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The Best Superhero Video Game to Date! [PS3]

  • Nov 24, 2009
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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 you're the Caped Crusader himself whether it's destroying enemy guards with your bare hands or swooping down and knocking out a clueless enemy.  Most of all, you can't have a Batman game without The Joker who might be even more the star in Arkham than Batman himself...

Right away with Arkham, I was very impressed with the controls and how they flowed together.  If anyone has played Assassins Creed, it was a very strange control set to get used to.  Arkham's controls are of a very similar style, but the ebb and flow of them was a lot more comfortable and easier to pick up on and get used to.  It's hard to pick out one specific aspect of Arkham Asylum that was fun because it all was; from Riddler's riddles to all of the secrets found throughout this amazing open world.  The fights had to be the most fun though because as a player you have so many options.  If you were straight up attacking guys, it was so seamless going from one guy to the other as you literally destroy them one by one.  What was most fun about this though was the way in which Batman actually fights like Batman.  Let's say you're punching one guy but another guy is coming at you.  With one press of the button, you'll attack the new attacker while still beating up the other guy.



You can also choose to be creepy stealthy Batman who makes bad guys wet their pants.  Let's say there are a bunch of guards with guns.  Guns hurt Batman, superhero or not and you will not last very long if you decide to go up against these guys with just your mitts.  Instead players can strategically pick guys off one by one by hanging from gargoyles and then swooping down on a guard and tying them up on the gargoyle.  The best part?  Listening to the fear in the guards voices as each one of them goes down one by one while you rappel from gargoyle to gargoyle.



The story in Arkahm Asylum was what made the game completely come together.  While The Joker is definitely the ring leader so to speak in the game, some of your favorite Batman baddies make appearances in the game like Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn and The Scarecrow, each with their own unique twist in the story.  While The Riddler never actually shows his face in the game, he is one of Arkham's main characters as Batman will have to figure out over 250 of the Riddler's games and riddles.  On top of all that, You'll also get an amazing history lesson about Arkham and it's creation and past, something that I thought was especially interesting.  Did I mention the Batcave?

While Batman: Arkham Asylum was released with games that are up for Game of the Year like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Modern Warfare 2, Arkham really holds its own with these other titles.  It definitely has a chance at getting some awards.  As far as the game is concerned this is another one of those titles that once you pick up the controller, it can be very hard to put it down as you want to find out what happens next in the story of Joker's game.  Luckily the game isn't short and it will take a good amount of time to get through depending on what kind of gamer you are.  There is no doubt though that Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best superhero game to ever come out, 5/5!
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November 24, 2009
Just finished this game last week and it sure was a lot of fun! Too bad, steroid Joker was weak and such a wuss. Still, this was easily the best super-hero game made with the now classic Spider-man game close behind.
November 24, 2009
I think that I've actually yet to play Spidey....
November 24, 2009
The first game was on PS2 (I think) and it was my fave superhero game until this came along.
 
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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.
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ESRB: T
Number of Players: Single Player
Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment, Square Enix
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Console: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Genre: Action
Release Date: August 25, 2009 (NA)
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