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
Straight out of left fieldArgentum | 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.
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.
Excellentirfanullahjan | 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.
A bag of tricks, a heap of funxagarelic | 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
Great gameStuman31 | 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