Batman: Arkham Asylum (Sony PlayStation 3, 2009)
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About this product
- Product InformationBatman: Arkham Asylum is an original adventure with fast action and large-scale combat sequences, played from a close third-person perspective in a dark, survival horror-styled setting. The game begins as Batman delivers the Joker to Arkham Asylum, Gotham City's psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. The villain springs a trap and takes over the institution, with an army of thugs and a host of dangerous inmates to back him up. The twisted plot plays out in a freely explored re-creation of the asylum and surrounding island. In addition to prowling the corridors of Arkham, Batman can explore the outdoor areas, using his equipment to reach high spots and glide safely back down.
Specially suited for the game's one-against-many melee style, the three-button combat control scheme is intended for free-flowing moves and strings of combo attacks on multiple opponents. Batman also has a belt full of useful gadgets to help even the odds, with x-ray scanners and chemical tracers that let him see through walls and follow invisible tracks. Stealthy prowling gives advantages of positioning and surprise, rewarding the hero's caution and patience with one-hit takedowns. Experience earned through combat, exploration, and experimentation allow Batman to create better equipment, more finely tuned to the given tasks.
In addition to the Joker and his brilliant aide in evil, Harley Quinn, Batman faces other super-powered asylum patients, including Bane, Killer Croc, Zsasz. As usual, brains as well as brawn are required to unravel Joker's insanely inspired scheme. The story for Batman: Arkham Asylum was written by Paul Dini, writer and producer for Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. Cartoon series regulars Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin perform voice acting. The game was developed by Rocksteady Studios, creator of Eidos' 2006 first-person shooter Urban Chaos: Riot Response.
- PublisherEidos Interactive
- GameBatman: Arkham Asylum
- PlatformSony PlayStation 3
- ESRB RatingT - Teen
- GenreAction, Adventure
- ESRB DescriptorAlcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Control ElementsGamepad/Joystick
- Number of Players1
- Release Year2009
- Game Special Features
- Explore the infamous Arkham Asylum -- home to Gotham's' most gruesome criminals
- Use stealth tactics, detective work, and unsurpassed combat skills to stop the Joker
- Play through an interactive plot penned by comics and animated series writer Paul Dini
- Explore the infamous Arkham Asylum -- home to Gotham's' most gruesome criminals
- Game SeriesBatman: Arkham Series
Most relevant reviews
- jbdementedJun 10, 2014by
A Very Cool Batman Vid Game
Well if Youre a Batman fan such as I am, then this is the game for You. I played the sequal Batman Arkham City first, which was very cool and addictive. So I figured Id check out Arkham Asylum. Its got the same controls, same fighting styles. Graphics are very cool...same as its sequal. But I found this game alot more challenging than Arkham City which is cool because I always love a challenge. Bottom line, very cool game, controls, graphics, sound, and a list of cool bad guys featuring Croc, Scarecrow, Bane, And of course the almighty Joker. Wouldnt be a Batman game about him. Get this game!!!
- willemays2012Oct 28, 2014by
An excellent game. Highly recommended.
Great game. Easy controls, good story, very fun. Part of me thinks it could've been a little longer, but this is a nitpicky complaint when considering how well it was crafted. And now that the game is 5 years old and can be procured for 5-15$ via ebay, it's quite literally a steal. I plan to get into Arkham City now, supposedly as good or better a game and approx the same price on here. Worth every penny and then some.
- dzhenmaster86Feb 25, 2011by
Greatest Batman game of all time.
The game, Batman: Arkham Asylum, as the title implies, takes place in Arkham Asylum where all of the Batman villains are locked away. Batman captures the Joker once again and takes him back to the Asylum; however, the Joker breaks free and takes over the entire place and Batman has to fight through Arkham inmates, as well as the past villains, to stop the Joker with his diabolical plan.
The graphics of the game is amazing! I really like how the creators take a darker approach on the Batman franchise and gave it a gothic and realistic feel to it. They have done a great job making Arkham look run-down and made it reflect the insanity of the inmates. You can sense there was a lot of history in Arkham when you play through the game. Especially the character designs; they are just simply amazing and brings out much of there personality. Really, it is very amazing.
The game mechanics is relatively simple, most of the time you just one button to hit and another to counter an attack, but it is still fun to watch Batman take down the inmates and have him perform these sick takedown moves. It never gets old when you see batman fight as you play. In Predator mode, where you have to take down your opponents through stealth, gives you a chance to plan your moves and gives you an experience where you feel like Batman stalking on his prey and taking them out without being noticed. The controls are simple, you feel as if you are Batman himself, and it is really fun to watch.
A great games must also have great voice acting. The voice acting in this game was amazing. Much of the cast from the animated series reprise their role especially Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy reprising their roles as the Joker and Batman respectively. They bring much depth, dynamic, and character to their character and there is no way anyone can skip through the cutscene and enjoy their performance. I don't know any other game that has such a talented cast as this game.
Overall, this is a great game to play. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a great story, action, and gameplay. You'll have a lot of fun going mowing down minions and fighting villains that makes you want to play it again. Those who aren't fans or not familiar with Batman, it still a game for everyone to play and you can catch to it quickly. I give this game a 10/10. SO GO BUY IT OR BATMAN WILL KICK YOUR ASS!!!Read full review
- 1*1*7Nov 18, 2015by
Games were in very good shape and looked like they have been used one or two times
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Used
- whoyouwith2003Jul 21, 2010by
You've heard of Batman no doubt, but if you don't read comics, it's conceivable that you might be unfamiliar with Arkham Asylum. The iconic psychiatric hospital is essentially Gotham City's Alcatraz, and it has housed just about every villain Batman has ever tangled with at one time or another. Now, thanks to Eidos and developer Rocksteady, Arkham is also the setting for a great third-person action game in which the lunatics take over the asylum and only you can stop them. As Batman, you not only get to go toe-to-toe with thugs in fast-paced punch-ups, but you also employ satisfying stealth tactics, play with great gadgets, solve some remarkable riddles, and do a decent amount of detective work. In short, you get to do all of the things that you want to when you don a Batman costume in a game, provided you weren't hoping to get behind the wheel of the batmobile. Because just about everything else needs to be unlocked, the first time you boot up Batman: Arkham Asylum, your first port of call will inevitably be the Story mode. Here, you learn that Batman has captured Joker, and as the lengthy intro sequence plays out, you see him being returned to the asylum under Batman's watchful eye. Joker doesn't seem at all perturbed by his predicament, and it quickly becomes apparent that he has deliberately allowed himself to be captured as part of a grand plan that involves taking control of Arkham Island and throwing a party there with Batman as the guest of honor. Clearly it's a trap, but as Batman (and as someone who demands more than two minutes of gameplay before the credits roll), you just can't walk away from it.
As you take the controls, Arkham Asylum wastes no time throwing you into the thick of the action. Almost immediately, you're rushed by a few of Joker's goons and encouraged to knock them out using both basic attacks and counters. Using just two buttons, you can perform a huge number of moves from Batman's superbly animated repertoire, and it isn't at all difficult to string together combos worthy of Hollywood's finest fight coordinators. That's because for the most part, at least early in the game, combat requires you to do little more than mash the attack button and then hit the counter button anytime you notice an enemy with an "I'm about to attack you" icon above his head. None of the thugs that you encounter pose much of a threat individually, but you rarely encounter fewer than three or four of them at once, and often, you'll be up against six or more. Furthermore, the vanilla thugs are joined by enemies with knives, cattle prods, and guns later on, who force you to raise your game and incorporate stun attacks and evasive rolls into your deadly dance routine. Boss battles against supervillains like Scarecrow and Harley Quinn are definitely among the game's highlights, though it's a little disappointing that there aren't more of them. One supervillain in particular makes a number of appearances, but you never actually get to fight him. The combat in Arkham Asylum never gets overly complicated, though the number of moves and attacks at your disposal increases quite dramatically as you progress through the Story mode, earn experience points, and subsequently spend those points on acquiring new combo moves and gadgets. Throws, takedowns, and even batarang attacks can be incorporated into your combos this way, but you never need to press more than two buttons simultaneouslyRead full review