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Hindsight: Batman: Arkham Asylum

In the last decade there have been around 20 big-budget blockbuster movies based on well-known comic book characters, and the vast majority of them have been given the inevitable tie-in game treatment. Some, like X Men Origins: Wolverine and Spiderman 2 are actually worth a look, if still ultimately too flawed to really stand up to the best that the world video games can offer, while the likes of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Watchmen: The End Is Nigh offer little to entice us beyond an official licence.

Batman, however, has been lucky. Rocksteady Studios opted to cut out a stage in the usual game-based-on-a-movie-based-on-a-comic routine, instead going straight to the source material. The result is Batman: Arkham Asylum easily the best comic book game ever made.

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