Best Buy Arkham City preorders get playable Robin

Warner Bros. teams with national electronics retailer for new challenge mode character; Tim Drake Robin pack adds new gadgets, special moves, and maps.

When Batman: Arkham City breaks out this October, gamers will be able to suit up as the Dark Knight and lay waste to the city's shadowy villains. However, the Caped Crusader isn't going to own the spotlight alone.

Warner Bros. today announced that it has partnered with national electronics retailer Best Buy to offer Batman sidekick Robin as a playable character in Arkham City's Challenge mode as part of the "Tim Drake Robin pack." The pack is available to those who preorder the game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

A render of Robin.

Robin boasts his own distinct gadgets and other "special moves," though none were named. Further, gamers who preorder at Best Buy will score two extra challenge maps: Black Mask Hideout and Freight Train Escape. Lastly, gamers who preorder Arkham City at the retailer will score a "Red Robin" skin.

Like its well-received predecessor, Arkham City drops Batman in the confines of an unconventional prison. But where Arkham Asylum stuck players in the halls and courtyards of a mental hospital overrun with the Joker's goons and allies, Arkham City deposits them in a sprawling neighborhood of Gotham City that has been walled off to contain the criminal element.

Under the watchful eye of "warden" Dr. Hugo Strange, who knows Batman's secret identity, inmates of Arkham City are free to do anything they want short of attempting escape. In addition to Strange, the game will feature Batman villains like Two-Face and the Joker.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Batman: Arkham City.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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horizonwriter
horizonwriter

What's with the Tim hate? He's easily the best Robin out of the bunch, being much closer to Bruce's level when it comes to being a strategist or deductive reasoning skills than any of the other four Robins. This kid put up a hell of a fight against Jason Todd twice, whooped the snot out of Damien (thank god), strategically beat Lady Shiva, held his own against Dick one-on-one, as a solo hero scored a MAJOR victory against Ra's Al Ghul, and found out that Bruce was still alive when everyone else wrote him off as dead. He was one of the darker side kicks (not as much as Damien though), miles away from the one-liner spewing old days of the Robin character and he's showing signs of being able to eventually surpass the bat as the world's greatest detective one day. Yes Nightwing would have been cool but A) Dick's not Nightwing anymore for the moment and B) this isn't Bludhaven.

wce2013
wce2013

I heard that Robin will be available to everyone it's just that whoever pre orders at best buy will get Robin right away and everyone else will half to wait and purchase him off of psn xbox live etc.

Frimmel
Frimmel

Will somebody be offering Nightwing?

Frimmel
Frimmel

I've been wondering when the first salvo in the pre-order from us war for this one was coming. What is everybody else offering as incentive to pre-order from them?

So will this be made available for purchase down the road?

naqibmfo
naqibmfo

SiLenTWarrior29 you mean Nightwing

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

All the more reason to not preorder. I'm against this kind of crap.

Giganticguyver4
Giganticguyver4

I got to admit that best looking robin I've seen so far he actually looks semi-badass especially compared to the comic versions I mean c,mon at least he's wearing pants. Although I still would prefer Nightwing.

prioritymail
prioritymail

F that. Preordering for exclusive content is not a good look.

shkar
shkar

ROBIN is lame !!!!

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

As nice as this game looks...I don't like preorder pap. After a certain recent game that bit and used so much preoder garbola it has become a warning flag to me. As for BestBuy. They should be busy firing the guy who did that latest advertisment spasm about "Pwning every n00b" promoting their tradeback by having the corporate sounding spokesman talk all "/_337"...it was just sad...no matter how nice their buyback program is.

Veronity
Veronity

Nice idea to push ppl to piratism, why should i preorder damn game to get Robin when i can just download a crack and play him whenever i want since i cant preorder it even if i want to. I wonder when will this companies realise that if we players (not me) like the zombie games we are not zombies with no brain and they can just test us with stupid preorders or dlc craps, if they think we are dumb like their scripted zombies they are wrong, sorry but if u game companies treat us like this then we have no other choice but join piratism and enjoy the full games since most of the time pirat gamers are enjoying games more the we do cause of crappy drm and preorders... Im not supporting piratism but this things lately are really pushing the limits and the games are getting more and more crappy then they were...

trebl1
trebl1

It is pretty crappy, yeah. Especially folks who don't have access to a Best Buy. But the developers still need to make a profit on this game, and I am sure this partnership wasn't done up on only a handshake. Hopefully whatever profit they garner will go to ensure that the caliber of their games continue to rise. And as for the DLC, hopefully it will get released at some point in the future.

basshelal
basshelal

OMG dont they know or feel for other people that dont have pre-ordering features. I have the money and I want it but I can't get it ever because it's only with a pre-order. WTF and these limited/collector's edition bonuses in games are really annoying cuz they give you exclusive stuff. best collector's edition in my opinion is Killzone 3's since all you get bonus are a DLC which anyone can get and the soundtrack and an art book both of which are useless extras not like this bull!

dstv
dstv

....I'm good with just batman and catwoman....unless you change your mind about preordering for robin

BIGKAYPIMP
BIGKAYPIMP

i just wish that these preorders were available later on after the release of the game make us pay like a dollar or 2 for it. because some game have some sweet preorders but im not going buy the same game 3-4 times just for preorders i dont have the money for it even though i can return it and i am not that thirsty for preorders

tomasso17
tomasso17

Now I have to speak my mind, I cannot tolerate that some frauds (with the support of the developers or whoever gives them this "Robin pack") make us buy the game from some special place to get additional content that we should have with just buying the game! Don't sweat it, man, I was gonna get it anyway! I am from a far away country and I can't afford to "pre-buy" it from some stupid web site and then ship it to my country. Its frustrating to see these things happen, the hell with you Best Buy

GC4ever
GC4ever

hmmmmmm i might just have to pre-order it at best buy now... NOT....i can wait til it comes out later on gamestop here i come!!!

Joefatty2x4
Joefatty2x4

Oh and btw, get the dang game on PC, it's only $50.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I'm waiting for knight wing... Then I'm most definitely getting it

Joefatty2x4
Joefatty2x4

So some people are canceling their pre-orders because they aren't getting content that they didn't even know existed or even care about? if they never announced this and nobody knew about it until they got their physical copy from best buy, would anyone care? I think not. Just like nobody cared about the Joker on PS3. Sure it would have been cool to have, but it doesn't affect the game whatsoever.

WALLIX
WALLIX

All this does is push people even deeper into piracy. It's one thing to gamble $60 on someone's, "Art" with no return policy or protection. But to be bullied into shopping at certain retailers to get a digital tchotchke is driving PC gaming even further down the hole to Hell.

unwell-7
unwell-7

Robin looks awesome! I wish I had the cash to preorder this...

RonTorque
RonTorque

I don't support the idea of having a sidekick but it's cool for me as long as he is not in the main campaign.

RambutanHead
RambutanHead

I will buy it dammit !! I just don't want to preorder !

Lytmare
Lytmare

I wish they would release Robin as a buy-able DLC. By the way, I like Robins new look! Very cool!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

As cool as the Robin character is I don't really care. I wasn't too annoyed by the lack of 360 Joker missions (that the PS3 got).

Cornholio_tp
Cornholio_tp

I boycott best buy. I hope gamestop offers it too.

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

As long as i can get it if its atcually good after release, wahtever. i'll still be gettin it from Gamestop prolly

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

It's a best buy exclusive. That's the problem. They are forcing you to shop at a certain retail store to get all the content. Not only does not everyone have a best buy around them, but it's also a kick in the nuts to small mom 'n pop stores. You call it being dramatic. I call it being a rational thinker who isn't a mindless sheep that plays right in the hand of these greedy, slimeball executives

silentkillah
silentkillah

@KaBo0m All they're saying is if you "pre-order" you will get these extra items. It's just a pre-order, they aren't making you pay more. Quit being so dramatic.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Congrats. You just turned this game into a rental for me. I refuse to support such lame tactics. Also, Robin looks awful. What's up with the emenem look?

da_nibbler
da_nibbler

this better not be retailed exclusive, region exclusive and available for purchase after release!!!

littleghostie
littleghostie

I always hated robin the the picture above actually managed to make him look pretty cool, with that and the extra challange maps this may be worth a pre-order.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

All Amazon has to do is get the Alfred Challenge with: -frying pan combo attack -steam iron to the jaw -broomstick to the nads People will forget about Best Buy real soon...

kyphe
kyphe

pre-order bonuses are fine on two conditions, first that the content can be purchased by everyone not long after release for a small fee, and second that it is not retailer exclusive. pre ordering is good for the industry, it helps prevent a rush to market of games that are not ready due to financial pressure, when the fiance people see good pre order sales they tend to leave the developers alone to do what needs doing.

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

I'm tempted to pre-order from Best Buy now, but a preorder offer this good will most likely become DLC eventually.

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

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MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Robin! That's pretty funny. I'll wait and see who Gamestop and Amazon get.

mattcake
mattcake

Don't care, I'll order from wherever is cheapest. If it's "optional" it aint gonna affect the gameplay in any way.

megakick
megakick

pssh.. this is nothing, Blacks Ops Prestige and Dirt 3 special edition is out of hand.

Molkthegreat
Molkthegreat

People, Its a pre-order bonus, you'll be able to buy this for 3 bucks prob. launch day

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i'll pass i've never liked robin and i don't buy games from BB

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

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mjack70
mjack70

Guess I won't be playing as Robin...

SirDigby84
SirDigby84

I really wish people would boycott this sort of crap, i know i will.