Test "Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition" on Wii U

In "Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition" for the Wii U, the Dark Knight returns to service after the album "Arkham Asylum." "Batman Arkham City" video game was probably the most successful superhero on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Wii U version of Arkham City takes all the elements of the game adds a new toy with armor armor, makes you enjoy all the DLC released so far and the GamePad features in gameplay. A heavy task that developers Rocksteady in Montreal have stuck with Warner Interactive as publisher.

The decor

Quincy Sharp, former director of Arkham Asylum, became mayor of Gotham City. He decides to transform neighborhoods into a huge detention center for the most hardened criminals. It is a militia called Tyger's task to conquer a semblance of order in this violent world. And it is the psychiatrist Hugo Strange who manages the detention center and foments a plan that is called "Protocol 10". Bruce Wayne finds himself trapped inside Arkham Asylum and attempt to thwart the project Mysterious Strange. Protocol 10 is the thread of the game and it is only at the end of the game as the story unravels.

The dark knight joker and find the Harley Quinn and other villains (the Penguin, Bane ...) in this detention center. Catwoman is also present and it is possible to embody. So much for the decor and the game synopsis. The game takes the original 2011 release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The open environment is one of the highlights of the game while the FreeFlow combat system is maintained.


The game is named after the new battle mode Battle Armored Tech (BAT). All playable characters which can benefit of course Batman and Catwoman. The combination stores the kinetic energy of your movements during combat phases. It may be released when the gauge is full while leveraging the power of the blows. It is fairly well seen even more true if the Wii U version in use is well we can do GamePad.

The GamePad fully exploited

He plays the role of Batcomputer you can directly select the gadgets and objectives for the touch interface. The GamePad also displays the map and radar. It also distills real-time information (on villains for example) without having to press "start".

With the Wii U tablet, you can scan the radio signals to find the frequency or look for clues when you are on a crime scene (by raising the GamePad and turning). This is the gyroscope which is put to use here as it is to guide the Batarang or use the Batclaw (Batgriffe). Whole arsenal of Batman is present including the explosive gel you use via the GamePad and we will then explode through the touch interface. Mini puzzles to hack systems to open doors are accessible directly via the GamePad. Speakers of that radio broadcast of Batman, which adds significantly to the immersive aspect. Finally, note that it is possible to play the whole game on the shelf, really nice.


The presence of all the DLC the game is also more significant to add to the life, knowing that the heart of the game requires more than 16 hours to complete. Note however that the DLC dedicated to the revenge of Harley Quinn (where you can play as Robin) provides access to elements of spoiler.

Technical specifications

So much for the positive aspects of a game that was praised by critics for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. But, unfortunately, the Wii U, when enemies appear to face number on the screen, there is a significant decrease in framerate. Textures on some buildings also disappear even if it is not systematic.

One can think of "shortcuts" taken by developers rather than hardware limitations. Indeed, the amount of RAM onboard (eDRAM) should normally allow him to excel to display detailed textures in HD. The filtrate (number of pixels displayed per second) is usually significantly higher on the Wii U Xbox 360 and PS3.

However, the Wii U proves gifted to display reflections, lights, textures and bright silver. Developers have probably used sprites enlightened (as announced by Michel Ancel for Rayman Legends published by Ubisoft).


If you have not purchased the game on Xbox 360, PS3 or PC, go ahead buy the Wii U. The excellent operating GamePad really adds to the gameplay and the game experience we have seen that the game drew ZombiU also benefit from the GamePad. "Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition" demonstrates that there is 1001 ways to use the GamePad. In addition, the game is a must whatever your platform of choice.

Infographic: Twitter keyboard shortcuts

Browse faster and faster, it is the goal of shortcuts that may seem barbaric at first but deserve to be known. My Clever Agency exposes us Twitter keyboard shortcuts in the graphic below.

Shortcuts consist of three groups, those who can perform actions on tweets, those who can see the different pages or timelines, and finally those that facilitate navigation.


  • F: Put a tweet favorite
  • M:  Write a DM (Direct Message)
  • R: Reply
  • N: New tweet
  • T: Retweet
  • L: Close all open tweets
  • Entry: Open Details tweet selected


  • Space: Jump to page
  • J: Skip to next tweet
  • K: Back to previous tweet
  • /: Search
  • . : Load new tweets


  • G+ H: Home
  • G+ F: Favorites
  • G+ C: Connect
  • G+ L: Lists
  • G+ A: Activity
  • G+ M: Posts
  • G+ R: Legal
  • G+ S: Settings
  • G+ D: Discovering
  • G+ U: See the account of a person
  • G+ P: View profile
In case of doubt, if you click on Twitter ? to display the list of shortcuts.

Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington

Ubisoft presents the brand new trailer of The Tyranny of King Washington, exclusive video unveiled at VGA, next DLC for Assassin's Creed 3 offering a new single player campaign comes in three episodes.

A history alternative where George Washington became a tyrant. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for power, it has transformed the young democracy that is the United States into a despotic empire. Witnessed the death of his close under arms armies of King Washington, a hero will rise up and build on the skills specific to their extraordinary lineage to bring justice and freedom to the people!

Now Google Chrome soon?

Google Now, the Intelligent Personal Assistant available on Android since version 4.1 Jellybean be willing to take the step of inviting himself fixed in the Google Chrome browser?

In any case the assertion on Google Plus, a French developer who discovered the source of a new version of Chrome (Chromium) a piece of code, a skeleton framework for displaying smart cards to Google Now. This would suggest that Google Now would soon be available on PC via a future version of Google's web browser.

Now remember that Google is a wizard that grows various predictive information in real time, geolocated and calculated based on the context, on the screen of the smartphone or tablet Android. This feature, free, is particularly powerful and relevant. An example of use: you have an appointment at 15h, Now Google lets you know in advance how long it will take to get to appointments, taking year account several parameters, such as distance that separates you from it (geolocation) but also the traffic conditions. To use it frequently on my Nexus 7, I can say that Google is bluffing Now accuracy and can quickly become a companion that is hard to pass.

If this prediction is correct, the service would be the opposite of most other services, namely the smartphone to the PC, ie the fixed mobile. A good way for Google to make it known to those who are on Chrome but not (yet) Android, and who could find an application that would encourage them to opt for an Android smartphone on their next purchase. Now would be integrated into Google Chrome via the notification system browser.

Google currently has neither confirmed nor denied this information.

An application to set the suspension of his car with his iPhone!

With the emergence of digital electronics in cars will no longer affect only navigation systems or in infotainment . Cars offer optional (or standard on high-end) systems and intelligent controlled suspensions are starting to become commonplace.

The key to this improved comfort and safety, since you no longer have to choose between soft suspensions and suspensions farms, electronics manager both based on several criteria, such as the quality of the coating, the surface conditions the ambient temperature and many other parameters.

And of course, when we speak and electronic "smart" board, it was quickly prowess in mind that the latest smartphones are capable in this area. It is also thought that the developers at KW, a company specializing in damping systems for the automotive industry, which developed an adaptive suspension system controlled with an application iPhone connected to shock WiFi.

The kit comes with four dampers application, which offers several settings options, including three main are called a touch on the screen: Comfort (soft), Sport (farm), Sport + (hard). The advanced settings allow you to configure the damping tailored to their preferences and even assign different damping laws between the front and rear axle, and remember his favorite settings, then it is possible to call a click. As a system of origin (PASM Porsche for example), the changes are reflected in real time, click on the iPhone screen and you change the dynamics of the car.

According to various sources who tested the device, the result is impressive precision and responsiveness. An Android version is expected to arrive soon. Remains the question of availability: the electronically controlled dampers KW are not designed for all cars, but at the moment only a few high-end German. As for the price, it will take about 2900 euros which should be added the installation. However, this is almost the price of the option controlled suspension in premium brands. Remains as to whether this type of transplant is as effective as originally thought and system specifically designed by the manufacturer for a particular model.

But I think we have finished being surprised by what smartphones will make in our everyday car. Manufacturers have serious interest in moving neurons, and to a good dose of geek in R & D and marketing if they do not want to be overwhelmed.

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