I'm pretty late on this one. Arkham Asylum is one of the rare games that is universally praised by everyone, and for damn good reason. I stayed away from it cuz, well, superheroes are kinda lame, but finally Doomrider talked me into playing it, and I'm glad he did. It's damn sweet, and even if you think superheroes are completely lame and for dorks, you should still play it.
It's got some of the best beat-em up gameplay I've seen this gen, jumping into a crowd of thugs and beating the crap out of them never failed to put a smile on my face. It's got amazing stealth missions. You sneak up on guards, swing from gargoyles with your grappling hook, glide down towards unsuspecting mooks, and jump out from floor grates to kick ass in these segments. All the while your enemies are freaking out and Joker is mercilessly taunting his own henchmen. It's got exploration. There are tons of secrets on Arkham Island, and Batman has all the tools he needs to find them. The grappling hook, in particular, is a great feature and adds so much flexibility to your movement and to your offensive and defensive strategies.
But the best thing about the game is that it captures everything that's entertaining about the Batman mythos. The story knows when to be serious, and it knows when to invoke the comic book campyness that Batman is famous for. Joker's trollishness is hilarious, and how can you not laugh when a thug asks Batman why he isn't busy getting a cat down from a tree? Several of the big supervillains from the Batman universe show up as enemies, but even if a villain doesn't show up in the flesh, you can count on them appearing at least as a character bios. It gives you the impression that, while the game is great and full of surprises, there is still a vast world and a huge number of colorful characters left untapped. Best of all, you get Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker. These guys played the same role in the fantastic Batman animated series from the early 90s, and they are PERFECT for their respective roles. Mark Hamill in particular completely owns the character of the Joker. Anyway, this was a great game, and now I'm so fired up for Arkham City I can't even believe it.
This is another game that has been reviewed over and over again. There isn't much more I can say that hasn't already been said. This game is as awesome as everybody says. A definite must play. It is another one of those games where you are really able to suspend your disbelief. When you play this game, you don't just feel like Batman, you ARE Batman! As if the game weren't awesome enough on its own, the guy who voiced Batman in the animated series returns … more
In general, superhero video games are bad adaptations of the comics on which they are based. Usually, at best they are just an average game (the only exception to this being when a superhero game has a great co-player mode, such as JUSTICE LEAGUE HEROES from a few years ago). That changed with the release of BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM. I didn't have an opportunity to play the game until earlier this year. However, after having played, it is in my opinion the best superhero game ever made so far. … more
As I sit down to write this review I am in a little bit of shock. I don’t think that anyone wanted this game to be good more than me, though not even I could have imagined that it would be such as masterpiece. As someone who plays just about everything that comes out, its hard to find a game that essentially does it all but Batman: Arkham Asylum pulls it off beautifully. After finishing Batman: Arkham Asylum, I had to seriously reevaluate my Top 10 and Top 5 games of all time, this game made … more
Video games haven't been too kind to Batman. Often times when we think of a Batman game, the first thing that comes to mind is that the game just isn't going to be all that spectacular. What is it about the Batman that hasn't always worked in the past? It's hard to point out. What we can point out, however, is that Batman Arkham Asylum doesn't fall into that category. In fact, it is easily one of the best Batman games to be released. From its humble beginnings, the game is fine tuned video game … more
Batman: Arkham Asylum is the total package of video games. The gameplay is fantastic, there's an amazing story and it features a superhero. Through the years, game developers have tried their hands at making the ultimate superhero game. Most have failed as many of them have been movie tie-ins. What Rocksteady and Eidos have done with Arkham Asylum is create a world and feeling that The Dark Knight can thrive in. Playing as Batman in the game, you get the feeling that … more
Batman Arkham asylum is the new game by publisher Eidos and the game is developed by Rocksteady using the Unreal engine. This is not a movie licensed title but a NEW original game of DC Comics famous Batman character. The game was was written by Paul dini and features the voice talents of Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy who are now staples to the Batman series having originally voiced these characters in the smash hit 90's cartoon "Batman The Animated Series". PROS … more
Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos, is easily one of the best Batman games ever and really makes you feel like you’re actually in the shoes of the Caped Crusader. And it’s not just about the fighting and gliding around (even though that’s great too). It’s also about being the greatest detective, facing past and present psychological fears and regret, and everything that makes Batman an icon as well as a vulnerable human being. It’s … more
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’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. Using a wide range of Batman’s gadgets and abilities, players will become the invisible predator and attempt to foil The Joker’s demented scheme. Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story penned exclusively for the game by famous Batman author and five-time Emmy award winner, Paul Dini, whose credits include Lost season one and Batman: The Animated Series. With amazing graphics and a moody, immersive setting, Batman: Arkham Asylum offers diverse gameplay options that push the envelope for all action, adventure and superhero games.