Batman: Arkham Asylum Xbox 360 User Review
Super Gamer Dude
Batman Arkham Asylum sees the return of Batman and this time the caped crusader has captured the Joker but, unfortunately, he has allowed him to escape. The Joker later makes his way to Arkham Asylum where he decides to come up with a concoction that allows him to make everyday baddies into super soldiers.
The game combat style is similar to other titles like Assassin Creed where you can carry out a series of moves and these moves are elevated if the right combinations of buttons are pressed at the right time. By doing this you are given the opportunity to be able to create long combo streaks and counter moves, and when very long combat punches and kicks are done in succession, super combat moves will come into play.
You also have the option during certain levels to be able to swoop down from high locations to swoop down on your enemy, and perform stealth attacks and kicking motions for closer combat. As you progress through the levels other in game gizmos become available to you, these include a Batman belt, which enables the caped crusader to be able to use grappling hooks to climb, remote sensor batarangs which can be guided for stealth killing, gels which enable Batman to move through certain walls during gameplay and many other tools are put at your disposal.
Batman Arkham Asylum also has the element of the Gothic about it which relates very much to the Batman Franchise films, books, and comics, so they have kept it in line with the overall style which is generally associated with the super hero. The characters often make an appearance more than once and as expected all the favorites are included, such as Scarecrow, Mr Freeze, the Riddler and more than 20 other characters which you will have the opportunity to meet during the game.
You also have other modes during gameplay which enable Batman to complete a series of riddles which run through the game, and you also have the option to dismiss these riddles, but may decide to revisit the game once completed, and decide to complete that series of riddles later, for extra gameplay.
The graphics within the game and the sound quality is very well presented which adds to the overall experience of the game, as far as Batman games go this is by far one of the favorites. The only downside to Batman Arkham Asylum is that the game is relatively short. The completion without doing the riddles is around ten hours and compared to other games this is a little on the short side. However, this is a very good combat action game which any Batman addict would love to own. Overall I would give this game 9 out of 10 for overall gameplay experience.
Batman fanatics have a new a game to dwell on, which catches your breath once you start playing the game. For some DC comic fans, it is a great twist in your gaming experience. You can see the different side of the story and enjoy the great cinematography and its effects. If you enjoyed playing the Batman GOTY with its better effects in 3D animation and some parts of the game which you enjoyed a lot, you should grab a copy of the latest DC comic game, Batman Arkham Asylum, and enjoy the fist-fighting and confusing challenge of the maps that deal a lot with Joker’s minions. This new version of Batman is much more interesting compared to the former, with its cool effects that heighten the intensity of the game.
As usual, this is a battle game between the Dark Knight of Gotham City and the Clown Prince of Crime. But take note, this is not just a mere battle between the two. Dark Knight will deal a lot with Joker’s minion and encounter famous villains in the real story of Batman. In this game, you play the Dark Knight who protects Arkham, where insane criminals, including the outrageous, unlawful and bloody Joker and his minions dwell.
This game is not as wholesome compared to other Batman comic games. You will notice the return of some undesirable characters in the animated series. Not only that; this game also exploits your imagination while playing your favorite Batman game. This isn’t just your typical cartoon Batman video game, as you can visualize erotic and mind boggling sexy outfits and some body parts exposure. The language is also sprinkled with inappropriate (some may think) languages such as “bitch” and “ass” among other terms. Also, this game displays a lot of bloody scenes, with dead bodies scattered all over the place, which could be very interesting for some.
In this gameplay, it’s not just defending the world against villains; before you reach that goal you have first to sink in yourself in dark, creepy world. You have this three main portion of the game – fist fighting, which Batman is good at; a battle in the shadows; and exploration. As you’re in a middle of quest, a lot of tough guys obstruct your way, hungry to beat the man of hour.
Fist fighting in Arkham Asylum is pretty much the definition of a breath taking art of defense/offense. The game allows Batman to move faster than his enemies and engage them in 360 degrees. You just guide your left stick towards which enemy you want to knock down and Batman follows suit. Through four available buttons -- strike, jump, stun and reverse – you can unleash Batman’s wrath on the hoodlums of the Earth. You can smash the strike button and beat the living hell out of the bad guys with a healthy set of animations; and you can easily turn around when you see the spider-sense icon pop-up above a bad guy's head.
This game gives a sense of great accomplishment when you beat down these hungry little bastards, by smashing some bats at them or beat them to the ground. A meter tally shows how good your combo is. As long you’re in the momentum of your attack and there’s consistency, your combo tally meter will keep on increasing until it reaches its maximum massive combo of eight. There are also breathtaking special moves that make the game so gripping once you’ve unlocked the secret attack moves. You may also utilize the items which Batman puts in his famous golden yellow belt to beat down those crazy little bastards.
Riddler can drag you to his 240 mind twisting riddles. Every time Batman is in the room, Riddler shakes the Dark Knight’s mind and it’s up to you to solve the riddles. Every crazy riddle you solve corresponds to a trophy. As you go along through the battles you grab mini-stories of each main villain. These mini-stories and audio blogs can help you discover why these villains became what they are. You have 42 bios to unlock.
The audio of the game works great. You can just sit and listen to the fascinating voice acting and sound. The sound and audio quality are so great especially in a Dolby surround type system. Likewise, graphics is superb and even sharper on Xbox 360.
There are some flaws to this game, however. To name a few: some cut-scenes in the opening cinematic don’t come out as good as one expects – some characters have bug-eyes and there’s a lot of shoddy lip-synching. This is probably due to the pixilated movie clips. But as a whole, this game is great. You’ll enjoy the fabulous cinematic and visual effects this game has to offer.
Batman Arkham Asylum is one the greatest comic game ever. This is not just one of your wholesome, typical Batman story. It is so much more than a full fun gameplay elements and well-told story. It gives you the total feel of being in the midst of the story. Those petty flaws in the story are negligible in comparison to the great extravagance of its wonderful features; it’s a game that everyone should play and enjoy.