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  1. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    "Batman: Arkham Asylum" is an excellent start for the series Arkham. The voices, the combat system, the graphics, the story are amazingly well done. One of the best games of year 2009.
  2. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    9.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 10).

    Batman has never had a great videogame career. His original adventures weren't too bad, but they have slowly decreased in quality, descending to almost Superman 64 levels of badness. That all changes with Asylum. From the gripping story, to the extremely Batman-like gameplay, to the various Easter Eggs and references, this screams fan service and good
    9.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 10).

    Batman has never had a great videogame career. His original adventures weren't too bad, but they have slowly decreased in quality, descending to almost Superman 64 levels of badness. That all changes with Asylum. From the gripping story, to the extremely Batman-like gameplay, to the various Easter Eggs and references, this screams fan service and good gaming- a rare occurrence.

    The plot is set along its own line of continuity, but it feels like a rich part of Batman history that didn't make it into the comics. Yes, Joker is the main villain. Yes, Harley Quinn is helping him out. Yes, he has assembled an army of famous foes to wreak havoc on Gotham. But here's the catch- Batman is on an island away from Gotham and he never gets off of it. Rarely do we get to explore Arkham Asylum in the comics, but that is the main destination of this adventure. Joker also has a brand new plan that constantly gets crazier and crazier across the course of the night. It starts off with Batman taking his foe back to madhouse after a failed attack on the mayor. Sensing that things have been too easy, the Bat takes Joker into the institution personally. Soon, the crazed clown escapes and begins to tear his way across the island. With the help of his girlfriend in crime, he sets free the inmates and begins his plan of evil domination. The twists are unexpected, the villain reveals are perfect and the environment is so perfectly realised that you just want to see every inch of it.

    The asylum is beautiful and deadly at the same time. Every room has a story, with blood stains on walls, paperwork laying across the ground and artifacts from Batman lore often on display. The place isn't huge and it really isn't open world- it's more of open linearity. You can explore the place as much as you want at your own leisure, but he buildings aren't large and you can rarely reach the high areas. There are loading times when you enter the structures and the maps are split up. However, the detail more than makes up for the lack of a large open Gotham and I still enjoyed running around the island and taking out foes.

    The riddles persuade you to do this. There are 200 or so given out by Edward Nigma and they take the role of end game content. They range from environmental puzzles to collectibles and each one adds a layer to the game. They can be easy to find at first, but without a map you'll often be scratching your noggin. They provide challenge and love for the source material and they also give you bonuses, such as bios, character models and challenges.

    The gameplay is just as strong as the rest of the game and makes you feel like the Batman- this may sound stupid, but you never actually feel like the hero in most comic book games. The movement is perfect. Batman strides and runs like the badass he is and the gliding is easy and fluid. The grapnel gun is one of the greatest parts of the system, as it can lead to your disappearance in stealth gameplay or be used to pull down objects and walls. The combat is awesome, with the Freeflow mechanics easy to use. The attacking, stunning and countering is great and the upgrades can lead to new moves and more health. The takedowns are brutal and the animation work is fantastic. Stealth is one of the best parts, as you truly feel awesome stalking bad guys and knocking them out. The gadgets are key to the success of these components. Each one has a perfect use, from setting up takedowns with the explosive gel to knocking down enemies with the batarangs. There's a progressive system of unlocks and the earning of XP is well managed. The upgrades are essential and well thought out.

    The game doesn't have multiplayer, but you can compare scores on the challenge mode. There are a fair amount of them and they can be either combat or Predator, with normal and extreme classifications. They are addictive and contribute to your mastery over the mechanics. The lack of multiplayer is a good design decision, as Batman should fly solo on this journey.

    As is expected, the sound design is brilliant. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill deliver rousing performances and the score is exhilarating. The visuals are beautiful, with highly detailed character models and environments. One thing not well designed are the boss battles. The Scarecrow fights are good, but the final Joker one is a severe letdown.

    Arkham Asylum isn't perfect, but it is still an amazing game and one of the best superhero experiences out there. Even if you aren't a fan of the Batman, you'll still enjoy this for hours upon hours!
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  3. Jul 3, 2014
    9
    This is a great game. From the voice work to the attention to detail, to the gameplay and story, Arkham Asylum feels as if you are Batman dealing with the Joker. A standout in particular is the scene where you first meet the Scarecrow, which manages to be both exciting and chilling. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to any gamer.
  4. Aug 14, 2014
    9
    Batman:Arkham Asylum
    Game-play:The game play is very good you can use lot of batman gadgets that makes you feel like you are the dark knight and the small open world is well made and nice to explore.
    Story:The story is very good i I really enjoy it , and it have a lot of enemies that we love from batman comics. Graphics:Impressive graphics that really suits batman. Notes:This game is
    Batman:Arkham Asylum
    Game-play:The game play is very good you can use lot of batman gadgets that makes you feel like you are the dark knight and the small open world is well made and nice to explore.
    Story:The story is very good i I really enjoy it , and it have a lot of enemies that we love from batman comics.
    Graphics:Impressive graphics that really suits batman.
    Notes:This game is very easy and i would like more gadgets but is a solid experience and every gamer should try it.
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  5. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is, to its strength, not an origin story, but it embraces all players regardless of their knowledge of Batman's long history; developer Rocksteady have crafted their own story and everyone is welcome. Respectful of its source material, Batman's adventure is a complete joy to experience. Players will explore every inch of Arkham Asylum if they're interested inBatman: Arkham Asylum is, to its strength, not an origin story, but it embraces all players regardless of their knowledge of Batman's long history; developer Rocksteady have crafted their own story and everyone is welcome. Respectful of its source material, Batman's adventure is a complete joy to experience. Players will explore every inch of Arkham Asylum if they're interested in completing the game fully, meeting a handful of colourful (and well-voiced) characters along the way as you attempt to stop the Joker and the rest of the inmates from taking over the asylum. Thankfully, due to unlockable bios and interview tapes, you'll never be wondering over the importance or backstory of each character.

    The gameplay has a "Metroidvania" feel to it, in that as you progress through the story you'll unlock gadgets that will allow you to return and advance through previously inaccessible areas. Exploring the island comprises the bulk of the game, and when you're not investigating the asylum, you'll be engrossed in the game's combat or stealth.

    Fighting relies on knowing how to deal with each type of enemy using the face buttons. Once you understand the rhythmic-based combat, you'll be building up whopping combos to take down your enemies (if you're any good), and it's oh-so-satisfying. At times, the camera can work against you when fighting in enclosed spaces, and the bosses are repetitive (but there aren't many), but the combat in this game is spectacular once you get into it. Moreover, playing on Hard difficulty removes the counter prompts above enemies' heads, which has a much larger effect on the game than you'd think. Stealth is what you'll often resort to in select rooms - usually when the enemy are carrying firearms. It's a little slow-paced if you're not familiar with the way the AI works, the room layouts, and/or the gadgets, but the change in pace is appreciated and provides a different way to play the game (sneaking around as Batman is always fun). Due to its superb pacing, it's important to note that the game never overwhelms you with all it has to offer, and be sure that the game does have a lot to offer during the campaign.

    Unfortunately, while you can continue to explore the asylum after completing the game, challenge maps are the only extras the game has to offer outside of the campaign. They're fine to play through once, but you'll tire of the Joker's constant taunts and you'll likely need to look at YouTube or a walkthrough for some of the more trickier challenges. Outside of online leaderboards and trophies, there's little point to them. Combined with the fact that the game's campaign is very short, you might be left wishing for more even after 100%ing the game.

    Ultimately, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a genuinely incredible game which I probably haven't done justice to in this quick little review. Aside from its comic book origins, its sharp writing and game design, its high-quality voice acting, its memorable set pieces like the three Scarecrow encounters, and more all make for a fantastic game in its own right - and the fact that it already includes a pre-established figure like Batman makes it easier to get into (again, even if you are generally unfamiliar with the character). Simply put, overcoming the Joker and the other dangerous inhabitants of Arkham Asylum is an adventure you should definitely consider experiencing.
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  6. Dec 30, 2014
    9
    Batman Arkham Asylum is a fantastic game where you actually feel like you're controlling the Dark Knight himself. Combat is satisfying and the setting is very dark, which suits the game well. Its only flaw is the poorly designed fight against Joker. That is the only problem with an otherwise flawless game.
  7. Dec 30, 2014
    9
    This game is not as good as the sequel but better then origins the game is very nostalgic and it is almost up there with the animated series plus the voice acting of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill is simply classic!
  8. May 21, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it................................. Expand
  9. Mar 22, 2015
    9
    After just coming from Arkham Asylum's successor Arkham Origins, I suspected it to be a bit of a step back for the series. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The Arkham series continues strongly and it has now become one of my favorite game series of all time! The style of the game definitely reminded me of The Legend of Zelda (which is a good thing). The characters, stealth, and combat areAfter just coming from Arkham Asylum's successor Arkham Origins, I suspected it to be a bit of a step back for the series. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. The Arkham series continues strongly and it has now become one of my favorite game series of all time! The style of the game definitely reminded me of The Legend of Zelda (which is a good thing). The characters, stealth, and combat are all excellent just like they were in Origins. It's another excellent title. Expand
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 70
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 70
  3. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. The whole game is a class act. The fighting is sophisticated but arcade-addictive, the visuals are stylish, and the Lara-like exploration is smartly done. Plus the DC heritage feels all-encompassing like a big blanket. Arkham Asylum is comfortably the best comic book game that PlayStation's ever had, and is up there with the system's best actioners, full stop. [Sept 2009, p.95]
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year's "BioShock," not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other. [Sept 2009, p.82]
  3. Yes, this is the Batman you've been waiting for...It's a wonderful experience, beginning to end, never taking the easy or familiar route, and infusing each shift of the story with original ideas that cut no corners. [Oct 2009, p.70]