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Finally, we have a good Batman game. Batman Arkham Asylum feels like it is straight out of an official comic. Character design is amazing, with the voice acting of Mark Hamel and Kevin Conroy from the animated series. As you'd expect, an all star cast of Batman villains are present on the island. The atmosphere of Arkham is a perfect setting for the stealthy detective to battle the Joker. Most importantly of all it feels like the game is staying true to the source material. This game can get seriously dark at times which is why Arkham island is all the more fitting.
Combat it super satisfying. Labelled 'freeflow' you can move between enemies with ease. It has a kinetic feel that is great to pull off. Gadgets are prevalent in the game, you'll get hold of explosive bat gel, grappling guns and a variety of batarangs. The difficulty is ramped up over time as you fight a higher number of enemies. Gadgets are introduced sequentially which is an effective way of making you pay attention to each one.
One of the best aspects of the game is the 'riddler trophys'. Scattered around the island are miniature statues and riddles for you to solve. Batman is a master detective after all. He even has a 'detective mode' which is like an augmented reality, highlighting enemies and points of interest.
You will struggle to find a better character action game this year.The atmosphere, pace and satisfying combat make this a hard title to put down. With all the riddler trophies and challenges to unlock it also has great depth.
Batman dark asylum takes place in you guessed it arkham asylum. For the Batman fans amongst us youll be pleased to see a game with a story that has yet to be made into a film but still has all the classic bad guys from the movie franchise.Within the game youll do battle with the likes of joker,baine,harlequin and poison ivy.
The Game itself is very well made and the controls and movements are easy to master. The combat system is revolutionary and truly epic. It involves pressing the basic attack buttons which will produce a variety of combos then add in the twist of the reversal button and slow mo kill shots it make a truly enjoyable combat experiance.
With batman you ofcourse cant overlook the gadgets which there plenty off. As you unlock more gadgets different parts of the open world island of arkham asylum become accessible allowing you to progress further and face new villans.
I originaly purchased this game with mixed feelings but after a few hours of play i can see why its regarded as one of the best games around.
When comic book artist and writer Bob Kane first combined the features of a bat with those of a man I'm sure he had never ultimately envisioned his creation becoming one of the most popular characters in the world, on par with known brands or entities such as Coca Cola and Mickey Mouse ask anyone on the street what links Bruce Wayne with a cape and cowl and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't mention Batman's name.
When Rocksteady studios set out to create the ultimate superhero game In Batman: Arkham Asylum not only did they completely embrace the mythic status of the character but they created a masterpiece that won over millions of fans worldwide. In Batman Arkham Asylum the player assumes the role of Batman as he drops off his nemesis The Joker to Arkham Asylum once again. Within Arkham the imprisoned 'super-villains' have set an ambush and an incredible combat gaming experience begins. Bringing such a character to videogames is important to get right, much like it is with film and with that Rocksteady knew they had to bring in someone who was familiar with the characters who could create a credible backstory to the game , penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, co-creator of "Batman: The Animated Series," Batman Arkham Asylum brings the universe of Batman to life in spectacular fashion.
The Game of the Year Edition comes with several rather unique features that the standard edition doesn't ,Expanding the game-play it comes with all six previously released Downloadable Content Challenge Maps on the disc, Players can do combat against Arkham Asylum's criminals in a range of iconic environments from the game including the infamous Crime Alley and the insane Scarecrow Nightmare. The Game of the Year Edition also offers a play-in-3D option compatible with all standard and high definition TV sets.
The 3D concept for videogames is one which is just emerging and Batman: Arkham Asylum utilizes TriOviz 3D technology a company who worked to bring Batman: Arkham Asylums visuals an added depth without the loss of impact from the colour and visual integrity of the game, 3D tech works along two lines Polarisation Imagery used by Avatar allows full colour viewing with images projected on screen simultaneously, the other Anaglyph uses two colour layers superimposed on the other, one for each eye. Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition uses the latter form enhancing subtle areas in the games environments giving it a great visual enhancement not previously experienced.
Added to the fact that the game is as visually impressive as it is smart it's also a well written adventure story and without doubt probably the best licensed game ever created.
Rocksteady have ticked all the boxes with Arkham, they been careful to stay true to the character and back story that fans of Batman embrace with such passion. "Animated Series" vocal actors Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin (Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn) bring the game a familiarity that ties everything together, the fact that you're now getting a 3D experience and the new maps with superb game design and characters voiced by their TV persona's is, well, just sublime.
In terms of game-play most of your time is spent in detective mode searching high and low for clues as you try to track The Joker down. A visual effect in the form of a blue-hued "Detective Mode" directs you through the story and highlights objects of interest, these can be things like fingerprints, security consoles and even the structural compromise in walls and floors. It's true to say that Batman isn't Batman if he didn't have his gadgets, Batman's diverse arsenal of gadgets grows at certain story points and through a basic experience system allows players to purchase upgrades as you get further into the story. Most of the gadgets fit a purpose too so you're not wasting effort to get items to clear certain compounds that need essential kit.
The stealth-combat against armed criminals and the superb combo fight system that allows you to chain several moves together to defeat several foes is almost balletic in terms of choreographed violence.
Ultimately though you're reading this review to find out if the Game of The Year Edition is worth purchasing over and above the standard edition, the simple answer to that is yes, without a doubt especially if you haven't yet bought it, winning Bafta's for Best Game and Best Game-play coupled with an incredibly high 92% rating as an average across its reviews not to mention plaudits for Outstanding Character Performance and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design it remains a game that has set an incredible standard for game design.
Batman Arkham Asylum Game of Year Edition is probably one of the finest examples of video game brilliance to grace modern current gen consoles and is highly recommended.
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