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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Developer: Rocksteady Studios Publisher: Eidos Interactive
25 August 2009
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The Joker takes control over Arkham Asylum after being taken in by Batman, freeing the inmates and unleashing havoc upon the facility and its staff. Working alone, Batman must put a stop to the Joker's plans of creating superhuman henchmen.
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Pros:
- Graphics, models and sound design hold up
- The small open-world setting of Arkham is great
- Good atmosphere that makes for genuinely intense moments
- The equipment and skill progression system is simple, but works well
- Created good foundations for the Arkham series
- Combat feels heavy and brutal, and the animations are great
- Some collectibles provide nice pieces of lore
- The riddles are thoughtful, requiring some knowledge of Batman or perception of the surroundings to complete them

Cons:
- 'Bosses' almost never directly fight you - you fight mobs of increasingly difficult enemies until something happens
- The actual boss fights are still linear and require you to wait until something happens so you can attack (e.g. throwing a Batarang to disorientate the boss when they charge)
- The story isn't very interesting, and neither are the new characters
- There are few skills, most gadget and combat upgrades don't add anything special or new
- The Riddler trophies can be exhausting to collect, and ultimately aren't rewarding

Final Thoughts: Batman: Arkham Asylum is a good game, though it is flawed. Despite the generic plot and boring bosses, it does hold up as a good game years on, and paved the way for the acclaimed Arkham series to continue expanding. I'd recommend it,
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what are you really scared of? me, in a thong?
SCORE: 7- (good)

GAMPEPLAY: the gameplay of arkham asylum is pretty shallow. the environments are all very similar and repetitive, and the gameplay loop becomes stale quickly. the combat is pretty solid, though it can feel very button mash-y at times. its still fluid and punchy (ha) enough that i vastly prefer it to the stealth portions. those begin to feel more and more like a chore as the game progresses. exploring the small open world is relatively fun, but the collectibles are very boring and i had no desire to spend any time finding them. the boss fights are also abysmal. even the final boss is just another big guy you need to bait over and over again. the gameplay here really does not hold up, though it serves its purpose well enough as a vehicle between actually interesting ideas (like scarecrow and croc).

STORY: the story here is generic and uninteresting. just your classic joker doing something bad story, though it was interesting to delve deeper into the recordings and read the character descriptions (though thats just batman being having great villains, not this game having a great story). i wasnt offended by the story, but it definitely wasnt anything special.

VISUALS/ AUDIO: this is where the game shines. even in 2022, this game still looks and sounds amazing. the art direction perfectly matches the aesthetic of batman, and the levels are all beautiful to look at. the audio enhances each moment perfectly, contributing to the immersive feeling i get when playing. the music here is also incredible, maybe even the best part of the game. the visuals and audio definitely carry this game in many aspects as it ages.

DLC: N/A

OTHER: nostalgia is a hell of a drug, because even though i should probably give this game a lower score, the feelings i get when i see moments in this game that i remember from my childhood are irreplaceable

OVERALL:. a solid foundation for what is to come in the arkham series, asylum has some interesting ideas that are unfortunately muddled behind repetitive bosses, a generic story, and incredibly shallow stealth gameplay in similar environments. overall, asylum is still visually stunning and has some genuinely fantastic moments, draped behind a fun enough core gameplay loop and thick enough atmosphere to mask some of the more minor flaws. it is easy to see why this game warranted a follow up so soon afterwards.
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This was a fun game. The fluid fighting system and the sneaking parts were balanced really well and made a genuine Batman feeling all through the game. Story wasn´t really any good, but all in all this game left a positive vibe.
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Not a perfect game by a long-shot, but somehow one of the more memorable and enjoyable of the PS3/XBOX360 gen of console games. The plot is rather generic and the boss fights aren't impressive; so a lot of the appeal comes from sneaking around, finding riddles, and beating up nameless thugs. The combat system is famously fun and fluid and the game itself effectively set the standard for succeeding superhero games.
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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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They do a lot of things pretty good, but nothing great.

Repetitive boss fights, limited stealth ability and combat combinations, and un-exceptional writing are what's holding this game back from being great.
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jtpavlock 2019-05-12T20:31:31Z
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bocik55 Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-04T20:14:15Z
2022-12-04T20:14:15Z
2.5
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NevermindtheBlueDookie Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-02T21:41:52Z
2022-12-02T21:41:52Z
5.0
1
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karendrak Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-02T15:42:08Z
2022-12-02T15:42:08Z
3.5
1
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smolderingsteel Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-02T15:07:35Z
2022-12-02T15:07:35Z
4.0
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aki_f Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-02T07:46:10Z
2022-12-02T07:46:10Z
4.0
3
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Doubloon00 Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-12-01T22:39:01Z
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2022-12-01T22:39:01Z
1
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Aarseth Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-30T21:58:22Z
2022-11-30T21:58:22Z
4.5
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krangkabun Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-28T18:48:18Z
2022-11-28T18:48:18Z
3.5
1
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zobano Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-28T04:15:12Z
2022-11-28T04:15:12Z
3.0
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Capgras_Delusions Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-28T03:32:30Z
2022-11-28T03:32:30Z
4.5
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2009 metroidvania stealth
twogunmoomin Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-28T02:23:49Z
Windows • XNA
2022-11-28T02:23:49Z
3.5
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games beat 2022
LeviathanLegion Batman: Arkham Asylum 2022-11-27T19:11:04Z
2022-11-27T19:11:04Z
8.5
2
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  • lowplacelikehome 2021-07-13 15:36:45.457615+00
    Really does justice to the comic
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  • Spaghettilini 2021-07-20 04:55:13.273169+00
    How was any game in this series rated Teen
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  • CDotJDot 2021-07-24 21:15:39.819997+00
    replaying it the combat is so janky. almost impossible to keep a combo going.
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    • EyeSocketCrunch 2021-09-08 18:56:23.673595+00
      Playing all three of these in order, back to back, it is incredible how much the combat improves
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  • cringeybabey 2021-08-14 08:59:18.096382+00
    Is this game a cult classic?
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    • A_Latin_Guy 2021-09-11 21:00:43.633255+00
      It IS a classic but not a cult classic because it was a commercial success, everybody knows about it and it's pretty much universally acclaimed.
    • unj 2022-01-11 16:26:32.824732+00
      wayyyyy too over to be cult
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  • RawheatC 2022-02-16 18:48:27.40609+00
    I remember buying this and it had this Games for Windows Live DRM nonsense. Eventually ended up pirating it without regrets because that DRM nonsense is unacceptable, especially if you don't let me save the game if I'm not connected to the internet. Being a college kid in a third world country with poor internet connection, this was really annoying. Which is why I don't buy games with always-online DRMs. That alone killed my enjoyment of this game and I had already pirated the sequels, which are better.
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  • hexiluv 2022-04-25 20:49:42.944897+00
    loved this WAY more than i was expecting but who the fuck approved of that Poison Ivy fight
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  • Circuz 2022-04-29 00:57:52.849652+00
    Didn't like
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  • liamthemusicreviewer 2022-10-15 12:33:04.438607+00
    A remaster/remake that updates the combat would probably make this as good as I remember it being as a kid. Still good though!
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