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
Great momentcdp_star | Feb. 7, 2014 | See all cdp_star's reviews »
Although I am not familiar with batman, except some parts of movies, I could enjoy exciting time because of this game. Especially it was fun that my character can show amazing scene which is like a movie by the addition of fighting skill and the progress of my own technique.
Through the game play, there are many situations which battle against many enemies. To tell the truth I felt the batman is not a special hero because he was beat easily by their attack in the first few hours. Then, I recognized that it was important to use skills with right timing continuously, rather than push the button quickly.
And because of moderate game length, reaching to the ending without getting bored was possible. At least I could clear without also giving up the search sub quests, thanks to an index and hints.
Moreover, it is about the technological impression, I felt the PhysX function could make real atmosphere on the display. I hope I can play next episodes which can excite me more and more.
A surprise, wrapped in a bat cape.damienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
I had played Arkham City before i did this. I thought i should see what made the series what it was. The game play was very familiar: clear a room of enemies, move to the next room of enemies, then a boss battle. I'd suggest cranking up the difficulty so that it is a little challenging though. the graphics are really nice, and even with it's own look, reminds me of some of the more serious comics.
The gameplay, although strait forward, is challenging if you crank the difficulty up. Even going after all the achievements and challenges will add some play time and interesting experiences. matched with the fantastic voice acting and original gameplay style, this makes this game a classic. It will always be something i come back to.
I'm BatmanFifaBass | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all FifaBass's reviews »
I am big fan of Batman, so I was looking forward to this game. And this game didn't disappoint me. I really love this game. Action and awesome riddles, It create great atmosphere and this game is just great. Joker is amazing like ever and his humour is just great. In my opinion is Arkham Asylum better than Arkham City.
Batman got nailedsonicchaos | Jan. 26, 2014 | See all sonicchaos's reviews »
I remember the days when every Batman game had a range between pure awful and decent enough. But than came these guys at Rocksteady and took upon themselves to prove that a good Batman game is not that of a miracle. All you need is a dark atmosphere, a great voice cast, amazing graphics and seamless gameplay. And boy did they make it right!
The challenge with Batman as with most superhero characters is his complex traits and abilities, the story behind him and the world that needs protected. That's why many developers fail to showcase all of those elements, mainly because it really takes a lot of work and time and resources and mostly passion. That's the secret: passion. And this game is showing a lot of love from the devs that worked on it.
Let's start with the graphics. Arkham Asylum is fuelled by Unreal Engine 3, just like its sequels Arkham City and Origins, which amazes me how much power and vitality this engine still has. In 20 years from now, gamers will still play it as a "retro throwback" and still be amazed of how great it holds. I don't know if it's the best looking series that make use of UE3, along with Gears of War of course, but there's no doubt that it showcases its wonderful potential. Beautiful textures, detailed characters, a lot of detail in every level and even Gotham in the background just fills everything up with a great sense of immersion.
The story starts with Batman bringing Joker to Arkham Asylum and things go awry from there. We don't know how they clashed, we don't get to see what happened before they get here, but that doesn't matter. It's probably a good plot for a future game set between the events of Origin and Asylum maybe? We can only hope. Anyway, we quickly discover how everything was planned by Joker in the most minute detail. So we set ourselves to catch Joker and his merry band of bad guys, while discovering some other distractions and meeting familiar characters, which all thicken the plot with intelligent pace.
The voice acting is formidable. I'll only mention Kevin Conroy with his great and incomparable performance as Batman/ Bruce Wayne (oops, spoiler!) and master Mark Hamill with his amazing, original and unforgettable performance as the Joker, which is in my opinion the best Joker ever. Most will disagree, but I will say that it's not all Mark Hamill contribution, but the design team that created the character as well. The music and soundtrack are amazing. Although nothing noteworthy or as memorable as Danny Elfman's iconic tune that was born in Burton's Batman from 1989, the music here is much darker and tries to accentuate the mood of the game, and with great success I'd might add.
The combat is flawlessly executed, though the boss fight are kinda hit and miss, but it's the type of combat that's always brought into discussion when it comes to how other games are doing it. You'd think the devs would resume to that, the batarangs and the batclaw, but no. They thought about so much more it would take me entire pages to describe. As such, I can only say that this game deserves a place in your library, notably now that there's no more GFWL to be a nuisance. Also, because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. I had to do that. Sorry...
Great game, must play.w0rdvirus | Jan. 25, 2014 | See all w0rdvirus's reviews »
Batman AA is just a great game with very few flaws if any. I played it on the 360 and then got it for the PC to play it again. The gameplay is great combat is fluid. It also mixes together stealth objectives where you have to observe your surroundings before going in and trying to take guys down. The story is also really good with quality voice acting (you just can't beat Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker). You don’t even need to be a really big Batman fan to enjoy this game, it is by far one of if not the best superhero game out there.