Start saving your pennies and dig out your favorite ogling glasses, because gaming is about to get mighty pectoral this fall. The follow-up to the much-lauded Arkham Asylum is set to be released October 18th in the US, followed by an October 24th release in the UK. Expectations are quite high, but thankfully the game finds itself, like its predecessor, in the hands of Rocksteady Studios. On a rather sad note, this is supposedly Mark Hamill's last stint as the Joker. Whether this means the end of the character or the end of Mark Hamill's voice work is unclear, but it's sure to cause contention -- yes, the vast twitscape that is the internet has given rise to fierce (and I mean fierce) debate over the "best" Joker -- should another voice actor take his place. However, I find it somehow unlikely that future incarnations of the "Arkham" franchise would exclude a character so essential to the Batman universe.
Even those who aren't terribly keen on Batman should at least recognize the inherent appeal of going toe-to-toe with an amputee Soviet clown, pummeling him into submission with your manly BatFists™ (picture provided). The game looks to be more expansive than its predecessor; Rocksteady Studios's Sefton Hill told Gamespot that Arkham City's total size is "about five times bigger than Arkham Island...but they will also feel the extreme pressure of the challenges that they face." Hopefully this will help players like me, burdened with that awful marriage of ADD and OCD that results in hours of forsaking the main story in favor of side quests/shiny things, while still embracing the open-world style of play. We'll keep you updated as the news comes in!