Game-A-Week: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Title: Batman: Arkham Asylum

The Gist: Batman delivers The Joker into Arkham Asylum and decides to escort him personally, even without a spider sense…yes that’s Marvel I didn’t know a DC equivilent…he knows something’s about to go wrong. Sure enough The Joker escapes into the bowels of the Asylum, taunting Batman periodically through radio, Twitter and TV transmissions. Obviously Batman’s job here is to find The Joker, his accompanies and put them all behind bars again.

Pros: This isn’t a Batman game based on the new Batman films rushed through production to meet a deadline, it’s a self-contained story written specifically for the game based on the comic book franchise, in other words “W00t”. The fighting mechanics for the game are beautiful, fluid and engaging and difficult enough to provide a challenge now and again. The voice overs for the game are none other than Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker) and Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn) providing the game with an authentic feel for any fans of the DC Batman animations. Batman has access to a wide range of technology enabling Detective Mode that literally transcends his vision to a new plane, this allows the player to analyse the world around them, finding clues in order to solve puzzles. Speaking of puzzles, The Riddler’s left Batman presents all over the game, letting the player take slight breaks from gameplay to put their brains to the test.

Cons: I don’t really find any cons for the game as of yet, my only gripe is that I can’t pick up a gun and just shoot the guards…guess that isn’t very Batman though.

Musical Note: I didn’t notice the music too much but anything within the game pretty much matches the quality of a Batman animations and makes it feel like an authentic component to the DC franchise.

Hunger Level: So need to play through this, I was shocked to find after an hour or so of playing (alright it was more like 2, I was having fun), that I’d only completed 4% of the story mode. I’ll need to finish this sometime soon as the Story is quite engaging, kinda wanting to know what the Joker’s plans are (aside from taunting Batman cos that’s a given).

Conclusion: Really good game, great visuals that add realism to an environment. The Asylum itself during the first main area of the game feels very life-like as you traverse it in the intro in a way that sort of reminds me of Black Mesa in the Half-Life games. Fighting felt really good during the game unlike a lot of games that use a combo fighting style, just reviewed Watchmen: The End is Nigh and bleh at their fighting mechanics basically, Arkham Asylum got it right. The dialogue is one of the best bits of the game for me, I just love hearing The Joker rant at Batman, tell jokes about him being one of the convicts who dress as a bat and that sort of thing. Almost always on offer these days somewhere so not much an excuse not to pick this up and give it a go, still visually stunning, has a good story and really great gameplay.

Update: Ended up finishing off the game ^.^

“One Hour, One Review, One ‘Game-A-Week’ @ Black Vinculum”

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