"Batman: Arkham City" will take flight on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in a couple of months, introducing players to a new adventure that promises to be improve on the already-loved "Arkham Asylum." In order to assure players get the most out of the Dark Knight's latest adventure, the accessory creators at Power A are releasing a pair of special edition, Batarang-themed controllers.
The Official Batarang Controllers, which are being made in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, come with a number of features that make them stand out from your standard third-party controller, including unique button layouts that form Batman emblems, light-up handles, dual rumble motors for an enhanced gaming experience and soft-touch grips, so they won't wear your hands out. The controllers are set to retail for around $49.99 apiece.
The PlayStation 3's version of the Batarang will be a wireless controller with reverse analog sticks and a Batman-themed USF RF receiver, which plugs into the system to communicate with the unit, for a seamless gameplay experience. The Xbox 360 version is a wired controller that plugs directly into the console unit, but comes with a 10-foot release cable, making it easy to maneuver around the room while you're playing.
"Power A understands the high quality standard that partnering with a legendary brand such as Batman demands," said John Moore, vice president of product development and marketing for the company. "We are committed to making the best possible controller to amplify the experience players have with 'Batman: Arkham City' and the Batarang does just that. It's not just a great Batman collectible, but a high-performance controller worth of the 'Batman: Arkham City' name."
CBR News recently had a chance to go hands-on with the controller at a trade event, and although we weren't able to test it with a game, it felt quite comfortable, with good button placement and the ability to switch between multiple colors, varying from red to blue and most colors in-between, with the push of a button. The wireless PS3 controller does require batteries, but it comes packaged with a couple and they're moderately easy to replace once power runs out. This should be a fun controller to use when it comes to wiping the floor with Gotham's worst.
The Batarang Controllers will hit shelves around the same time as "Batman: Arkham City," on October 18