Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year
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"Rocksteady nailed what Batman is supposed to feel like. Fans, rejoice." - IGN
"If you're a Batman fan, this is the best treatment the World's Greatest Detective has ever received in videogame form" - GameSpy
Based on the core Batman license, in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Dark Knight takes on his greatest challenge yet when he becomes trapped with all of his most dangerous villains inside the insane asylum of Gotham city - ARKHAM ASYLUM! Batman: Arkham Asylum exposes players to a unique, dark and atmospheric adventure that takes them to the depths of Arkham Asylum – Gotham City's psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City's most notorious villains who have taken over the asylum.
Utilize the unique FreeFlow combat system to chain together unlimited combos seamlessly and battle with huge groups of The Joker´s henchmen in brutal melee brawls
Investigate as Batman, the world's greatest detective, by solving intricate puzzles with the help of cutting edge forensic tools including x-ray scanning, fingerprint scans, ´Amido Black´ spray and a pheromone tracker
Face off against Gotham´s greatest villains including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc
Become the Invisible Predator with Batman´s fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen and hunt enemies
Choose multiple takedown methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls.
Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island, presented for the first time ever in its gritty and realistic entirety
Experience what it´s like to be BATMAN using BATARANGS, explosive gel aerosol, The Batclaw, sonar resonator and the line launcher
Unlock more secrets by completing hidden challenges in the world and develop and customize equipment by earning experience points
Enjoy complete superhero freedom in the environment with the use of Batman´s grapnel gun to get to any place you can see, jump from any height and glide in any direction
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Best Batman videogame series!mateidanut | March 2, 2015 | See all mateidanut's reviews »
To show you how good this game is compared to other games before, let me say that it is EXACTLY like comparing Christopher Nolan's reboot trilogy to the 90's films: an ASTOUNDING improvement.
This game is basically a Metroidvania in 3D with all the sweet gadgets batman has. The game starts slowly but once you get to actually play it, you will discover how well it is designed.
The story isn't that fantastic, but what really makes it great is the audio recordings you find throughout the levels. You learn a lot of things from these such as the origins of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn which really make the characters stand out.
The gameplay is the strong part of the game. It basically consists of 3 distinct parts which alternate: - stealth parts where you take down foes one by one from within the shadows with your gadgets and sweet takedown skills - exploration parts which are self-explanatory - combat parts which are really complex in spite of the apparent simplicity; you basically use 3 buttons: 1 for attack, 1 for blocking and 1 for throwing, however chaining combos is really satisfying
I thought the audio was really good, really atmospheric and makes you wonder what will happen next.
In conclusion this game, although short (around 12 hours) paves the way to a fantastic series. I think the game aged really well considering its graphics, even though you will spend most of the game in "detective mode", basically a blue filter which makes you see enemies through walls.
I'm Batmandarkhorse441 | Feb. 25, 2015 | See all darkhorse441's reviews »
I had heard that the Arkham games were pretty good, but I had no idea how good until I picked up this gem during a sale. Arkham Asylum and the games that followed are the perfect example of how to make a superhero game: a good story coupled with well-designed characters and a great voice acting, everything the superhero would need in a comic (gadgets, fighting skills, powers...) and of course, well-built game. Everything in this game feels like being Batman: the free flow combat system which allows you to seamlessly change between enemies during a fight, the gadgets which help solve puzzles and reach new areas, the learning curve and increasing difficulty, the great concept of "detective mode" and of course the great, dark and well-designed open world of Arkham Asylum. My major complaint for this game would be that sometimes, the combats seem a little repetitive and can get boring without some of the gadgets used in later games. As well, the advantages of detective mode are so numerous, you end up spending most of the game like that and not being able to appreciate the great setting. However these problems are minor and should not stop you from appreciating this terrific game.
Arkham Asylum - Excellencejonathanrflores | Feb. 18, 2015 | See all jonathanrflores's reviews »
Combining entertaining combat, fun stealth sequences, and a decent story with amazing voice-work, Arkham Asylum is one of the best Batman experiences in gaming.
The story of Arkham Asylum is pretty simple - the Joker takes over Arkham Asylum, sets all the criminals free, and now it's up to Batman to get things back under control. There aren't too many plot twists here, but that's okay because the presentation and gameplay shine.
Arkham Asylum's gameplay is exceptionally fun. Combat is not particularly difficult (and it's always easy to escape by jumping over your enemies), but stringing together combos and using gadgets to take enemies down is extremely satisfying and deep enough to entertain. Stealth sequences in the game are wonderful as well, where you'll need to be sneaky, patient, and evasive to knock out enemies without being shot. Traversing the setting of Arkham Asylum is also fun; there's no fast-travel system, but Batman's grappling-hook and gliding abilities make travel very enjoyable.
Most of the boss fights in Arkham Asylum straight-forward and predictable, but still good. However, one boss stands above the rest: the Scarecrow; even if he isn't the main villain of the game, he is the most memorable. How he makes his appearance in the game is a delightful surprise, very atmospheric and game-changing.
If I had to complain about anything, I guess I could complain about the sewer segment. There's a point in the game where Batman has to sneak through a sewer. There aren't any bad guys in the sewer, but the player has to be slow and quiet so he doesn't alert Killer Croc. This whole segment is a little slow, compared to the rest of the game; it took a little bit too long. But in the end it's not bad enough to ruin anything.
Finally, the voice-acting in the game is just great. Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (Joker), and Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn) reprise their voice roles from the animated series and they do their work brilliantly. If you liked their voices from the animated shows, you'll appreciate them here.
Overall, Arkham Asylum is a great package. Few games are as charming and well-constructed as this.
Fresh airshaddowwz | Feb. 9, 2015 | See all shaddowwz's reviews »
It has been a long time since I played a game in which I really found interest in the story, the gameplay is easy to get used to and if you get to it you can use a great variety of combo while never getting hit by anyone. The game can get tricky, but in the predator encounters, which I really love, if you are patient you will be rewarded and can get out of every predator encounter without being seen. I think that the story was great and thrilling. The only cons are quite a small map, I would really want a bigger map than this one. Seriously I expect to see more batman games like these because it totally was awesome. The villains were really great too, when I saw dr. Crane I thought I could see what would happen but.. I never could... I was mindblown by all the work that was put to make a game like this one.
An entertaining stealth/beat em up gameBlockAgent | Feb. 1, 2015 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »
Batman Arkham Asylum is an pretty entertaining stealth/beat em up type game. There is always something interesting to do and the game never gets repetitive or boring as you play through its roughly 16 hours of gameplay. It is enjoyable even if you aren't really a batman fan, but there is alot of Batman lore and backstory woven into the game that you might not get if you don't read the comics or if you haven't seen all of the movies.
The gameplay is well done, the graphics are impressive and the sound works perfectly for the game. The controls have a feeling about them that they are as good as they could be, but they still cause frustrations. Some buttons do multiple functions (and cant be changed) so it causes alot of "i didn't tell you to do that" type moments.
If you are a true Batman fan then this game is a must have, but if you don't really care all that much about batman, this game is still a game to pick up when its on sale.