- Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island, presented for the first time ever in its gritty and realistic entirety.
- Become the Invisible Predator with Batman’s takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen or utilize the unique FreeFlow combat system to chain together unlimited combos and battle with huge groups of The Joker’s henchmen.
- Face off against Gotham’s greatest villains including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc.
- Choose multiple takedown methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls, and use the predator camera get a closer look at the action.
- Experience what it’s like to be Batman using explosive gel aerosol, the Batclaw, sonar resonator and the line launcher.
List Price: $29.99
Batman Arkham Asylum Description
Reviews By S. Rhodes : Date August 25, 2009
Video games haven’t been too kind to Batman. Often times when we think of a Batman game, the first thing that comes to mind is that the game just isn’t going to be all that spectacular. What is it about the Batman that hasn’t always worked in the past? It’s hard to point out. What we can point out, however, is that Batman Arkham Asylum doesn’t fall into that category. In fact, it is easily one of the best Batman games to be released. From its humble beginnings, the game is fine tuned video game that does most of what it does incredibly well.
Let’s begin with the production values. This is by far one of Arkham Asylum’s strong points. The game begins with the Joker being caught and taken to Arkham Asylum, but he seems to be pretty non-chalant about it, and Batman doesn’t like that one bit. And it turns out he was right to be suspicious. The Joker springs a trap and Batman is caught in the middle. Now he’s trapped inside the Asylum with the Joker controlling things, as well as several other adversaries.
One of the nice things about Arkham Asylum is that it presents its story very well. The art style feels comic book like, but it doesn’t skimp on the overall visual presentation either. There’s a lot of artistic flair and technical goodness to behold with the graphics. Most of the environments look fascinating and will really draw you into the game. The tone is perfect. The other good aspect is the voice acting. If you remember that Batman: The Animated Television series you’ll be surprised to see its the same voices. Kevin Conroy is Batman and Mark Hamill is the Joker. And the voices are done very well. The production values of the game are absolutely stellar.
Of course, a game just isn’t much if it only goes off of visual flair alone. In the past gameplay seems to be one of the areas in which Batman games often stumble. In the past the games have had a hard time crafting together good gameplay elements or sometimes being unreasonably clunky. This is mostly Batman’s past. The games sometimes felt rushed. This isn’t the case with Arkham. In fact, the game mostly keeps things pretty simple. The combat is really easy to pick up on, having you string together simple combos.
Reviews By Sergio S. Lamadrid : Date September 11, 2009
I was skeptical about Batman. I’ve never been the hugest fan of Batman, but have seen all the movies, and played most of his games. The games have always been mediocre at best, so one could imagine why I would be skeptical to dish out $60 for what has always been a mediocre gaming franchise.
Boy, was I wrong. I kept hearing how good the game was, that it was Game of the year potential. I didn’t believe it. I waited for more trailers. Loved what I saw, decided to get it the day it came out. I fell in love with the game, not even 10 minutes in.
There’s almost nothing negative I can say about this game. The only thing that I wish it would have, is some type of multiplayer but due to the way the game is, it’s understandable why they decided to not include multiplayer. The story is amazing, and even if you’re not a Batman fan, this is still a must-play game.
Owning more than 85 Xbox360 games, one thing I hate is collectables. Batman has 240 collectables known as “riddles”. As much as I hate them, I’ve gotten all 240 and they were the most fun I had getting collectables. Then there’s challenges, and you can literally spend hours here, trying to master combos, counters, and earning your medals.
As I said, the only negative is this game is the lack of multiplayer. This game was a blast both times I ran thru it. The story is amazing, the achievements are not easy, yet not too hard, and you can easily spend all day playing this game without getting bored. Batman:AA is near perfection and was a great way to open the gaming season this year.
Reviews By Bradley : Date September 2, 2009
I cannot begin to express how wonderful this game is! I’ve purchased several comic games in the past (all of which have ended up on ebay) hoping that one might capture the magic of how it would feel to websling or fly or shred an enemy to bits with Wolverine’s claws. But game after game, I have always come away thoroughly disappointed. I mean, is it really so hard to approach a comic game with the same level of production as Gears of War or Fallout 3 or Mass Effect? I suppose many publishers just assume a comic game will sell no matter what the product value, and therefore they rush it to store shelves.
But Arkham Asylum is different, and is everything I have ever wanted in a Batman video game.
First off, you actually feel like Batman. By the end of the game, you have all his gadgets and all of them are actually useful. I found the detective vision, the grappling hook, and the exploding jelly (great for setting traps) to be the best, but the others are almost equally great.
If you’ve seen the in-game pictures then you know what to expect from the graphics. Arkham Asylum is an extremely gritty place that is displayed in surprising detail.