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Generally favorable reviews- based on 1624 Ratings

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  • Summary: In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, theIn Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics' detective to life with stunning graphics. Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham's worst villains with Batman's physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 70
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 70
  3. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    100
    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]
  2. I can’t recommend Arkam Asylum enough.
  3. Don’t waste another second hanging on the fence about it. Buy this game.
  4. In my opinion Batman: Arkham Asylum is a landmark game based on a comic book superhero and is equivalent to what the The Dark Knight did for comic book films.
  5. Regardless of whether you're getting sucked into the Story mode or competing for high scores in the Challenge mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum does an outstanding job of letting you be Batman. Everything about this game--the impressive visuals, stirring soundtrack, superb voice acting, fiendish puzzles, hard-hitting combat--feels like it has been lovingly crafted by a development team that's both knowledgeable and passionate about the source material.
  6. The pessimist in me never thought that it was possible to make a really good game from a popular license, but Rocksteady have managed to do just that with Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game is second to none in the genre, and beats all contenders with a mighy bat-punch!
  7. games(TM)
    80
    Rocksteady Studios has produced a game as ravishing as Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and as compelling as Dead Space, one that very nearly lives up to its own hype. [Oct 2009, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 279
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    10
    i absolutly love this game i never liked Batman or red or played any of the batman merchandise out there until i was recomended and reasuredi absolutly love this game i never liked Batman or red or played any of the batman merchandise out there until i was recomended and reasured that it was a good game (also it was the deal of the day at EB games) and i am so glad that i bought it. i play this game religously now that i have sunk my teeth into this decedant piece of Batman merchandise and it has actually gotten me interested in Batman and i want to learn and look more into Batman. i have not compleated the story yet but i have played a couple of hours and usually i have beeten the games by this point so i think it is safe to assume that this is a long story line. the graphics in this game are also amazing it is just like watching a movie and i dont mind the camera view because it changes when you fight and when you run so i basicly am never looking over the shoulder. there is also a very deep plot involved with the story to and is layered with lots of detail and is very interesting. i especially love the amount of villains in this game and the voice acting of every character is superb. this gmae has turned me onto the entire batman name and is defenatly in my top 10 favorite games if not my favorite and im glad i finally gave in and bought this game Expand
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    Nov 17, 2009
    10
    This is the action game that I have been waiting for! Got this when it first came out. Its dark and twisted and so much fun! I was amazed how This is the action game that I have been waiting for! Got this when it first came out. Its dark and twisted and so much fun! I was amazed how good it was! I thought it would be an ok game but man was I wrong! A must get for the PS3 if you own one! Expand
  3. Jun 28, 2013
    10
    One of the best and intense video game experiences I have ever made. It brought back exitement in gaming to me and had very unique momentsOne of the best and intense video game experiences I have ever made. It brought back exitement in gaming to me and had very unique moments (the first time with scarecrow as example). I didn't expect anything when I bought this, but it made me a huge fan of the dark knight Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2012
    9
    Batman Arkham asylum is an amazing game that will entertain anyone with a variety of unique scenarios and gameplay. The controls are excellentBatman Arkham asylum is an amazing game that will entertain anyone with a variety of unique scenarios and gameplay. The controls are excellent and fluent; the difficulty is perfect; the combat is satisfyingly violent amd the stealth is intense and exciting. The only flaw that I can find in this game is the replay value: the only thing you can do once you have completed the story is go on either beat 'em ups against rounds of thugs or stealth missions eliminating the guards of the asylum with batman or joker. Overall the game is a must have for anyone with a console not just batman fans! Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2015
    9
    SCORE: 8.7/10

    I can see why it's "overwhelmingly positive" as its just a fun game. It shows its age a bit and has some annoying parts like
    SCORE: 8.7/10

    I can see why it's "overwhelmingly positive" as its just a fun game. It shows its age a bit and has some annoying parts like the lack of a manual save and auto saves that are just too far apart. I think that all games should have a manual save except for in combat and except for the highest difficulty levels.

    A lot of what went into this games exceptionally high review scores had to be fun, originality, and excellent work with an existing comic IP. It used to be that games based on comics and movies were generally not good, but the tides have turned and now they are mostly good or far better. See: Batman, Shadow of Mordor, all the Lego games, Telltale games, and more.

    For five bucks, it's a must buy!
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  6. Nov 20, 2021
    8
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  7. Aug 3, 2021
    0
    A Masterpiece & the best Game in the Series

    This game is an amazing lesson in atmospherical density and level design, both things in which
    A Masterpiece & the best Game in the Series

    This game is an amazing lesson in atmospherical density and level design, both things in which the prequels while improving on the gameplay, disappointed. It was also the first game ever that really made me feel like a superhero...
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