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Batman: Arkham Asylum (Classics)

Released on 28 August 2009

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

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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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  • Utilise 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, Victor Zsasz 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, and use the predator camera get a closer look at the action.
  • 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 customise equipment by earning experience points.
  • Enjoy complete superhero freedom in the environment with the use of Batman's grapple to get to any place you can see, jump from any height and glide in any direction.

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 Average rating (217 reviews)

 Stunner

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What a game. Frankly, this is stunning stuff in so many ways - whilst there is the odd issue and area that lets the side down, it seems churlish to give anything less than 5 stars when the core experience is this good.

The entire game oozes atmosphere and class and Rocksteady have absolutely nailed the darkly comic world of Arkham Asylum, with its list of utterly insane and memorable inmates - this is how a Batman game should be, it takes everything that's good from the comics and works it into the game in seamless fashion, with Batman himself perfectly portrayed as the gadget toting uber good guy. Atmosphere is everything and right from the word go, you're sucked neatly into the world of the Asylum - a combination of truly gorgeous visuals, perfectly pitched and well scripted (and often amusing) story, superb voice acting and some impeccable game design. Visually it's a stunner, with superb texturing and lighting, with some wonderful character models on display. The attention to detail in the environment is epic, with all manner of incidental finds that make it well worth exploring each area and helps flesh out the characters and world to a high degree - inmate interview tapes, Riddler Challenges (some of which are real head scratchers), it's a world you'll really connect with. With the Joker running the Asylum, his dastardly plan is carefully revealed bit by bit and your progress around the asylum carefully plotted and planned with unreachable areas only accessible once the story unlocks a specific gadget. And what gadgets! Everythings here, batarangs, batclaw, explosive gel - all can be used and combined to excellent free roaming effect to make each badguy encounter something special. Every so often the world opens up into a large area with roaming badguys to take out, and the game becomes a particularly enjoyable stealth exercise as you flit from gargoyle to gargoyle, stringing up bad guys one by one, picking them off as the panic rises until you swoop down in terrifying fashion to take out the last one. Its hugely satisfying stuff and the design is such that every encounter with the Joker's goons makes you feel utterly superior - they scuttle around in terrified disarray as you take them down one by one, in almost contemptuous fashion.

At those times when you're forced to fight, even then you're a complete badass, dishing out justice in some of the finest and most stylish brawling ever. Its entirely possible to take out 10 bad guys without taking a hit, flipping and punching, blocking and dodging. The animation system is absolutely flawless, with Batman neatly countering one goon, to leap catlike into the fray with another. Its balletic, beautiful stuff. Laying the smackdown on 10 guys (each knock out done in glorious slow mo accompanied by suitably violent sound effects) ending in the caped crusader dusting himself off - another day at the office - truly this is the epitome of 'cool'. Theres some hugely clever stuff going on with the design, and multiple sequences with the Scarecrow which start with some player confusion, but lead neatly onto nightmarish and random sequences which challenge everything you expect. The alternate vison mode 'detective mode' is a neat touch, although the actual puzzle solving is generally nothing to get excited about, reducing most sleuthing to simple follow the dots trail pounding. Occasional repetition sets in as you're forced periodically to back track around the island, but generally this is a game that's immensely hard to fault. An absolutely essential purchase, it's a wonderful polished, dark, funny, gorgeous, intelligent experience.

 Best Batman game thats ever been created.

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Batman has action, space, music, fights, humour, babes, goons, villains, puzzles, scale, challenges, Nightmares, depth, and above all Gameplay.
Batman is a very polished game and there is an OCD just to complete all of the Riddlers puzzles.
This is the first Batman game I have played in the 30 years of gaming that actually lets you believe you are playing a comic book super hero and not some movie licence. And finally are you able to solve the Arkham Asylum Mystery.

 don't go by the demo

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if you've played the demo of this game as i did you may assume...as i did, that its just a button bashing beat em' up, it is not.
this is one of the best games i've played in a while, alot of effort has gone into it.
the graphics and animation are very good.
the gameplay (even the slightly repeatative fighting ) is actually fun
.for me the best part of this game is the amount of different ways you can take out a normally overwhelming amount of enemies in one room.it really is great fun and the moves/tactics are what make this game so playable.
i will cut this review short and say that if you are unsure about bying this game, play the demo again and take everyone out without getting seen (in the section where you can grapple onto the gargoyles etc)
in the full game you get many upgrades etc to make this more and more interesting and varied.
i would advise you grab this at 17.99 as i did, it may not stay at that price for much longer.
i'm a veteran gamer at 30 years old and i promise you this is a high class game.
i would say it would be best to read less about it and play it before 'hype' becomes an influence.
also reading too much about it will ruin the rewards you get through progression of this game.
any parents bying for kids, i would'nt advise for sensitive kids.....some nightmarish senarios etc.
this is not a kids game.also it would be too difficult for children.

 Hitman in tights, anyone?

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Normally derivative platformers or rushed GTA rip-offs, licensed games are almost invariably a cynical ploy to wring another few quid out of an already wheezing premise. Occasionally, however, there is an exception to the rule, and this is one of the finest examples in years.

Arkham Asylum doesn't follow the action from any one specific film, cartoon or comic, but there are obvious influences from each media and the experience is all the richer for it.

There are shades of Tim Burton's dark and surrealist vision in the level design, a wide breadth of characters cherry-picked from the comics, and then there's the stalk-your-prey approach, reminiscent of Christian Bale's interpretation of the Dark Knight. Batman himself is a tough, grizzled but fallible amalgamation of his every previous incarnation, nimble and pleasingly simple to control.

The combat is quite a departure from any game to date. Instead of looking to isolate and then pick off a goon from a group, Rocksteady have pioneered a fluid system whereby Batman will seamlessly dash, jump or somersault to the most immediate threat with a simple nudge of the analogue stick and a tap of a button, regardless of whether the target is standing next to you or all the way across the room. You are encouraged to keep combos going to stun and then finish opponents off in style, and ever more brutal moves can be unlocked as you progress. Admittedly, some fights are so hectic that strategy can take second place to good old fashioned button mashing, but accidental or not, your victories will look good.

The stealth mechanics, however, are very tight and extremely satisfying. In order to achieve certain objectives, you are often forced into areas where you must carefully pick off henchmen, one by one, trying to avoid alerting their colleagues and bringing about your demise in a hail of bullets. Using the excellent detective mode, you are able to X-ray your surrounds and monitor each goon's activity, plotting the perfect attack. Will you sit atop a gargoyle and wait to hoist a passing thug up by his ankles? Do you wait for a couple to walk past a wall and then detonate the explosive gel you placed on the other side, knocking them unconscious in a shower of bricks? Or do you simply sneak up behind them? The options are superbly varied and there are always more to learn.

The narrative is superb and immediately engaging. The voice talent really adds to the experience, especially Mark Hamil's crazed Joker who taunts Batman throughout the game on random monitors. Cut scenes all use the game's impressive graphics engine and further the clever, twisting and distinctly adult story while keeping the player fully immersed.

Despite being set essentially on one location, Arkham Island is beautifully realised and every new area feels fresh and full of hidden extras. You are rewarded for exploration with all sorts of fanboy extras, including eerie interview recordings of each of the sinister inmates at the Asylum. They won't change the gameplay but they do serve to flesh out the characters and their motivation in such a fantastic way that you'll want to find them all.

For all the praise though, Arkham Asylum cannot claim to be perfect. Boss battles are enormously underwhelming and save for the more imaginative encounters with Scarecrow, little more than jump left, jump right, throw batarang to succeed. This in no way ruins the game, but you can't help but feel let down when the rest of the game is so epic in scale.

It matters not. Sublime graphics, superb controls and a consistently engaging story will have you glued to the screen and begging for the sequel come the end. Thoroughly recommended

 Why so serious?

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Sometimes you can tell a game is going to be special from the moment you put it in your console, so it is with Batman: Arkham Asylum. You don't have to be comic book lover to appreciate the rich and detailed organic atmosphere in this game. The game play comprises of rolling and grappling around the dark, gothic island of Arkham, which your arch nemesis the Joker has taken over, releasing all manner of insane and dreadful creations into the tight corridors of the Madhouse. The real draw of Arkham Asylum is the diverse styles of combat. When surrounded by the Joker's goons Batman will sweep seamlessly through combat, delivering crunching blows and incapacitating enemies in gorgeous slow-motion flourish, it's brutally satisfying. At times you will be forced to swing from the rafters using stealth and gadgets to dispatch your quarry. As the game progresses and the story become more engrossing you also begin to realise how human Batman is, rips and gashes appearing on your iconic black armour.
A number of Batman's other well known enemies pop in to make appearances; The Scarecrow, Ivy and Killer Croc to name but a few. All the characters are voice superbly, the Joker standing out.
Rocksteady Studios have done a great job, putting their owned unique slant on the caped crusader. It's a polished and genuinely engrossing title, a true gem for any gaming fan.

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