If you've been following along – and you should be, like a good, loyal little reader – you know that the PlayStation 3 version of Batman: Arkham Asylum boasts an awesome exclusive gift: the ability to play as the Joker in the special Challenge maps. And you know what? It's making a difference already.

As Everyday PlayStation points out, this announcement has made a significant impact on pre-orders at Amazon.com. Although the game is coming for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, the PS3 version sits at #192 on their list while the 360 version is way down at #632. The promising title is scheduled to release on June 23 and it appears as if most gamers are definitely "in the know;" we've always said that fans of this particular entertainment industry are typically very well informed, and this proves that theory. It proves it even further by taking the user base discrepancy between the PS3 and 360 into account, as the 360 still leads by approximately 6 million units. On top of which, nobody is saying the PS3 version is significantly better for some reason; like most all multiplatform games these days, all three versions ought to be virtually identical. Therefore, in looking at those pre-order numbers, we can only come to one logical conclusion: this PS3 exclusive extra is having a definite impact! Don't you want to play as one of the most notorious and recognizable villains in comic history?

It'd be interesting to see what the GameStop pre-orders look like, too, but for now, we consider this sufficient evidence. For some reason, Eidos has worked out this deal with Sony (we don't hear about any special extra for 360 owners), and it appears to be worth the effort.

Related Game(s): Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

Wow, I had no idea it would have this level of impact. But that's great news for Sony. I expect some of the new exclusives like Uncharted 2, God of War 3, and GT5 to get even more units sold.

natho86
natho86
11 years ago

cool was goin to get it anyway

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Hey, who you callin a "little" reader?

tlpn99
tlpn99
11 years ago

Sounds like one of the openings of a Stephen King novel "You constant reader" lol 🙂

natho86
natho86
11 years ago

cool was goin to get it anyway

crapreviews
crapreviews
11 years ago

already had it on pre-order before i knew this lol

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Yeah it had a impact on meeh to II had preordered it for the 360, but since II heard the news II switched it to my ps3.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Since this article was posted, the ranks have changed. The PS3 version has dropped to #222 and the 360 version has moved up to #539. What I find interesting is that the collector's editions of both are almost even with the regular editions. #255 and #585 respectively. Even more interesting is that Ghostbusters is more anticipated on the Xbox side than Batman is at #439.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

The main reason why I am getting this game is because the voice of one of my favorite cartoon series is coming back to do Batman so it has to be hot.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
11 years ago

Kevin Conroy is great as Batman, but he can't hold a candle to Mark Hamills' Joker.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

When I saw the gameplay of this my jaw seriously dropped to my keyboard. I wasn't expecting the game to be that interactive. For some reason I made a pre-judgement that it won't be good at all. But oh boy that bit of gameplay shown truly told me to wake the f**k up. As for the Joker being playable on the PS3 version………awesome….plain awesome.

Oh and about the picture. WHAT THE FUCK IS BRUCE WAYNE ON?!?!?! LOOK AT THE F*ING ARM HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!! FOR GOD'S SAKE THAT'S WORST THAT CHRIS REDFIELD FROM RE5!!!!!

Jian2069
Jian2069
11 years ago

are you even allowed to swear on this site?

Jian2069
Jian2069
11 years ago

I needs me a new HITMAN game! none of this BATMAN crap!

slackernz
slackernz
11 years ago

Might be the first 'movie based' game I'll get

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Thankfully it isn't movie-based.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I guess commenting on a gaming site is easier than informing oneself about the game you're commenting on.

jamrock
jamrock
11 years ago

its not movie based. it has nothing to do with movie its based on the comic book.

RoyBrown
RoyBrown
11 years ago

Exclusive DLC is really shit.

I feel sorry for all the xbox people who were looking forward to it.

Not all people who buy that console are dickheads, although explaining that to some of the really really super smart people here would be a bit difficult.

I dont like that Fallout 3 or GTA IV has exclusive DLC.

I think stinks.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

Agreed, Games should sell on there own merits and by peoples relative preference of system. Not just because one will be supported more then the other.

Even though DLC for consoles is fairly new, exclusive DLC needs to go the way of the dinosaurs.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

I will just say that money talks, and it's about time PS3 got something to shove crap into the other consoles face. Not to say that DLC isn't bad, but come the hell on, just look how much exclusive crap Fallout 3 has for the 360. Needless to say I feel a bit jipped with my PS3 purchase of that same game. Oh well though.

Daedusian
Daedusian
11 years ago

I agree. Honestly I could care less about this game, it does look good but I don't have an interest in comic books. As much as I hated M$ getting exclusive DLC for Fallout 3, I hate it just as much as Sony getting it as well.

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Where does it say in the post anything about exclusive DLC? The exclusives could be available in the disc.

Daedusian
Daedusian
11 years ago

it's still very much the same..Whatever it ends up being, it's still exclusive and I don't like it.

BigT_1980
BigT_1980
11 years ago

I agree with RoyBrown on this one. I really think exclusive DLC sucks. If a game is multi-platform then it should have the same content available on platforms. I know I didn't like when when Microsoft got exclusive DLC for Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Tomb Raider. I guess this is one possible perk of having a former Sony employee running the show at Atari.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Exclusive DLC fails, give me Fallout 3's DLC instead.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I was going to disagree with the exclusive dlc comments, but I think maybe you're right. The PS3 shouldn't have exclusive dlc, it should have exclusive content. Why do I have to download anything? Devs should have stuck that exclusive content on the larger disc!

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Still debating with this game, i think i'll be waiting see what it's like. My friend just pre-ordered it not to long ago i told him about the joker and he said that will be awesome. I'm still looking into Ghostbusters 🙂

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

Who's John Shepard?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

A figment of someone's imagination. He isn't even on the Staff page.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/27/2009 1:42:33 PM

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

exactly :S

Minishmaru
Minishmaru
11 years ago

If us PS3 owners get Joker…what does the 360 or PC versions get??? The Penguin? The Riddler? Croc? Scarecrow? None of those guys compare!!! Btw I played the demo at my store…pretty badass! Could be the first Batman game to truly be good!

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

I dont think so. PS3 games and consoles have always been selling better on amazon. I think its because that Xbox owners are 12 year olds. They are bought by moms that dont know how to shop around online. PS3 owners are Mid 20s. They buy their own consoles. They have their own credit cards to shop in amazon and compare prices.

I think walmart, will have more sales in xbox version.