Now, I’ll be doing a game review on the game, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Now one would wonder why someone would review a game which was released in 2009. Well, the answer to that is simple: Firstly, sometimes older people are new to the gaming world and they want games to play. So, hits such as this game will come in as a real entertainment for them. We should also not forget the coming generations that would be interested in such games. Secondly, I believe that I could make an entire database of game reviews on this site if things worked out well.
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an Action-Adventure, Role-Playing Game(RPG) which was developed by ‘Rocksteady Studios’ and is based on the famous DC Comics character, Batman. This game was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox on 28th August, 2009 and for PC, on 18th September 2009. (These release dates were for the European version. The North American and Australian version had their separate dates respectively) It is a single player game with online features and is rated ‘16’.
Plot (Spoilers): The game is based on Arkham Island where the Arkham Asylum is built as Joker forces all the inmates of the Blackgate prison to be transferred to Arkham Asylum. He is working on a secret formula with Dr. Penelope Young which is called the ‘Titan’ and is based on the Venom drug which is used by Bane. With the Titan, the Joker wants to create an army full of Titan injected henchmen and take over Gotham City. He stops GCPD to enter Arkham Asylum by threatening to bomb Gotham City if they step inside the island. Hence, Batman is all alone and has to take on with some of his deadliest enemies such as The Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane, Scarecrow etc. Some other villains also make a cameo such as Clayface, Victor Zsasz, Ra’s Al Ghul (His dead body being in the morgue) and The Ventriloquist’s dummy, Scarface.
The game has various features, most of them focusing on Batman’s combat skills and his detective vision. Combat features include stunning the enemy, counter attacking and various combos which you unlock as the game proceeds. There is also a predator mode where Batman takes on armed enemies stealthily, one by one by using Silent Takedowns or Inverted Takedowns from a Gargoyle at a later point in the game.
Batman also uses a huge range of gadgets to aid him in the Asylum such as the Cryptographic Scanner which is used to hack devices and unlock doors, the classic Batrang and better versions of it such as the Sonic Batrang, Remote Controlled Batrang and the Multi Batrang. There is the BatClaw which aids him to break weak walls and open vent doors where his hands can’t reach. He also uses the Explosive Gel to break down weak walls and it plays a very important role during his battle with Killer Croc. The Line Launcher is probably the last gadget he receives at a later point in the game and it helps him move across the place.
Apart from the main quest, there are side missions given to Batman by the Riddler. The Riddler has strategically placed various trophies around the Asylum for Batman to find. Also, Batman has to find ‘Patient Interview’ tapes of various patients such as ‘The Joker’, ‘Harley Quinn’, ‘Killer Croc’, ‘Poison Ivy’ etc. The Riddler has many riddles for Batman as well which he has to solve using his detective vision. One of the riddles are: “Gotham’s greatest family towers over the city.” Also, you have to find and scan the chronicles of Arkham where in the spirit of Amadeus Arkham, the founder of Arkham Asylum, speaks to you.
I don’t believe in rating a game, because my ratings might not be correct and some people might get influenced by my ratings and not play the game. You see, every game is different and it ALWAYS has gamers who will love that game. Even if the game is Dora the Explorer. So, I’d rather conclude saying that this is a game worth playing and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it whether you’re a Batman fan or not.
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