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“Batman: Arkham City” Coming on October 18

“Batman: Arkham City” Coming on October 18 (photo)

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The tricky thing about making a game based on a character with 70+ years of publishing history is that you’re going to have to leave some things out. So, while most everyone loved “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” comics readers who played were a tad crestfallen at the parts of the mythos that had to be left on the cutting room floor. What about Two-Face? Or Catwoman? or a Bat-sidekick like Nightwing, Robin or Batgirl?

Fear not, Bat-fans. Some of these very things are coming to the “Arkham” sequel, which was just revealed today to be hitting store shelves on October 18th. I recently checked out “Arkham City” at GDC and it’s looking to be a considerable upgrade from the previous game.

The plot concerns a radical, new super-prison initiative by Mayor Quicny Sharpe, the man who served as warden for Arkham Asylum. He’s taken several blocks of Gotham City, walled it off and dumped Arkham inmates into it. There’s only one rule the super-villains and miscreants of this so-called Arkham City have to follow: don’t try to escape. Making this ill-advised scenario even more of a headache for Batman is the fact that the man overseeing it is psychiatrist Hugo Strange, a former Batman foe who’s crazy and happens to know that Bruce Wayne is also the Dark Knight. Two-Face will be in the mix as will Catwoman, but there’s no sign of any kind of a partner character to play cooperatively with. Of course, the Joker returns to bedevil the Bat, but the events of the last game have left the Clown Prince of Crime deathly ill.

The gameplay demoed at GDC showed off a impressive, glider cape travel system, where Batman can glide, dive, and swoop upward over the rooftops of Gotham. The gadgets used in “B:AA” all get upgrades, like the Cryptographic Sequencer’s new frequency eavesdropping abilities that let Batman zero in on trouble. New combat abilities include a disarm which lets Batman turn enemy weapons against the bad guys and a power dive that instantly knocks out thugs. The crime scenes in the game will require more complex problem-solving skills, too. You’ll be moving all over the gritty, grim locales of Batman’s hometown, which looks amazing. At about six moinths away from retail, “Batman: Arkham City” already looks like a must-play for gamers and comics nerds alike.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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