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saladthieves

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User Review : Batman: Arkham Asylum

Ups
  • Interesting plot and story line that will have you play till the end.
  • Tons of collectibles to keep you busy during or after the game is over.
  • Gorgeous visuals that trully put you inside the atmosphere of Arkham Island.
Downs
  • Might find yourself playing the game only in Detective Mode.

A Must Play Video Game for Any Batman Fan

Rarely does a video game make me want to replay it a 3rd or 4th time but with Batman Arkham Asylum, this was one special treat that I am very glad to have decided to play. Normally superhero games these days turn out to be rather lackluster, so I started to play Batman Arkham Asylum with this mindset. Words can't explain how dead wrong I was!

Right off the back, the presentation of this game is fabulously done. Rocksteady Studios did an amazing job with the art in this game. Arkham Island is full of intricate details that really show you the atmosphere of what it would be like to be stuck on this island with these crazy lunatics. Everything, including the models, are beautifully rendered. Animation is top notch: Batman glides from one move to the other without jerking at all, like he KNOWS he's being watched. (he probably does).

The caped crusader's costume looks and feels very organic, tearing up as it takes damage throughout the night. The same can be said for the rest of the cast. Killer Croc's skin is rendered so good that it would make an amazing bulletproof vest while Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn's appearances and costumes make your IQ jump by roughly 30 points towards the NSFW zone. All in all, the visuals look really gorgeous (yes, you know which ones I'm talking about).

As Batman, you start off the game with the Joker enjoying a ride in your car as you take him to rejoin with his friends who want nothing but to dangerously play with the rest of the world. After the quick reunion, it's not long before you realize that it's a trap and you were fooled right into it. Joker has now escaped and he's driving the Arkham Island bus. Worst of all, he's drunk and he's in the wrong lane so yeah, you DEFINITELY want to get off that bus. It's up to you to stop him before he wets the bed and forces you to clean it up.

Arkham Island is a pretty spacious place full of secrets here and there for you to explore, both above and below the ground. It is divided into different sections such as the East containing the Arkham Mansion and the Botanical Gardens, or the underground containing your favorite hang-out Batcave where you and Batman can chill and hang for a couple of seconds. To get around all these crazy areas and avoid the traffic full of crazies, Batman has a collection of very expensive gadgets at his disposal ready to blow up weak walls with gel or quickly put to sleep 3 goons at once if they happen to be walking at higher ground.

Accompanied with all these gadgets is the detective mode which is available to you at no cost. Now with a tap of a button, not only can you see through walls and reveal everything hidden in your environment complete with labels, but you can also tell whether the guy standing around the corner has a broken tibia or not. Detective mode is also perfect for tracking down certain things like DNA samples, or solve puzzles. It's like X-Ray vision, only so much better.

Not far off into the game, you meet (sort of) an arrogant villain named Riddler who hijacks your radio frequency and randomly spits in your ear from time to time. As he continues to annoy you, he puts you through his various challenges and mind-bending puzzles left over by him for you to solve, and many collectibles to hunt down all in the name of trophies. These various side missions are very entertaining and greatly add replay value to this game.

As you continue to play through the game to complete missions and solve puzzles, collect items such as audio logs; Batman earns XP, which in turn can be used to upgrade your current weapons or unlock a new sweet combo that will have Bats breaking bones in no time. This makes it possible to do things previously deemed impossible, such as entering inside a blocked area. Saw something earlier that you couldn't reach? Don't worry, now there's a way!

These additional activities for you to partake in also come with rewards for themselves. For example, some of them open up 2 modes:

1) A predator mode, where you are put in a room, and have fun pick away the goons one by one, only to terrify the last standing guy, each challenge having different objectives like "take out 3 goons at once with a single wall".

2) A challenge mode, which is simply joker saying: "You vs Them in this arena, beat the crap out of them." and again, with objectives included. Keep on hitting them, rack up the score and various moves/combo, and keep everything smoothly connected; should you dream of topping those freakishly high leaderboard scores.

As an extra, figurines unlock from some of the collectibles as well which are basically an album of all character 3D models from the game for you to look at. Worried that you couldn't pause the cutscene to get a good look at Poison Ivy's awesome hot behind? Worry no more as this is even better. There is a zoom function built right in. (You know you'll want to).

Overall, this is a must play game. If you are a Batman fan, and you haven't played this game, you have no idea what you're missing out on. Rocksteady did a stellar job with this game, and they just surprised me with Batman Arkham Asylum. This game is an absolute blast that will keep you busy for hours after the main story line is finished and coming back to finish that last one challenge room so that you can finally get that platinum that you've been hunting for.

Score
9.2
Graphics
Visuals look absolutely beautiful, down to very small details. The rendering looks very organic and pleasing to the eye.
9.0
Sound
Voice acting is top notch. Music soundtracks are excellent. They manage to keep the tension up and rising just make you feel like you really are Batman, ready to take down anything in sight
9.3
Gameplay
A perfect combination of stealth and fighting sequences that show you that Batman's awesome sneakiness is equally matched by his fighting skills capable of taking down enemies multiple times his size.
9.2
Fun Factor
Absolutely entertaining game. Worth playing if you haven't yet and a must play for the Batman fans. Items to collect, puzzles to solve secrets to discover, challenges to take part in, all keep you busy and entertained for hours after the main story line is long over.
8.0
Online
Online is presented in forms of leaderboards. Complete the battle challenges or predator challenges, earn scores and they are posted on an online leaderboards. Want to earn a higher rank? Work harder!
Overall
9.4
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ElDorado3418d ago

Well written review. Arkham Asylum is a great Batman game and even if you don't like Batman, this game is a musthave. It's the best Batman game I have ever played. Keep going on!

saladthieves3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Thanks for the comment! This is actually my first ever review. I wrote this, posted it and went straight to bed without knowing that it would get approved. I'm surprised it did!

It's an absolutely fantastic game! I just can't wait to get my hands on Arkham City!

ElDorado3417d ago (Edited 3417d ago )

+1 Bubbles for the fantastic review.

InLaLaLand3418d ago

Good review and spot on. I loved Mark Hamill as Joker, he did an excellent job. The riddler changes were very fun to do and felt fresh in the game.

memots3418d ago

Egidem you have to write more review, You are very good at it.

I am going to pick it up on the next Steam sale. Thanks!!

saladthieves3417d ago

I was actually thinking of writing more review!

saladthieves3417d ago

Go ahead and grab a copy. Trust me, You won't be disappointed!

InTheLab3418d ago (Edited 3418d ago )

Mark Hamil, Kevin Conroy, and Arlene Sorkin all reprise their roles as Joker, Batman, and Harley. That was probably what I enjoyed most about the game. Hell, they even brought back Ivy and Gordon's voice actors.

The nods to the the Animated series were what peaked my interest in the game and the rock solid gameplay from Rocksteady had me hooked. It's refreshing to play a comic book game that actually allows you to control that character as if you were that character. No ridiculous "energy" meters like the very awful Superman Returns game or Rage meter like what's in the very solid but flawed Xmen Origins: Wolverine. I love how I can throw as many Batclaws and Batarangs as I want without worrying about some arbitrary meter as a cheap fix for balance.

Great review but I'd recommend this game for fans of good games instead of just Batman fans. Even if you hated the animated series and are not fond of Batman (all two of you out there), you still can't deny how amazing Batman AA is.

@Memots

I bought the game day one on the PS3 and got the platinum. I had so much fun collecting the trophies, I went out and bought the game again for the 360. I'm to the point where I'll probably by it on Steam just to get all of the Steam achievements...lol. Don't wait for a sale dude. It's that good.