Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Review

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I decided to review this game because it was the first ever game I finished from start right down to the end credits and to be honest I am quite proud of myself! I know it’s an older game, having been released in 2009 . However, the game is of great quality despite being an oldie. The graphics are good, nice and clear with beautiful landscapes and a very creepy but amazing looking asylum. This game is great for DC fans or even if you want to play just to imagine you are Batman (admit it, you want to be Batman!) In the game’s main story line, Batman’s archenemy, the Joker, instigates an elaborate plot to seize control of Arkham Asylum and trap Batman inside with many of his incarcerated foes. With Joker threatening to detonate hidden bombs around fictional Gotham City, Batman is forced to fight his way through the asylum’s inmates and put an end to the Joker’s plans.


Voice actors

Three voice actors, who worked on the DC Animated Universe series of film and television, reprised their roles for the game.

Kevin Conroy as Batman

Mark Hamill (Yes,THE Luke Skywalker himself!) as Joker

Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn


Villains

Batman has to face several villains from the history of Batman comics including:

  • Joker
  • Harley Quinn
  • killer Croc
  • Poison Ivy
  • Victor Zsasz
  • Bane

My personal favorite is Scarecrow, who looks creepy as ever as he exposes Batman to his fear toxin. This toxin causes Batman to have hallucinations of some of the worst moments in his life.

Credit: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com. From Left to Right: Killer Croc, Joker, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, Poison Ivy and Bane in the back

Gameplay

The gameplay is fairly easy and the story is pretty cool with a lot of great interactions with the villains. Batman has access to several gadgets which he can use to explore or fight, including batarangs, sonic batarangs, and his batclaw. You can also use what is called “Detective vision,” which tints the screen blue and highlights interactive objects like destructible walls and removable grates, the number of enemies in an area and their status—such as their awareness of Batman’s presence—and shows civilians and corpses. There are over 240 collectible items such as Riddler trophies, Joker chattering teeth and interview tapes of some of Arkham’s inmates, so keep an eye out for those!

Credit: Crave Online. Batman using “Detective Vision”. Enemies with firearms are identified by red x-ray images.

Awards

The game received critical acclaim—particularly for its narrative—and won several awards, including Best Action Adventure game, Best Game, and Game of the Year from different media outlets. It held the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever”.


Quick Facts

Mode: Single-Player

Genre: Action-Adventure

Platforms: 

  • Xbox 360
  • Playstation 3
  • Microsoft Windows
  • OS X
  • Playstation 4
  • Xbox One

There are a range of options so whatever platform you prefer, you can play it!


What I love

This is my favorite game in the Arkham series that were released.

  • I Loved the story, who doesn’t love a good Batman saves the day story!? It was easy to follow, you always knew what was going on.
  • The boss battles were challenging, but they weren’t so hard that you needed multiple tries to ace them, though this does depend on the difficulty you choose.
  • Even though this game was released in 2009, I found the graphics to be really good. The landscapes were beautiful and there was so much detail to everything even the little things, so have a good look around it’s worth it!
  • The characters themselves have a lot of amazing detail from Batman’s bat suit to Poison Ivy’s beautiful leaf suit, they really are lovely to look at.
  • Every time Batman needs to break a wall he uses an explosive gel which he sprays on walls in a bat shape!
  • I love that you can drop down behind criminals without being noticed, and attack them
  • Leaping off buildings or just about anything and slowing yourself down with only your cape, not only looks cool but is also incredibly handy!

Overall, I highly recommend this game! I can’t find any faults from my side as I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have played this game, comment down below what you thought of it I’d love to read your feedback!

 

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About Jessica

26, New Zealand born, Marvel Fan, Lover of all things paranormal, Captain America and Winter Soldier obsessed, Game of thrones obsessed, madly in love with Jon Snow :)

4 comments on “Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Review

  1. Damn!!! This was a GREAT review! I had no idea Mark Hamill voiced the joker!! I also didn’t know it received awards! Great work!

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