What be new?

Not much actually!  Surprising that.

I recently restarted Batman: Arkham Asylum for another playthrough.  I remember it being longer though and somewhat tougher.  I am interested in how the sequel will make you not want to be in detective mode 100% of the time.  The only time I saw Killer Croc was in the cutscenes, it was too hard to see him with normal vision and hit his collar otherwise.  And of course, the fights with Poison Ivy (a shooter, really?) and Joker (just plain stupid and anti-Joker) are horribad.  Scarecrow, Bane and Croc are all well done, and within their characters too.

Shadow of the Colossus and ICO are coming out together this fall for the PS3.  SotC is, in my opinion, the best game on the PS2 and one of the best in the past 10 years, so I’m more than happy to pick it up.  Still waiting on the Last Guardian to have a release date!

Diablo 3 news is still coming out.  No beta yet, though apparently in early September.  Starcraft 2 was the first Blizzard game I did not buy and I am still on the fence for this one.  I loved me some Diablo 2, lots of fun and a decent story.  Then again, that was over 10 years ago and the hack and slash genre has changed so much.  You should give Torchlight (sequel coming early next year too) so you have an idea how the genre can be fixed.

Of course, Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Beta invites have started though not many.  True beta should open late September with a launch date of November.  If they are unable to launch before Christmas, they will be smack in the middle of WoW’s next expansion launch in February.  There is a lot to like here and a lot to not like.  I read that they plan on limiting access to the game at the start by selling less copies than people want.  This makes sense so that the servers run properly and we don’t see another repeat of WoW’s first 4 months.  Then again, I don’t really see people sticking to the game past the point of WoW’s next expansion if the game is so similar – as it appears to be.  Rift did enough different to keep people on board and I pray that there’s more to TOR than what I’ve seen so far.