The PlayStation Recap — Dark Knight Edition

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Like many of you, I suspect, I’m spending this weekend curled up with an old friend: The Dark Knight. So far, Arkham City is proving to be a delight. Gotham has never looked better (I’m told it dazzles in 3D!), and Batman himself has learned a host of powerful new techniques, from plunging off buildings to whiplashing over rooftops to some fancy new melee strikes and throws. Based on what I’ve played, Arkham City is the rare sequel that ups the ante in every conceivable way without compromising the series’ fundamental strengths. Nice job, Rocksteady! If you’re playing Arkham City, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

In other news, this week saw the release of the PlayStation Move-fortified party game Everybody Dance, the four-player frenemy feuding of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, PSN exclusives Okabu and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (among many others; see the PlayStation Store update for the full list) and new SOCOM 4 DLC. This week also saw new challenges for the PlayStation Home UNCHARTED: Fortune Hunter game, the introduction of the first contestant for The Tester Season 3, the final title for the upcoming ModNation Racers game on PS Vita, the first look at Spike TV’s October 31st competition special UNCHARTED 3: Race for the Ring, and a fresh batch of World Series predictions from MLB 11 The Show.

Regular PlayStation.Blog readers also noticed a flurry of game announcements late in the week: The Starhawk Beta was announced for November (vouchers come with all copies of UNCHARTED 3!), inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood confirmed an October 25th PSN release date, Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest announced a November 15th release date, PixelJunk SideScroller showed off an eyeball-melting launch trailer (and a launch date of 10/25), and Touch My Katamari was confirmed as a PS Vita launch title.

Not a bad week, all in all! But now that we’re secure in the tender embrace of the weekend, what are you playing?

  • I’m playing: Batman: Arkham City (and little else, I’m afraid!)
  • I’m watching: The Walking Dead: Season 2, Trollhunter
  • I’m reading: The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

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