suddenly decide to deal with some of the criminal elements around the city.

Another thing that Rocksteady have integrated very well into the game are narrative cut scenes. It’s fairly common place for the gameplay to stop, then for the narrative to start, then back to gameplay, but for the player to actually see a pause or a small beat. With Arkham Knight this is seamless – Batman swoops down onto the roof of the GCPD and the narrative kicks straight in without any pause.

From there you are given a number of tasks which you have to deal with, such as helping an Gotham City Police Officer who is surrounded, and finding a stolen truck – and this is just the beginning.

There is another new element that has been introduced called Gadgets While Gliding. This enables Batman to use various items, including Batarrangs, whilst gliding. This gives us the ability to take out some of the bad guys before we have even landed! Which brings us nicely onto combat.

The combat elements that made the Arkham series famous are still there, and they have been enhanced somewhat. There is a throw counter so you can pick up a bad guy and throw him at other bad guys. You can also take weapons from bad guys and use them yourself. You can also use various environmental elements depending on your location at the time.

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The biggest addition to the game is the Batmobile. For the first time in the Arkham series, the Batmobile is included, and is an integral part of the game. You can call the Batmobile and it will come to you, or you can go to it. You can even jump out of it whilst it’s in motion, straight into flight and not worry where you left it. There is a great sequence where the Batmobile comes screeching round the corner towards you, spins, the top slides open and Batman leaps up, and in, driving away without missing a beat. Rocksteady worked closely with DC Comics to bring their own unique interpretation of the Batmobile to the game, and it looks good!

In Arkham City, Oracle (Barbara Gordon) had a role to play, although she was just a voice. In Arkham Knight, her role is dramatically increased, and this time we actually see and interact with her. Her base of operations is the Clock Tower, and its a location that we can visit, access the Bat computer, and more. She also helps guide you around the city and adds a more personal element to the game.

The sneak peak ended with a brief introduction of the title character – the Arkham Knight.

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We don’t know much about him yet, but his suit looks rather a lot like Batman’s, and the A on the front looks like Arkham Asylum. He manages to get the drop on Batman, puts a gun to Batman’s head, and the screen fades to black as we hear a gunshot. One thing is certain, Batman has his work cut out for him. Arkham Knight is a brand new character developed by Rocksteady in conjunction with DC Comics.

Kevin Conroy returns as the voice of Batman, and given that characters such as Harley Quinn, Penguin, The Riddler and Two-Face are in the game, expect the return of Nolan North, Troy Baker and Tara Strong too!

And talking of Harley, if you pre-order the game you get a playable Harley character – now who wouldn’t want to play her?

Because Arkham Knight is the last in the Rocksteady Batman trilogy, they really wanted to go out with a bang and create something special, and certainly from the gameplay that I have seen, I think they may just have pulled it off. I cant wait to see more, and get some hands-on for myself!

You can see some more screenshots here, and watch my interview with Dax Ginn from Rocksteady here.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later in 2014 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

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