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