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Batman: Arkham Asylum

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AceGamez (10 out of 10)

With a campaign lasting around fifteen hours (longer if you really enjoy exploring), Batman: Arkham Asylum certainly doesn't disappoint in terms of longevity. This is further enhanced by the many combat and stealth challenges that can be unlocked to hone your skills. With the possibility of new maps being released as DLC in the future and the 240 mysteries hidden by the Riddler in the story mode, there is plenty to do and see and you'll be thankful the experience lasts so long without becoming tired. Arkham Asylum has an irresistible pull and you'll find yourself a die hard Bat-fan after becoming immersed in this gripping world. Not only a success as a licenced game, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a modern classic and an essential purchase for anyone looking for a solid, enthralling adventure.

Aug 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Gaming since 198x (5 out of 5)

Magistral et addictif, ce sont les deux mots qui viennent Ă  l'esprit lors d'une partie de Batman: Arkham Asylum. Magistral parce qu'absolument tout, qu'il s'agisse de la rĂ©alisation Ă  l'Ă©criture en passant par la maniabilitĂ© a Ă©tĂ© fignolĂ© avec la prĂ©cision d'un horloger suisse. Addictif parce que mĂȘme aprĂšs l'avoir terminĂ©, on n'a qu'une seule envie: y retourner et mettre Ă  mal le mode DĂ©fi. Un hit incontournable et l'un des tous meilleurs jeux de l'annĂ©e.

Oct 6th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

DarkZero (10 out of 10)

Rocksteady have proven that they’re a company that really care. They actually ‘get’ Batman, they’ve looked at the character from every conceivable angle and strived to make this everything anybody could possibly want from a Batman game. It’s an adult presentation of an adult character, and not once does it fail to make the player feel anything other than the Dark Knight himself. At one point last year Ian Livingstone, head of Eidos, made the bold statement that Arkham Asylum was the closest thing to a perfect game they’ve ever made. After multiple play-throughs and constant replaying of challenge rooms (that encompass freeflow and silent predator challenges outside of the main game) I can honestly say that while it isn’t the perfect game, it’s the closest you’ll ever get to being Batman.

Sep 13th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Armchair Empire, The (10 out of 10)

Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker are just about as good as you can get. Not to gush too much, but they’re both awesome. The fact the rest of production values and excellent story pad out the performances means you’re getting a re-skinned but never before released episode of Batman: The Animated Series. I can’t recommend Arkham Asylum enough.

Sep 17th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Gaming Age (A)

If you've been on the fence about this one, I highly suggest you pick it up, there's nothing here that'll disappoint, and like I mentioned, the gameplay is so great that you don't need to be a Batman fan to appreciate how great the gameplay is. Absolutely worth buying, and worth keeping for that matter, as it has a fair amount of replay value packed in. Batman: Arkham Asylum is easily in my top three or so for the year, and a serious contender for Game of the Year.

Aug 28th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GamingEvolution (10 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is of a rare breed that surfaces every few years. While you don't expect too much from the game, you come to find that it's far beyond anything you could have imagined. Rocksteady Studios should pat themselves on their backs a for a job well done. If we could get the same level of creativity out of other developers and Rocksteady, we certainly wouldn't be disappointed with anything we play.

Sep 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GameSpy ( )

If you're a Batman fan, this is the best treatment the World's Greatest Detective has ever received in videogame form -- and if you're not a Batman fan, Arkham Asylum will change that. This is how to make a licensed game.

Aug 24th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GameFocus (9.8 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum can be easily compared to classic games like Eternal Darkness and Bioshock, a game that no one expected to be good and turned out to be one the most impressive, immersive and breathtaking games ever released. The grim set-up mixed an incredible voice-over work and great storytelling makes of Batman: Arkham Asylum, not only the best Batman game ever published but also the best comic-book/superhero videogame so far and a very serious “Game of the Year” contender.

Sep 8th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network (9.7 out of 10)

If you’re looking for a great licensed game with melees, stealth, intellectual puzzles and more, then Batman: Arkham Asylum is for you. The richness of the experience and depth of the game have a lot to offer just about anybody, fans of Batman or not. If you don’t already have this game and want to add a solid title to your collection, then you can’t go wrong with the Dark Knight’s latest game.

Nov 30th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Games Abyss (9.5 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of the best examples in recent memory (competing with the likes of Red Faction: Guerrilla and Fallout 3) I've seen of a smart, entertaining, well-made action game. It looks incredible and plays even better, giving players a real feel for what it's like to be Batman. Whether it's grappling up an elevator shaft, zip-lining across a chasm or taking out the Joker's annoying joke teeth with a lazy flick of the Batarang, there are so many things to love. Even if you've never dreamed of stepping into those famous blue tights, Arkham Asylum is one of those games you just shouldn't miss out on.

Sep 10th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Extreme Gamer (9.5 out of 10)

With the beauty of this game, the amazing sound, script and voice-acting, this is definitely one game you would be –ahem- batty to not buy. This game is light-years ahead of any of its predecessors and breathes life and hope back into the franchise. This is the way Batman should have always been in games, and other game companies will be hard pressed to make the level of success of this game for future comic-to game releases. In my humble opinion this should be game of the year!

Sep 2nd, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Wonderwallweb.com (9.5 out of 10)

Arkham Asylum is not only the best superhero game you will ever play but in my opinion it is also a huge contender for game of the year. The story will pull you in and the mixture of stealth, combat and intrigue will keep you there. What more can I say to sell this game to you? Buy it now because you will not regret it.

Aug 23rd, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Lens of Truth (9.5 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the pinnacle of the genre, having everything in place fans have wanted from every other attempt at a super hero game. Starting with the voice actors from the animated series and even hiring one of Batman’s writers to pen the story, Eidos set the table for success. As one can expect the story hit on all cylinders and thankfully so did the rest of the game.

Aug 31st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Informer Magazine (9.5 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year’s BioShock, not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other.

Sep 27th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GBase - The Gamer's Base (9.5 out of 10)

Wow! Kein anderes Wort ĂŒberquert meine Lippen, als der Abspann ĂŒber den Fernseher flimmert und ich den Entwicklern den verdienten Respekt zolle. Rocksteady hat ein qualitativ hochwertiges Spiel geschaffen, dass in jede Zockersammlung gehört. Dazu muss man nicht unbedingt Batman-Fan sein, obwohl es das Lösen der motivierenden Riddler-RĂ€tsel deutlich vereinfacht. Batman: Arkham Asylum sieht nicht nur knackig gut aus, sondern kann ebenso durch Abwechslung im Gameplay sowie eine spannende, im Batman Universum glaubwĂŒrdig verankerte Geschichte gross auftrumpfen. Den Entwicklern ist eine geniale Mischung aus Schleichen und Gegner verkloppen gelungen, wobei Erstes meine persönliche Vorliebe ist. Nichts fĂŒhlt sich besser an, als mit Jokers Gaunern Katz und Maus zu spielen. Genial. Das fasst es wohl zusammen.

Sep 21st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Kombo.com (9.5 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is everything I've always wanted a Batman game to be. In a desert of terrible cash-in games based on big dumb summer movies, Arkham Asylum is a refreshing oasis.

Sep 9th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

411mania.com (9.4 out of 10)

When January rolls around and it is time to vote on the 411mania’s year end awards it is going to be very difficult for me not to vote for Batman: Arkham Asylum for Game of the Year. Yes, I know Uncharted 2 is around the corner and that it will be awesome, but Batman has all the tools to be the must have game of 2009. Everything clicks to make you FEEL like Batman and it delivers the new benchmark from which superhero games will be judged in the future.

Sep 26th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

IGN (9.3 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the greatest comic book videogame of all time. This is an adult Dark Knight story that is well-told, packs some truly fun gameplay elements, has topnotch voice talent, and feel like it's part of Batman canon. If I have to nitpick, I wish the cutscenes looked better as they can distract from the tale and that the AI was a bit more responsive, but those are tiny flaws that shouldn't distract from the big picture. Rocksteady nailed what Batman is supposed to feel like. Fans, rejoice.

Aug 21st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Worth Playing (9.3 out of 10)

There have been many different Batman games over the years, but none quite so polished as this one. Batman: Arkham Asylum combines the best elements of the classic Batman mythos with the modern-day interpretation of the hero. The end result is a game that outshines its flaws and is quite simply a blast to play.

Sep 5th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.6 out of 5)

I can say with confidence and cannot stress enough, Batman: Arkham Asylum is, without a doubt, the best Batman game ever created. It does more than give you the Batman game you want, it gives you a video game that you could play repeatedly, even if it didn't have the caped and cowled Dark Knight in it. With a massive world to search, an easy to adjust combat system, stealth action, audio logs to find, and challenges galore, Batman has finally come into his own in this medium. There are so many extra things and enjoyable moments in Arkham Asylum for fans and newcomers alike, you'll be glad you are a fan of Batman and video games.

2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Digital Chumps (9.2 out of 10)

The Caped Crusader is as popular today as ever, after decades of comics, TV shows, toys, movies, and video games. The Batman video games have been everything from terrible to good over the years, but Rocksteady Studios and Eidos Interactives' newest, Batman: Arkham Asylum, is by far the best. Not only is Arkham Asylum the best Batman game, it's an incredible game all around that you absolutely should not miss.

Aug 26th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Revolution (A-)

With fantastic voice acting, gorgeous graphics, and a well-written plot, what else could you want from a game? Great for hardcore Batmaniacs as well as gamers looking for a solid action/adventure game, I'm happy to declare Batman: Arkham Asylum as the best Batman game ever.

Aug 26th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Original Gamer (9.1 out of 10)

Although there's no online mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum has plenty of game for you. Story mode takes 8-10 hours, but achievements along with the collectible secrets can keep most people playing for a little longer. What it comes down to though is satisfaction. From beginning to end, there's a great sense of have a well-rounded experience. Granted, there are several aspects that can be improved upon yet the good absolutely outweighs the bad making a difficult task of nitpicking.

Aug 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

1UP (A-)

But you know what? Batman: Arkham Asylum is a Batman: The Animated Series movie where you yourself are in control of Batman and his sheer awesomeness, and that ultimately makes it the best Batman game to date.

Aug 21st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GameTrailers (9 out of 10)

Though it'll take you in the neighborhood of 12 hours to play through, Arkham Asylum feels like it's over in a heartbeat. This is a testament to its magnificent pacing, and the care that went into making every moment feel important. Regardless of whether you know or care what a Killer Croc is, know that this is a game worth playing.

Aug 21st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GameDaily (9 out of 10)

And play you should. Batman Arkham Asylum hits stores on Tuesday, August 25, if there's any Dark Knight game worth going bats over, this is it.

Aug 24th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Thunderbolt Games (9 out of 10)

In the end, Batman: Arkham Asylum is the best superhero game to date. It captures everything that makes Batman who he is with some fluent yet brutal combat and clever stealth action. The detective side of things leaves a lot to be desired with its basic follow tasks, but the rest of the elements come together to create a cohesive romp through the madhouse. Just when you think things are beginning to drain they’ll throw something new at you to shake things up, so you’re always on your heels and experiencing new changes to the gameplay. Whether you’re a Batman fan or not this is a game you surprisingly need to play.

Sep 5th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (90 out of 100)

En conclusión, Rocksteady Studios ha matado dos påjaros de un tiro con Batman: Arkham Asylum: ha negado la regla de que a partir de licencias sólo pueden salir juegos mediocres creando un título a la altura del gran personaje de cómics. Aunque su duración juega un poco en su contra, no se puede negar el trabajo y el empeño que se han puesto en desarrollar el juego definitivo del murciélago de Gotham. Los fans disfrutarån descubriendo las biografías de personajes y recordando cuando leían al Caballero Oscuro, pero también lo harån los que no lo conocían tanto con su increíble y profunda combinación de mecånicas. Incluso harå que muchos se interesen por el personaje de Bob Kane. Después de pasar una noche de ajusticiamiento con Batman, no nos cabe la menor duda de que estamos ante un candidato a los mejores juegos del año.

Sep 11th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

The Next Level (USA) ( )

In the end, Batman: Arkham Asylum is fantastic and a must have for franchise fans owning a PS3 or Xbox 360. It's dark and moody, exemplifying all the characteristics that makes the Batman franchise what it is, while still remaining a fun, thrilling thing to play. You'd be a fool to pass it up.

Sep 15th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)

VĂ©ritable hymne Ă  la gloire du Dark Knight, Batman Arkham Asylum manipule son hĂ©ros et le joueur par la mĂȘme occasion. Multipliant les moments de jouissance, offrant une jouabilitĂ© faite dans un moule de simplicitĂ©, le titre de Rocksteady transpire la passion pour un des plus grands hĂ©ros jamais crĂ©Ă©s. On pourra lui reprocher son terrain de jeu limitĂ©, des mĂ©canismes tournant vite en rond ou le fait d'ĂȘtre passĂ© complĂštement Ă  cĂŽtĂ© des combats de boss mais ces dĂ©fauts ne pĂšsent pas lourd face Ă  un monceau de qualitĂ©s. EsthĂ©tiquement superbe, gothique Ă  souhait, Batman AA procure un concentrĂ© de plaisir brut une fois la bat-manette en main. Oeuvre fragile et dĂ©finitive, le soft de Rocksteady ne peut nous faire espĂ©rer qu'une chose : une suite... Dans les bas-fonds de Gotham. Respect.

Aug 25th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Retrogaming History (9 out of 10)

Pubblicato in sordina, Batman Arkham Asylum si Ăš rivelato a sorpresa come uno dei tie-in piĂč riusciti di sempre. Se non fosse per il livello di difficoltĂ  o la generale linearitĂ , sarebbe a mani basse un capolavoro assoluto. I Rocksteady Studios tuttavia avranno sicuramente la possibilitĂ  di rifarsi visto che si Ăš sfruttata solo una piccola parte dello sterminato universo del cavaliere oscuro.

Oct 16th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Captain (90 out of 100)

Eieiei. Oder auch "uiuiuiui". Was auch immer, wie auch immer: Batman: Arkham Asylum macht Laune. Schlicht und ergreifend. Ob es nun die KĂ€mpfe sind, die Grafik oder die Akustik – ich fĂŒhlte und fĂŒhle mich bei diesem Titel einfach gut unterhalten, war ein Teil des Ganzen und das ist doch das, worauf es ankommt. Sicher, es gibt auch Schwachstellen wie die angesprochenen Clippingfehler oder hier und da eben auch mal auftretende logische SchwĂ€chen oder Planlosigkeit bei den Missionen. TrĂŒbt das den Gesamteindruck? Nein. Wer auf Superhelden steht, muss zugreifen, es gibt nichts anderes fĂŒr FledermĂ€use als dieses Spiel. Und wer ein gutes Spiel sucht, bei dem die AtmosphĂ€re stimmt, der ist hier ebenfalls gut aufgehoben.

Aug 31st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Lawrence (9 out of 10)

There are very few gripes to be had. Yes, the camera can be somewhat fidgety. And the boss fights, aside from the morbid meetings with the Scarecrow, are fairly basic. But neither of these minor quibbles are enough to scare anyone away from an overall excellent game.

Sep 4th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

videogamer.com (9 out of 10)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is everything you'd want from a Batman video game. It takes the licence and uses it in ways that make sense both for the character and for a game, giving players the chance to become one of the most popular super heroes of all time. There are a few niggling issues, but nothing that gets in the way of what is undoubtedly one of the best games of 2009. Whether you fancy skulking in the shadows, smashing slow motion fists in into a goon's skull, or simply using some cool gadgets, you can do no wrong with what is Eidos' best game in years.

Aug 27th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

PSX Extreme (9 out of 10)

If you can't tell by now, then let me make it painfully obvious: Batman: Arkham Asylum is the pinnacle of superhero games. It is without question the best superhero game ever made, and we can clearly see that the numerous delays the game saw have paid off extremely well. This is not just a polished game, but also a very well thought out title with a great story, fantastic visuals, superb gameplay, and voice acting that makes almost everything else out there pale in comparison.

Sep 2nd, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Positive ( )

The flaws in Batman: Arkham Asylum limit themselves to some repetition and a lack of multiplayer. Considering that the game is full of quality action and surrounded by a unique and interesting story, those missteps are easy to overlook. This atmospheric, action-packed romp through the nuthouse allows you to truly play like Batman. Very few video games provide that sense of immersion, so this one is definitely worth your time and money.

Sep 14th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10)

Regardless of whether you're getting sucked into the Story mode or competing for high scores in the Challenge mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum does an outstanding job of letting you be Batman. Everything about this game--the impressive visuals, stirring soundtrack, superb voice acting, fiendish puzzles, hard-hitting combat--feels like it has been lovingly crafted by a development team that's both knowledgeable and passionate about the source material. Miss out on this one and the joke's on you.

Aug 24th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Over Online (90 out of 100)

If you’ve been seeking a game that did justice to the character in nearly every way, this is the game for you. Even if you aren’t a fan of the character, this is still a really good third-person action/adventure in its own right, and even if you don’t get the little references thrown in, you’ll be able to recognize how good the core game is.

Sep 2nd, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Boomtown (9 out of 10)

With a dark and sombre atmosphere, multi-layered, fluid and ferocious combat and deeply engaging stealth, Batman: Arkham Asylum is the game Batman fans have been waiting for, and more. It's simply a fantastically told, superbly acted and brilliantly realised action adventure. It makes me wonder if Rocksteady realises the scope of what its achieved here.

Aug 28th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Gamernode (9 out of 10)

This game lets players know just what it is like to be Batman. No matter how much of the story mode or challenge missions you play, it will suck you in and keep you there. The game is an absolute love letter to the source material and has addictive combat, stealth, and puzzle solving to keep it entertaining and fun the whole way through. Combine that with top-notch voice acting, an amazing story, and plenty of tiny little nods to the Batman universe, and you have the Batman experience.

Aug 31st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

PlayFrance (9 out of 10)

Batman : Arkham Asylum est une réussite sur bien des points. Un scénario bien écrit, un univers attirant, un gameplay diversifié et surtout une réalisation technique bluffante, on en redemande forcément. Le jeu est fun à prendre en main et on prend plaisir à alterner entre action et infiltration. Malheureusement toute les bonnes choses ont une fin et on attend déjà la suite avec impatience.

Aug 26th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (89 out of 100)

En resumidas cuentas, Batman: Arkham Asylum ha conseguido cumplir en buena medida las expectativas que había puestas en él. No puede decirse que sea perfecto, ya que ciertos elementos repetitivos en su diseño jugable, sobre todo en lo que combates se refiere, le restan algunos puntos. Sin embargo, su perfecta ambientación, la buena e inmersiva narrativa y la genuina sensación de meternos en la piel del Caballero Oscuro hace que sea, no sólo un imprescindible para los seguidores del personaje, sino también una compra mås que recomendable para todo tipo de jugadores. Sin lugar a dudas, sin hubiera mås juegos basados en licencias como este título, otro gallo nos cantaría en este nuestro mundillo.

Sep 10th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Gameswelt (88 out of 100)

Batman rockt. Die Musik im Spiel hĂ€tte durchaus etwas epischer sein können. Auch hĂ€tte es nicht geschadet, wenn die normalen Gegner etwas abwechslungsreicher aussehen wĂŒrden und nicht wie aus der Retorte. Und wenn das Spiel schon ab 16 ist, warum sind dann nicht wenigstens auch ein paar Blutspritzer eingebaut? Die Action ist toll inszeniert, wirkt brachial und sieht einfach toll aus. Hinzu kommen noch die Schleichelemente, die sich nahtlos in das Spiel einfĂŒgen und eben nicht gezwungen wirken. Lobenswert ist auch, dass es so viel auf der Insel zu entdecken gibt. Und dann sind da ja noch etliche bekannte Gegenspieler, die man aus dem Batman-Universum kennt und liebt. Batman Arkham Asylum ist endlich mal ein Lizenzspiel, das zeigt, wie man seiner Lizenz gerecht werden sollte. Stealth und Action passen bei Batman wie die Faust aufs Auge.

Sep 1st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Krawall Gaming Network (86 out of 100)

Kein anderes Superhelden-Spiel konnte mich bisher so fesseln wie „Batman: Arkham Asylum“. Die Story zieht einen dank cineastischer Inszenierung sofort in ihren Bann und lĂ€sst einen aufgrund zahlreicher Plottwists nicht mehr so schnell los. Der Gameplay-Mix aus Brawler und Stealth-Action macht ebenfalls Spaß. Über die etwas dĂŒrftige Gegner-KI kann man angesichts der AllmachtsgefĂŒhle, die der Titel erzeugt, hinwegsehen. Lediglich das etwas eintönige Missionsdesign und die Backtrackingpassagen stoßen sauer auf. Aber auch diesbezĂŒglich kriegt „Arkham Asylum“ im letzten Drittel wieder die Kurve. Unterm Strich bietet das Abenteuer nicht nur „Batman“-Fans genug Stoff fĂŒr zwölf bis fĂŒnfzehn unterhaltsame Stunden. Also, nichts wie ran an den Flattermann!

Aug 31st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

JeuxActu (17 out of 20)

Un peu sorti de nulle part, Batman : Arkham Asylum clĂŽture les Grandes Vacances (ou commence la rentrĂ©e, c'est selon) de la plus belle maniĂšre qui soit. GrĂące Ă  sa rĂ©alisation haut de gamme, son gameplay riche et intuitif et son ambiance unique, le titre d'Eidos et de Rocksteady captive notre attention dĂšs la premiĂšre minute, en nous emmenant dans une aventure pleine de surprises et d'amusement. Nul doute que Batman : Arkham Asylum fait dĂ©sormais partie des jeux incontournables qu'il faut possĂ©der dans sa ludothĂšque pour ne pas passer pour le benĂȘt de service.

Aug 28th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Gamona (85 out of 100)

Batman: Arkham Asylum bietet eigentlich alles, was man von einem Videospiel des Dunklen Ritters erwarten darf: Finstere, detailgetreue und höchst atmosphĂ€rische Umgebung, filmreife Inszenierung, hervorragende Charaktere, tolle Sprecher, intuitives und spektakulĂ€res Kampfsystem, etliche RĂ€tsel, viele Zusatzinhalte - auch abseits der Hauptstory - die das Erkunden lohnend machen. Comicspielerfanherz, was willst du mehr? Nun ja, ein wenig mehr Spieltiefe wĂŒrde z.B. nicht schaden. Die KĂ€mpfe sind spektakulĂ€r, nutzen sich jedoch relativ schnell ab. Viele Gameplay-Elemente wiederholen sich zu hĂ€ufig, so hĂ€tten auch die BosskĂ€mpfe trotz beeindruckender Hintergrundkulisse etwas mehr Tiefgang vertragen können. Jede der guten Ideen hĂ€tte noch ein wenig mehr Pepp und Variation vertragen können, die einen zu routinierten Spielablauf verhindert hĂ€tten. Doch keine Angst: Das ist glĂŒcklicherweise Kritik auf sehr hohem Niveau!

Aug 28th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Game Critics (8.5 out of 10)

Simply put, this game effectively captures the gameplay experience of being its main character better than any other comic-based title I have ever played, but surprisingly the character development side feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.

Aug 31st, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

4Players.de (84 out of 100)

Es ist der Triumph eines Superhelden! Denn was Batman auf Arkham Asylum leistet, ist nicht nur ein weiteres Action-Abenteuer, das auch unter einem unbekannten Namen funktionieren könnte. Die Art und Weise, wie sich der Schwarze RĂ€cher bewegt, wie er tĂŒftelt und wie er seinen Feinden das FĂŒrchten lehrt - das IST Batman! Schade aber, dass das Spiel nie ĂŒber das rudimentĂ€re Abspulen der immer gleichen Prinzipien hinauskommt. Kleine Variationen gestalten den Ausflug in die Irrenanstalt zwar abwechslungsreicher, aber nicht lebendiger. So sind es alleine die ausgezeichnet getroffenen Comic-Kulissen sowie die hervorragenden Charaktere, die dem Spiel seine Klasse verleihen - nicht zu vergessen die angenehm kniffligen RĂ€tsel des Riddlers. Unter dem Strich, wo sich spĂ€testens nach dem letzten Kampf einfach zu viele Minus-Zeichen angesammelt haben, steht deshalb in der Tat ein inhaltlich beinahe perfektes Batman-Spiel.

Aug 26th, 2009 · PlayStation 3 · read review

Games TM (8 out of 10)

Qualitative comparisons with games like Super Metroid and Half-Life seem as ill-founded now as they did when we first read them. Arkham Asylum certainly has the ambition, but it lacks the inspiration in everything but art direction to sit beside such timeless greats. However, with a CV that boasts little more than the underrated Urban Chaos: Riot Response, Rocksteady Studios has produced a game as ravishing as Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and as compelling as Dead Space, one that very nearly lives up to its own hype. And if it doesn't quite eclipse the effort of Naughty Dog and EA Redwood Shores, that's because it sacrifices their streamlined focus and drum-tight design to offer the player something more. Rocksteady piles its plate high, and while it's ultimately a case of reach exceeding grasp Arkham Asylum is still a wonderful ride.

Sep 3rd, 2009 · PlayStation 3

Player Reviews

You're Batman!
by Stijn Daneels (84)

The Good
Batman is and will forever remain my favorite superhero and one of my all time favorite fictional characters. The reasons for that are simple: a regular guy (doesn't matter that he's a millionaire or that he has a butler or a gigantic manor, he is still just as human as us), taking a stand against crime and injustice. Never succumbing to the corrupting seduction of vengeance, money or power, and of course having a badass suit, various cool gadgets and the Batmobile! After reading ravishing reviews for Batman Arkham Asylum, I bought the game shortly after getting my PS3. And after having played this game for like the fifth time since I bought it, Arkham Asylum certainly deserves all the praise it has received over the years.

As the title says, Batman Arkham Asylum takes place in Arkham Asylum, a mental institution located on an island in the middle of Gotham City wherein all of Gotham's criminals reside when Batman has caught them. It begins with the Bat taking the Joker to the asylum after the latter attempted an assault on the city hall. But rather than peacefully going to his cell, the Joker escapes custody and, with help from the inside, quickly takes control over the entire island. He releases everyone from their cells, leaving Batman stranded on the island and surrounded by hundreds of Joker's men as well as several other supervillains such as Bane, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc. But that's not enough, as Batman will soon discover that the Joker has much more sinister plans than just a simple prison riot!

I'll say right of the bat (no pun intended) that this game has pretty much everything you could wish for in a Batman game. It combines hand to hand combat with stealth and occasional crime solving and it succeeds in spades in all of these departments! The controls are very easy and intuitive to use, one button to strike, one to counter, one to dodge and one to stun. Batman fluently swings from one bad guy to the next and he has a very nice set of combat moves to beat the living crap out of every foe he encounters. Knock an enemy down and jump on top of their bodies to pound them unconscious, throw them around or just grapple them and break their legs or arms.

Stealth is also very prevalent in the game as in some situations you will face a group of heavily armed criminals which you need to take down one by one. I would daresay that the stealth is even more fun than the combat sections as you can really make the enemies shiver in fear as they realize they're getting picked off one by one. Sit down on top of a vantage point and grab an unsuspecting foe from upside down, leaving him hanging and screaming for help. You can also takedown foes using the floor grates, your batclaw or just by sneaking up from behind and chocking them. As the encounter goes on, the enemies become increasingly nervous, calling you out while their guns are shaking in their hands from uncontrollable stress! It is really fun and badass, not in small part thanks to the detective vision mode, which is a kind of x-ray vision that allows you to see enemies through walls and see all kinds of information regarding their numbers, how many of them are armed and their respective stress levels.

Detective vision also helps in finding interactive objects and solving puzzles. If you, for example, encounter a force field, you can use detective vision to see the electricity cables and follow them to the power source. As you play through the game, you'll obtain experience points which allow you to buy new moves and upgrades to your arsenal. The gadgets at your disposal include Batman's signature batarangs and batclaw as well as explosive gel, a hacking device and more. But don't think things will get easier when you get upgrades, as enemies will become better armed and prepared as the story goes on, getting more numerous and get armed with knives, stun rods and lead pipes. The stealth will also get tougher since the vantage points will be booby trapped and the enemies will be wearing electric collars which will alert other foes in the area if someone gets whacked by the Bat!

Collectibles are also present in this game, as the Riddler has hidden about a hundred trophies all around the asylum for you to find as well as several riddles which refer to objects or locations you need to scan. For instance, you may stumble upon Mr. Freeze's frozen cell or the Penguin's signature umbrella and therefore unlocking their respective profiles. It's a really fun lecturing in case your knowledge of the Batman universe is limited to Batman, Robin and the Joker. You can also find audio tapes that contain interviews the Arkham personnel conducted with the supervillains you encounter in the game. These recordings are very intriguing and pretty disturbing at times, giving you a glimpse at the insanity these villains possess. Overall, the game's collectibles aren't hard to find, but for many of them you'll have to wait until you have obtained a certain gadget or upgrade.

In case you still want more gameplay than the main campaign has to offer, then you can try your hand at the challenge maps. They are equally divided between fighting and sneaking and for every map there's a regular and an extreme version present. For each map you can earn up to three medals depending on your overall score (fights) or how many objectives you completed (stealth). Obtaining these medals isn't too hard, but getting to the top of the leaderboards will be a whole different ballgame. I do have to say that even without these challenge maps, the game has plenty of replay value because the story is so tight and the gameplay so compelling that you cannot help but play through it another time after a year or so.

Not only is the gameplay great but the game's presentation and atmosphere are even more awesome. The game's style is based on the more darker themed Batman world as seen in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and in the legendary Animated Series. As you make your way through the asylum, the Joker will frequently taunt you, tempting you to give in to your rage and let yourself slide into madness. Although you have radio communication with Oracle, you cannot help but feel completely isolated in the asylum with the Joker playing you like a rat in a trap. But the true showstealer in this game is the Scarecrow, as from time to time Batman will be exposed to the Scarecrow's fear gas, forcing him to face his greatest fears. I won't spoil the surprises for you if you didn't play the game, but I can tell you these sequences are easily the most compelling moments in the game and since the Scarecrow will be a main villain in the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight, I cannot wait to see what he will have next in store for the Caped Crusader and the rest of Gotham.

Voice acting, music and sound effects add a ton to the game's already excellent atmosphere. The game's main characters are voiced by veteran voice actors such as Kevin Conroy for Batman and Mark Hamill for the Joker. The game's musical score, composed by Nick Anundel, has a very similar style to the soundtracks made by Danny Elfman so expect dark, brooding but epic orchestra music. Sound effects are excellent too, the sound of the Bat's fists hitting criminal flesh is great and breaking someone's limp is particularly satisfying to hear.

The Bad
The final boss battle with the Joker is very lackluster. It's actually just you fighting off a ton of bad guys with the Joker occasionally joining the party. It would have been a lot better if it was more of an indirect battle in which Batman has to save several hostages or use his detective skills to stop the Joker from detonating a nuclear device or something like that. It would have suited Joker's character a whole lot better.

The Bottom Line
Overall, this game can be considered the first true Batman game rather than just a run of the mill beat'em up or platform game with Batman in it. Virtually every single aspect of the Dark Knight is present and the game's story, atmosphere and varied gameplay will keep you hooked to this game for a long time. So go on, answer the Batsign, jump in your Batmobile and enter the madhouse!

Mar 28th, 2015 · PlayStation 3

Plus 38 player ratings without reviews

Contributors to this Entry

Critic reviews added by Big John WV, Alsy, Caelestis, Cavalary, Baron79, brandon221234, Zerobrain, Jeanne, jaXen, Paolo Richetti, Tim Janssen.