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 to the role.... AND Mark Hamill returns as the Joker! Do I even need to say anything else? The story involves the Joker taking over Arkham Asylum. How can that NOT be great?
I particularly LOVED all of the Scarecrow related scenes (even the ones he wasn't actually in, which you will see what I mean if you play it). I won't even bother to describe any of them, because they were too awesome to spoil. You really have to just experience them.
My only complaint is that, from time to time, you wind up having to spend too much time trying to figure out what you are supposed to do next. Most times, the game has a map to show you where to go. Sometimes, though, you are expected to figure it out on your own. You could argue that this furthers the Batman feel, but I did feel a few times that I was having to spend way too long trying to figure out where to go and not enough time with action. But, those times are few and far between, so it isn't much of a complaint.
Also, after I beat the game, it didn't seem like I could play through it again without starting a new game. I could still move around as Batman, but it was after the end of the game, so there was nothing to do. I wish I could have revisited all of the old levels and replay them at will.
Still, this game is definitely a must play for all Batman fans, as well as anybody just looking for a fun game to play.
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Mar 23, 2011
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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.