Once it was announced that Hugo Strange was the primary antagonist in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC, the Joker slipped into the background. Over the past few months, more and more villains have been announced as having roles to play in Batman's next adventure, so it's only natural to be concerned that polarizing and charasmatic characters such as Catwoman, Two-Face, Bane, Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin are poised to steal the spotlight from the Clown Prince of Crime. Never fear! A new trailer provided by MTV Multiplayer shifts the spotlight back to The Joker and promises an amazing showdown, another classic performance from Mark Hamill, and a few surprise twists and tricks.
There are plenty of quality games coming out through the end of the year that I can't wait to play, but Arkham City may be the one that I'm anticipating the most. It's been a while since I've played an action game with a strong storyline featuring memorable characters and a sense of running continuity, so I'm very ready to step back into the role of Batman again. Seeing the Joker prance around in this trailer and offer intriguing threats just makes me want to play the game all the more. Arkham City hits stores next month for consoles and in November for PC. The waiting is the hardest part.