Reviews for Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year

85

I am the night, or is it the knight?

midgetjacks | Oct. 7, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »

What were the odds that a good Batman game would get made? On the whole, almost everything about this game works. The fighting engine allows Batman to effortlessly take on crowds of goons. At the same time, the stealth predator rooms showcase Batman's ability to work from the shadows, taking down one goon at a time. The only real rough spots are the boss fights. Most of them follow the same mould, and just aren't as fun as the rest of the game.

Overall, though, Rocksteady made a great first attempt at the Batman franchise.

85

Kick A fun

adboyum | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all adboyum's reviews »

This game is awesome! It's so dark, ominous and action packed! I'm a huge Batman fan, and this game finally got it right! It embodies the true essence if the Batman franchise. Batman isn't some funny cute superhero character. He's a BA but kicking machine with awesome gadgets and a dark side that this game portrays perfectly!

All the different rooms, villains and gadgets make this game a must own for any Batman fan!

97

It´s Batman. It´s perfect!

GustavoBBP | Sept. 6, 2014 | See all GustavoBBP's reviews »

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the proof that we wanted to know that the superheroes games are not only marketing pieces searching to promote a movie, cartoon or comic instead of being a good game. The graphics are great, the atmosphere is almost flawless, the gameplay is excitingly funny (come on, everybody loves to scary helpless goons with the the dreadful image of the bat) and the story, the voice-acting and the visuals keep remembering me of my childhood with Batman: The Animated Series. Arkham Asylum is a AAA game recommended to everyone, a Batman fan or not.

84

An awesome start to the batman franchise

vikas8395 | Sept. 5, 2014 | See all vikas8395's reviews »

This is the most polished and well designed game that I've played in recent memory. Keyboard and mouse controls are amazingly well tuned. Story, voiceover and geek factor are off the charts. My two gripes are no unlockable suits and the menus were taken without any redesign from the console version. The controls and overall quality far overshadow any gripes though.

100

Amazing Game

ImSoAw3some | Aug. 29, 2014 | See all ImSoAw3some's reviews »

Amazing. I'd have to say this is literally in my top 5 favorite games all time. It has great graphics and fluid fighting controls. The stealth is great and there are so many ways to take out a group of enemies. And of course, the villains are what make the plot and story stand out. The Joker is hilariously insane and gives a nice boost to the overall feel of the game. The main story is around 10 hours of awesomeness, and there is more to do such as entertaining Riddler riddles or the combat and predator challenges. Overall the game is amazing and the story, fluid combat, excellent stealth, and replayability make this game a definite 100. This game is truly one of a kind. Even from 2010, this tops almost all of the current games out there.

100

One of the best Batman games out there

Briansmsk8er | Aug. 18, 2014 | See all Briansmsk8er's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is an Action-Adventure game made by Rocksteady Studios in 2009. This game takes place in Arkham Asylum, a place where some of the Bat's most lethal enemies reside. You must fight your way through criminals in order to stop the Joker's plot. The graphics are fantastic and the environments are well suited for Batman. You have access to a plethora of gadgets, awesome boss battles, and great stealth mechanics. There is plenty to love about this game. You can take on bad guys any way you want to, a sneaky stealth kill or head on. It's all up to you.

95

What was I thinking?

bibora | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all bibora's reviews »

I had this game on my Steam Library for years now. I knew it was good but I never gave it a try. Recently there was some Playfire rewards for this game and decided to them. Well... I did them and I did even more! It got me hooked. Well partially because I'm a fan of the Dark Knight but the game is quite fun to play. I think there's no point telling much about the game, because I believe it's fairly know for most of the players. I can, however say that it's a fabulous action game tied with exploring all over the Arkham isle and with a sort of stealth gameplay. And of course, Joker is there. And Bane. And Scarecrow. Poison Ivy. Etc. At the time being, I believe most Batman fans out there, have this game on their Steam library, but in the case someone is missing it, well just grab this ok? You'll thank me later.

98

Great all around!

ash_arani | Aug. 16, 2014 | See all ash_arani's reviews »

Wow, this game has it all. Suspense, action, comedy, and good ol' beating.

The gameplay is exceptional. I particularly enjoyed the combat system. They kept a nice variety between full charge at the enemies and stealth operation. The gadgets are very cool. The bosses make up a great variety.

It is a game that makes you think at times (especially with Riddler's riddles). I enjoyed the game a lot.

I am officially hooked on the Batman franchise (better late than never) :)

93

A near perfect game

theawesomesauce | Aug. 15, 2014 | See all theawesomesauce's reviews »

The game play is fantastic. It has been said over and over again but that's only because the combat is so well done. That being said, you don't have to solely focus on the combat to really enjoy this game. The Riddler's riddles offer a fun break from the awesome fighting. For Batman fanatics there are countless tidbits of Batman lore throughout Arkham Island including various appearances by Batman universe characters; even if you're not a devoted Batman fan, the lore is still incredibly interesting.

90

Welcome to Arkham

Alinasser | Aug. 12, 2014 | See all Alinasser's reviews »

Licensed super heroes games usually suck and to find an excellent game in Batman AA is a great surprise to what turned out to be amazing game series.

Graphics: very sharp and of very high quality and technically very smooth and well optimized 9\10

Sounds: You will feel the Arkham atmosphere, the dark gloomy city, very impressive 8\10

Gameplay: The fighting feels great and diverse, with new techniques and detective mode and stealth missions ( it's the whole package ) which is brilliant 10\10

Replayability: there are tons of stuff to do in the game, missions and collectibles. this game is a breath of fresh air to the gaming world.

75

its alright

rslancer | Aug. 12, 2014 | See all rslancer's reviews »

Its alright. Definitely polished gameplay but honestly not that amazing. I think people give it a high rating partly because they enjoy the batman story/universe. For a person who is not too into the whole superhero/batman business I think the game will come across as mediocre. The sneaking around beating up baddies can be kind of fun and the combat system is interesting but not that amazing. A lot of the time you are just being guided around forced into certain paths to move along the story such as crawling through air ducts. Sometimes the air ducts have a point and can serve as a different way to ambush bad guys but a lot of the time its literally a path and you are being forced to do it which really forms a lot part of the game actually.

95

Play this game in your library necessarily

dan13lcab | Aug. 9, 2014 | See all dan13lcab's reviews »

I had read much on this game in the moment, so i played loaded with expectations and while it is highly recommended, the precursor and essential in what will be the complete what he calls Arkham so far, entertaining battle system, the possibility to investigate the entire island of Arkham Asylum and with a great gameplay History more interesting but some bugs that you are damaging to the game can be frustrating, luckily the problem has been corrected with GWL and now you can play without so many errors, ultimately.. you play this game in your library necessarily!

90

I'm the Batman!

Obsessor | Aug. 5, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

Well, I never was a big fan of "Bats," as Joker and his crew of madmen call Batman over and over again. I prefer differend comic heroes. But this game is just awesome. It looks and plays like a charm. I liked almost everything about it.

Two things don't feel right to me. Primo - voice acting. It is awesome when you listen to Joker, Poison Ivy, Croc, Harley Quinn and other villains. Batman sonds a little "stiff." Same can be said about most of the Arkham Asylum guards and doctors. Well, thankfully it's Joker and his "flying circus" you're listening to most of the time. Secundo - The Riddler Challenges. I mean, I don't consider myself a very bright person. I'm not trying to boast. But those riddles and trophies. It took me few hours to get them all. When I finished the story, got all the upgrades, all Bat-tools, I just ran around through the maps gathering everything. Not really thinking about it, just running. Too easy, too obvious hiding places.

Combat. This is the part of Batman that you can write poems about. I'll be quick about it. Just like the Batman is when fighting foes. Combat is extremely fast and seamless. Batman literally flows from one move to the other, Transitions from attacks to blocks and counters are done with great skill. Watching Batman fight is pure pleasure. There are tens of challenges playable outside the main story, and unlockable via finding Riddler trophies, so you can test yourself against waves of opponents.

Finally few words about graphics and music. Look to the screens up there. Are those looking good? I don't think so. Live game looks a hundred times better than that. Every place is detailed, lots of clutter makes the world "dirty" and "real." Textures are very sharp. And music. Music is as it always was in Batman movies - plays perfectly with the action you see on screen.

This game may be short, with tiny(in comparison to other (not-so)open world games)world. But you'll enjoy it. Having the challenges and Riddles + Trophies to find will ensure you'll stick to it a bit longer. Storyline is unbelievably fun to witness, and you might want to replay it twice. Or thrice. Because it's so good.

I wanted to give the game 100/100 rating. Bur because of the "slips" in voice acting and those too easy Riddler challenges I'll give it "just" 90/100

98

Is Arkham Asylum the best Superhero game ever made? Aww Yea!

khawaja07 | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »

Since i started playing video games, i have never played such an authentic, well made super hero video game such as Batman: Arkham Asylum. It features a robust combat system, all the crazy gadgets Batman stocks up in his inventory, lots and lots of villains to wreck! A routine capture & imprisonment goes wrong as the Joker is about to be thrown into Arkham when all of a sudden he breaks the shackles and starts causing all sorts of havoc, releasing all the nasty imprisoned villains from whom Gotham was being kept Safe.If Joker & his master scheme is not stopped at all costs then after Arkham Asylum, we might have to say goodbye to Gotham City as well!

As i said before, its one of first super hero games to feature robust and authentic combat, the way Batman moves around Arkham, exquisite use of his gadgets, etc. As Batman, you have a plethora of super cool and swaggy gadgets to play with. They all make up to work great with each other. You can even use multiple of them at once when taking down a horde of enemies. The most impressive feature of Batman's abilities has always been his skill at Hand-to-Hand combat, its been so wonderfully done in this game and it turns into big combos once you get the hang of the fighting system. You can rack up points while doing combos which ultimately proves to be really crucial whether you live to fight another battle royal or not as your HP is tied to all of this and does not regenerate at all! You can unlock new different types of abilities & gadgets as you progress through the game. It Consists of a Linear Level Design that is finely paced with the story.

Visually, the Game looked the best looking title of the year it released in. It features the beautiful and gorgeous landscape of Arkham Asylum and the environment in it. Attention to detail has been superb and accurate to each of the villains you face. The game is extremely polished graphics wise and contains a great amount options to tinker with. The textures and the character models are extremely well done and feel as authentic as they possibly can be.

The Voice work is also really well done in Arkham Asylum, each villain and enemy sound really good and authentic.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a brilliant super hero game which is accurate and fully lives up to the legend of the Dark Knight. It is greatly optimized for PC and works on low-end systems too. As this is the Game of the Year edition, instead of GFWL, Steam is well integrated into it which is just wonderful! Its pretty well made in all of its departments and features a lot of replayability as its combat can be pretty addicting at times! It comprises of hours and hours of content and is a Must Have Adventure and highly recommended by me!

95

I am Vengeance! I am the Night! I am Batman!

LordAristocrat | July 31, 2014 | See all LordAristocrat's reviews »

In 2009 WB Games and Rocksteady Studios gave us an ability to become the greatest superhero. Put on your Batmask, turn on the game and save the Arkham Asylum from Joker, Bane, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and other villains. Use Batskills, hide in darkness, beat criminals... Batman: Arkham Asylum will become one of your favourite games. Feel the spirit of vengeance, use the night, be the Batman!

92

:) very good

roman9441 | July 28, 2014 | See all roman9441's reviews »

I know batman since i was young but many game of batman isn't satisfy me. But this one change my mind the developer give every detail to this game. Make me want to play this game and follow the story of the game. but some how it difficult for me at the begin. I remember some small bug at release date but developer already fix it.

i hope developer will keep superhero game like batman fun and enjoy like this i'm recommend it if you love superheroes game :D

93

The beginning of an amazing series

cocoawolf29 | July 27, 2014 | See all cocoawolf29's reviews »

This is the beginning of one of my favorite video game series. Arkham Asylum may seem a bit rusty and small after playing the legends like Arkham City, but it holds it's own ground. The mechanics are still well oiled, and the fighting is relatively simple. The map is a decent size, and Batman revisits various areas of the island throughout the night, finding different things every time.

The plot of this game is relatively simple. Joker is being classic Joker, screwing everything up and making life very difficult for The Bat, but it makes a great story and game for the player. The plot is relatively simple and in a straight line, but it isn't just Joker that we run into. There are other great villains like Poison Ivy and Killer Croc that have great boss battles.

The game is simple, but in this case, simplicity is the beginning of something great. It's great to play through over again too, almost like watching an interactive movie. Definitely recommend it for any Batman fan, especially if you plan to play any of the other games from the series. It enhances the quality of all the future games.

91

A masterpiece for all audiences

eduardXD | July 26, 2014 | See all eduardXD's reviews »

Overall, it is a great game. Excellent graphics, good soundtrack and fluid system combat. Although the game focuses only on an island scenarios will evolve according to your progress, making the game very original. The story is very interesting and the variety of characters (allies and villains) enrich the game. Separate from the main goal of the game, there will be secondary missions and a lot of collectables that increase the duration of the game. This is a game for all audiences, regardless of you like or not batman, because the game is a masterpiece of gaming. Give it a chance, because you're missing a great game.

90

Batman: Arkham Asylum Review ----> Buy it or Not?

koticpaxx | July 23, 2014 | See all koticpaxx's reviews »

Before this game: Only reading Batman comics makes me "feel" like Batman After this game: I AM BATMAN "But wait, Steve-" SHUT UP I AM BATMAN

Long story short, this game is awesome. Rocksteady has done a truly fantastic job in capturing the essence of Batman in a kick-ass game. You have the gadgets, the martial arts and the detective skills of Batman.that other superhero games can't really compare to. It's revolutionary freeflow combat is crazy fun and one of the major things that make Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham Asylum. Even the plot is amazing, taking us to a time where Joker's schemes keep getting bigger and bigger, and Batman becomes better and better. All in all, this game is a MUST buy for superhero fans and a definite BUY for gamers alike. Trust me. You won't be disappointed. BATMAN OUT

86

You are the Batman

ThreshNautBlitz | July 22, 2014 | See all ThreshNautBlitz's reviews »

Become one of the greatest legends in comic hero history and save Arkham from near certain doom! Batman Arkham Asylum has fantastic visuals, fun combat mechanics, and a great story to top it all off. While some of the detective work gameplay could use some attention, the rest of the game makes up for it. Stalk your prey, plan your attack, and strike. Become the Batman.

85

Good plot + Batman + Challenging gameplay = Great game

reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »

I'm not a fan of superheroes, although Batman is an exception, of course. After playing so many bad superhero games, I thought this would be one more of the bunch, and, it's not bad at all, actually. Graphics are great, even though it's something I don't actually care for. The soundtrack is awesome. I think every single song in it could be a masterpiece. The plot is actually pretty good, and you actually want to get to the end of the game to see how it ends. The game is kind of tough, but pretty short as well (Took me around 12 hours to beat). There are tons of collectibles you might want to get to achieve 100% completion, and most of them are well hidden (In, I couldn't get them all). Stealth mechanics are great, and, in my opinion, the moments you are stealthing, are the best in the game. Fights are kind of repetitive in my opinion, if you're playing with an Xbox 360 pad, it's basically pressing A most of the time, and pressing Y occasionally. The Batsuit can get tons of upgrades, some of them are actually quite useful, like, upgrading your health, but some other are useless, in my opinion. Overall, it's a great game. It has a few issues here and there, but they depend on the player him/herself.

93

Second-best superhero game ever

884okeoJ | July 2, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »

Arkham Asylum is a masterpiece of a superhero game. The story is a typical Batman story, and that's not a bad thing. The entire game is reminiscent of the Batman animated series, with even voice actors from the show voicing their in-game counterparts.

The graphics are great for the time it was released, and the visuals have some nice extra touches as well, such as Batman's cape showing wear and tear. The free flow combat is amazing, feeling fluid as you beat your away through countless thugs. The stealth is also great, making you feel like you actually are the caped crusader.

The game's real problems come with its boss battles. With the exception of the wonderful Scarecrow segments, all the boss encounters are below average at best. When facing off against the Killer Croc, a boss battle that had been built up to since the beginning, you merely have to shock him with batarangs until he gives up. The final boss is also mediocre as well, with the Joker simply throwing thugs at you until you win or you die.

However, boss battles are quite possibly the only glaring fault of this game. Everything else is fantastic, with great atmosphere and good story. This game is a must-play for fans of Batman, beat-em-ups, or stealth.

86

Great Superhero Game

TCass29 | June 24, 2014 | See all TCass29's reviews »

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a pretty game and runs well on any machine (I ran it on bootcamp from a 2009 MacBook Pro). The setting and visuals are really detailed and speak to the tone of the game. The character models are fabulous and their personalities are even better.

Every character in this game feels wholly rounded and interesting with their own motives and insanities.

The story is fun--nothing out of the Batman-ordinary--and moves at a wonderful pace. I'm a big fan of games that focus on narrative driven by good characters that tell their story in 8-12 hours and this (for me) was just that. Got 66% completion (there are A LOT of collectibles) in just about 11 hours.

Very fun game. I'm excited to play City, the next in the series.

100

The begin of the legend.

MafuMafu | June 23, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »

I will not make this review so long. I'll keep it simple and tell you the pros and cons. Pros: - Batman. - Story. Even if you're not a Batman fan, you will enjoy it very much. - Graphics. This game looks gorgeous and the Physx feature makes it even better. - Gadgets. Fight thugs with the incredible gadgets that Batman has to offer. - Combat. It's very fun and easy to master.

Cons: - Combat. Although is a pro, it's also a con because it may bore you a little bit (Not my case, but it could happen) - Story. I don't know if I felt hooked or what, but I felt it was kind of short.

So, keep in mind that this is a AAA game. You're not dealing with something mediocre. Rocksteady rocked it with this game. A must buy for every gamer.

89

Inside a bat's cave...

RakuPL_Markolf | May 14, 2014 | See all RakuPL_Markolf's reviews »

Well not exactly. Rather a Joker's Asylum. Ok no more spoiling. Now to the facts. Very good mechanics with a feeling of smooth controls. Good graphics. And all the atmosphere of investigation, fights and puzzles. Be a bat and a man! Bring back Joker to jail where he belongs. Because you are Batman and you're in Arkham Asylum!

95

Best superhero game I've played.

InsaneHien | April 19, 2014 | See all InsaneHien's reviews »

Honestly, I thought I wouldn't like this game since it's based on the comics (don't really read comics). When I saw it had high scores, I figured that I should try the demo out when it released. I can say that I was very amazed. I picked up the game a year later since they were releasing a GOTY edition. No complaints so far. I give a thumbs up on the combat and graphics. Looks better on the PC. Rocksteady did a spectacular job on Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Can't wait for Arkham Knight!

95

One of the best games ever

Pwnclub | April 15, 2014 | See all Pwnclub's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum was a great game, it really was. Playing this game actually made me feel as though I was Batman. It was filled with action and the combat system is impressive. The graphics were fantastic for the time and the atmosphere was done well as it was very dark.

Although this game is nearly perfect in almost every way, I have heard the sequel is even better so I hope to play that soon as well.

I highly recommend this game to anyone.

89

Where the (game) legend began

Ryukrieger | April 15, 2014 | See all Ryukrieger's reviews »

When the game first came out, it was one of the best games of its time, the beginning of one of the (personally) best game franchise!

In Batman Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady took everybody by surprise, why? Because... comparing to other AAA games, the game had less marketing from the beginning. And judging from the previous Batman (and superhero) games, most people wasn't expecting anything ground-breaking. And when the game was released, the game was amazing, the combat style that was so rare before now implemented flawlessly by Rockstead, the super fun stealth combat that makes you feel like the invisible predator. The gameplay was extremely refreshing comparing to a lot of other games of the time.

On the story, it was fascinating, not only the twists, but about all the elements in the game, from the normal main story to the "Easter Eggs" telling the lore of Batman's other enemies. Combining with the fantastic voice-acting, for example Kevin Conroy's Batman and Mark Hamil's Joker (Oh, personally, I love the Joker's voice, Mr. Hamil is as good as always as the Joker)

Then the music, the score was composed so perfectly that if you take the music away from the game after playing it with the music, you'll feel like you just lost half of the game itself, because the music was so powerful!

Wondering about graphics? I don't pay too much attention to graphic comparing to other departments, but I have to say, when it was released, it was one of the best-looking (not in realistic way, but stylish way) games! Even making good use of Physx (though not necessary, they're just for the looks)

This game gets an 89 from me, for as ground-breaking as it is and how much fun I have from it, it was fairly limited as it was the first game, and of course, people may have different opinion from me.

But anyway, this is just a recommendation!

65

not a very good game

san383 | April 14, 2014 | See all san383's reviews »

Like any game based on a comic book , a movie or some well-known brand in general , even Batman: Arkham Asylum raised a lot of concerns and fears. Bat man fans feared that even this game, like so many before him , would be a poor attempt to milk the brand with a banal concept design stages frustrating gameplay and graphics shaky my cell phone laughing at her .

It's fun to discover some worries were in vain ! From the moment the game allowed me to finally control the Dark Knight , according jaw dropped . No more overlapping spirited game market with a film of the same name , no commercial gimmick and not just a beautiful box . This high-level game , not only in relation to branded games but relative 's body functions - Tuesday all!

Version we tested on the PC, the game looks even better Mbgrst consoles thanks prevent the nVidia Physx adds lots of little details , but important to the atmosphere of the game (see second video ) . This is the first game that uses - Physx materially and gimmicky , and proves that this is one of the ways to go gaming industry in the coming years.

78

nice game

san383 | April 14, 2014 | See all san383's reviews »

hi I played this game and its not very good game the story Its not bad and not good the graphics very good the action in the game(fights and something else) but the story its was execllent its very fun to fight vs the joker and scary monsters and the DNA scan and all of the powerups what batman have in the movie or comics and its very nice the idea to take the people who talks in the movie and let them talks in the game and who its have the GPU PhysX he can have fun from good graphics and more function could make a really view of the game I will give for this game rating of 78

98

A pleasant batsurprise

9insane9 | April 14, 2014 | See all 9insane9's reviews »

I don't think there's a single bad thing about the game. I mean, the graphics look great (especially for the time of release), it runs buttersmooth with max settings and plays really, really well. Plenty of graphics options as well, which is always a nice thing. With PhysX on, this game truly looks remarkable. The gameplay is rock solid. The fighting system works better than in any game I've played before, albeit I haven't played all that many of them. One thing that bothered me about the combat system was that the knives are glued to the thugs' hands so that when they fall, they will not drop their knives. But that adds difficulty to the game and that's actually a good thing in my opinion. The plot is just the run-of-the-mill comic story, but that is to be expected and it works really well in conjuction with the incredibly immersive world. This game definitely has replay value as well, I am currently on my second playthrough, this time on hard difficulty. All the more fun. Overall, a really solid game and an excellent introduction to the quadrilogy. If you're not a fan of Batman, this game will turn you into one. I should know, it made one out of me!

95

A surprisingly great superhero game!

Esikimo | April 12, 2014 | See all Esikimo's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game and a even greater superhero game. At first I did not know if this would be really good; since most super hero games I have played were only okay or awful. This game turned my thoughts around and showed me these type of games and be great.

Arkham Asylum starts you out in well the Asylum of Gotham City. Here you meet some of Batman's greatest enemies. For example some enemies you will meet are Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, and of course the infamous Joker. As you progress through the story you will unlock many different gadgets like the batline, explosive gel, and more. The combat of this game was surprisingly amazing. I expected combat to be only okay, but it blew my mind. I was happy to see that I can actually fight like Batman. Batman as a vision that allows you to scan your environment and plan out your attacks. This tool comes in handy throughout the game. After you beat the game you are able to go back and explorer the asylum to pick up some riddler trophies. There are also challenge maps that you can play on to see how well you can play. I give Batman Arkham Asylum a 95/100. I recommend this to Batman fans and even those who love playing action games. I will always remember this game and how much fun I had each time I played it. Enjoy.

92

One of the best realizations of the batman universe to date

ipowers9000 | March 27, 2014 | See all ipowers9000's reviews »

This game takes a very unique spin on the batman universe that I think really appreciates the complexity and darkness of the characters while still retaining some of the lighter aspects of the franchise. It's not quite as dark as Christopher Nolan's trilogy, but has a great serious tone to it that fleshes out the characters (especially the villains). Rocksteady has to be commended for the lovingly crafted artwork: everything from the textures to the interesting audio tapes has a great deal of polish and personality. Looking back on this particular title, the gameplay feels a little bit less refined now that there are more Arkham games, but the combat and world design still make this game hold up well even when compared to its newer siblings. You really will feel like you are Batman when you play this game. This is one of my personal favourite games I've ever played, and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great action game with great characters, regardless of whether or not you are already a Batman fan.

92

The Dark Knight Himself

AkiMatti | March 27, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

This game makes you feel like you're the Batman. You have his gadgets, his martial arts skills and the game portrays well even the attitude.

The game does so many things so well it is hard to know where to begin. Hand to hand combat works impressively well; countering attacks, switching targets, stunning aggressive foes and throwing batarangs are all easily accomplished with the controls.

Between fights, the detective part of being Batman is played out as you use the "Detective mode" to see vulnerabilities or alternative routes in the environment. Using different gadgets to traverse like grappling hook, exploding gel or the batclaw all add to the immersion.

I could go on and on, and you can look at other reviews too or the metacritic points this game got, but the bottom line is this: you should try this game if you haven't already.

96

A remarkable experience

martinni | March 17, 2014 | See all martinni's reviews »

I could do a long, long review about it, and say lots and lots of things, 'cause it has a lot to talk about. But i can make it a lot shorter if i say this game has some of the best scenes i've ever played. Not just one... Quite a bunch!! I'm quite a fan of Batman, and this game was a remarkable experience. If you don't own it, you have to buy it, and see it for yourself.

90

Great moment

cdp_star | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all cdp_star's reviews »

Although I am not familiar with batman, except some parts of movies, I could enjoy exciting time because of this game. Especially it was fun that my character can show amazing scene which is like a movie by the addition of fighting skill and the progress of my own technique. Through the game play, there are many situations which battle against many enemies. To tell the truth I felt the batman is not a special hero because he was beat easily by their attack in the first few hours. Then, I recognized that it was important to use skills with right timing continuously, rather than push the button quickly. And because of moderate game length, reaching to the ending without getting bored was possible. At least I could clear without also giving up the search sub quests, thanks to an index and hints.
Moreover, it is about the technological impression, I felt the PhysX function could make real atmosphere on the display. I hope I can play next episodes which can excite me more and more.

80

A surprise, wrapped in a bat cape.

damienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »

I had played Arkham City before i did this. I thought i should see what made the series what it was. The game play was very familiar: clear a room of enemies, move to the next room of enemies, then a boss battle. I'd suggest cranking up the difficulty so that it is a little challenging though. the graphics are really nice, and even with it's own look, reminds me of some of the more serious comics.

The gameplay, although strait forward, is challenging if you crank the difficulty up. Even going after all the achievements and challenges will add some play time and interesting experiences. matched with the fantastic voice acting and original gameplay style, this makes this game a classic. It will always be something i come back to.

95

I'm Batman

FifaBass | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all FifaBass's reviews »

I am big fan of Batman, so I was looking forward to this game. And this game didn't disappoint me. I really love this game. Action and awesome riddles, It create great atmosphere and this game is just great. Joker is amazing like ever and his humour is just great. In my opinion is Arkham Asylum better than Arkham City.

95

Batman got nailed

sonicchaos | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »

I remember the days when every Batman game had a range between pure awful and decent enough. But than came these guys at Rocksteady and took upon themselves to prove that a good Batman game is not that of a miracle. All you need is a dark atmosphere, a great voice cast, amazing graphics and seamless gameplay. And boy did they make it right!

The challenge with Batman as with most superhero characters is his complex traits and abilities, the story behind him and the world that needs protected. That's why many developers fail to showcase all of those elements, mainly because it really takes a lot of work and time and resources and mostly passion. That's the secret: passion. And this game is showing a lot of love from the devs that worked on it.

Let's start with the graphics. Arkham Asylum is fuelled by Unreal Engine 3, just like its sequels Arkham City and Origins, which amazes me how much power and vitality this engine still has. In 20 years from now, gamers will still play it as a "retro throwback" and still be amazed of how great it holds. I don't know if it's the best looking series that make use of UE3, along with Gears of War of course, but there's no doubt that it showcases its wonderful potential. Beautiful textures, detailed characters, a lot of detail in every level and even Gotham in the background just fills everything up with a great sense of immersion.

The story starts with Batman bringing Joker to Arkham Asylum and things go awry from there. We don't know how they clashed, we don't get to see what happened before they get here, but that doesn't matter. It's probably a good plot for a future game set between the events of Origin and Asylum maybe? We can only hope. Anyway, we quickly discover how everything was planned by Joker in the most minute detail. So we set ourselves to catch Joker and his merry band of bad guys, while discovering some other distractions and meeting familiar characters, which all thicken the plot with intelligent pace.

The voice acting is formidable. I'll only mention Kevin Conroy with his great and incomparable performance as Batman/ Bruce Wayne (oops, spoiler!) and master Mark Hamill with his amazing, original and unforgettable performance as the Joker, which is in my opinion the best Joker ever. Most will disagree, but I will say that it's not all Mark Hamill contribution, but the design team that created the character as well. The music and soundtrack are amazing. Although nothing noteworthy or as memorable as Danny Elfman's iconic tune that was born in Burton's Batman from 1989, the music here is much darker and tries to accentuate the mood of the game, and with great success I'd might add.

The combat is flawlessly executed, though the boss fight are kinda hit and miss, but it's the type of combat that's always brought into discussion when it comes to how other games are doing it. You'd think the devs would resume to that, the batarangs and the batclaw, but no. They thought about so much more it would take me entire pages to describe. As such, I can only say that this game deserves a place in your library, notably now that there's no more GFWL to be a nuisance. Also, because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. I had to do that. Sorry...

90

Great game, must play.

w0rdvirus | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all w0rdvirus's reviews »

Batman AA is just a great game with very few flaws if any. I played it on the 360 and then got it for the PC to play it again. The gameplay is great combat is fluid. It also mixes together stealth objectives where you have to observe your surroundings before going in and trying to take guys down. The story is also really good with quality voice acting (you just can't beat Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker). You don’t even need to be a really big Batman fan to enjoy this game, it is by far one of if not the best superhero game out there.

97

Best Superhero Game

chataolauj | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

I was never really a big fan of Batman growing up since he didn't have any superpowers like Superman (not a fan). That's only because I was a kid and didn't understand the story behind Batman. Man oh man. Batman has one of the best storyline in superhero history, and that's DC AND Marvel combined. Batman has to deal with so many burdens being the famed protector of Gotham, though people see him as any other vigilante. Putting the storyline aside, the game play is amazing too. Using stealth is my favorite way to move around and beat up people. Should buy the whole series if you're looking for a good series to play.

91

The Batman at his finest!!!

Hansolo927 | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all Hansolo927's reviews »

I am a huge Batman fan, but I was doubtful of this game as most superhero adaptations are horrible. I'm sad to say I waited years to play this great game but now that I did I have some catching up to do. T he artwork is out of sight, the missions and the sandbox nature are awesome. It saves after every door you open so you can go back and find all the hidden items. Finding them is the coolest part. I'm very glad I bought this now and I would suggest playing with headphones on!!!!

90

Just play it

ficha13 | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all ficha13's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is an amazing game. It has fun, but simple and challenging combat, an awesomely realized world and great voice acting. Luckily for us they got the cast from the original animated show, and boy do Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy do their jobs well.

The gameplay is really thought out well and has a lot of variety which stops it from getting monotone and boring. It primarily focuses on combat and exploration, but adds also Riddler's trophies and riddles that are scattered all around the asylum. If you're a completionist you will really like this, if not, just collect them normally as much as you can through the story mode. It's not really worth collecting all of them for the bonus you get in the story mode. You get an audio recording that's maybe a minute long and doesn't really add to the story or anything, but it's worth finding them because by doing this, you unlock challenge maps that you can access through the main menu. They are split into combat missions and sneaking mission in which you try to rack up as much points as possible that are updated to the leaderboards. The game of the year edition also adds additional maps that you don't have to unlock. Besides this, there are also Scarecrow sections where he drugs Batman and they are really trippy and abstract where batman has to avoid his gaze and sneak up behind him. The boss segments are also cool, they change the gameplay a bit and sometimes don't really involve fighting hand to hand which you will see in the in the Killer Croc segment.

The graphics are really good, loads of details through the whole game and aesthetically it feels just good and has good game feel. The Physx effects also add to the game and turn them on if your computer can handle it, it's especially worth it for the scarecrow parts.

The story is relatively simple, but well written and the characters are faithfully recreated here. By far, the best character is, no surprise, the joker, but the rest of the cast also do a real fine job and are all memorable. Game time is also around 10 hours, at least in my case. It depends if you want to collect all the collectibles/trophies. If you choose to do this, it will probably take you longer, unless you're an expert in these sort of things.

The only gripe I have with the game is the ending. Won't spoil it, but it kind of doesn't really make any sense, a character does something that he would never do and it's kind of ridiculous.

Anyways it's an awesome game, comes recommended with flying colours

95

Amazing Game

JoeKikAss | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all JoeKikAss's reviews »

I got this game in a bundle with little intention of playing it, but I kept looking at it and began playing, all I have to say is WOW. Even if you aren't a fan of Batman you'll love this game, it has almost all the classic Batman villains in it with a twist. As a huge Batman fan, I was sort of bothered by the differences in characterizations from the series and the game, Bane's accent was different, Riddler had a way different voice, Joker almost sounded way too much out of a kids cartoon variant, Harley was probably one of the few with a pretty well done voice job. The Henchman in the game are kind of lame though, they are all the same basic model, they all fight alike and are too easy to take down. The story line is lengthy with a huge array of Wayne Technologies and it's sort of open world which is a huge plus for me. The graphics are AMAZING with PhysX turned on, so if you play with nVidia you won't be let down at all.

96

It's good to be Dark Knight

TommyAngelo | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all TommyAngelo's reviews »

This title in great way combine fight and sneak. Even if you don't a huge batman fan give a chance this game. You certainly like it. While playing you can feel power of batman skills and it's easy to control, intersting story. With every minutes you like it more. And it has awesome Mark Hamil voice acting as a Joker. I'm pretty sure that this game don't disappoint you!

95

The start of the amazing Arkham series

bradysam | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all bradysam's reviews »

If you have any interest in batman you should play this game. If you have any interest in open world games you should play this game. If you have any interest in fighting games you should play this game. If you have any interest in adventure games you should play this game. If you have any interest in action games you should play this game. Basically, you should play this game if you haven't already. Especially as it's often on sale for the price of a coffee. Even when it's not on sale it's incredibly easy to recommend this game. The story is perfect, the combat is amazing and the whole experience is something that is incredible. The main content is superbly acted and the side content is engaging and really helps flesh out each of the characters back stories in the Batman universe. This is easily one of the greatest games ever made (it's only getting 95 instead of 100 because I am comparing it to Arkham City) and you should play it and enjoy every moment of it.

90

Amazing game.

TETfromLondon | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »

This game is absolutely fantastic, whether you care about Batman or not. I have to say I'm impressed by the fact that Rocksteady was able to make the game so accessible to anyone but not alienate the existing fanbase, which is something that games frequently do wrong. This one does it right by including random audio logs and challenges around the island including tons of references to the comics, but in the main campaign, the comic book stuff is not nearly enough to overwhelm you. I was surprised that the game actually managed to make me vaguely interested in some of the characters that I had never heard of or cared about before. This is partially due to some of the excellent voice acting in the game. The Joker is a particular highlight.

The gameplay is also exceptional. The combat system is incredibly satisfying to use, and never gets old. The game's other main strength is its openness and non-linearity, in a style similar to the original BioShock and BioShock 2. However, you are also able to glide around the island with the great flight controls, and it is worth exploring because of some of the things that you'll find.

The only weaknesses of the game are the boss battles and the ending, which is only a bad ending due to the terrible ending boss battle. Honestly, a lot of the boss battles aren't even that bad; they're just bad compared to the rest of the game (except the ending boss battle, which sucks).

Overall, definitely worth purchasing.

96

Who don't want to be dark knight :)

TommyAngelo | Jan. 18, 2014 | See all TommyAngelo's reviews »

This title excellently combine self and fight in one game. Combat system is awesome and easy to lern. In my opinion it't good idea to interlace self and fight levels. Story is interesting, encourages to know ending. Big advantage is Mark Hamil as a Joker, he did GREAT job. And if we want to find every ridler's secret it will take much time. Try yourself even if you don't like batman, you appreciate this game :)

95

I'm Batman

Jempa92 | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all Jempa92's reviews »

I'm Batman, you're batman, we're all batman. This has all been said before, but this is a great game. Top notch graphics, added to an excellent story keeps a gamer playing. The joker is up to all of his tricks and it is up to you to stop him. Watch as the mystery is unravelled and help the dark knight defeat his greatest rival. Plus many other appearances from all of your greatest batman foes such as bane and the scarecrow makes this game an all rounder with something for everyone, whether it is the use of gadgets or solving the many riddles.

99

Absolutely love it!

Fooughhy | Jan. 3, 2014 | See all Fooughhy's reviews »

I have always liked superheroes, I mean who haven't, but I have never read a single page of a comic book or anything like that. I might have seen a couple of batman movies before playing this, but I wasn't invested in the world of Arkham/Gotham at all before this.

With that said, I have 100% this game TWICE now (first without GOTY and now with) just so I can hear all the stories and background information you can get from all of the characters in this game.

I'm not a man who buys a game for it's story, but having played all the other games in the Arkham series, none of them come close to the intensity in this one. And none of them take place in an asylum, which is a bummer for them since here you can really feel the walls talking to you and telling you all the stories of mad super-villains being locked up in here with their inner voices and what-not.

Now, let's talk gameplay since this really is where (almost) all of the arkham games shine the most. The combat system. So refined, so rewarding. I've heard some people call it a simple button-masher system, but then they don't really understand the pleasure. You CAN play it like that, but you absolutely shouldn't, since it's built for you to really try and be versatile with it and really push YOURSELF make the most out of every fight.

There might be one downside here though, and that is that there is still so much potential with this world, and all of these different systems. And we all hoped that these "expectations" would be realized with the sequals to this game, but sadly that isn't the case according to me.

You might still like them tough, but I would seriously recommend playing this one first and then going City and finally Origins. (You may even start with Origins but I don't know).

95

The Start of Something Good

mulletov | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all mulletov's reviews »

Like other reviewers have said, this was the best modern Batman game at the time of its release. Previous Batman games had horrible controls or broken gameplay, looking at you Batman Forever. The really only good old school Batman game was the original Batman on NES by Sunsoft.
This game came along and blew away everyone's expectations. The gameplay is similar to Metal Gear Solid. You sneak around undetected and try to stealth takedown enemies. The cool thing is if you are found out, Batman has some amazing combat skills that make you feel like a bada$$. The more combos and chains you pull off the higher xp you earn.
The game is huge for just taking place at Arkham Asylum. Similar to games like Metroid and Castlevania, you'll be doing some backtracking through areas that you couldn't access before but later gain the necessary skills or tools to traverse them now. I had to play using a FAQ to find all the little secrets. And the detective mode is cool effect. If you remember the x-ray scanner scene from Total Recall, you'll get a kick out of this. You can basically view enemies through walls right down to their skeletons. I think the biggest con of the game would be enemy variety. Being that this was the first modern Batman game, I guess the developers didn't want to throw too many villains in their first outing so you won't see the majority of rogue's gallery until Arkham City.

100

So good

akaman16 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all akaman16's reviews »

Its Just so good, this game came out when super hero games had a bad rap, it came out a changed the way we think about super hero games, the reason its so good is because it allowed you to feel like Batman, with his stern walk and his gruff voice, you feel so cool playing this game, adding to that is the easy to use but hard to master combat, this combat feels so refreshing, its now has been copied by countless other games and rightly so, this is the way to do combat. The story is great, its a must play for any one.

100

Awesome Surprise

stcv3 | Dec. 7, 2013 | See all stcv3's reviews »

This game blew me away, and I'm not even a huge fan of Batman. What I noticed at first was that the game tried to stay closer to the comic books, rather than the movie, which felt quire refreshing. It gave me the opportunity to go deeper into the world of Gotham City, it's villains and heroes. Since I mentioned movies, I should say that the experience of playing actually feels like watching a really good movie. 1) Characters - superb voice acting that brings everyone to life. The Joker, Batman, Harley, Riddler(which you never meet in person) and all the criminals got so much volume to them because of the great work actors did! 2) Gameplay - game runs smooth, and combat is intuitive. 3) Level design and atmosphere - you really feel like you're in the actual mental institution when walking around. Level design felt so good. Dungeons, Labs, Bothanical gardens. Even though it's just Arkham asylum, it felt like you're in so many places at the same time. 4) Other - love the riddles, and character tapes. For me personally, it was the best game I've played in a while.

82

Straight out of left field

Argentum | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Argentum's reviews »

That expression means very little out of context, but essentially I mean that this game is just so unexpectedly good. Just so good, from a little studio based in london who had previously done a game no one had ever heard of - Urban Chaos.

And out of nowhere this gem appears, a true (enough) look into Batman comics in the heart of an action game, it has enough information sprawled away in the game that each little thing you find tells you more and more about the characters within. Allowing you to get lost in lore without really realising it (for example I spent 30 mins listening to audio pieces I had picked up along the way)

Which leads me to the greatest positive this game has going for it, the writing - bar a few incredibly cliche things ol' Bats has to say it has some of the best lines and stories going on I have played in a game. This superb writing is backed up with a fight system that actually managed to balance "pick-up-able-ness" and depth while feeling awesome. Its a basic chain hitting thing, where you mash a key to get Bats to hit one of the thugs that are attacking, each hit that you make feels powerful, the sounds and the effects on the hit make you think Bat's is going to do lasting damage to the pixels, but if you get good and start to chain these attacks you can fly around a group of 10 or so punching and dancing off and punching again.

The only drawback I feel is that some of the puzzels - oh yeah its a puzzle, pretty much every sequence involves batman having to chain his gadgets together to get out of the room/free the captives/wail on someguy - are incredibly samey and so a little sense of grind can kick in. Not much but theres a slight hint of grind in the air.

87

Oh My God Yes!

Salty_Roy | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all Salty_Roy's reviews »

No expectations of this game coming in. I bought this for my youngest brother in 2011 expecting a children's game. Instead I find myself being the one playing the game through to its climax and beyond. It is hard, it is fun, and reinvigorated the game movie license stigma since Spiderman 2 (Don't hold me on that). Arkham Asylum is a masterfully recreated simulation of well, Arkham Asylum without disrupting the lore of the Batman universe. Easter eggs are aplenty, and voice acting is fantastic. I'm not sure I've delved into the sickening world of Batman so well outside the comic books.

And as a game, it rocks. It employs a Metroidvania layout to service a close to perfected combat engine. Gameplay is silky smooth, and the progression of the game is phenomenal. As Batman endures the worst of his nemeses, he grows tiresome, and battle-worn, yet all the more driven to put an end to Joker and his escapades. Boss fights are rather interesting at first, but quickly boil to repetitive and transparent padding. The final boss fight does advance a little in creating tension, but ultimately is the Arkham's biggest drawback. Further drawbacks include the execution of the Scarecrow missions as the lowpoint int the game. They were a nightmare to complete, although I do appreciate the concept of fighting a mental battle that catalyses in facing your inner demons. Batman's cape gliding mechanic does also suffer from glitches, but oh my does Rocksteady has produced an impeccable effort.

All items feel grounded and purposeful. Batman is a detective and assumed genius tactician in combat, leveling combat and puzzles sequences to be settled through clever use of the arsenal. Arkham Asylum alternates between story segments, combat sequences and puzzle exploration, which helps maintain interest throughout the campaign. One minute you'll be sneakily ghosting behind a petty criminal's shadow, before unleashing out an onslaught of hell upon your opponents. The stealth in particular is surprising fast and frantic. You'll find yourself more often then not gleefully zipping by from gargoyle to gargoyle as your prey yelps and cries out for a hint to their inevitable demise. Arkham Asylum has cleverly nailed the notion of player empowerment, and this style serves as the game's greatest success.

The soundtrack is immense, and plays a major role in delivering the most important quality of the game: You are Batman. Not a poor man's clone, but the complete package.

You stalk your prey. You search for clues. You will endure the madness and mental hysteria of this prison. But your foes will fear you.

The night beckons, and you must answer. Don the cape, and become the true knight of the shadows.

91

Excellent

irfanullahjan | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all irfanullahjan's reviews »

A must play PC game even for those whore are not fond of Batman. It has many hours of fun action and puzzles. Game-play is a mix of stealth and action like Batman movies. Graphics are nice but face models could have been better. The only game that is better in this genre IMO is Batman Arkham City but for some reason I still play this one as much as the second one.

93

A bag of tricks, a heap of fun

xagarelic | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all xagarelic's reviews »

I bought Batman: Arkham Asylum because I don't understand how a comic superhero game can score such a high rating in almost every review site. After a first few minutes I was literally glued to my chair.

Batman:AA is a very intense action game, you'll find that almost every aspect of the action (whether is hand to hand combat or stealth actions) are incredibly satisfying, the boss fights are also mindblowingly great, but that's not all: the awesome story is delivered through a good pace and great voice actor (kudos goes to Mark hamill as The Joker)

Also as a puzzle game Batman can suck hours of your life, Riddler has left trophies around Arkham Island, each set of trophies unlock additional content, whether it's Combat Challenge, Stealth Takedowns Challenge, also some arts and 3D models of your favorite heroes and villains.

I bought the sequel: Arkham City in just a matter of minutes after I play this game, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a great additional to your game collection whether you like puzzle, action, or even stealth games

100

Great game

Stuman31 | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all Stuman31's reviews »

A great modern game. The perfect combination of smooth free flowing melee combat and stealth combat. Im not generally a fan of stealth combat games, but this keeps it fun and with great pace. The story and graphics is allvery standard sort of batman stuff, but it supports a great setup. Definitely well worth it, even if you arent a batman fan

92

Fanboy Dream Come True

brandonm87 | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all brandonm87's reviews »

This game is outstanding if you have any love of the Bat, be it comic books or the cartoons. The sheer number of villains that you go up against will have you all giddy inside. The game plays similar to Splintercell or Hitman, its very much stealth based, you want to stalk your prey not just run into a trap. Although Batman is resilient and can take on numerous thugs at once, when they bring out the guns on you you'll die pretty quick if they see you in the open. Best batman game ever, Rock Steady really did their research.

96

I'm Batman

itsjbro | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all itsjbro's reviews »

"I'm Batman!" Is what I was thinking the whole time playing this entertaining gem. From beginning to end, you get your money's worth. Countless riddler trophies to collect, big bad boss fights, and an endless supply of thugs who need a dose of The Dark Knights justice. Took me roughly 18 hours to beat the story and I still have loads of challenge modes to tackle. For a game that's worth your money, this is a no brainer.

95

Superb

13th | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all 13th's reviews »

Arkham Asylum is simply put: a superb start to the Arkham series of games. It also brings back Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill who were the voices of Batman and the Joker respectively in Batman: the animated series and they both bring their 'A' game to this game.

The combat system is nice and fluid and also perfect for the PC for keyboard and mouse users. With a few clicks of the mouse you will end up taking down groups of enemies like they were nothing. The boss encounters are also varied with appearances from several of Batman's enemies and plenty of gadgets to keep any fan of the bat happy.

Very few games actually make you feel like you are playing the Superhero of the game. And this is one of those games that will make you feel like you are batman like everyone who has played this

90

Great entry into the Batman series

djlim | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all djlim's reviews »

Arkham Asylum has definitely stood up to the test of time. The graphics are fantastic and still hold up well to today's standards.

It might be unfair to compare this game to its other two counterparts, but there are elements which might be annoying. The controls are definitely stiffer and more rigid, which may end up in broken combos or missed grapples. I also noticed a lack of urgency as the plot progressed forward, but as a whole the story is very good. A consistent issue I noticed was my over-reliance on detective mode, which may or may not take away from the visual experience.

In terms of story and gameplay experience, I would easily recommend this for one's first Batman game. The fighting mechanics are very fluid and the stealth scenarios are extremely fun to play around with. The bonuses and riddles provide excellent playback value and you'll be sure to spend over 20 hours on this game.

90

A superhero game worth your time

Shreyan | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all Shreyan's reviews »

Probably one of the best super-hero games in the industry. The fighting mechanics is very fast and fluid. As Batman you will have access to a variety of gadgets like the batrang,explosive gel, the line rappel,cryptographic sequencer and more.The stealth sequences are very good. The game world is scattered with maps,riddler tropies and riddles to find,collect and solve. This unlocks challenge maps which are divided into two types-Predator(where you have to take out an area full of henchmen quietly completing some objectives while you are at it) and beatdown. The game looks very good and the voice acting is top notch.You will encounter some well known villians like poison ivy,joker and scarecrow. The story is great. I have no complaints with the game.

95

The perfect Batman game.

Spidernext | Nov. 17, 2013 | See all Spidernext's reviews »

I am a big fan of Batman and I've been looking for a great Batman game that is really fun to play for years and I found one. Batman: Arkham Asylum is the perfect start of an amazing game trilogy. I love that the characters are all based on the actual characters from the comics, and the best part about that is that the game still feels realistic. The location of this game I think works great and it makes the game more exciting.

The combat is great and very smooth and the counter attacks remind me of the counter attacks in the Assassin's Creed series. There are multiple kinds of attack featured in this game's combat system and they all are amazing.

With all this combat I still think the story is very good and I'm happy that Rocksteady were able to make the story good enough for gamers to want to follow it with all of these amazing characters and that great combat system featured.

This is the first Batman game from Rocksteady Studios and it's an amazing and awesome gaming experience. Plus the graphics looks great for the game being made in 2009 so I am really impressed.

I recommend you buying this game, it's an amazing Batman game and a great game in general. I give 95/100, thank you.

95

A Must Play

Wiesler | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »

It would be difficult to choose which of the Arkham games is better. Instead, it would be easier to qualify each as great, but in their own ways.

Arkham Asylum is the more concise of the Arkham games. The location is fairly contained, and far from overwhelming. On top of this, the story is fairly contained, and the game has great pacing. Unlocking things constant as you move along, finding Riddler's trophies as you go along, and exploring the Asylum.

Of course, the combat is top notch. You have a dodge, stun, counter attack, regular attack, and various gadgets at your disposal. However, this isn't your typical combat mechanic, as it feels so rhythmic and smooth.This game makes combat an art, and the animation, though brutal, is beautiful. On top of combat, there are also great stealth sequences, and a detective element to the game. Finding Riddler's trophies unlock more challenge maps for you to play out your Batman fantasies. This is a fantastic game on many levels.

90

Not killing anyone has never been so entertaining!

pan_dudi | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all pan_dudi's reviews »

Batman: AA truly is a great game. At first I couldn't get use to it and decided to give each other some time. Then, one day I decided I should play it again and boom! I was lost. This is a great experience not only for the Bat's fans but also for those who have never seen the guy (are there any?). It has a great combination of fighting/ mystery solving/ secrects founding which will keep you entertained for about 20 hours of pure fun. Despite all that excitement, the game is a grown- up story of a man who suffered a lot and despite all these years remains restless. Will he ever find peace?

85

Batman: face kicking and bone breaking edition

gwynplaine | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »

If you want to get both Arkham games, play this one first. If you only get one, I would advise the sequel.

This game blew me away at release. At first it looked like another generic Unreal Engine "Gears of Bat" type game, but it differentiated itself quickly. I've replayed it recently and it still holds up well, even though the controls are stiffer than its sequel. The combos in this game are still very smooth and flows along. Batman picking up momentum as his combo meters goes up and then cartwheeling across an entire dining hall gymnast style and booting a thug in the face is probably the best part of the game.

The plot had a lot of hooks and a "driving" feel to it. That's what made you progress - the sense of immanency and expediency that made it feel like you had to hurry up and kick thugs in the face to get to the next area, all because Gotham was at stake. It's hard to describe but the game was very well paced and tightly constructed in terms of plotting and level design.

95

Fantastic game!

brownpaw | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all brownpaw's reviews »

This was one of the first games that I felt compelled to complete in its entirety in several years. I played it shortly after it came out, and I have rated it based on that time period. Don't make the mistake of playing Arkham City or Arkham Origins first, because coming back to this game will be awkward due to missing features and certain moves that have been added in the other two.

With that said, this game really fleshes out the iconic Arkham Asylum of Batman lore. Revolutionary combat system, and just plain fun predator (sneak attacks) gameplay really make you feel like Batman.

The story is so-so and kind of predictable, but don't let that stop you, because the gameplay really makes up for it. You'll run into a fair number of Batman's rogues gallery, and Batman's familiarity with them from past encounters is apparent in the excellent dialogue from DC Animated Universe voice actor Kevin Conroy (along with Mark Hamill reprising his role as Joker). You can really feel a history already, which really helped to immerse me in the gameplay.

Overall, highly recommended, but again -- make sure you play this first , before Arkham City or Arkham Origins!

90

The best - after the best!

Thomazen | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all Thomazen's reviews »

This game - wauw - it's marking the calendar for all future games of its sort!

This first Batman game from Rocksteady Studios is really and awesome experience, worthy of all Batman fans!

Though, should it be your first game playing the Bat, then I would recommend Batman: Arkham City, because of the expanded universe and gadgets.

But when done playing around in the whole city of Arkham, buy this great game and see what happens when entering a locked-down asylum!

85

I'm Batman!

shinobihitokiri | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all shinobihitokiri's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game that lets you feel like a Dark Knight. The graphics are good and detailed, the voiceover is great (Mark Hamill as a Joker!). The story is interesting and the DC villain characters are well used in it. Combat mechanics are fluid, and easy to use and master. There is also use for gadgets and upgrades to them. From explosive gel, to remote controlled batarang or grappling hook. Level design is clever, but the game is nos as big or "sandboxy" as Arkham City. In AA you are trapped on the Arkham Island which may not be big, but has lots of buildings or underground tunnels that you can enter (and they are seperate "levels"). The only thing that could be better are the boss fights. Most of them depends only on dodging attacks and spamming batarangs. The game also has collectibles in form of diares of Amadeus Arkham, tapes vith conversations with the villains and Riddler challenges. Overall this is very good game, and is as close as it can get to "being a Batman" experience.

100

Amazing game

pmk138 | Oct. 20, 2013 | See all pmk138's reviews »

When I bought this game I expected it would take me a while to beat it. It took me a day. a full 24 hour nonstop playing experience. I just couldn't stop until I finished the game. It was so incredible, so amazing that I had to beat it then and there. And even afterwards I still had so much more to do in it that it kept me entertained for a while.

86

Fantastic

alexshopping | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all alexshopping's reviews »

I just bought this now that they have removed the horrible Games for Windows Live DRM (I had previously played on the Xbox 360). The game is great. The combat system is very smooth and responsive and the stealth aspects fit perfectly for Batman. The game has an incredible atmosphere, and many little details (watching Batman's suit deteriorate is great). The voice acting is 2nd to none (especially Mark Hamil's Joker) although the story is very cliche ridden. This game is the best superhero game ever made, and I actually prefer it to it's successor as the liner gameplay is slightly more focused then the open world of Arkham City.

92

Good combo os stealth and action

kramrm | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all kramrm's reviews »

I played this back on PS3 a few years ago, but never completed all the side missions/collectables. I'm looking forward to getting back in on Steam to finish it up. This game has a good mix between stealth action, allowing you to stay in the shadows out of sight, then swoop down and use the free flow combat to feel like a bad ass and take down whole groups at once. This is a good entry and was a good foundation for all the expansion they put into Arkham City.

99

the dark knight

shivam13 | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all shivam13's reviews »

" just loving it"

thats what me and my brother said when we played this game earlier today. i bought this yesterday night, and the game downloaded today morning, started playing right away and boy this game is one of the best i've ever played. story(mild spoilers): batman is taking joker to arkham asylum, and joker is silent, very silent.something is going to happen, but what is it?how it'll affect the arkham asylum?what is joker sinister plan? well for that you have to play the game graphics: game runs on modified unreal engine 3, and optimized well so that it plays great on my HD7770, on 1080p maxed out.the game looks good and atmosphere is spooky.also, some lightning effects will blow your mind, and you will say that this is not the game of 2009, but of 2013. music: here its is also master piece, as music spooks us very greatly in one of the levels, which i can't say because of spoilers. gameplay: game is third person action-adventure, with no guns(kind of). you take out enemies non-lethally, with main focus is melee fighting and combo moves(yessss). higher combo has advantages when upgraded.oh yes the game have an upgrade system, the points you will get wile defeating enemies will be used to upgrade certain thing for batman which will enhance your gameplay. also, there are tons of secondary mission and of course the riddler. also after you finish the game, there are challenge maps, which you can complete with different character skins. so, my advise= buy it while its still on sale + 25 % off coupon code :D, its worth thousand time than this.

90

2nd Only to its Successor

TheArtOfShazzam | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all TheArtOfShazzam's reviews »

This was the best superhero game ever until Arkham City came along - but it's a close second. The gameplay is exceptional and the somewhat linear nature of the story plays out very nicely. If you're not a fan of open world you may actually like this one better. You truly feel like Batman. No fan should be without this game and anyone that like Batman: The Animated Series, this has the same voiceactors for Batman and the Joker. Exceptional.

90

Good start to Arkham Series

maces006 | Oct. 5, 2013 | See all maces006's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is a great start to the series. the story of asylum involved many of the villians from the batman universe but mainly focuses on the Joker. The combat mechanics are very fluid, although the inability to counter when attacking can get annoying. The size of arkham aylum is faily reason with many areas to discover and explore. There are many secrets to find, mostly related to the Riddler which allows the gameplay to be extended. The main drawback about Akham Asylum on pc was the Games for Windows Live that is used (although this is being removed for the steam version). Overall a very good game that starts the arkham series.

88

Great Combat, Mediorce Story

Kaune | Oct. 3, 2013 | See all Kaune's reviews »

Right off the bat (haha), the game is fun and makes you "ooh-and-ahh" from the combat system. The combat is simple, but carries throughout the game well without becoming too stale. I feel that it is good to not evolve the combat as superheroes are already pretty super. The graphics were great! I loved the detail that was put into this game, especially when I noticed rips and tears in Batman's outfit. The story was pretty linear despite being an "open world" island. I mainly just went point to point and didn't ever feel the incentive to explore a part of the island on my own. Collectibles are abundant, but not compelling to collect. The final boss was pretty climatic and left me unsatisfied. Overall the game was enjoyable for its combat and graphical fidelity. The best superhero game I have played though, hands down.

96

The Legend Begins

Sebastai | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all Sebastai's reviews »

Batman, one of the superheroes with the largest number of followers of all time, a protagonist intelligent, strong and mysterious in a world dominated by chaos. And the batman universe more impact is what gives the follower, from simple mobsters, to complete lunatics and unscrupulous cold-blooded murderers. "Some men just want to watch the world burn". That sentence sums up the enemies we will face in the game, the gameplay is very good, and the story writes itself. Definitely deserves a note quite high.

100

Just wow

maxivz | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all maxivz's reviews »

THis is a game i got from a friend and i was not expecting much from it, but this game is amaizing. Rocksteady nailed it with the design of this game, you can aproach combat in different ways, the fighting in this game is great and the story is really fun, plus the game is actually longer than the avarage 6 hours game. ID totally recomend it to anybody who loves batman and action/adventure games.

95

Beware of The Bat

Subj3ctLambda | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all Subj3ctLambda's reviews »

This game is truly a game that Batman fans will love! Rocksteady Studios have done a marvelous job of making a complete,polished game! The gadgets you can use and the number of ways you can use them is mind boggling! The combat mechanics are quite simple once you get used to it, and encourages you to maintain momentum via combos which accumulate with the number of hits on enemies! The game also has an XP system which you can use to upgrade the effectiveness of your gadgets and your Batsuit! XP can be gained by finding various secrets hidden around Arkham Island, achieving Combos,investigating clues etc. Since Batman is known as the World's Greatest Detective, much investigating can be done which is fun! The entire island itself is divided into about a handful of sectors and Batman can move freely with his grapnel gun as long as there are ledges or gargoyles! Not to mention that Arkham Asylum is where all of Batman's enemies are locked up, especially The Joker who is at the center of it all! Can Batman truly face all his foes at once?! Will he prevail or perish in this insane hellhole? Find out for yourselves! You won't be disappointed, I guarantee you!

98

Best Superhero game ever

spycid | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is arguably the best video game based on a superhero. It has amazing storyline, mindblowing gameplay and crisp graphics.

It does not start like any other cliche filled superhero games. It has it's own unique atmosphere which is semi open world. There are several side characters. So you'll never get bored of playing with one character or interacting with one.

Gameplay is awesome as it's action-adventure where the combat is completely reinvigorating and adventure is satisfying as you have various places to roam around and solve puzzles.

Music and graphics is fabulous especially if you have a Nvidia Graphics Card, you can turn on PhysX and experience the game in a way that no one else can describe.

Overall this is a must play game for every superhero and Batman fan and even if you are not, you should play it to realize the propensity of greatness of a Comic-Book/Superhero games.

90

Everyone should experience this game.

nomis77 | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all nomis77's reviews »

I love this game. Before playing this game I was never a big Batman fan, I liked the Nolan films and that was about it. This game was such a great experience, with such a rich story it left me utterly obsessed with Batman. The story is excellent, for me it never slows, and moves seamlessly through so many great villains. I have heard others say they found it a bit repetitive, you will find yourself moving through areas you have explored previously, but always with a new mission, which for me was enough to keep it fresh. The combat is great, perfect for beginners but also difficult enough in hard mode to provide a challenge for experienced gamers. And it is just so satisfying pulling off a massive combo. Stealth moments are also very well done, with a great range of possible take downs, playing the challenge maps is a great way to learn more... This game is also full of collectibles which I absolutely love, the Riddler's taunts make it very satisfying to find them too. Many collectibles also give info on villains seen in the game, and many that aren't included the game which is great if you're a nerd like me. If I had any complaints it would be a lack of side-missions, but the story is certainly enough to keep you interested and the sequel more than makes up for that. So those are my thought on the game, I am sure I missed something but I promise you if this sounds good to you then you will not be disappointed.

95

Great debut

mcofdiablo | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all mcofdiablo's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum was the first game for Rocksteady, and it was a huge success. No one expected a great game based on a comic book character, especially looking at cheap licence games from Activision.

But Batman proved that a licence game could be wonderful. The first thing that surprises you is graphics - it's gorgeous. The world is not big,but it's full of details.

The second thing is fighting system. It's a real gem in gaming. Fighting feels easy and yet engaging due to the fact that there are many combinations, and, of course, you want to try them all. Later similar fighting system was used in Sleeping Dogs.

All in all, this game was a first big step for small studio. And they improved every aspect of this wonderful game in Arkham City.

95

Superhero Games just got its Masterpiece

rahnborshko | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all rahnborshko's reviews »

When it comes to games, superheroes have had a difficult time appeasing fans and being good games in general. Rocksteady and Warner Brothers Games have released a game that proves that superhero games can be good, great, even masterpieces. Arkham Asylum lives up to the hype with its superbly done combat and predator systems. If you ever wanted a full Batman experience that is both fun and engaging, then this is a game for you.

98

As good as they say it is

mazzyhope815 | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all mazzyhope815's reviews »

I'm a casual gamer so often, when a game is hyped to death for years before I actually play it, I end up not quite seeing the fuss. Arkham Asylum was even better than I had been led to believe. Completely immersive, gorgeous to look at, surprises at every turn, intuitive gameplay and controls, genuinely great voice acting, and just plain fun. Most importantly for a Batman game, you just feel like you're him! The Bat! Lurking in the shadows, swinging from the rooftop, silently sweeping down on your prey and dispatching them. It'll give you goosebumps. One of the best games I've ever played.

100

Spectacular

Xillion | Sept. 27, 2013 | See all Xillion's reviews »

I wasn't that much into Batman so i decided to take a crack at Arkham Asylum. I must say this was one of the greatest games i have every played. I never heard of rocksteady but they obviously did a great job with this game. The combat was a lot of fun and the level design was absolutely great. I truly enjoyed this game and i highly recommend you try this out too. You won't regret purchasing this.

89

Batman: Arkham Asylum - review

balbo79 | Sept. 25, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an allegory to action gaming, a masterpiece can provide an immersive gaming experience, fun and challenging to any player, fan or not of the Dark Knight. The structure of the game Arkham Asylum is a mix of combat, exploration and infiltration silent. The variety is also guaranteed by the different types of opponents we encounter on our journey: some do not even dare to ward off the blows of the masked darling, others will be armed with knives, sticks and electrified brackets. Batman will gain experience points (whose computation is proportional to the spectacle of combat) expendable, they reach a certain threshold, in a substantial number of improvements that will address special moves, level of health and gadgets. To all this must be added an exploratory stage full of secrets to uncover, and small puzzles to solve: in addition to solving simple puzzles environment and dangerous situations related to the plot, we find ourselves faced with a series of contests of Riddler, divided for area.

90

The Mind of the Bat

CoillyZ | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »

This is a great game, though it is greatly overshadowed by the sequel. The voice acting and story are great. This game introduced the wonderful combat system that has been passed on to many games. The gameplay has a lot more layers, however, with the puzzles and the unique detective mode. The stealth is also top notch. The only reason this gets knocked is because of the final boss fight. You fight the Joker, but it's not REALLY The Joker. He fights just like a normal titan, which takes out all the fun and creativity they could've put in to this final boss.

95

Batman at is best!

rjb789 | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

If you love batman, you need this game! Everything about it screams BATMAN. From the brilliant gadgets to the incredible voice acting of Mark Hamill as the Joker. The graphics are stunning and really adds to the atmosphere and the feeling that you are Batman. The combat is awesome too! Jumping around and beating up thugs is one of the most rewarding things I have every experienced in a game. It truly is amazing. In short, if you love batman or even if you want an immersing and interesting game, get this!

89

Changed super hero games for the better

Simao20 | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »

I remember all the hate that this game got before it released. People complained about how the cut scenes weren't good, the gameplay looks bad , that the graphics aren't that impressive. Fast forward and its a game that has influenced and changed the way games (especailly suepr hero games) , are played. Mostly of course for Action games. Games like Captain America , The Amazing Spiderman and even Sleeping Dogs have all taken from Arkham Asylum. The story is incredible, Batman takes in the Joker to Arkham Aslyum but only the Joker was feigning being caught and escapes releasing all of the inmates. Making Batman having one hell of a night ahead of him. Along the way he makes several of the rogues gallery like Scarecrow , Poison Ivy and Bane. The atmosphere is dark and fantastic even a bit of creepyness in some areas of the game. Plenty of easter eggs to uncover throughout the map which will leave you busy for at least 20 hours. The riddler trophies are fun to collect as well. The gameplay has a simple yet effective strike and counter strike actions. You can link up moves to take down multiple enemies and gain points and xp to level up Batman. Its a great game, and a great experience one of which everyone who loves games should play

90

Unexpected surprise

Asrafil | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Asrafil's reviews »

Rocksteady, a studio a few knew and was still unproven was making a Batman game. And we all know the history of Batman games and how mediocre most of them are, with just some being entertaining. Nothing indicated that this was going to be a good game, but Rocksteady surprised with THE Batman game. Everything about the game is polished and beautifully crafted. This is the masterpiece Rocksteady is going to be remembered for, unless they can surprise us again.

95

The Superhero Game That Raised the Bar

Highlander9782 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Highlander9782's reviews »

All superhero games look up to be as good as this game. When 90% of superhero games are pure crap, this game showed them all how to do it all. The smooth fighting gameplay, top notch graphics and intriguing storyline that makes you feel like you're in a comic book. All the gadgets are here to use and are individually useful based on the mission. All your favorite villains and characters are here from the Batman universe, Joker, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Bane, Harley Quinn, etc. The scarecrow levels offer a nice change of pace in gameplay, and your detective skills are put to the test very well, to prove you're the World's Greatest Detective. Definite Buy, especially with the Game of the Year Edition including tons of DLC.

95

Beware The Bat

Numbi | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all Numbi's reviews »

If you are a Batman fan you really need to pick up this game. I picked it up because I was a big fan of the Batman comics (not so much the recent movie reboots) but I didn't have a chance to play it until recently. When I finally did start playing I couldn't stop! The visuals, the atmosphere and the characters are all spot on. This game has rekindled my love for the caped crusader and has made me very excited for the upcoming game.

90

Beginning of something great!

Roydo | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all Roydo's reviews »

now we all know that comic books and games together dont normally hit the mainstream, but this game set the bar! Batman is all around a great comic book character! he is loved by many and is heard of by all. At first you think this game would end up like those movie games that come out and are utter shyt. No, its beyond good its fantastic. Its so great that many other games after it have taken maneuvers from this game like the combat system and the stealth. If anything batman helped hype up the start of stealth based games. This game has a great character feel and is also beautiful! and it has the most loved villain when it comes to comic books, the joker! and the roll is fleshed out very nicely! If you want a stealth game that has many different ways to stun,surprise, or defeat an opponent with great hand to hand combat then pick this game up!

98

What a comic buff has to say about this

Thoosa | Sept. 5, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »

As a fan of DC Comics I always waited for a good game about one of my favourite characters. And honestly, it was worth the wait. One of the best games that I ever played, with a really great storyline, great boss fights, combos and if you are looking to waste some more time, with awesome stuff hidden all over, that gives you quite a lot awesome artworks of the titular detectives rogue gallery. The combat is a treat, if you really find yourself enjoying it, like I did, you can spend hours fighting waves of enemies to become the ultimate fighting machine in the arena modes. I just love the game.

88

The game that started it all

nnebeluk | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all nnebeluk's reviews »

I'm sure you've heard of the Arkham line of Batman games by now and this is a great place to immerse yourself in the mythos. The game has you play as Batman during a particularly bad night as the Arkham Asylum in Gotham. During the course of the game you unlock a bunch of cool powerups and gadgets that allow you to progress and take on big baddies. The gameplay is smooth, the puzzles are clever without being evil, and the game is very immersive. It suffers a bit from linearity - every level is more or less a straight path you must follow but that helps the game stay tight and focused.

90

The superhero game that changed it all

CyberspyXD | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all CyberspyXD's reviews »

Everyone expected this to be horrible it was a movie about a superhero of course it will be! But this game defied expectations and became a game that other games should strive to be. You will love this game.

88

One of the better super hero games

BronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all BronYrAurStomp's reviews »

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed playing this title, especially as the quality of superhero games in the market is distinctly below average.

Not only drawing very successfully on the batman universe the game delivers a genuinely interesting story line set within the claustrophobic halls of Arkham Asylum.

The Asylum houses the villains of Gotham City, though they are not present when you enter due to a take over by the Joker. However evidence of their presence remains and you're fed trickles of information about their background and behaviour. For example you'll encounter Mr Freeze's holding tank and Poison Ivy's sealed chamber. It is a fantastic way of immersing you in the Batman lore without having a tedious long list of characters or boss battles. You will want to discover more about them and their relationship to Batman which is possible due to audio logs or character appropriate relics.

The combat system is satisfying though your essentially made invulnerable if you time blocks and counters correctly. However the mechanics are above average, particularly in the superhero game genre.

The main story is supplemented by a swathe of collectibles, audio logs, doctor reports and even a set of tablets that hide the Asylum's mysterious secret. Additionally the voice acting is above average for these types of games, particularly Mark Hamill's performance as the Joker.

This is a must have game for any Batman fan, or even superhero fans in general.

95

Game Of The Year!

Sebastai | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all Sebastai's reviews »

Certainly one of the best games of the generation. They could not choose a better setting for this game, I must admit I am a fan of the Batman universe and seeing this great game that had received good reviews so I bought it immediately. The story is amazing and keeps you completely hooked to the game, the gameplay was definitely a feeling as you never seen anything like it, how to chain combos and spectacular movements are worthy of a GOTY. The graphics are very good and do not clash at all with the environment. You can take the game as a challenge as you have to make the best decisions in the most difficult times, if you leave your hideout against armed thugs rest assured that you will be removed in seconds.

One game that I liked most of this generation and therefore deserves high marks.

90

Expected bad game and found out one of my favourite games!

spectatorx | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all spectatorx's reviews »

When i've heard the game is going to be released i said to myself "no, pls, probably another poor game about famous superhero and created with unreal engine 3". Fortunately only one part of this appeared to be true: game is on unreal engine 3. Batman is perfect fighter, can stun many enemies within just few seconds. Fights are simple and fluent. Asylum is big facility with many secrets to find out. Batman gadgets are useful in roaming and fighting. Interesting and twisted plot including many famous characters such as Joker, Scarecrow, Bain and many more. Also there is a lot of side stuff to do like Riddler's riddles. Arkham Asylum is gonna suck you for long time and give you a lot of fun by playing it. Definitely game adaptation of batman franchise is one of my favorite games overall.

90

Longtime Batman fan and I loved this game

rsand27 | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all rsand27's reviews »

Just finished the main game today. Put in around 19 hours and still have about 50 riddles to solve. I would definitely replay the story mode also. Still haven't touched any of the challenge modes or extra content.

This game is loaded with pros. There's a great story with great voice acting that is true to all the characters. Parts of the story revolving around Scarecrow are very creepy.

Combat is excellent. I love the various ways Batman attacks, counters, and evades all into combo chains. There are 20 upgrades available to your attack, armor, and tools, though I only found about half worthwhile. On the final blow in many combo chains, there are cinematic animations that zoom in on the knockout blows. You can attack from above, below, around corners.

Boss battles are varied. Scarecrow levels are unique as they are a completely different gameplay mechanic that is a bit more 2D. Objectives are clear with map markers to point you in the right direction. The battle with Killer Croc wasn't what I was expecting, and I mean that in a good way. Strangely, the final battle is probably the easiest in the game.

One of the best aspects of the game is exploration. You can crawl through ventilation systems, find structural weaknesses to tear down or blast your way through, and countless places to fire your grappling hook into. And there are 240 challenges to solve from the Riddler scattered throughout Arkham Island. Many of these lead to back story and character bios. Others unlock new challenge modes.

Graphics are great, though the faces on the characters could use a bit of work. I have Radeon HD 6350 graphics built in to the motherboard, 8 GB of RAM, and an AMD Quad Core 3620, which was one of the cheaper desktops I could find in summer 2012. Nothing fancy, and I was able to max out all graphics settings without a glitch. I couldn't enable the enhanced physics, since it seems to only let you set that if you have specific Nvidia cards.

My only real complaint about this game is that the controls can be a pain sometimes. I used keyboard + mouse and Batman didn't always do what I wanted him to. This was a negligible issue though.

Looking forward to starting Arkham City.

91

Become the Bat!

bashscrazy | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all bashscrazy's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is one of my favourite games! Because of how awesome the game is and how they portrayed Batman, I became quite a fan of Batman and watched the cartoons because of it! But I digress...

This game's graphics are beautiful! I played it a few times. The second time I played with physx and the effects are quite cool! Bataranging the tiles can break them, the smoke effects while running through are pretty cool as well as all the papers you can walk on and joker banners outside that can be hit with batarangs.

Besides the graphics and cool effects you have great voice acting by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil as well as a great story and amazing gameplay. There are some stealth elements in the game as well, taking out enemies silently individually and awesome combat gameplay.

All in all, if you are a Batman fan, get this game! If you are a action adventure fan, get this game! If you are both... GET THIS GAME!!!

95

One of the Best Games This Generation

memphisheat | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all memphisheat's reviews »

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a pure masterpiece. The combat is fluid, the story is outstanding, and the game has many memorable moments. There are a few times the boss battles stumble, but overall, the game is a masterpiece.

89

Mark my Hamill!

RicBac | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all RicBac's reviews »

This game was recommended to me, so I picked it up when it was on sale. At first I didn't actually enjoy it. But when I picked it up the second time I was hooked.

Graphics are nice, arcade action are nice, the creepy atmosphere is nice, and the voice acting is brilliant, especially "Mark Hamill" as "the Joker".

For all you Batman fans and arcade/adventure with a bit of creepy atmosphere there is no point in not buying this. The only small downside is that the game is only in a small area with not much different environments. But it's still cool.

95

Blind Justice : With words they try and jail ya !

Eat_Pushy | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all Eat_Pushy's reviews »

Jello dear gamer its that same bat time same bat hour but this is NOT the same old bat station. Where to even to begin so ill make this simple as possible, with out foaming at the mouth with too much information. Ok for starters game mechanics for fighting is like none other, combos with and without gadgets just make it even more complex and FUN. Yes fun best with controller in hand recommended not impossible with mouse and keyboard, would like to see some one hack the new PS4 or WII U touch based controllers for the PC.

Back to the man him self story line is a classic Bruce Wayne Builds the city and the Bats weeds out the trash and a nice twist it takes place on Arkham Asylum. It's a whole reversal of misfortunes thanks to the Joker, Harley Quinn and a slew of other mad capped and begrudged ring of criminals whom just cant wait to get a piece of the action. Never a dull moment clues and riddles to keep your mind boggling adventure scouring every surface with detective mode. Once activated you get a cowl infra signature view to scope out what you might be missing to help solve puzzles and achievements from you guess it the Riddler. Bats isn't going in empty handed by no means and has a plethora of upgradeable gizmos to knock your socks off as well as make the true crime solver back track into new found areas of interest.

This soon to be trilogy of games has proven its self worthy of replay value and could test even the best gamer. Has to be one of my top 10 games with Arkham City fighting neck and neck for top honors. You would be a fool not to buy the super frugal GOTY versions and call them self a gamer, so man up cause I'am calling you out ! Game on!

77

Fun, but definitely overrated

theunknowned | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all theunknowned's reviews »

The story, grizzly characters and atmosphere is where this game excels. However The gameplay felt like it did enough to carry through, but barely. I had a good time playing through this one, but it felt a bit chorish, and the anti-climactic final fight with the Joker just didn't leave me feeling to fulfilled. However it was good enough to warrant me getting Arkham City. It was overall worth it and if your a fan of batman you'll probably love the title.

97

Best Batman Series EVER

Demadizz | July 29, 2013 | See all Demadizz's reviews »

Awesome game! Solid everything. Voice acting is win(Harley Quinn taunting you when you die was clearly the best taunt). Gameplay/Story was really good, Goes on sale alot, If you pass this game up you are missing out.. Also heard nothing but great things about the sequel so... BUY IT!

90

Awesome!

OmittingCoder | July 27, 2013 | See all OmittingCoder's reviews »

There are a ton of good things about this game that i'll just list off. 1: Graphics, The graphics for this game is pretty good for it being three years old. 2:Story, The story is actually interesting. Not overwhelming amazing but it'll keep you playing 3:The Villians! Wow the villians are great in this game. My favorite thing that Rocksteady did with the villians (well, Scarecrow) Is that he has his own sequences. They are so awesome in this game. So pick this game up now!

88

Action-packed crime fighting

zipnox | July 27, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »

Yet another entry in the Batman franchise, how do they keep making it exciting? The game is set in the Arkham Asylum where Batman has to fight all his old enemies and then some to once again put them behind bars. This is one action-packed game full of opportunities to execute deadly combos or take down enemies by stealth.

The graphics, sound and music all work very well together and makes for lovely scenery that is fully exploreable. The combat is initially tons of fun, but after a while it gets a bit repetitive beating up the same old anonymous henchmen that litter the asylum. As such, some areas are amazing and others, a bit lackluster.

I had tons of fun playing through Batman; Arkham Asylum. If you're up for exploring a world of raving lunatics then I'm sure you will too!

89

Brilliant game

Unex | July 26, 2013 | See all Unex's reviews »

When I first played the game I wasn't much into the Batman franchise. I barely knew the plot of Bruce Wayne himself or any of the villains who appear in this game. But I didn't care. I just wanted a decent action game and, well, Batman Arkham Asylum is way more than just a "decent action game". The plot is pretty simple, Batman caught the Joker, takes him to Arkham Asylum, the Joker sets himself free and all hell breaks loose. Doesn't sound pretty interesting, right? It wouldn't be if there was nothing to see in the madhouse. Everywhere are some riddles the Riddler himself created for Batman, there are lots of villains (like I said, I didn't know much of them before) and some other random bad guys to take care of and this makes the game so much fun. Of course these encounters aren't randomly put in the game (e.g. Poison Ivy is located in the botanical garden - duh) but the scenes are very different from each other which makes them very unique. Without going to deep I'd just recommend this game to anybody who likes either the franchise (I guess there aren't much Batman fans out there who haven't played this already) or anybody who just likes to beat up bad guys. Because even without being a fan or someone who needs a perfectly designed story this game is worth every single cent.

80

Good, but was expecting more

jrod7405 | July 17, 2013 | See all jrod7405's reviews »

I'm a backlog gamer. This was on my backlog for god knows how long and I finally finished it a few days ago. I thought the graphics were amazing and the Joker was the best. However, Batman was a little too stiff if you ask me. Perhaps I am spoiled by the movies. The cutscenes are well done, but nothing that made me go wow. Gameplay was okay - somewhat repetitive. About halfway through the game it was becoming more tedious than fun. The best parts were the silent takedowns and the scarecrow fights. Scarecrow was fun on an eye candy level, but honestly easier than anything from Tomb Raider or Prince of Persia. Fighting was - meh. More or less button mashing. I had a much better time playing Sleeping Dogs in regards to the fighting. I guess I was expecting it to be more thrilling. Instead of saygin "Aw, man! I got beat again. I gotta beat this guy!" it was more like " Sigh. Lost again. Got to try and get past it". A bit grinding.
Killer croc could have been MUCH harder. And the final boss battle I never even died, just beat the game much to my surprise. The hardest parts of the game were the takedowns with armed guards -and I liked those, but it was a grind more than a challenge. Game was fun, but I felt it could have been more. Will try Arkham City next.

80

A great Batman action game

albero78 | July 10, 2013 | See all albero78's reviews »

When Batman meets nowadays video-game technology this is the result: a great action game. The developers of this game took very much into account the typical dark Batman atmosphere from the comics and from the movies and the result is pretty convincing. The game runs smoothly on PC and graphics, animations and sound are really convincing. Even if it has a linear gameplay once you will manage with the not so user-friendly interface, you will have a lot of fun in solving enigmas and beat some bad guys. I recommend playing the game with a controller because the combination keyboard + mouse, even if it works, is a bit more complicated.

94

The Batman Game We Needed

bwrussell | July 9, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »

One part stealth, one part brawler, and 100% fun Arkham Asylum is pretty much everything you could want from a Batman game. You creep through the shadows, silently eliminating thugs. You get in big, brutal fights with gangs of baddies. You have a large, upgradable, arsenal of gadgets and toys that let you do things your own way. Top it off with a healthy dose of colorful, classic villains and you have everything you need to truly become the Dark Knight. The combat in this game is truly a masterpiece. It's deceptively simple and people unfamiliar with the premise should be able to finish the game with little more than punch people until they stop moving but for more advanced players the options are dizzying. You can approach most fights in a large variety of ways, none of them wrong. I think the best word for the fighting is, satisfying. The attacks carry weight and impact while flowing superbly and running up a huge combo, enemies flying to and fro, is just plain awesome. Other the other side the stealth is tense and intelligent. You aren't penalized for taking your time and setting up precision strikes and traps. There are always a number of options available if you can think through them and upgrading your equipment in different ways will open even more possibilities. At the end of the day what few minor flaws there are (Why does running require holding a button down, there isn't much reason to turn detective mode off except it looks weird) are blown away by what it does right. This is a game everyone can and should play, Batman fanboy or not.

93

One of the best Batman games I have played

Elethomiel | July 9, 2013 | See all Elethomiel's reviews »

I loved this game. It took me at least one playthrough to get the hang of the fighting system though and I feel the tutorial section could have better explained it. I would recommend players have a go at the challenge maps to get comfortable with the freeflow combat system after a couple of hours of gameplay. The detective mode was halfway between a gimic and a necessity, ending up being much more useful just to keep track of bad guys rather than any actual "detective work". In the end I was wrapped up enough in the atmosphere of the game that I didn't mind. I wasn't terribly keen on the characterisation of the Titan guys either, nor the SPOILERS Titan Joker at the end. I felt they were too cartoonish for a game that more or less stayed about as gritty as you can make it while staying faithful to bad guys like Poison Ivy etc., Victor Zsasz was also quite dumb looking.

Some of the aesthetics aside though the structure and playthrough are very good and until I played Arkham City I really didn't think you could make a better Batman game.

90

Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition review

vvhitevvolf | July 8, 2013 | See all vvhitevvolf's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is simply a great game and ,as of its release, the best game based on a comic book character ever made. The graphics are great with detailed environments and excellent character models, The controls and camera are good and never really frustrate you, the voice acting is well done and the combat is smooth and responsive, if not a little bit easy but that just makes you feel like a super hero so I can't complain.

The game uses a "detective" mode that makes finding clues, spotting enemies or helping you know where to go next easy and intuitive. In addition, there are numerous tools like the baterang and grapple hook that really makes you feel like batman as you investigate for clues or sneak through enemy filled areas. You also get the ability to level up batman with new abilities which is a nice touch. The levels are also well designed and interesting throughout the game and you will always be moving to new areas with their own unique look and theme.

The only bad thing I would say about this game is that it is pretty linear and some of the actions you do are repeated too often, but that's really just being picky. Overall Batman Arkham Asylum is the Batman game we always wanted and Rocksteady delivered. I highly recommend the game and give it a 9 out of 10.

93

Best Batman Game Series Ever!

camcarlton | July 7, 2013 | See all camcarlton's reviews »

This games is honestly the most fun and attractive game you can play with the big Batman himself in it. From The original Batman on the NES to Batman Begins for PlayStation 2 this is the one every batman must own. This game has hours of game play and even more hours if you are looking for all the Riddler Challenges. Giving both Batman fans and not so Batman fans a sense of being the World's Greatest Detective.

100

The game that brought respect to so called"heroes games"

lagendofdoom | July 6, 2013 | See all lagendofdoom's reviews »

You might think that this game is just another "Heroes shit game" but Batman Arkham Asylum is not another "Hero game". Batman Arkham Asylum is one of the best games that there is to offer and we all know that the title of "Game of the Year Edition" is not just any title the fact is that Batman Arkham Asylum is the Best Hero Game Ever and one of the Best Games in 2009. The game itself is a combination of stealth,action,fighting,puzzles and great boss fights. In other words Batman Arkham Asylum is a game that you must buy.

97

If you are a fan of Batman or not, this game is amazing.

Titansaj | July 4, 2013 | See all Titansaj's reviews »

Possibly the best superhero game ever made. It is the only game that truly puts you in the shoes of Batman, all the gadgets, all the hand to hand combat, all the knowledge, all the things you think of when someone says "Batman". When you're done with this game you might even think you are Batman.

85

Arkham Asylum Gets Everything Right

BelowTheSun | July 2, 2013 | See all BelowTheSun's reviews »

In Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady absolutely nail Batman. The tone, the story, the combat, everything, it's all stellar. Rocksteady know where the fun lies in Batman, and they bring it to the fore - kicking thug ass, playing with a variety of toys, and all without sacrificing any of the intelligence Batman is famous for. He is 'the World's Greatest Detective', after all.

The opening of Asylum sets the tone perfectly. Unusually, it seems to start at the end of a previous story - Batman is bringing Joker back in to the Asylum. I guess we'll never know what scheme Batman has just foiled, but it doesn't matter anyway, because before long Joker is free and running the place. Rocksteady were so smart to get Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in to voice Batman and Joker respectively - their work in animated movies and the famous series defined Batman and Joker for a generation, and they get it spot on here again, especially Hamill's deliciously unhinged Joker.

The combat is exceedingly simple. You press a button, Batman kicks ass. You press a few buttons in combination, Batman kicks ass in a more badass way, or uses one of his many gadgets to assist him in the ass-kicking. You always have so many options in combat it's almost intimidating. I often found myself remembering a gadget that would have been useful to use after the fight had finished. You can march straight in and punch everything, you can find a vantage point and drop in, taking out at least one enemy before the fight has started, you can use your environment, your gadgets, pretty much anything. The combat is so fantastically varied it gives Asylum a huge amount of replayability, and of course the challenge maps are always available for those that just want to indulge in a bit of violence.

The other key component is stealth. Batman isn't bulletproof like Superman, if he gets shot he feels it. So when you stumble into a room full of thugs armed with assault rifles, the only way to go is up into the shadows and stalk your prey, taking them down one-by-one. Again, there's a lot of variation here - inverted takedowns, glide kicks, you can move undetected through shafts and take your enemies out from below, again - all this variation adds a huge amount of replayability. Plus, you always have the satisfaction of watching the thugs below start to panic as it becomes clear the Batman is somewhere in the room with them.

So, the story is great, the combat satisfying, and the stealth involving. It looks good, sounds good, and feels good. Is there anything wrong with Asylum? Well, not really. The game world is a little small, and you often end up revisiting locations, although the game does a good job of making those times feel less repetitive. Other than the main quest and various Riddler trophies, there's not a huge amount to do in the single player campaign. If you're after all the achievements you'll spend a lot of time scouring every corner of the map for trophies and things you can scan in detective mode, which isn't really everyone's idea of a good time. Nonetheless, what there is in Arkham Asylum it tight and exciting, and will please Batman fans and general gamers alike.

95

Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition review

alratar | June 29, 2013 | See all alratar's reviews »

The game is awesome, good storyline, nice graphic and interesting riddles. Recommend to all who like this genre.

75

One of the best superhero game recently made.

sergebelanger22 | June 27, 2013 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »

In these times where superhero are "in", a lot of games are out and they are not all made of high quality. However, this one sets the bar pretty high.

Arkham Asylum starts when the Joker is brought into the Asylum and takes control of the place. As you can imagine, you will fight against a lot of bad guys and you will also encounter 3-4 of the main characters of the Batman series. The story is good, however the hardest fights are not necessarily the ones against the bosses. That's a thing that annoy me a bit. I would think that fighting against the Joker would be harder than against some "dudes", but this is not the case. The bosses are predictable and easy, even on the hardest difficulty.

There are plenty of enigmas that comes from the Sphinx. 240 in total. However, they do not really give you anything at the end. I would have like to have at least a cinematic with an unlockable at the end. Nothing at all! Going trough the game will take you around 8 hours or 15 if you look for everything. However, I would not recommend it as stated previously.

The sound is good, but once again the comments are always restarting when you look around for some enigmas. Very often, it turns out that the Joker repeats the same 3 sentences over the Asylum speakers.

Graphics do not necessarily look awesome. They are correct. However, in the cinematics, the characters seem to be covered by a layer of fog, that makes them look strange.

If you bought the Game of the Year edition, you also have some challenges included. You can try to beat times of your friend or yours. However, doing combos for fun is not my trip.

On the good side, there are quite few gadgets that you unlock throughout the game. 7 or 8 in total. However, only 5 will be needed to get the game completed at 100%. The other 2-3 are special batarangs. I personally never used them since I unlocked them at the end of the game.

If you play on the hardest difficulty, expect your thumb to be used at maximum. When you fight 10 characters at the same time, you have to press a lot of buttons in a short period of time. I even had to take a break when playing several hours back to back.

The developers of this game, Rocksteady, were not necessarily known before doing this game. However, this is a really good second game for them considering that they are in the domain only since 2004.

I would recommend it to players who like action games where you have to do a lot of combos. All the other ones who like superhero should also get something out of it.

95

Groundbreaking Batman Game

nagelh67 | June 19, 2013 | See all nagelh67's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is the first great Batman game. It takes the preexisting canon and presents a new story that both longtime fans and newcomers will enjoy. The game allows you to truly become the Dark Knight by getting to fight and solve crimes while fighting iconic Batman villains. A great buy for fans of Batman or just action and adventure

92

Batman: Arkham Asylum - review

Neapolis47 | June 17, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

Batman AA has a deep and varied gameplay, is indeed a fighter from exceptional strength and agility, but also has the best gadgets and especially to use the wits. Make their way into Arkham Asylum will not be just a matter of strength, but a wise use of all their skills. The system called Free Flow Combat will make it possible to put together spectacular combo with the push of a few buttons. As in Assassin's Creed is more important than the timing of the technique, especially with regard to counter-moves, to make, to lower levels of difficulty, when you see a kind of crown over the heads of enemies. Even the moves Stealth will be quite different, thanks to silent kills, the ability to attack an enemy while we hung upside down or fall over a victim. Technically speaking, Batman Arkham Asylum is a good display of the Unreal Engine 3. What is striking is mainly the care put into the design of the game. The main characters and the same mental hospital are outlined with a maniacal precision, which makes the colors and artistic inspiration your strong point.

96

Batman is back.

jackyboi1014 | June 16, 2013 | See all jackyboi1014's reviews »

Probably one of the best superhero games. Rocksteady studios has created an almost perfect super hero game and the spotlight is now shining on them. Everything from Freeflow combat to Silent takedowns makes you feel like you are in the dark knights boots. The replay value in this game is probably one of the best reasons to have this game. Silent Predator, and Freeflow combat challenges makes this game very replayable especially with leaderboards. Also the most recent free download content made it even better with an infinite freeflow combat challenge and an extra silent predator map. The only reason i didn't give this a perfect score is, 1. the A.I. isn't too bright. You could take someone out while you're in their peripheral vision and their partner would completely ignore you. 2. No manual save point. I would like to go back and fight bosses just for fun, but with the auto save feature once you're done a boss you won't see them until you run through the game again. If you are a fan of action, or even espionage games Batman: Arkham Asylum is definitely a must buy!

85

Great Game But Why Window Live?

ravestar | June 16, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game, definitely a impressive engine as you can tell from the graphics and level design. As a fan of Batman, it was a fun experience to play as the Superhero against the Joker, the concept works.

The fighting mechanics are straightforward, allowing you to beat up villains easily. I also like the ability to 'stealth up onto corners of the ceiling and sneak down on the enemies. The detective vision mode is pretty cool, it made you feel like a Superhero!

My only complains would be that the game is saved only by using Window Live, and it didn't work for me. That was frustrating as it meant I had to play the game over several days without the benefit of a save slot.

Other than that, this is a fun game and recommended for fans of the Batman character and action adventure games.

100

Best Batmans game.

yuppy | June 8, 2013 | See all yuppy's reviews »

This is the best game about Batman.This climate of game, world (little bit small), story line are genius! Other games of Batman can clean this game shoes!

85

Terrible port but fun

hamster | June 8, 2013 | See all hamster's reviews »

Here is a game that effortlessly blends stealth, platforming, puzzle-solving and punch-em-up-brawling into a pleasant mix. Each element flows seamlessly into the other and the grand environs land the game a sandbox quality. Unlike other sandbox genre games which lazily cycle through banal, generic and simple set pieces, each set piece in batman is constructed with thought and diligence, so no stealth section will really feel the same from the other.

Batman also contains a number of side missions to play with, in the form of scanning hidden riddler logos and hidden bits of text containing snippets of Arkham's dark history. Unfortunately, many of these side puzzles require the use of specialist equipment (such as explosives) acquirable only through progression of the plot. Which is annoying and possibly confusing to the first time player. Furthermore, these puzzles are typically, from what i have seen, very simplistic and therefore easily solved with the requisite equipment. A pity. The number of side puzzles should have been reduced, and more time, design and effort allocated per puzzle. I would take 25 decent puzzles over 100.

Another criticism i have of the game relates to the technical side. The game is fairly bugged, and uses Windows Live. Batman has no manual saves - only a revolving auto-save. This generally makes any bug persisting through save and load states fatal. It proved to be in my game - plot important enemies failed to spawn, and i was unable to progress. To this day!

So in conclusion, the game is grand and magnificent in its variety and each of the systems and mechanics of the game are generally fairly well designed. I advise new players to leave the side puzzles until later and also, be prepared to download a friend's autosave.

94

Superhero Game Done Right!

shazaam780 | June 5, 2013 | See all shazaam780's reviews »

Batman Arkham Asylum is a phenomenal game. I really do feel like I am the one and only caped crusader. Batman is a detective and the game makes that very clear when you go around looking for clues. The stealth in this is great; You can use detective vision to watch where your enemies are going so that you can set traps or knock them out. The combat is nice too. Batman is an expert on various forms of martial arts and the game utilizes a simple combat system to show this. There's stun, attack, counter, and some other special moves that you can unlock. While I will admit that there are times where I felt I was being to reliant on detective vision, I can wholeheartedly say that this is a game you need to get right now.

92

Changed my opinion about Batman.

Liverpool1971 | June 4, 2013 | See all Liverpool1971's reviews »

This is an excellent game. I'm not a fan of batman, and the game was given to me as a birthday gift, but the game was simply astonishing. It gets you into the story and keeps you there until the game ends. I'm higly recommending it to everyone who looks for a good single player action game.

95

I am the bat...

willfosnot | June 4, 2013 | See all willfosnot's reviews »

This is how a super-hero / comic book game should be done! It has awesome graphics - the detail on the characters is amazing. The story is fantastic - it's hard to stop playing because you want to find out more and keeping discovering more. The story is basically linear, but there are other things to do to keep you busy (like finding all of the hidden Riddler trophies). There is also the combat challenge mode - to test you skill. Since this is a Batman game, you fight with your fists and gadgets (no guns - except on the baddies) - but this it what makes the game so fun. Learning new combos and attacks.

90

Still a great experience.

fable2 | June 3, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »

As close to a perfect game as you can get. You had stealth elements, perfect combat and fun puzzles. What more could you want? Combat controls are very elegant and simple to grasp, but it is challenging because it is all about timing. It is not a button masher by any means, you have to see your next move, then with one click or key stroke -- execute, then move onto the next. I though it was brilliant and natural. I wish more games approached melee and hand to hand combat in the manner that rocksteady did with this game. Graphics were amazing, voice acting was incredible and the art direction added to the atmosphere. it's still a great experience even if you have already played the sequel (Arkham City).

100

The Dark Knight

p3nguin_pris0n | June 3, 2013 | See all p3nguin_pris0n's reviews »

I was completely unprepared for how incredible this game was going to be, and I was pretty sure it was just more lofty promises with underwhelming deliverance. I was so glad to be wrong.

I've always loved Batman. There's just something inherently cool about his persona, his costume, his creed; it seems like an easy thing to translate to a video game, but after being burned countless times, it isn't so hard to imagine my trepidation. But I played the demo and was instantly blown away. I picked up the game and played and played.

The story isn't just filler here, it really drives the gameplay along. The twists and turns are really neat; although mostly predictable, they are still fun to watch unfold. Of course, a great story isn't anything without great gameplay, and Arkham Asylum delivers. The combat is fun and varied; I never felt like I was invincible, which helped me maintain focus when I was pummeling the bad guys. Of course, the more you play the better you get, both as a player and in how you can upgrade Batman's abilities. It's a great system that makes combat really fun.

If you haven't picked this game up yet, there's no reason to hesitate: it's a great game, whether you're a fan of Batman or not.

96

A game worthy of it's title.

RoninRaven | June 3, 2013 | See all RoninRaven's reviews »

From the fantastic scenery to the accurate portrayal of the every character, you can't simply find enough words that can truly express the mastery level of game design displayed by this game's developers Rocksteady. Batman Arkham Asylum has been described by critics and fans alike as the best video game based on a comic book superhero ever made in the history of the medium. And playing it, numerous times, I too can add my voice to that of many. Even if you are not a fan of the caped crusader you can't ignore this title. The graphics, the voice acting (Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil, Arleen Sorkin), the fantastic level design, the revolutionary combat system, there is something to love for everybody. A classic of not just is genre but of the entire industry.

91

A Truly Top Bracket Game

Kratzer | June 3, 2013 | See all Kratzer's reviews »

This game is astounding from start to finish. If you haven't purchased it yet, I don't understand your hesitation. If ever you've wanted to know what it is like to be Batman, this game brings that feeling to life. The controls are solid and reactive, the gameplay is a perfect hybrid of stealth and action and the game's ability to imitate a Batman film or comic book is unrivaled by any previous attempt. This is the first in a "must own" franchise.

97

A Masterpiece

Capracus | June 3, 2013 | See all Capracus's reviews »

I've always loved Batman as a franchise and I was very skeptical when this game came out, yet I still bought it and this is one of the best action games I've ever played, the story is fantastic and the gameplay mechanics make you truly feel like Batman. Collecting Riddlers question marks and solving the riddles are so addictive I actually completed the entire Riddler sidequest. If you haven't played either Arkham game, start with this one.

86

Linear Batman

lok0812 | June 3, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

Compared to the second installment, Arkham City, this is just a linear game. But don't get it wrong that the game is not good in fact it is the other way around. The combat and the storyline is just as great as Arkham City. There are enough villains in the game to challenge as well have hidden challenges across the stages for player to uncover. This is a must get before Arkham City and easily enjoyable Batman experience even though Arkham City improves from Asylum in all aspect.

98

Incredible!

kalil | June 2, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »

A great game set in the dark darker comics Batman comics many iconic characters, a story that engages and has an impact on anyone and a duration that falls short. Unlockable challenge modes and 4 extras including GOTY edition are a plus entertainment and riddles and Riddler trophies or the chronicles of Arkham found in Story Mode. A very good of graphics, a great character voices, Batman being the same as in the last 3 gameplay movies and great (I recommend playing with the XBOX 360 Controller) audio only downside that sometimes characters will out of step with the vocalization. Recommended 100% if you are also a fan of DC Comics and Dark Knight concrete then it is a Must Have for your video game collection.

93

The greatest detective, Batman

zeruz | June 2, 2013 | See all zeruz's reviews »

Well you played as Batman, need I say more, well the game mechanics are well execute it, successfully blends adventure, superhero, stealth mechanics and ass-kicking fights; the story is in my opinion simple you have to stop joker from taking full control of the asylum, while the voice acting is fantastic providing the voices from the animated series, the boss fights are pretty much the same and kind of boring, although is a great game that you need to buy it.

95

Just awesome

Eyeless42 | June 1, 2013 | See all Eyeless42's reviews »

If you like Batman this game is for you. If you've only heard of Batman this game is still for you. Great graphics, compelling plot and characters. And the best thing about it is the atmosphere. This game is so dark and non-cartoonish, which is just what The Dark Knight deserves. The game mechanics are great, the fighting is fluid, even though it takes some time to master. Even if you are not a fan of the comics, this is still a great game to play.