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Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Once again, Batman has captured and returned the Joker to Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, the inmates have taken over and the Joker is now running the show. Play as the Caped Crusader, navigating in a 3rd person style through the grounds and collective wings of Arkham Asylum; super prison and rehabilitation center for Gotham's most hardened criminals.

Using a combination of stealth, detective work, and exciting combat elements, proceed toward your ultimate goal of apprehending the maniacal Joker. On the way, you'll encounter some of Batman's deadliest foes. Fortunately, you're not entirely alone, as Batman will receive assistance from the surviving guards, and information from the computer genius Oracle.

Make use of the grappling hook, Batarangs, explosive gel, zipline, electronically-assisted vision, and more. During your search, you will gain experience points from defeating opponents, finding hidden items, or accomplishing special tasks. Once you "level up" you are able to purchase/upgrade an ability or feature of Batman's arsenal. The game features a controllable camera viewpoint, and optional first person view for viewing things up close.

Strewn about the grounds of the Asylum are 240 "riddles" for you to solve, courtesy of the Riddler, and a variety of achievements/trophies to unlock, depending on your gaming platform.


Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows Talking corpse
Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows Batman attacks silently
Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows During the course of the game the player unlocks character bios from almost anyone he meets.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Windows Present for batman

Alternate Titles

  • "蝙蝠俠:小丑大逃亡" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)

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User Reviews

You're Batman! PlayStation 3 Stijn Daneels (85)
Unique in many ways Windows Pixelspeech (955)
Fear the dark knight Windows NeoJ (428)
The Dark Knight at his very best. Windows Joakim Kihlman (269)
Atmospheric and Innovative Stealth-Action Windows GeoffPS (108)
Building A Better Batman Game Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)
I'm Batman Windows Valroman Francisco (40)

Critic Reviews

Impulse Gamer Windows Aug, 2009 10 out of 10 100
GameFocus PlayStation 3 Sep 08, 2009 9.8 out of 10 98
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Watcher Windows 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Lens of Truth PlayStation 3 Aug 31, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
XboxAchievements Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2009 93 out of 100 93
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Nov 06, 2011 9.25 out of 10 92
CPU Gamer Windows Sep 27, 2009 9.2 out of 10 92
Macworld Macintosh Jul 22, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Total PC Gaming Windows Mar 09, 2009 8.4 out of 10 84


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1001 Video Games

Batman: Arkham Asylum appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The idea of a secondary Batcave in Arkham Asylum first appeared during the No Man's Land saga.

Batman: The Animated Series

Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn are voiced by Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill and Arline Sorkin respectively, who reprise their roles from the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series.

The story is written by Paul Dini who, as well as having contributed to the comics, was a writer on the series.

PlayStation Home

Inserting the game into your PlayStation 3 console will unlock a PlayStation Home exclusive personal space called the Batcave Outpost Apartment. The space includes a replica of Bruce Wayne's underground lair, including famous items such as the Batsuit, Batmobile, and Batwing.


If Batman is killed by Bane, one of the death cut scenes shows Bane breaking his back. He also taunts Batman during battle, yelling "I will break you" and making a kneeing motion. This is a reference to the Knightfall storyline, where Bane actually broke Batman's spine.

References to Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

The game references Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth several times:
  • Amadeus Arkham, the asylum's founder, is mentioned and has a bio.
  • The insect motif that appears on the "Spirit of Arkham" artifacts is inspired by the book.
  • In the garden, there is the statue of Saint Michell (an angel with a spear).
  • There is also a reference to the gory demise of Amadeus' wife and child.
  • And finally, the basic premise of the book is the same (the Joker takes over Arkham and its inmates, including several Bat-villains, run amok).


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #6 Best Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2009 – #3 Best Trailer Cut of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Best Music & Sound
    • 2009 - Best Gameplay
  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Game
  • Game Developers Choice Awards
    • 2010 - Best Game Design
  • GamePro
    • 2009 - Best Licensed Game
  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2009 - Best Line
    • 2009 - Best Boss
    • 2009 - Worst Boss
  • Gamespot
    • 2009 - Best Atmosphere (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Atmosphere (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Use of a Creative License (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Use of a Creative License (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best Sound Design (Readers' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best UK-Developed Game (Readers' Choice)
  • GameSpy
    • 2009 - The Atmospheric Intensity Award
    • 2009 - The Bag of Tricks Award
    • 2011 – #1 Top Superhero PC Game (together with Batman: Arkham City)
  • GameTrailers
    • 2009 - Best Action/Adventure Game
    • 2009 - Biggest Surprise
  • IGN
    • Best PC Action Game (Editors' Choice)
    • Best PC Action Game (Readers' Choice)
    • Best Xbox 360 Story (Editors' Choice)
    • PC Award for Excellence in Sound (Readers' Choice)
  • Machinima
    • 2009 - Best Animation
    • 2009 - Best Art Direction
    • 2009 - Most Compelling Character (for the main antagonist The Joker)
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