Burgos and my brother Zack must be on the same wavelength…
In today’s world, Batman is a super hero icon known by almost everyone. But even those of us who are familiar with Batman might be baffled as to what Arkham Asylum is. Batman: Arkham Asylum is a comic book inspired video game that is centered around Arkham Asylum, a psychiatric mad house that has housed just about every villain that Batman has tangled with in his life time.
Thanks to Eidos and all the developers at Rocksteady, playing as the Dark Knight has never felt so amazing. This third-person action/adventure Batman game was built extremely solid and stays true to Batman lore. Whether your using Batman’s superior intellect to solve mysteries or his stealth to take down the bad guys without them even knowing, you will always feel like your right there in Batman’s shoes. Batman: Arkham Asylum captures the true essence of what it feels like to be Batman. Aside from that stuff, you also feel even more like Batman because throughout the game you unlock more of the gadgets and trinkets that Batman just wouldn’t be Batman without. Grappling hooks and explosive foaming gel will be just a few of your gadgets you’ll be using throughout the game.
Aside from the core stealth/combat mechanic of the game play there is plenty to do in Arkham Asylum other then beat up the baddies. As well as many other Batman related villains, the Riddler makes an appearance or should I say his voice does and he just wouldn’t be the Riddler unless he was giving Batman over 200 riddles to solve throughout the game. This adds to the pacing and gives the players the option of exploring Arkham and solving these mysteries instead of playing the main story line. Along with the Riddler, Arkham Asylum itself offers up a mystery of its own that you’ll be searching every nook and cranny to solve.
Batman’s main storyline will begin by you having captured the famous Joker yet again.
As your escorting the Joker into the Asylum he will make an escape and spring his glorious trap of taking over the Asylum. Now, not only is the Joker a threat to Batman, so is every villain in the Asylum. Along with the traditional baddies from cons to robbers, Batman’s famous super villain enemies will make an appearance. Fans of Batman will be right at home with famous villains such as Scarecrow, Ivy, and Bane.
All in all, you don’t have to be a fan of Batman to enjoy this excellent third-person action game. But fans of the series will be in for a real treat playing Batman: Arkham Asylum.
* Story mode really sucks you in
* Uncomplicated combat is fast-paced and looks fantastic
* Tons of cool stuff to unlock, including Challenge mode maps
* Audio and visual presentation is uniformly impressive
* You won’t want to stop playing even after you’ve solved all 240 riddles.
* Too tempting to play through the entire game in detective vision mode
* Supervillains that you don’t get to fight feel like missed opportunities.
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