I have to say that up until a week or two before the release of this game I had tried to ignore it and leave the game alone. Previously the majority of any and all Batman games had been rather, disappointing to say the least! Batman is without doubt one of the greatest Super Heroes ever and no one has done him justice in a computer game!
Well my resistance to anything Batman related soon gave in as adverts and video's seemed to be everywhere I looked! So I started to read some reviews, watch some footage.....and drool with anticipation!
I pre-ordered the game without further delay and when it arrived it went straight into my PS3 and for several days I wouldn't respond to anyone unless they called me..."The Dark Knight".
Batman: Arkham Asylum is truly a fantastic game. The graphics are superb and some of the best I have seen so far. The attention to detail is great and the characters are truly brought to life. The game is easy to get into and the controls are straight forward which allow you to fully immerse yourself into the nightmare that the Joker has created for you!
Batman has plenty of skills on offer to fight off the inmates and villains that await him and on offer are a number of Batman's gadgets, with new ones and upgrades constantly made available throughout the game. The free flowing combat system is a revolution! You can bash away at one button or try to string together combo's while punching, kicking, throwing batarangs and beating your enemies to a pulp in a fluid motion.
My only problem with the game is that once I completed it I lost interest in it rather quickly! It didn't seem to have any replay value! Yes, you can go through the game and try to find all of the Riddler's trophy's and solve all of his puzzles and for some that will be enough, but for me it just didn't excite me. Everyone had been defeated, the Joker was back behind bars, all the locations on the level were unlocked and I wouldn't gain anything new from playing it again which is a shame. On another note it does have challenge rooms where you get to try and complete specific tasks, separate to the game and then compare your times with people online, but still I feel it was missing something.
Does this take away from the overall experience and reduce the rating, no! I still would easily give the game 5 stars because the story is great, you do feel like you are part of something and taking control, rather than sitting in the sidelines and it is a fantastic game and I enjoyed every moment of it. It is just a shame that things feel a little "empty" for me once it's completed, though I'm sure others will have different experiences with the game!
Buy it, play it.....just don't expect to play it over and over and for that feeling of amazement to last forever! But hey, I'm sure this isn't the last we have heard of Batman!