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Razer Ouroboros mouse channels Dark Knight Rises’ The Bat – Console news

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It’s the gaming mouse you deserve, but not the one you need right now. Because it’s the middle of the morning and you probably have business to attend to. But when it’s fragging time, you could do worse than the Razer Ouroboros, a frightening new peripheral that channels The Bat, Batman’s ludicrous flying tank.

It might look like a wee version of Bruce Wayne’s latest runabout, but it’s packing serious firepower of its own. Just like a superhero’s supervehicle, the Ouroboros can extend its body and arch its back to fit your hand, and the side panels can be swapped for ones with wings to better suit your grip.

There’s a mighty 11 programmable buttons — it’s ambidextrous, so it’s easy to switch around for southpaws. It gives you the choice of wired or wireless connection too, for precision or convenience (although Razer reckons it performs just as well wireless). Wireless use is powered by a rechargeable AA battery.

Both a laser and an optical scanner on the bottom of the fuselage give a sensitivity of 8,200dpi — brilliant if you often play Starcraft 2 on an IMAX screen. It even has bright green backlighting on the scroll wheel and under the side buttons, as well as the battery level.

Ouroboros is an ancient Egyptian symbol of a snake eating its own tail. I have no idea what that has to do with a ridiculous Batmouse, but it reminds me of Pop Will Eat Itself, and that’s only ever a good thing. PWEI’s Clint Mansell did the soundtrack to Mass Effect 3, which you might want to play with this mouse. See? It’s all circular.

Razer has a reputation for making bonkers neon kit — my previous favourite was the utterly nuts Naga Epic MMO mouse, with its telephone-style button bank on the side. The Ouroboros looks to be a riposte to Mad Catz’s astounding Cyborg RAT 9, with its Transformer-style popped hood and unnecessary dials.

The Ouroboros will be out in time for Christmas, and will set Santa back an eye-watering $130, which will probably mean around £100 here in the UK. But will anyone else you know have a Batmouse? No. No they won’t. is updated frequently each day with the latest games console news, reviews and features.

Posted on July 28th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: Top Tips – Batman: Arkham City

Bring rough justice to the streets of Arkham City– equip these handy tips from Rocksteady Studios into your PlayStation 3 utility belt.

Want to fight like the Dark Knight in Batman: Arkham City? You don’t need to be like Bruce Wayne and travel around the world learning every form of combat that’s ever existed – simply follow these Challenge mode pointers from Sarah Wellock, community manager at Rocksteady Studios.

From the Asylum to the City

The combat in Batman: Arkham City is the same used in Batman: Arkham Asylum. The key is to always make some form of contact with someone, whether you’re evading, stunning or striking. This gets you into the rhythm of the game and you’ll get a better score through the combos you’ll create.

The Cat versus the Bat

Batman is useful to start with if you want to get a high score. You only play as Catwoman for around 10 per cent of Batman: Arkham City’s main story mode, so you’ll be more familiar with Batman’s moves and style when you first play.

Batman is a powerful juggernaut, so you’ll take down thugs efficiently, however, he’s also a bit slower than Catwoman. So counter-attack often to defeat some of the quicker enemies.

Playing the Challenge mode maps with Catwoman requires a bit more time to learn how her moves work effectively in that environment. And, while she has twice the speed of Batman, she does half the damage. So take advantage of her unique skills, such as her whip and caltrops. Keep jumping around to get a bit more breathing space and make use of the whip stun attack if you find yourself backed into a corner.

The art of fighting, without fighting

As the difficulty begins to increase, evading and counter attacking are essential, so make sure you master these techniques during the easier levels of the challenge. Batman: Arkham City is designed to make you look cool no matter who you play as, so if you’re new to the series you’ll still feel like a superhero while you’re learning the ropes.

Think like the Bat

Don’t be afraid to use gadgets in your attacks as Batman. In Arkham Asylum, if you used your gadgets in combat you would lose your combo. In Arkham City you can use gadgets to keep your combos going, so things like the Batclaw and batarangs are useful to help rack up a great score.

Batman’s explosive gel is also very useful once you’re comfortable with it. The gadget can either be sprayed on the ground or an enemy, and then detonated whenever you like, so make best use of it when you want to build a combo or if you’re on the wrong end of a beating and need some space.

Not all criminals are superstitious and cowardly

When you get to the higher difficulty levels and there are lots of tricky baddies to take on, it’s sometimes best to start off by concentrating on countering to reduce their numbers. There will be a lot of guys coming at you at once, so it’s easy to lose track of an incoming attack which can put you on the back foot.

Whittle down their numbers with sneaky counter-attacks and takedowns, and when things become more manageable you can begin a brutal assault without fear of being blindsided.

A knuckle sandwich for table nine

Don’t forget to make use of your Beatdown attack, which unleashes a flurry of punches and kicks on your hapless opponent and increases your combo count. There are some dangerous armoured enemies who need to be taken care of quickly and a Beatdown is the most efficient method to do this.

Panic is the enemy

Don’t panic. Batman: Arkham City’s combat is all about rhythm and flow, and while there are a lot of thugs attacking you at once there’s always a way to counter them while fending off other approaching baddies.

Panicking will often result in missing out vital moves such as the double and triple takedowns, which also means you miss out on a massive combo bonus. So just like Batman, you have to stay calm no matter what.

Ready to show the criminals of Gotham the error of their ways? Buy Batman: Arkham City on PlayStation 3 now.

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Posted on October 21st, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

TT Champion Bat is realistic ping-pong paddle for Wii table-tennis players

One of the problems with Nintendo’s motion-sensing gaming system is the lack of realism offered by the controllers, as anyone who’s woken up aching after over-exerting themselves playing bowling on the Wii will tell you. Fans of table tennis on the Wii should enjoy the TT Champion Bat, then, a controller modelled on an actual ping-pong paddle.

Ah, Wii table tennis. Yes, with the Wii, you can play a fake indoor version of a game which is itself a fake indoor version of another game.

British peripherals purveyor Shinobii designed the life-size replica of a table-tennis stick to have an accurate feel and weight. That makes it perfect for recreating that one glorious night down the youth club when you were unbeatable on the scuffed ping-pong table so Sharon Wilkinson let you hold her Lilt, and all the other hundreds of nights when you weren’t and she didn’t.

For complete realism, Shinobii is also developing a peripheral that randomly fires ping-pong balls across the room, allowing you to get more knackered from constantly chasing manically bouncing balls than from actually playing the game. There will also be two versions of the TT Champion Bat: one decent one, and one that’s all manky, with the red rubber bit all peeling off, so the first round of each game involves arguing over who gets the good paddle. Probably.

The TT Champion Bat boasts a built-in rechargeable battery and built-in Wii remote, so you don’t need to plug in a separate Wiimote. It’s compatible with all MotionPlus games for the Wii, including such tabletop treats as Racket Sports Party, Rockstar Table Tennis, and Balls of Fury. The paddle will be available ‘soon’, costing $70 (£45) in the US.

We’ve compared the latest motion-sensing gaming systems in an arm-waving face-off between the Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii. They’re no Monkey Tennis, though, are they?

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Posted on October 21st, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Batman: Arkham City – who should the Dark Knight meet in the neighbourhood from hell? – Console news

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 has a new title and a shed-load of classic villains. But who is missing?

Just in case you missed this yesterday (and I did because it was my birthday and I was finally watching Toy Story 3), Rocksteady Studios has announced the name of its Arkham Asylum sequel. Batman: Arkham City is out in autumn 2011, and takes place inside a new maximum security home town for Gotham’s most dangerous criminals. That’s right – it’s Batman meets Escape from New York.

Strangely, the Gotham city council decided to locate their prisonville in the heart of the city – a town planning folly that would have Prince Charles frothing at the mouth. And with the Joker recovering from the injuries sustained in the last game, frankly there goes the neighbourhood.

Characters expected to appear in the game include Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Talia al Ghul, Two-Face and The Riddler, with Mark Hamil set to provide his iconic voicing of the Joker for the final time.

But Bat fans, who is missing from this line-up of thugs and mad men? And what do you make of this ‘same-but-bigger’ sequel set-up?


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Posted on August 7th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »