batman-arkham-asylum
Metacritic (PC): 91/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 92/100
Metacritic (PS): 91/100
Release: Aug 2009
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Site Score
8.5
Good: Mood and tension – Batman feel – Open world – Fluent gameplay
Bad: Odd glitches – Some poor level design
User Score
8.3
(16 votes)
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Arkham Asylum is the first game release in the Batman: Arkham Asylum story and was released in 2009. The games action adventure story is heavily focused on the battle between Batman and his long time enemy. the Joker.

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The plot follows the Joker’s attempt to seize control of Arkham Asylum while entrapping Batman inside with his endless enemies. At the same time the Joker creates several bomb threats around Gotham City leaving Batman no choice but to enter the Asylum (a facility off the coast for the criminally insane) and deal with the Joker once and at all.

In Batman: Arkham Asylum players will have to use Batman’s abilities in stealth, combat, detective reasoning and his available gadgets to complete their mission.

Gameplay in Batman: Arkham Asylum is played through a third person perspective and has players exploring Arkham Asylum in open world style (the early parts of the game are fairly linear though). Batman has plenty of gadgets at his disposal which makes freely exploring the game world easy, fast and fluent. Players can run, climb and even glide around which gives you an amazing experience and definitely captures the Batman feel. Gadgets aren’t limited to enhancing your movement though with plenty of combat gadgets that allow you to stun and dispatch enemies in creative ways.

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Just like the exploration elements of the game combat is designed on a similar free flow philosophy with players having three main options during melee engagements (stun, counter and attack). This allows players to create attack combos and quickly chain attacks between different enemies.

Another core part of the gameplay is your detective vision which helps to highlight important information and objects that can be interacted with.

Summary:

  • The start of the Arkham Asylum story arc.
  • Battle against the Joker and stop his plans for destruction.
  • Impressive open world environments with fluent movement.
  • Very Batman feel with gadgets and detective vision.
  • Available on all major platforms.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum, 8.3 out of 10 based on 16 ratings

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