With the new Batman video game Arkham City, a Hollywood studio may finally have a true interactive blockbuster and also the respect of notoriously skeptical gamers.
On sale today, Arkham City from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has garnered unanimously rave notices, ranking as the best reviewed video game of the year on the compilation site Metacritic. Sales expectations are well above the 4.3 million units that the game's predescessor, Arkham Asylum, sold in 2009. Pre-orders are twice as high, said the studio, as is interest among gamers, according to research firm Ipsos OTX.
-- Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Image: A scene from the new Batman video game, Arkham City. Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.