The Batman: Arkham Asylum trailer certainly isn’t making it easy on itself. There’s not a single shot of Batman in it. Nor are any of his villains pictured. There are no action scenes, nor really is there any gameplay featured. In fact, it’s pretty much just a tour of Arkham, with its dingy cells, dingy padded rooms and dingy electroshock treatment areas. And I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look awesome as hell–I can’t wait to spend $60 on this game.
Now compare this to Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe, which tried its damnedest to look just slightly cool, and ended up looking “goofy as shit.” You don’t have to be the World’s Greatest Detective to know that a lot of MK Vs DC copies are going to end up in the Used Games Bin just before Arkham Asylum comes out.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.