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
Good plot + Batman + Challenging gameplay = Great gamereginleifx | 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.
Second-best superhero game ever884okeoJ | 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.
Great Superhero GameTCass29 | 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.
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.
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!