Review by epicARTY21
Batman: Arkham Asylum begins when Batman is driving the Joker to Arkham Asylum. As they get there, Batman begins talking to Commissioner Gordon and reveals that the Joker took the mayor of Gotham City hostage. Batman notes that Joker gave up without a fight, and senses something wrong. He goes to the window and watches the Joker as he kills a gaurd and a doctor. Batman breaks through and begins his pursuit of the Joker throughout the night.
The graphics in this game are great. At the start menu, you see Batman standing on a building. From there, it looks real and believable. If you are across the island from something and you zoom in on it, you are able to see nearly every detail in it. You can zoom in on anyones face or outfit and see a whole lot of detail.
There are many of the gadgets in this game that one would expect Batman to have. Choose from Batarangs, Zipline guns, explosive gel, and others which you will need to beat Joker's thugs.
Straight up combat is only a part of the game, however. You will need to employ stealth in many areas of the game. Sometimes you will have to clear a room with armed thugs. You will need to use the environment to successfully take them all out quietly. The more you take out those goons, the more nervous the others become. The thugs will start at "I'm going to kill you Batman!" to "Please don't hurt me!" There is a feature called "Detective Mode" which allows you to see through walls to give you a heads up of what might be coming. There are also cameos, like Two Face (at the end), Clayface, and the Riddler. There are also challenge maps that come along with leaderboards. You can fight until you get knocked out and rack up as much points as possible, or be stealthy and finish as fast as possible.
The sound is crisp and clear. The voice acting is amazing, with very believable emotions in the characters voices. The voice actor also have some experience with the character they play. Kevin Conroy voices Batman, Mark Hamill voices the Joker, Arleen Sorkin voices Harley Quinn. All these voice actor has voiced the same person some time in the past. Other characters have the original voice actor, also. The sound effects are also great, whether it be the thugs bones breaking, or the sounds of Batmans fists meeting a thugs face. You will be walking through a long corridor and hear distant yells and screams, and sets a creepy mood to the game.
The boss battles are fun. Boss battles consist of Scarecrow, Titan thugs, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane, and of course, the Joker. No boss battles are the same. One boss battle is you must walk slowly through a sewer system collecting plant spores, trying to not attract the Croc. Then you'll be fighting Poison Ivy and her plants.
There is so much variety. The Riddler gives you challenges, riddles, and trophies hidden all over the island. He also lets you find several "secrets" maps, which give you an idea of where a collectable is. All these also count as apart of your completion percentage. He gives you riddles where you have to find it and scan what he is talking about. The secret maps don't tell you exactly where the secret is, but a moving question mark, still making it a slight challenge. There are also interview tapes, also giving more information about characters. There are Spirit of Arkham messages, which unfortunately are pretty boring. You can also get updates for your gadgets, and armor upgrades too that make you tougher.
The PS3 version has exclusive Joker challenge maps that are free. He is good to use in combat maps but in stealth maps when he does a silent takedown he laughs, which gives away his position.
RENT or BUY? Definately buy.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Batman: Arkham Asylum (US, 08/25/09)
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