The public adulation for Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City has not gone unnoticed, and they’re showing their gratitude by releasing a free in-game skin for the Caped Crusader. The skin is based on the Grant Morrison comic called Batman Inc., and can be obtained from the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and Games For Windows Marketplace. The Batman Inc. skin doesn’t look too different from Batman’s primary pajamas (as opposed to the Batman Beyond skin, which is very distinct), but let’s be honest: The point for a real Batman fan isn’t to nitpick. It’s to collect as much Batman awesomeness as their hard drive can hold.
In case you missed it, Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to 2009’s insanely popular Batman: Arkham Asylum. Critics and fans alike seem to think Rocksteady’s done a damn good job of continuing the tradition of greatness by taking the Batman vs. Crazy-go-nuts Villains battle (as well as Rocksteady's unique combat system) to the city streets. Though it’s only available on consoles and Windows, you can grab a somewhat trimmed-down version for iOS, entitled Batman: Arkham City Lockdown that also has custom skins.
Speaking of which, if you’re willing to cough up a few bucks you can get some awesome new stuff for Arkham City from two Downloadable Content packs that you can grab from the above-mentioned channels. The first one is titled “The Arkham Bundle” and includes a collection of several other packs: the Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack and the Arkham City Skins Pack. The other is the “Challenge Map Pack”, which gives you the Joker’s Carnival Challenge Map, the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, and the new invisible predator challenge map “The Batcave”. Grab the former for 1,200 Microsoft Points, or £11.99 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace, and the latter for 240 Microsoft Points, or £2.39 on PSN and Games for Windows Marketplace.
As if that weren’t enough, you can now use your favorite skin at any time you like in the game (as opposed to finishing the game first) by using an old-timey-style cheat code to get into your skin collection. Press the following combination on the Main Menu screen (after you have selected your save slot): Left, Left, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Up, Up, Down. You’ll hear an audio confirmation and unlock the option to pick your favorite skin. Then you can sally forth and beat the crap out of the criminally insane in your favorite style.