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Play as Robin in “Batman: Arkham City”


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One of the most annoying trends in video game marketing has to be the pre-order bonus. To gin up interest and stave off digital distributors like Steam, special content available only through certain retailers has been dangled in front of gamers for years now. This hucksterism usually takes the appearance of “Pre-order ‘Shooter X’ from ‘Game Retailer Y’ and get ‘Awesome Gun Z!’ Customers who plunk down $5 on a pre-order are more likely to commit to getting the game, and they’ll get an extra piece of in-game flair for their early loyalty. Apparently, publishers have either been offering exclusive pre-order content to retailers or the stores have been demanding it as an implicit guarantee for shelf space. It’s generally a practice lots of gamers view skeptically, especially since the exclusive content tends to show up in future editions of said games.

Robin_FullBodyRender_copy.jpgBut the appearance of the Boy Wonder in “Batman: Arkham City” will be the one instance where my pre-order-phobic self caves and reserves the game. Consumers will only be able to get the Robin pack by pre-ordering at electronics retailer Best Buy. From the Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment press release:

Robin will come complete with his own unique gadgets and special moves, and will be playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack – Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. The pack will also contain a bonus Red Robin character skin.

The above seems to mean that Robin won’t be playable in the main campaign portion of the game, unlike Catwoman who’ll be helping out Batman in his quest to shut down Arkham City. This version of Robin will be the modern-day iteration, a young man named Tim Drake who’s the third guy to wear the red vest. In recent years, he’s become Red Robin, a slightly older, tougher superhero and Bruce Wayne’s long-lost son Damien has since become Robin.

Rumors have been flying that Dick Grayson would be showing up in the game, too. Grayson, of course, was the original Robin until he left the shadow of the Bat and assumed the new heroic identity of Nightwing. For all we know, he’ll be available as part of another pre-order boondoggle.

So, Bat-fans, is the ability to play as Robin enough to get you to pre-order “Batman: Arkham City”? What other Gotham City characters do you want to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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