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Batman: Arkham Asylum Reviewed

The Joker has taken over Arkham. It's up to Batman to take it back.

You take on the role of Batman and stalk, glide, and pound your way through the Joker's thugs. This night has a lot instore for you. You uncountable thugs to take down. You will also face insane inamates that have been set free, but the real fun is in some of the more violent inmates.

I'll break Arkham Asylum into several portions and giev each sectiona score from one to ten. One will indicate utter crap, and ten will indicate magnificence.

The story begins with Batman bringing in the Joker from a previous encounter

Story: 10/10

The story of Batman: Arkham Asylum feels like it has come straight out of a comic book. It was expertly written, and expertly delivered. The characters were portrayed as they were in the comics, and they were introduced in ways that made sense. Most of which were already in the Asylum having been caught previously by Batman. Batman was voiced by the actor that portrayed him in the 1990's animated TV series, as was Harley Quinn and the Joker.

Bane was already and intimidating fellow. Here, he's just plain scary.

Graphics: 10/10

Arkham Asylum was rendered as a dark and twisted place, much like the inmates housed within. Each of the villains have a darker and more twisted look about them. Even Batman himself is seems darker than ever. Everything looks great, and as it should be in a Dark Knight game. This is another aspect that feels as though it was taken straight out of a comio book.

Poison Ivy makes an appearance, but you don't want to underestimate her, she is a fem fatale

Gameplay: 9/10

The game's difficulty settings are set jsut right. Easy lets you experience the story. Normal offers a slight challenge. I almost imagine, this is what it would really be like for Batman. Hard is, of course, the most challenging. You'll want to have a good handle of the freeflow combat system before taking on hard mode. The freeflow combat system is fairly easy to pick up, as long as you can keep from panicing. If you can stay calm in the middle of a large group of thugs, you'll be able to take them all down within a few seconds. At first it seems daunting, but as you get used to the system, it'll get easier.

My only problem with the game is in the controls. Some times you'll be in the middle of a freeflow combo, and while he has moved fast enough before, Batman ends up being a split second to slow, and the combo is interrupted. Or you'll go to counter someone, and Batman will make a motion, but he won't counter the attacking thug. This is not something that happens alot, so it's not that big of a deal, but it is quite annoying when it does happen.

The Scarecrow offers unique challenges throughout the game.

Sounds: 10/10

Amoung the bone shattering sounds of Batman breaking the bones of the thugs he faces, the player has the chance to hear the Joker calling out orders, or even trying to taunt Batman. The sounds put you right into Arkham Asylum, and into Batman's shoes. The voice actors of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin portray the roles they had in Batman: the Animated Series which gives players that were fans of the show a touch of nostalgia, and reminds them why that series was so great.

The Joker's leading lady has a new look, but holds onto the same old attitude.

Overall: 9.75/10

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a solid game. It has a great story that is delivered with great visuals, great audio, and controls that are easy to grasp. Many say that it is what Superhero games should be like. I will take it one step further. Batman: Arkham Asylum is an example of what all action adventure games should be like.


That's a good review. i was thinking of getting this when (IF) I get my new system. I played it a bit on a Gamestop kiosk, and I liked it lot.