New Arkham City Details: BatClimb Anywhere, BatDodge Anything
A few new details about Arkham City, the sequel to the award-winning Arkham Asylum, have emerged courtesy of Gamevicio magazine. Batman will reportedly be able to climb any surface this time around, including buildings and telegraph wires that can be balanced on between structures. We assume that it'll resemble Assassin's Creed parkour mechanics, only infinitely more badass.
The Caped Crusader will also be able to dodge bullets and incoming attacks, which we reckon will function much like Bayonetta's context-sensitive evade move. Oh, and he'll be able to snatch bad guys right out of the air. We like this. [Arkham City]
"Comprehensive" Fallout: New Vegas Patch Incoming
Obsidian's recently-released Fallout: New Vegas has been receiving rave reviews- including a ripe old score from our very own Felix Kemp. However, many players have been complaining of a raft of glitches including a seriously nasty save file corruption bug on the Xbox 360. The usual Bethesda RPG suspects of freezes and crashes have also made their inexorable appearance- but apparently they're hard at work on a comprehensive patch for all platforms that will be available "over the coming weeks." [Bethesda Blog]
Note that an "incremental" patch will be hitting the PC in a matter of days. In the meantime, why not play the Fallout 3 Glitch Metagame? 20 points for a dead save, 10 for a gamekilling glitch, 5 for a bugged out character/companion/subquest and 1 for a crash. Let us know your score in the comments!
New Bad Company 2 VIP Map Pack Revealed
All eyes are currently on Treyarch' s Call of Duty: Black Ops (which releases tonight), but DICE have waited until now to blow the lid off VIP Map Pack 7 for Battlefield Bad Company 2. It will contain four new maps, including two revamped classics from the original Battlefield Bad Company. Naturally, these two maps will pack Destruction 2.0 and engine tweaks.
When we ask for your favorite maps from Battlefield: Bad Company, Oasis and Harvest Day always come out on top. - DICE Press Release
VIP Map Pack 7 will be free to VIP members- and the rest of you will have to pay around a tenner to access it. [Joystiq]
Star Trek Online May Go Free To Play
A number of ailing MMOs (that choked and spluttered within Blizzard's iron grip on the marketplace) made the move towards becoming free to play in an effort to rejuvenate their player bases. Cryptic have recently revealed that Champions Online will soon be adopting the F2P model... and depending how much they raise from microtransactions and premium content, they may do the same for Star Trek Online. It certainly isn't perfect, but I'm convinced that a lot of interested punters might consider checking STO out without the monthly subscription fee. Watch this space.
Turbine's Dungeons & Dragons Online has done exceedingly well, as has the recently F2P LOTRO.
And Finally: The Most Popular Pokemon Is...
... not the puny yellow ratfink, that's for sure. And we no liek mudkipz. In a recent popularity poll conducted by the Pokemon company, Pikachu clocked in at a rather surprising fourth place- just above the psychic Mew. Deoxys snagged third place, and the terrifying Darkrai clocked in a close second. In first place is the ultra-rare Arceus... which I've frankly never heard of.
I'm getting too old for this. [Thanks, Kotaku]
Just for fun, what's your favourite Pokemon? Drop us a line in the comments!