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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Suitable for 15 years and over / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2009-08-28 / Published by Eidos Interactive

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      24.11.2013 01:29

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      This game is something everyone has been wanting for, a good Batman game. Thankfully, this is great.

      Well, how good is the famous superhero game, Batman: Arkham Asylum? People say that this game is repetitive, stupid and boring. Well, those people are dead wrong.

      Batman: Arkham Asylum is made and developed by Rocksteady. The developer is now famous for the successor of the series, Batman: Arkham City and the much anticipated game coming out in the rush of holidays this year, Batman: Arkham Origins.

      Let me get to the point. If there's anything that stands out in Batman: Arkham Asylum, and there is, I have to say that the character development in this game is crazy good. Yes, the Batman is a great character and the voice actor is great. All the supporting characters are good. But the main star of this game is, The Joker. Mark Hamill voice acts The Joker and he deserved the award for best voice actor of the year because this guy is on par with voice actors like Troy Baker and Nolan North.

      The gameplay mechanics within the game are awesome, especially with the fighting mechanics. However, even with the upgrades, the gameplay becomes repetitive and forced. There are a few options as which to fight them, but even then, it becomes boring.

      The graphics are beautiful and creates Arkham Asylum with a detail that most games don't have. The world that they have created is awesome, and maybe I can say that it is a sandbox game and maybe an open world game, but it feels too small to be called an open world game.

      All in all, this game is amazing and whatever anyone says, this game is worth playing for sure. Hope you guys enjoyed this review.

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      03.02.2012 23:35
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      A great game, but parts let it down

      Batman Arkham Asylum was released in 2009, and is a action-adventure 3rd person title. Developed by Rocksteady studios, a relatively new developer, with only one prior release on the PS2, and published by Eidos interactive, known best for the Tomb raider series. Could they pass on their knowledge to create a well defined Batman game, and give the experience that Spiderman fans have been able to enjoy in the last few years.

      Arkham Asylum is based around the Joker setting a trap for Batman to lure him into the asylum, and attempting to develop a breed of creatures to attack Gotham. The game progresses through combo focused combat, solving puzzles and investigating clues through the detective mode.

      The game is easy to pick up and play, with the early section of the game acting as a tutorial. The game play is pretty average for this genre and the developers haven't really tried to push themselves to be innovative. One of the areas where they have tried to set themselves apart is in the games detective mode. This switches Batmans view of the world to one that spots and analyses the world around him, be it seeing enemies heartbeat and whether there armed, searching for clues such as alcohol fumes, or even finding a vent to progress to the next section.
      The game contains different set pieces set up by the joker, although the solving of this is generally get into this room and kill/save this person. The levels have a false openness to them, really there are very few deviations you can take and so leave the game feeling a little linear at times, and while the climbing sections add an element of depth, they are quite error proof, and I think a more assassins creed style of climbing may have worked better.
      One part though that is surely aimed at keeping you playing is the joker or one of the other villains taunting you on screen when you die, these are often clever comments that make you want to go back and finish the level.

      There is a basic XP system which provides upgrades for armour and weapons, whilst this comes in handy it does feel a little pointless, as often they are things that you can't see or don't feel as though they have much need.

      The combat is focused around getting high combos; because of this it lowers the difficulty in fighting large numbers of enemies. One repeated press of a button allows you to jump between several inmates, throwing punches and kicks whilst watching the numbers go up. This is tiring after a while, and with a game with so much combat, it's a disappointing outcome for it not to be a little harder or player controlled. Combat also includes the use of different takedowns and attacks which can be unlocked, such as hanging from a point and then grabbing your target. Other gadgets such as the batterangs can be used, but their usefulness in combat is low, so are more used as a tool for destroying objects. You also have the ability to stun and counter during combat, this helps you prevent losing help as well as building up your combo hits, they all work well and the fluidity into the next move makes it a really comfortable experience.
      Throughout the game you fight a number of villains from the Batman universe such as bane and scarecrow, as well appearances of course from the joker, however the majority of combat is against the seemingly cloned members of the asylum and all whilst being watched by the same types of guards. This is disheartening as it is great that they have the licenses for so many of the important icons of Batman, but on your journey there, fighting the same people is just too generic to be entertaining.
      The boss battles are classic and will be easy for many seasoned gamers, simply dodge, then attack, then repeat. But none the less offer a challenge, and are fun to play.

      Whilst the game states it contains a stealth element, this can't be taken too seriously as it definitely isn't metal gear solid, it's more along the lines of stay out of sight of the enemies and attack when the opportunity appears. This is also partly due to the enemies AI which doesn't do much unless your directly in front of them or perform a big action, merely crouching and walking towards them is usually enough to perform "Stealth".

      There is a good amount of character development as you learn about Batman's past, this development is slow to begin with and only truly comes into play halfway through the game when events lead you to care about the other supporting characters, as well as understanding Batman's want for revenge.

      The graphics on the game are very nice, Batman's cape rises and falls as he walks around the different areas of the asylum, characters are highly recognisable and act really well, especially the jokers performance and one liners, as well as the environment is beautifully harsh to fit the game. A lot of work has been put into the scarecrow sections of the game, which often lead to effects such as rain falling indoors and the merging of two environments.
      One effect I didn't like though is the use of flying bats to bring up new objectives; this looked tacky and didn't fit in with the style at all, similarly the slo-mo at the end of an attack is fine once in a while, but when it's a similar attack most of the time, it loses it subtle appeal. Overall I loved the dark style the game tried to put across.
      The cut scenes are done well, simply because they keep you in the action and only tell you what you need to know.

      The games soundtrack does add to the atmosphere, however some voice acting performances are a little weak. As are the general henchman, who's phrases soon become repetitive and are either "Where is he" or "There's the Bat".

      The controls will be recognisable to anyone who has played a 3rd person adventure games before and even those who have not, will pick it up in no time. The simple single button presses for all important area's of the game allow you to focus more on what's happening in the story, rather than what your doing.

      An overlooked element of most 3rd person games is how the camera moves, here it is usually well placed and it is highly unlikely you'll be trapped in an area with a bad view. When zooming in or going through vents, the camera moves to a more first person mode, this is simple but effective and stops unnecessary issues.

      There is a decent longevity to the game at around 12 hours, there is also the additional Riddler trophies, patient interviews and artefacts to find to add a little more play time.

      Overall I'd say that this is a slow burning game, but give it time and it soon develops into a well made game and story. But it's repetitiveness and lack of new ideas stops it being the complete package, but the well written story and action push it above the average.

      Batman Arkham Asylum is available for £20 on Amazon, and is a good title for any Batman fan or those who want to waste a few hours.

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      Any little issues I had are nothing compared to the bar this has set for the genre and series.

      Most everybody that plays video games pretty often can tell you that some of the biggest disappointments to gaming are often spurred by movies or superheroes. In the case of Batman: Arkham Asylum, we have both of these elements. Although AA isn't a direct rip from Christopher Nolan's 2008 film, it is still undoubtedly benefiting from the Batman fever that comes as a result of the spectacular blockbuster that is The Dark Knight. Personally, I really enjoyed The Dark Knight as a movie, and was therefore very hesitant about what it's success might be like as a video game, particularly due to the lacking gameplay of the last few attempts at making a Caped Crusader game. Luckily though, Arkham Asylum has not only rid me of my worries, it has set a new standard for superhero video games.

      It's hard to even begin to describe what makes AA so awesome. However, a great place to begin has to be with the experience, which absolutely immerses you. YOU, the player, ARE Batman. And that feeling alone is what really brought me to enjoy this title. Batman is stealthy, Batman is badass, Batman is The Dark Knight. And now you get to control him as he hunts down the mentally insane all over the giant island of an asylum. Sometimes you're being stealthy as you grapple from point to point, waiting for the perfect time to strike. Sometimes there's no time for being subtle and you're sprinting, kicking, punching, and stringing other fighting combo moves together. Or sometimes you're using one of Batman's many, many gadgets, each with its own upgrades and customization choices. Just as Batman's many skills vary, so do yours within the game.

      The other thing that really surprised me with Arkham Asylum was the open world / free roam approach that developer Rocksteady Studios took to the game. Superhero games in general are known for usually stringing together their stories through short cut scenes or clips which serve the purpose of taking the game from location to location. However, AA simply takes the whole dark gritty island and spits it out at you. You're free to move on and rush through the story, but you'd be missing out on those elusive Riddler trophies and puzzles, as well as all sorts of other rewards given to those willing to take a little time to be The World's Greatest Detective as well as the Caped Crusader. Plus, once you think you've finished exploring an area of the game, you probably aren't. Many areas are filled with hidden inaccessible areas that can only be visited once coming back to them later in the game with your new gadgets or abilities. Although this approach can make the story seem as if it's just using the open world to avoid having to explain much of the connections between area to area and boss to boss at times, it's a consequence I'm willing to deal with if it means I get to explore like AA lets me.

      The last main thing that I was blown away by with Arkham Asylum was its longevity. The long lasting appeal that I found in this underrated action-stealth title is appalling. It's easy to invest dozens upon dozens of hours into this game, among the main story, the exploration involved in it, or the many special challenges it offers players. It's not the type of game that will have you setting it aside after a quick 8-hour story playthrough. This is a game that is meant to be enjoyed for days on end. For whatever reason, I found myself relating it a lot to Grand Theft Auto III. The open world, the many secrets, and the hunt for that "100%" on the title screen.

      Although this game is great for so many types of players, I would still like to stress just how much better this game is than any other superhero game on the market prior to it. Find whatever you feel is the best superhero game made before this. Locate whatever bar you feel it set for the genre. Now obliterate that bar. Throw a Batarang through it. That's what Batman: Arkham Asylum has done here. Play it now.

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      24.12.2011 02:29
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      Just pure fun

      Superhero games have the unfortunate reputation of being terrible games. People didn't think Arkham Asylum would be good but Rocksteady (the developers) assured them this would be different.

      In Batman Arkham Asylum, you play as Batman. You go to Arkham Island to escort the Joker to his prison cell; little do you know that the Joker is actually luring you into a trap. Once you take him to Arkham Asylum, the Joker gets free and releases all the inmates, and its up to you to stop him. In the game you will encounter different super villains, including Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and Posion Ivy to name a few. The story is great and the voice acting is terrific. Mark Hamill is absolutely amazing as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman is great too. I loved the story and the voice acting and when I was playing I felt that Mark Hamill should receive an award for his chilling performance.

      The gameplay is great too. The new combat engine is terrific; you will feel like the Batman. You also have a wide array of gadgets including the batterang, the grapple hook and line launcher. The gadgets are great and perform like you would expect them too. It is an open world game meaning you can travel all over Arkham Island. One thing I loved was gliding and I'm sure you will like it too. Batman Arkham Island has a lot of content, including Riddler challenges. The Riddler is in Arkham Asylum and has planted riddles for you to solve. I loved solving riddles and it really added a lot more value to the game.

      The graphics are superb. All the characters look great and move great too. When you punch someone, the animation that goes on is great. The environment is an eye pleaser and the outside of Arkham Asylum invites you to look at its fascinating detail. Something that I disliked was the lip-syncing in some of the conversations. The sound didn't match the lip moving. That is just a minor flaw though and you won't mind it.

      Batman Arkham Asylum is a great game and one of my favourites of 2009. I am a big fan of Batman and this game was the first great batman game I played. If you're a batman fan, do yourself a favour and pick up Arkham Asylum. I would give this a final rating of 9.5/10. With Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady did what no one thought was possible and made a great batman game.

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      11.08.2011 16:24
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      The best Batman game so far with everything improved and a lot of variety in the gameplay!

      == BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM ==
      There have been a lot of Batman games but most of them seem to never really do well overall but along came this one. Batman Arkham Asylum is a fantastic game and it really shows how good a Batman game can actually turn out. Batman Arkham Asylum is an action adventure game that also features stealth elements and to be perfectly honest the stealth part of the game actually does work really well and its very impressive. The game is available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It was also developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game features a new innovative free flow combat system and it works really well with the game and makes it look as impressive as it actually is. The story to the game is a typical Batman storyline but that's a good thing and definitely one of the bonuses about the game.

      You obviously take the role as Batman because it is his game after all. After Batman captures the Joker he escorts him to Arkham Asylum. Due to a massive fire at Blackgate Prison, many of the Joker's associates and members have been relocated to Arkham Asylum. Upon entering Arkham Asylum Batman escorts Joker with a bunch of Arkham security guards. They reach a point where Batman must wait and then disaster strikes. Joker had bribed a guard to help him escape and Harley Quinn has taken over the security controls to Arkham Asylum. Now Joker and his group of misfits have taken over Arkham Asylum and Batman must fight alone to restore the prison to natural order. If Batman attempts to leave the Asylum to get more help then bombs will start going off killing the guards and other workers of the Asylum. Can Batman work alone to take down the Joker once and for all.

      === GAMEPLAY ===
      This is the first Batman game that I have played that's action packed and that features a whole lot of other stuff in the gameplay. You can only play as Batman but that's not a bad thing because he comes equipped with all his tools that he uses such as the Batclaw, Batarang, Explosive Gel and even Cryptographic Sequencer. Each of his tools can be used for different things. Batman also has his Line Launcher which does help him reach those hard to reach places. I like the tools Batman uses in this game because they all fit in really well and unlike some games where you might only use certain tools a couple of times, in this game you use them hundreds of times each which I feel is really good. The game is shot in a third person perspective and over Batman's right shoulder. This works really well most of the time but I did find that I was getting attacked a lot from the left hand side and because of the view I was surprised most of the time. It does work really well though despite being surprised a lot and this angle is becoming more and more popular with the newer games.

      Batman Arkham Asylum features a ton of new things that a Batman game has never featured and one being the excellently improved combat system. Now fighting in previous games looked so fake and very unrealistic and would of made Superman look like a normal average everyday guy. In this new Batman game its almost perfect. Every single strike you do on your opponents look realistic especially the way your fist or feet make contact with each enemy. Also just as you finish your enemy or a bunch of enemies off and your last hit has made perfect contact then the last hit is slowed down and looks amazing. You can also counter attacks in this Batman game which does come in handy when your surrounded by dozens of enemies. There are a lot of different enemies to fight and many of them will be armed. This is where stealth comes in handy because you can use the environment to sneak up behind these enemies and take them out instantly but silently. Stealth can be quite tricky to master at first but once you've got the hang of it the game can become easy from there. You can also use some of your tools to get a head start in a fight. If an enemy is running at you then use your Batarang to take them down and go in for an instant knockout. When your opponents are down you can use a move that instantly knocks your enemies out so they wont be any more trouble. You can also turn detective with Batman and use his abilities to literally sniff out the enemy or hostages or what ever your quest is. Going into detect mode lets you find more things you wouldn't normally see as Batman.

      Along with all of that Batman also has to solve Riddler's riddles. There are a staggering 240 different riddles to solve on the game which is very impressive. Most are common sense and some are quite tricky. I often find myself spending a lot of time trying to solve them but when I do solve them I end up thinking to myself 'well that was obvious'. The riddles in the game are great and a lot of fun. Even with 240 I would of liked more but 240 is a lot and not at all disappointing. There are also challenges on the game that you have to find and complete. There are also a total of 42 character bios scattered throughout the game. These bios include characters like Riddler, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Robin, Mr Freeze and many more. These are good to collect because they tell you a bit of information on the characters. The only downfall I had with this was that most of these characters don't actually appear in the game. Batman also goes up levels every so often. There are a total of 20 upgrades and you can acquire one every time you level up. Upgrades include more health, new skills, new moves, combos and more. The whole game is set in Arkham Asylum and in my opinion that is actually really good and the whole place does have a bit of variety in it. You get to explore the ins and outs of the Asylum and to be fair its a wonderful experience.

      === GRAPHICS & SOUND EFFECTS ===
      The graphics are the best I have seen for this type of game especially the way the fighting is done and how Batman makes contact with his enemies. The only downside to this is that for example, if you flying kick someone where it looks like they would be kicked down the stairs it actually doesn't send them down them and just stops at the very top. I feel that's a real shame and ould of looked amazing if it could happen. The design layout of Arkham Asylum is absolutely fantastic and is definitely one of my best designed places in any game. It looks like an Asylum, feels like when and certainly makes the game much better because of it. The characters in the game look exactly how they do in shows, movies and other bits etc etc. Batman looks superbly designed as does the Joker. The game does have a couple of glitches but nothing serious and overall the graphics to the game are very strong and are definitely a good point with the game.

      Now the sound effects are equally as impressive. The good old famous Batman style music fits perfectly into this game and so do the characters voices. One of the best parts to the sound effects are the fighting sound effects. Every fight you encounter sounds brilliant and definitely makes the game more lively and more real. I love the sound effects to any game but to this game they almost make me drool. Another good thing is when your running with Batman on different types of flooring it sound great and if you run through puddles or other things the sound effect changes and still sounds great. Both the sound and the lighting in the game are inch perfect. I was very impressed with both the sound and graphics to this latest Batman game for the Xbox 360.

      === DIFFICULTY & LONGEVITY ===
      The game varies in terms of difficulty. To start with it all depends what difficulty you pick at the start of the game. The map is easy to follow and you will need to follow it in order to know where to go. Fighting is very simple and some of the time you use two buttons simultaneously but it seriously isn't at all hard. The hardest part and most challenging has to be the riddles but even in time they can be fairly simple. I would say the game is suitable for most gamers and shouldn't cause many problems. The length of the game depends on if you like to achieve total completion. If you do then your looking at a respectable 30+ hour game with all the riddles and other extra bits to accomplish. Batman is a game filled with lots of variety so it should last you a while.

      === ACHIEVEMENTS ===
      Batman Arkham Asylum features a total of 47 achievements. Most of the achievements will probably take a couple of playthroughs to get them all. Most of the achievements are easy and are acquired as you play through the game doing certain objectives. Others have to be gained by completing the game on different difficulty settings and also some have to be gained by solving Riddler's riddles or doing other bits in the game like fully upgrading. To be fair there is a decent mix of achievements on this game and they should keep you occupied for a while. At least till Batman Arkham City comes out. This game is one of my favourites for achievements because it has variety and takes a while which in turn makes the game last longer.

      === GOOD BITS ===
      *The new and improved combat system is fantastic and is definitely the best part of the game.
      *Graphics are well polished and can hardly be faulted same as the sound effects as well.
      *Its not too easy and not too hard and the game has a lot of variety in it including, stealth, action, puzzle and some platform elements.
      *Some good enemies and some good bosses in the game.
      *The game is going at a brilliant price at the moment.
      *Lots of riddles to solve which are challenging and fun!

      === BAD BITS ===
      *A few glitches in the graphics but nothing serious at all.
      *The game is missing famous characters like Penguin, Mr Freeze, Catwoman, Robin, Riddler and many more.
      *Downloadable content costs even after purchasing the game!
      *There's no Robin means no multiplayer!

      === FINAL THOUGHT ===
      Batman Arkham Asylum is the best Batman game so far to date even though the game is missing some of the best characters. Its definitely the best in terms of fighting mixed in with stealth. It also has a similar story to that of most Batman games but it doesn't disappoint at all and in fact makes the game better. Upon first hearing about the game I was in two minds whether it was going to be any good and whether it will live up to expectations. I can safely say that Batman Arkham Asylum fulfills all my needs in a game and definitely lived up to my expectations.

      The game has an age rating of 15+ because of the strong violence throughout and moderate horror references. The game manual is also quite good and offers a lot in terms of info on the game and support. I would seriously recommend the game to anyone that likes Batman. It is by far the best Batman game. I would also recommend the game if you like games such as Splinter Cell, Spiderman or any fighting games. Its a top action game with lots of variety.

      I bought the game from Amazon for about £7 which was a long time ago and did include postage. The game now goes for a little bit more probably because it might go rare and its on Amazon for around £12 including postage. Its definitely value for money because of what the game has to offer and I would urge you to give it a try.

      One of the best action adventure games around so far. I would give Batman Arkham Asylum a 9/10!


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        29.06.2011 16:13
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        Introduction

        Batman Arkham Asylum is a action adventure video game that was released in August 2009. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Eidos Interactive.

        The last time that we saw a Batman game that was simulator to Arkham Asylum was in 2005 with the game called Batman Begins, that was released for the original Xbox and Playstation 2. That was released last generation and I think that Arkham Asylum is a major improvement.

        Pros and Cons

        Pros

        Good gameplay mechanics
        Good length storyline
        Amazing graphics

        Cons

        Occasionally the gameplay can get a little bit repetitive
        Detective mode could of been better

        My opinion

        I have only recently bought this game when the game first came out I think that I was properly too busy and was not playing very much video games. In some ways it's good that I waited so long until I bought it because the price of the video game is so cheap now.

        Saying that I would of happily paid the full price for the game because it is just so good. It makes very good use of gameplay mechanics and makes it so sometimes you have to work out what to do and sometimes all you have to do is run into a room and beat up the bad guys and save the good guys.

        I really like the idea of being a supper hero and batman is properly one of my favourite superhero's. This game is properly as far as I'm every going to get to be batman.

        Storyline

        When the game starts you are playing as Batman and you are escorting the Joker into Arkham Asylum, everything is going well. You have the Joker and he is accepting that he has been caught. What could go wrong?

        That's where the Jokers plan starts coming to plan he manages to escape and then Batman finds himself trapped inside the Asylum and the Joker has complete control...the Joker thinks he has complete control.

        Then you start to try and escape from the Asylum and you start to uncover what the Jokers plans really are.

        Gameplay

        You play in a third person perspective for most of the game this works out well when you are running about and beating up bad guys.

        I like the way that the game makes you think because when you are playing the game you start feeling like you are Batman and you have to think like Batman to get past every level.

        There is normally more than one way to tackle every level you will get the same out come at the end of every level but it can be interesting to use different gadgets or interesting to see what happens if you take out bad guy b first rather than taking out bad guy a first.

        There were a few levels that I did not like very much these were the levels when you met the scarecrow and you had to solve his changes without him finding out where you are. I did not enjoy these much but then again I'm not really into puzzles very much.

        Graphics

        I think that the graphics are very good considering how long ago this game was released the graphics still stand up very well to newer games that have been released fairly recently.

        Value for money

        The game has been out for awhile now and I have got to say it's very good value for money.

        Price and Availability

        This game is now available online and in most good game stores.

        The lowest price I have found is £9.85.

        1. The Hut.com £9.85 Free Delivery
        2. Amazon.co.uk £9.99 Free Delivery

        Overall

        Overall I think that Batman Arkham Asylum is a very good game and whether you not you are into batman or superhero you should own this game just because it is so brilliant and fun to play.

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        Highly recommend. Buy this!

        There's no doubt that almost everyone out there has heard of Batman! And who wouldn't want to play as the Dark Knight and beat Joker nine ways of Sunday!

        That's what this game gives you and more! The graphics are incredible, the music is creepy and dark, and each one of the many characters you encounter are done so well. It feels somewhat like a movie at times, and the storyline is so well written, you just want to keep playing to find out what's happening next.

        The fighting style is also amazing. Sometimes you can be fighting 15 guys at once, and the way you can flow from one punch to the next is something I thoroughly enjoyed.

        This isn't a game you can finish quickly. There are many riddles to solve, things to find which just adds volumes to the game. It was a little annoying when you would return to the areas many times to solve/find different things but you get used to it.

        Overall I'd highly recommend the game. Even got my girlfriend to play it. She loved it!

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        Well worth a buy for any Batman fan!

        Genre: 3rd Person Action/Adventure
        Players: 1
        Online Multiplayer: No

        **Introduction**

        **What to say about Batman: Arkham Asylum???**

        It is simply the best ever comic book to video game conversion and any Batman fan will fall in love straight away. The game environment is very dark and utterly atmospheric, very faithful to original concept of DC comics' Dark Knight.

        Arkham Asylum is filled to the brim with some of the most famous of Batman's villainous enemies; authentically believable and in some cases genuinely scary. Batman himself looks like he means business in his sculpted suit and has an array of gadgets and weapons which are unlocked and can be upgraded throughout the game.

        **Game play**

        Batman is in 3rd person and is a healthy mix of ass kickery, sneakery and puzzle solving. Scattered throughout the game are hidden Riddler puzzles which reveal secrets about the history of Arkham, background to the story and characters for you to discover. This is a brilliant touch as the information is revealed a tiny bit at a time, leaving you wanting more and more. Some puzzles are, despite being tantalisingly just out of reach, are only solvable frustratingly later in the game, while some are super-annoyingly difficult to crack. Use the awesome detective mode and some previously hidden clues might be revealed.

        Combat is a very basic but satisfying free flow system and right away feels very intuitive and you get used to it in minuets. Batman has an array of kicks and punches, throws and blocks at his disposal and is able to unleash blow after blow against large numbers of enemies; leaping from one to another.
        In addition to the fast paced combat you have the option to use a more stealthy approach. While this is nowhere as in-depth as in games such as Splinter Cell or the famous Metal Gear Solid, it IS done just right. Sneak up behind an enemy and take him out with the silent takedown move, or if you prefer use the classic 'string him up and hang him from his ankle' move. Even better than that is dropping said baddie onto another.

        As you play through the story mode you will unlock special challenge modes. These are set in various game locations and you can even post your scores on online leader boards which add further playability.
        The story mode takes about 8 to 10 hours to complete and this really is my ONLY gripe. There are graphical issues, such as some tearing at times and a very stiff looking batman compared to the combat animations but these really are minor niggles and are easily overlooked.

        **Overall**

        I would recommend this game to any 3rd person action adventure, or Batman fan. It's a game with a fast paced intuitive combat system which is easy to use but difficult to master and ultimately satisfying. There is a very rich story with loads of background to discover in just the right way. The option for stealthy goings on is a nice and quite welcome change of pace and the puzzle solving adds further dimension...

        Story 10
        Graphics 8.5
        Sound 8
        OVERALL 9

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          Batman transports Joker back to the Asylum and then finds himself with no way out!

          Arkham Asylum is THE definitive Batman game available on both XBOX 360 and PS3 with a sequel, Arkham City, due out sometime this year! Basically you play The Batman in a fairly standard plot: The Joker has been captured and you are taking him back to Arkham. But, once inside, Joker escapes, not out of Arkham but further into its depths, and quickly you realise this is all part of a bigger, master plan!

          As the game progresses, you find yourself facing all manner of puzzles, challenges and obstacles that Joker and friends have thrust in your path! Joker himself is aided by Harlequin, a former Doctor whose mind was corrupted by Batman's arch nemesis, but you also find yourself squaring off against the likes of Bane ~ the man who broke The Bat, Scarecrow ~ complete with trademark insanity gas, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc who, from your very first encounter, is intimidating enough to leave you trembling over your next encounter!

          The idea is not just to take down The Joker but also solve the mystery of Arkham and thwart his dastardly plans! Along the way, there are Riddler trophies to find a la GTA (but fear not, unlike GTA, secret maps can be discovered that give away the locations) and riddles that need solving to boost your experience points which in turn help you upgrade items on your Utility belt. Defeating endless bad guys that Joker has left behind to further hinder your progress also gives you experience and these points will prove highly sought after the further you progress through the game.

          At times Action-Adventure, at times Beat-Em-Up and at times Platformer, this game has a bit of everything. There are Stealth levels reminscent of Manhunt but less nasty to complete and areas that are, at first, hard to get to and which require returning to later with better equipment.

          It all sounds too beautiful, too complete, perhaps even too good to be true and that is because it is! It's a lengthy game and so takes some time to complete but, even on normal level, seems almost at times a bit too easy! For a real challenge, even for average gamers such as myself, I wuld reccommend playing on Hard ~ something I would not normally suggest. I am close to completion and have found no levels paticulary hard to finish! Sometimes they are a tad tricksy but still only take a few goes to get through!

          Also, there are not enough Iconic villans here. They all get a mention, part of the game includes getting Character trophies and Bios in reward for objectives achieved, but apart from those already discussed earlier in the review, the majority are never seen! I can only hope they are being saved for Arkham City, the next game, but it would have been nice to face off against say...The Penquin or The Ventriloquist or even Clay-Face!

          Overall, this is as good a Batman game as you are likely to get for now until the follow-up comes out but is not perfect and so loses a single star. Controls are easy to get to grips with and the graphics are authentically dark and brooding as you might expect them to be, in paticular Detective Mode works exceptionally well, but this could have benefited from being just a tad more challenging!

          The game has longevity because as well as the main Story-Mode, there are Combat and Predator challenges to complete with extra maps you can download! These are fun and give Gamer Points as several Achievments are linked to this Mode but also succeed in giving further depth to the game and a chance to practise and perfect your moves in the main game!

          Certaily worth a few quid of your money...and you get the chance to play Batman (but sadly not drive the Batmobile just yet....another something to look forward to in Arkham City?).....what more could you want? I am sure that the first time you fly down a corridor after some bad guys, your cloak flowing out behind you, you too will get a little rush because there really aren't that many heroes who are as cool as The Dark Knight himself!

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            Pick this up if youre interested in an amazing singleplayer experience, even if youre not Batman fan

            Once again, Batman steps from the shadows to deliver a truly enjoyable game.

            Not being a Batman fanboy, I probably wouldn't usually pick up this kind of game. However, I could see that the graphics were fantastic, the story seemed intriguing and you get to play as Batman himself. Awesome or what?

            For all the fanboys out there, don't despair, as the producers in the game have included a great deal of detail on the Batman world from the comics. There are appearances from Joker, the Riddler and even the Oracle, for those who know who they are, and even more characters. The story starts out by Batman driving to the Asylum with Joker, who had recently been caught, to store him there. Batman wants to ensure Joker gets locked up properly, but all is not as it seems... Somehow Joker escapes, not out of the asylum but further into it. Your job, as Batman, is to capture him while fighting other inmates on the way. Joker however has other things in mind....

            Being Batman and all you get a whole variety of gadgets to use, from your trusty batarangs to the portable explosive gel. Using all the gadgets available, you're able to take down your enemy's in a number of ways, from swooping down stealthily, to laying down gel and waiting for them to walk over... Be creative.

            The combat in the game utilises a Freeflow mechanic, which basically means Batman transfers his fighting in fluid techniques allowing you to traverse the battlefield quickly by trying not to get hit. The main button you press is X combined with the analog stick, with the occasional other buttons for special moves. It may sound easy, but when you're fighting up to 20 enemy's things may get a little hectic, but the fun doesn't stop. Oh yeah, you can also glide using the cape...

            In the game there is a vast number of collectibles to find, from Riddler Trophys to destroying toy teeth. However, a new type of collectible which they included in the game are riddles. In certain areas a riddle appears, and you have to 'take a photo' of what the object the riddle is describing. I thought this was a particularly good idea and a break from the stealthiness of the game.

            There are also types of 'mini games' I guess. From the main menu you can access two types of challenges: stealth or combat challenges. Combat involves you fighting a large number of enemies in different maps. When I say large, I mean large. Stealth on the other hand requires you to clear a room of enemies using your Batman techniques in any way possible. Both are great fun, as they are timed and you can compete for the fastest time on the leaderboards against your friends. Honestly, I didn't play these mini games as much as the story, but they were still great fun.

            Overall, Batman is a great game. The storyline is epic combined with the characters and amazing graphics makes it something worth buying. The only reason I did not give it 5 out of 5 was because there wasn't much re playability, with no DLC coming out but still a long story. I would definitely buy this if your into a stealth, action or adventure game. Arkham City is the sequel to Arkham Asylum which comes out sometime in the future, which I will be definitely picking up as I enjoyed this game so much.

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              A must-buy for any hardcore gamer!

              Arkham Asylum isn't as bad as it seems! In fact, it kicks ass!

              STORY -- The Joker has cunningly occupied Arkham Asylum, the place Gotham City villians go to when they are defeated by Batman. It's up to the Dark Knight himself to stop the Joker and save Commisioner Gordon who has been kidnapped by him. Simple but effective; finally we get to get an in-depth view of the mad house.

              GRAPHICS -- One word: outstanding. Models look great, the environments are varied (Botanical Gardens to Jail cells etc.) and I love how gothic and dark this Batman game is compared to the cartoony, basic appearance of past Batman adventures. Animations are fluent and the framerate never drops. Shows off the consoles processing power.

              SOUND -- Orchestral symphonics that are as dynamic and intense as the Movie "The Dark Knight". That's definately a good sign. Voice-acting is mixed in my opinion: Batman is passable but not very interesting. The Joker steals the spotlight, voiced by the legendary Mark Hamill. His crazy, exaggerated mannerisms and dialogue is always a joy to watch. Pity he didn't have any more screen time. FX, from the bulky "boom" of a finishing punch to the sound of a batarang hitting a wall, are great.

              GAMEPLAY -- A sweet combination of exploration adventure, fast-paced combat and quiet-as-a- mouse stealth. You get to freely wonder round the Asylum as your please, discovering new areas and puzzles that you need to clear by using your gear to further advance throug the story. Combat mostly consists of an attack, counter, cape and run/glide button. Basic but exciting to watch as batman gracefully dashes from one target to another. Stealth sections requires holding a button to crouch and take down Joker's hencemen undetected. In order to succeed, Batman is given an array of gadgets such as x-ray vision, batarang, grappling hook, explosive gel used to destroy walls and many more. All are upgradable as you level up from gaining exp. How do you get exp you may ask? From taking down enemies of course.
              You'll verse the likes of Gotham's most wanted: Harleyquinn, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane and my personal favourite, Scarecrow. His levels are the best, but I won't spoil it for you as to why! All in all, the controls are great and the gameplay is solid and never just one concrete concept.

              LIFESPAN -- Exploring the entire Asylum, collecting all of the interview tapes scattered around it and solving the Riddler's....eh,riddles, takes ages and for a game with a closed epilogue, you can still continue your search which goes towards 100% completion. Challenge mode is rather addictive. The stealth missions aren't as good as the combat stages though. Achievements and the need to improve on your high score, as well as online leaderboards, helps make these challenges worth playing. In short, this is a lengthly game, longer than expected for a single-player
              venture.

              OVERALL -- No wonder this won several game of the year awards in 2009 (along side LittleBigPlanet and Fallout 3). Rocksteady brilliantly recaptures the way I see Batman and it's universe, now as a more serious franchise. I can't wait til the sequel inevitably comes out. You should get this game!! I ain't no Joker!!

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              A game of epic proportions which will keep fans of the caped crusader coming back for more.

              Recently, I praised Dead Space for its unique approach to a tried and tested genre, and highlighted the developers' willingness to break boundaries as sources of its success. Batman: Arkham Asylum does this even more impressively, targeting the comic-game genre which has so often failed to deliver to fans. With refreshing game dynamics, graphics, sound and story, Arkham Asylum is the complete package for Batman fans.

              Presentation

              It is strikingly clear from the outset that the Batman of this game is the darker side seen in both the Batman Begins and Dark Knight films. Menus are slick, but still act as an homage to the dark knight's origins, with a distinct comic-book feel to them. In the background, a full moon sits behind a focused, side-on-view of Batman, a neat touch which gets you into the mood of the game. All this is sandwiched with atmospheric background music. In-game menus are equally smart, with in game action fading into a black and white frozen image itself resembling a comic-book scene.

              Graphically, this game does not disappoint. Batman himself looks brilliant, with the suit rendered in an impressive fashion and facial expression perfectly recreated. Little touches are also plain to see: the flowing cape as he sprints through the corridors, tears on his suit after battles and his general reactions to things around him being spot on. Environments are varied and impressive, and some of the views from high viewpoints are truly breathtaking. The level of detail in the game really can't be overstated, with all characters, including Harley Quinn and the Joker being excellently recreated, with mannerisms and all left intact.

              Sound, too, has been nailed in the game. Voice acting is sublime (particularly for Batman) and the dialogue between characters other than the protagonists feels fresh and varied enough, unlike other superhero games you may have played (remember Spiderman 2?). Atmospheric sounds were also perfectly done, with Arkham feeling like a living, breathing environment. Action within fights is also captured wonderfully: you'll hear every punch, kick and crunch of your foes, not to mention their moans and groans as they clutch their faces in agony. In presentation terms, this game is a spot-on recreation of the Batman universe.

              Gameplay

              The story mode is very lengthy indeed, and, having been built from the ground up as a standalone experience, feels fresh and enjoyable. The cut-scenes are actually fun to watch and are enough to trick you into thinking you're stepping into the next in the recent series of Batman films. They really are impressive and their production quality is nothing short of stunning. Without wanting to go into too much detail, there are many twists along the way including scenes involving key characters from the Batman comics. I'll leave it as a surprise so you can be as entertained with the rich experience as I was.

              As far as gameplay itself is concerned, this game is unique in almost every aspect. Tutorials come in the form of brief on-screen prompts which don't stunt the progression of the game. You are eased into the game, and all advice feels welcome and useful. Everything feels different from other 3rd person games, with movement feeling authentic and a host of gameplay elements leading to a free-flowing game. The combat in particular is impressive, with combos not feeling like the old punch-punch-kick-repeat combo formula so often seen in such games. Instead, combat flows very freely, with each one you do likely to be different from the last. What's more, Batman's rapid movements allow for combos of 20+ moves to be accumulated with ease, with repetition never being an issue and animations being excellent. On defeating the last in a series of enemies, a slow-mo close-up will show you dealing the damage, a very nice touch which offers you an insight into the power the dark knight wields.

              In addition to combat, the host of weaponry unique to Batman is all featured in the game. Batarangs, explosive gel and grappling hooks are all here. And they all work a treat. The detective mode, another unique feature, allows you to scan your surroundings for hidden clues, messages or walls/surfaces which can be collapsed. Once again, this captures the amazing awareness of Batman perfectly and is an invaluable tool within the game. Undoubtedly, though, you'll have most fun with the grappling hook which allows you to scale entire buildings and gain the upper hand over your foes. When newer heights are reached, they can then be traversed in much the same way as the free-running system in Assassin's Creed. Easy and fun to play, it is a winning gameplay formula and, combined with other elements, make for a stunning experience.

              In addition to a main story mode, there are also a lot of extras to keep fans entertained. As well as the challenge mode, essentially a combat-only situation where hordes of enemies attack you with the aim of you gaining the highest score, character bios also play a big role. With their own dedicated section in the game, they are intended to be perused by hardcore fans. Featuring tons of characters from the Batman universe (complete with cartoon sketches, background notes and attributes) it is a welcome addition to the game which gives you an inside-look into the Batman legacy. What's more, there are also character trophies, that is to say three dimensional, rotatable in-game characters which can be admired outside the game. If nothing else, viewing these alone will give you an idea of the sheer work that went into this stunning game.

              Summary

              Unique, refreshing and fun, this is everything a Batman fan and true gamer looks for in a game. The developers really pushed boundaries in this title and, matched with a compelling and authentic story, this game really is a winner. This comes highly recommended and must be considered one of the best games of this generation.

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                GET THIS! Hands down the best Super-hero game made!

                For any Batman fan do not miss this chance to become the caped crusader"
                I must say this game suprised me just like Batman Begins did.If you have waited for ages to truly feel like your in control of a superhero in a game this is the one for you.As a batman fan they have aced it here with the tech the movement the dark feel all coming together to give a dark knight experience.
                Stealth is the real aid to this game and is the key to its success.Batmans silent approach to takedown enemies is the best feature with silent takedowns in variety and clever uses of his many gadgets which you get more of as you go.
                The location of the island is the only flaw as areas look all alike but that truly is the only problem here.
                Fighting moves are varied as you go and get better with impressive
                moves.
                I 100% felt like i was in the boots of the dark knight every point in the game.
                OVERALL= This game is up there with the movies which most movie games have hugely failed with.
                At the price it is now its a steal even at £45 it was a steal..

                Thanks for reading"

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                A fantastic game worthy of its Bafta crown

                Now I will admit, after playing the demo for this game last year, I was thoroughly unimpressed. It seemed dull, slow paced and, frankly, unepic. Now this was a problem for me given that I love Batman in comic/film form and wasn't prepared for his mighty reputation to be tarnished by another poorly made action-hero video game. I therefore decided not to take the risk of disappointment and avoided the game entirely.

                Some time later, I was perusing the Video Game Bafta awards and, what should I see, but Game of the Year... Arkham Asylum?! I was shocked to say the least, questioning my own judgement - had I missed what appears to be a legendary game? Surely the whole world can't be wrong in their judgement in the game. So, biting the bullet, I went to buy the game (which was actually very affordable).

                From the first few minutes I was absorbed. The vividly dark and eccentrically arranged asylum tailors exactly to what I crave most in a game - atmosphere. This game has it in abundance! The aesthetics are marvellous and really go a long way in dragging you into the story. Ah, the story.

                It has a rather simple premise; Joker has gotten loose, gone extra mad and launched a campaign to trap the bat. Sounds rather straight forward, but man does he live up to his name in letting the story unfold. He thinks up endless brilliantly clever tricks and trips, sending you back and forth without losing his grip on procedings. Lets just say he gives Batman a hard time. It is, however, easy to follow and seamlessly draws in new and fascinating characters without losing you along the way. Sure the ending is a little unusual (I won't spoil it), but that can be forgiven considering the strength in the progression of the game.

                The sound and voice-acting are highly authentic, real flair in the comic-book characters' voices and the atmpsheric sounds are appropriate and complementary. Faultless there (except perhaps Harley Quinn, she can be pretty unbearable to listen to, but I suppose that is the idea!).

                The combat system is just sublime. (Bat)tering the hell out of thugs is always a laugh, but when you can unleash furious finishing elbows in slow-mo, you can't help but swagger! It is immense fun when it goes right, and getting it right takes skill, especially when there are lots of them to tackle - which is luckily fairly commonplace, so you won't be brushing aside enemies with ease all the time, the game does challenge you. The range of combat upgrades and special moves are somewhat limited, but the ones they do include are just awesome. It's not all about running in all gung-ho though, the element of surprise and stealth is important in not getting pumped full of lead! You can glide, you can swing, you can zip, you can perch - you deside how to put them together! Movemet and general control are also largely simple to get to grips with, though at times you may disagree with a corner or a ledge here or there, but this is rare.

                Finally the longevity and replay value. The game itself is not that long, but the intense enjoyment you get out of it won't leave you dissatisfied, especially with provision of game-extras. These are catered for perfectly with the inclusion of riddles, hidden trophies, crazed-patient interview tapes and various supplimentary biographical information for you to hunt down and peruse at your leisure. Not only that, but the challenge modes will keep you playing for a long while!

                So all-in-all I absolutely loved this game. It is excellently made and a joy to play through. It is difficult to fault in any regard. Finally a comic book hero game which merits the status of 'awesome'.

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                One of the games of 2009

                I recieved this item as a Christmas present from my brother last year. Knowing I was a huge fan of the character and after reading a number of reviews he thought it would keep me quiet for a while. Whilst I was initaill y dubious, it's fair to say my brother probably knows me better than I do.

                Batman: Arkham Asylum was developed by Rocksteady Studios and released midway through 2009. Taking its inspiration from the original DC animated universe and published in conjunction with both Warner Bros and DC comics (publishers of the original Bob Kane comics), this game places Batman in the middle of the infamous Arkham Asylum, home to the criminally insane. Or more specifically every villain that Batman has put away. In the middle of transporting The Joker back to Arkham, there is an attempted escape by the inmates and Batman and Jim Gordon are trapped. Their only option being to fight the various villains and capture them once again.

                Wherever you look online, the one constant of this game is just how highly it's rated. It has one various awards including Game of the Year from BAFTA.

                Primarily taking the form of of third person action adventure game, the character of Batman is able to grapple heights and glide with the use of his cape meaning that movement in all directions is possible. As well as the fighting aspect of the game, riddles left by you know who are scattered throughout the levels. Once solved information on characters and upgrades become available.

                The cut sequences are are extremely well done and in some cases offer a very entertaining twist. You'll know it when you see it. Also the vocal talent in this adds an extra dimension so lacking in many other games. Espescially Mark Hamill who reprises the role of The Joker that has won him so much acclaim in the animated series.

                At around £17.00 this game deserves to be in everyones collection. It's already a cult classic and with good reason. It's got enough levels to keep you entertained and a good mixture of gameplay so as not to bore you. It's definitely one if not the best game of 2009.

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                The Dark Knight returns in the first game to do him justice in his more than 20 year history in video games. Not based on any specific comic book or movie it takes all the best ideas and visuals from all of Batman's many incarnations to create a unique spin on one of pop culture's greatest icons.