Winter is Coming, and so is Batman.

Other than the usual feasting and football, my Thanksgiving weekend was dominated by two fantastic media forays: Game of Thrones and Batman: Arkham City.

Game of Thrones: Season 1: A+: Like most shows with such a numerous cast, it took a bit to establish each of the characters, but they did so quickly enough that I wasn’t ever lost. Lots of different plot lines with different emotional underscores melded seamlessly as I discovered the goals and faults of all the various central characters. I raged at the characters I was supposed to hate, felt for those for whom sympathy was expected, and celebrated those who I couldn’t help but root for. I eagerly await season two.

Batman occupies the best of all the comic worlds. No other hero has enemies so perfectly crafted or landscapes so specifically molded. Arkham City takes the best of those villainous foils and iconic locales and pushes them to their most “dark” and “adult.” This extreme may be a bit cliche but it fits Batman perfectly. And everything that represents Batman is present. There are parts where you are the invisible ninja hunter, the martial arts brawler, and the gadget-fueled detective. And each of these components is done better than in the first game, Arkham Asylum. The only negative I found was playing Catwoman. She seemed to be too similar but without the fun parts. Some of the side missions hint at the next game, which I eagerly await, though it’ll be hard to find any antagonists not already utilized.

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