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.


Key Features:

  • 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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Customer reviews

95

And at the end of fear... Oblivion...

Pit_52 | Nov. 17, 2014 | See all Pit_52's reviews »

That quote will stuck in your head for years right after Dr Crane finish you off, trust me. Joker and Scarecrow are probably best villains in DC and they're showed from the best insane side in Arkham Asylum. There is more villains that awaits your enter into that psycho/criminal zone, but review shouldn't spoil everything. This title is more then worth playing through. It's tpp action/stealth game, I honestly haven't saw in my life so balanced gameplay. There is place for fight, there is place for hide and grab some maniac from a shadow. On your path you won't only fight, there is dozen riddles deserving for being solved and trophies that aren't just a stubborn thing that you must find for achievement and if you won't and don't care about achievement, there is no difference. Not here, trophies in this game means something, player will enjoy and want finding trophies cause they ain't any typical useless trophies eventually unlocking achievement like in most games, these will push you further to a very interesting knowledge/lore of that game and you can learn a lot an even find clues and great twisted facts, that can help you understand something in the plot or help solving some riddle, even a mystery of someone/something... Batman Arkham Asylum is that kind of game where you can hate Batman, but love the game itself. That title will charm you right after launching, already in the intro, atmosphere in Batman AA isn't possible to describe, it's so gorgeous that you must feel it on your own. Let the Joker have some fun and prepare the great event for you. You want to experience that show. Give it a try if you haven't already

100

The start of a legendary saga of games.

Xbob42 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all Xbob42's reviews »

While not the first licensed game to be really great, it may be one of the first to be what some --myself included-- consider legendary. Flawless combat, compelling story, fantastic voice acting, varied and interesting gameplay, a seamless mash-up of great genres and a killer setting and atmosphere. There's very little that Arkham Asylum does wrong.

Combat is an array of gadgets and punches, all based around a transparent idea of "fighting rhythm," wherein timing your attacks perfectly greatly enhances your combat potential. Simply mashing buttons might work for some groups of enemies, and hey, you may even beat the game like that, but you won't get the same feeling of near-invincibility you would if you timed everything just right. Batman flows between enemies like liquid and gets more and more powerful the longer your combos go on.

The visuals are still fantastic, with intentionally exaggerated character models that enhance the already off-kilter atmosphere, the enormous moon in the sky and Gotham City in the distance make exploring outside feel a little mysterious and oppressive, while the high-tech-but-also-Gothic interiors feel even more oppressive and dangerous. The environments are filled with many unique art assets that make areas instantly recognizable, and secrets are hidden everywhere.

Most of the cast is from the Batman Animated Series, which for fans of the show is incredible. They all sound exactly as they did in the 90s, except with a tad bit more pseudo-swearing since this isn't a game for kids. Don't worry, they didn't go all Bulletstorm here.

The story has a great pace, and is very interesting, as you explore and find more and more classic Batman villains, you also learn more about them and what's going on on the island. The Riddler puzzles are great and the secrets are more numerous than even classic games. The game keeps you entertained from beginning to end, and you owe it to yourself to give it a shot.

88

Batman

DeadReap | Nov. 7, 2014 | See all DeadReap's reviews »

This is batman. Every body loves Batman, this game is full of action, violence, enemies and of course there is a lot of Batman. Batman Arkham Asylum has good game physics, awesome fighting and the best unbelievably good story. Batman. You must try it. Batman

89

What an horrible night to be in Arkham.

KingTed | Oct. 27, 2014 | See all KingTed's reviews »

For the first time in his career, the Joker wanted to be caught and to be sent in Arkham Asylum. Because this time, he has a plan.

Batman Arkham Asylum is a action/adventure game where the Caped Crusader investigates the asylum while it's under Joker's control. Criminals and maniacs are roaming free. Mortal foes are waiting for an opportunity to kill the Batman. One thing is for sure : the game does great in creating the creepy atmosphere of the most dangerous place of Gotham City. And it remains true to the original material.

The game is beautiful and fun. The controls are inspired by the Assassin's Creed series. The adventure is a mix of fighting sequences and stealth-based gameplay (The Predator Rooms). The gameplay could have been a bit more accurate but it's okay.

There are also a lot of things to do in the asylum. There are items to collect and Riddler's puzzles to solve if you wish to obtain the 100%.

Furthermore, you can compete in the Challenge Mode where you have to fight lots of bad guys or neutralize them stealthy.

It's the best Batman video game that happened in a long time.

91

Be the Bats

minoru09 | Oct. 25, 2014 | See all minoru09's reviews »

I was rather pessimistic when I first saw this game because there hasn't a good Batman games in years but when I finally play it my worries are all gone. It has a good combat, perfect exploration and terrific voice acting. Not to mention the challenge that is fun to complete. Honestly I can recommend this game to anyone not only Batman's fans.