The Batman franchise wouldn't be complete without a full complement
of video games to extend the audience's interest and entertainment.
The latest of these is called Batman: Arkham Asylum, a
fantasy action adventure that has critics and gamers alike raving,
and has even won a Guinness World Record for the 'most critically
acclaimed superhero game ever.' Even gamers who aren't fans of
Batman will be thoroughly entertained and totally addicted to this
third-person action game.
The game is set in Gotham's psychiatric hospital, Arkham Asylum,
which houses the worst villains that Batman has ever defeated. These
loony evil doers have taken over the asylum and have set a trap for
Batman, who has captured the Joker and is delivering him to the
nuthouse. The Joker's plan is to take over Arkham and rid himself of
the only man who can stop him and his henchmen—Batman.
As the great superhero, players get to enjoy knock-down fights,
stealthy maneuvers, the usual fantastic gadgets, and detective and
riddling work. With the exception of driving the batmobile and
Batman's other awesome vehicles, gamers will be able to do every
cool thing Batman has ever done, without even donning a costume.
Using very simple control sequences with just two buttons, the
action unfolds in satisfying combinations of fight moves which are
visually superb. Boss battles are one of the heated highlights of
the game, though they are minimal.
As players go through the Story mode, their number of moves and
attacks increases, earning them points with which they can acquire
new moves and gadgets. The game allows Batman a fantastic amount of
freedom with the environment, which can be used to great advantage
when sneaking up on enemies, exploding walls or other elements,
hiding in grates, smashing through windows, etc.
The visual and audio presentation is outstanding, giving gamers a
truly immersive experience. With a huge amount of unlockables, over
200 riddles, and the Challenge modes, this game has an enormous
amount of replay value.
Rated T for teen due to blood, mild language, suggestive themes, and
violence, Batman: Arkham Asylum has enough addictive action
to keep even the most jaded gamers glued to their controllers.
For fans of the Batman franchise, there is plenty of attention to
story and character, though those unfamiliar with Batman will be
equally entertained. With such fast-paced stealth play and
action-packed adventure, Batman: Arkham Asylum is sure to
become your favorite addiction.
- Immersive, visually stunning, outstanding audio
- Replay value is sky high.
- Violence and suggestive themes make it unsuitable for
For more information, user reviews, or to buy:
Batman: Arkham Asylum
for the XBox 360.
Reviewed: September 2009