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
Playgrounds for old Bats don't get any better than thisjapanac522 | May 19, 2013 | See all japanac522's reviews »
It's true what these fine folks are telling you: Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY is a great game. The game tells a story about the eternal conflict between a caped crusader and the embodiment of chaos, the Joker. And inside this bloody chess match, the old sanitarium Arkam Asylum is a chess board and the poor souls trapped in here are figures ready to be sacrificed or saved in order to achieve victory. Batman AA GOTY plays like a 3rd person action adventure/platform with a game progression borrowed and excellently implemented from Metroidvania style of games. Batman will use all manner of gadgets to dispatch enemies, solve puzzles and open passages to new areas. He is also a master of cracking skulls, which game brilliantly and effortlessly shows with a fluid combat system that looks like a ballet dance when you start stacking combos. The game also looks wonderful, with beautiful architectural set pieces where our hero will slide, glide and fight his enemies, thus making the entire sanitarium feel like a living character in a story. The music and sound effects are top notch with outstanding voice acting and memorable dialogues. The only minus that I can think of is the Game for Windows Live monstrosity that will actively try to impede and stop you from enjoying the game. And let's not forget the ridiculous "limited number of installations" DRM. In conclusion, get this game now and be mesmerized by its story, the characters, great game mechanics and the wicked sense of humor: "Come on boys! He is just one man! One man dressed like a lunatic and armed to the teeth. BWAHAHA... Go get him!"
The Start of a Franchise that Recreates Super Hero GamingNorriven | May 15, 2013 | See all Norriven's reviews »
Batman's bone-breaking combos are fluid and combat is challenging. Control configuration is convenient but slightly easier to use on console controllers. The gadgets found progressively throughout the game give a good learning curve. Predator mode shows the terror Batman's prey feel as they are picked off one by one. Excellent voice acting brings the characters to life. The island changes as the villains take control. Arkham Asylum's story feels like it is right out of the comic book and fits nicely. Riddler trophies and puzzles are entertaining to discover. Challenge mode is a nice addition along with the models and biographies of each character. Boss fights vary with mechanics, though some are simple and repetitive. PhysX bug on PC can cause BmGame executable to crash.
the 1st of the batman series, probably the greatest action gamemaddocks2379 | May 13, 2013 | See all maddocks2379's reviews »
Batman: Arkham Asylum is simply amazing, i missed this the first time around. I purchased Arkham city and fell in love with the story, Characters and gameplay.
AA was recently discounted on steam so i grabbed it and started playing and found the game is virtually identical to AC just in a more compacted playing area which probably plays better.
In my opinion The batman games are possibly the finest games made in recent times
This Is The Second Best Superhero Game Everronburgundy | May 11, 2013 | See all ronburgundy's reviews »
The only reason this is second best is because it is slightly behind Arkham City. Rocksteady has made such amazing Batman games, and they are now my absolute favourite superhero games ever. They do Batman right in combining awesome combat mechanics, a great story, amazing voice acting, and best of all, kick ass gadgets. Arkham Asylum starts off a little bit slow, but quickly escalates into a game of epic proportions as you really feel like you are the Dark Knight. Some of the puzzles are a little lackluster, but that is made unimportant because of the fighting system in this game. It really makes you want to achieve higher and higher combos because its unbelievably enjoyable. The best Batman game ever, bar none.
Sets the standard for superhero gamesAntix | April 28, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
Often regarded by many as the better of the two Batman games by Rocksteady, Arkham Asylum takes place in a smaller area than Arkham City but perhaps this creates a more focused adventure and a bigger sense of urgency. It plays very much like a Metroidvania game, i.e. you gradually keep finding gagdets that open up previously closed areas of the place you're exploring. The combat is intuitive and fluid, terrorizing the inmates from the shadows is well implemented and the classic Batman atmosphere shines through the whole game.
An excellent adventure, recommended even for the people who are usually not fans of fiction involving superheroes.