I bought it on Steam for $49.99. Two days later, it's half that Origin. Which I only found out as I was buying Battlefield 3 for half price.
Honestly, I don't regret it. My experience with Origin and BF3 has been atrocious. The service is stupid, overbearing, and a resource hog considering you have Origins, ESN Sonar and your web browser open to play one freaking game. It's trying so hard to be Steam without really providing the services intelligently.
The DRM on AC was hard enough to swallow. Having SecuROM, GFWL AND Origins? Seriously, I can accept DRM but that's beyond the pale. At least I don't feel like Steam has its hand up my kiester while I'm trying to play.
And I have to chuckle about Origin's pricing. They've blown away expectations about how long it would take them to start discounting. They must be desperate to have users start building a game base on Origins so they feel attached to it the way they do Steam. Slashing the price of a game that released on PC literally 2 days prior by 50%? That's almost unheard of.
Arkham City, while being an amazing game, has to be the biggest example of how paranoid the industry has gotten and how obnoxious it's become for a legitimate customer to play a game they paid for. No less than 3 online service providers are involved in watching me play Arkham City to make sure I'm not doing it illegally, every time, while I play. It's got a 5 activation limit, so even if I'm a legitimate user my rights are curtailed.
I love the game to death but even more than Battlefield 3 and Origins, Arkham City has convinced me piracy is a good and rightful thing. If the industry insists it has the right to be as paranoid as it wants and has the right to punish all consumers to protect their own interests, piracy is a legitimate response from their own customers. Even if I pay for a game, I reserve the right to crack the shit out of it. And if that means being a seed for a crack for someone who DIDNT pay for it....well, I guess some publishers have to suffer for the actions of the others. Sound familar, AAA industry?
It's really been a year for DRM. Skyrim, Arkham City and Battlefield 3 have all brought a level of new attention to DRM. If this is the way games are going in the next year, I may be done purchasing AAA games altogether until they start behaving ethically. It's not like there's a lack of quality indie games out there on the cheap or for free.