Batman: Arkham Asylum Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) here to share my thoughts on Batman: Arkham Asylum by Rocksteady Studios, Eidos Interactive, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. I didn’t receive a key for this game like many of my other recent reviews. Instead, I purchased the game a long time ago and wanted to write up this review for fun.
The game is based on the long running Arkham Asylum comic book series and its story was written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini. Some well known voice actors from the DC Animated Universe revise their roles including Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker, and Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn.
The game took a total of 21 months to complete with a team of 40 people at start and 60 people by completion. The combat system was one of the biggest challenges and wound up going through 3 iterations before finding a system that worked. They originally developed the game’s combat as a full rhythm action game but it was later set in 2D which involved colored circles crashing into each other during fights. The final iteration is based on the 2D version. Another interesting piece of info is that one developer spent 2 years programming Batman’s cape which uses over 700 animations and sound effects to move realistically.
There is a hidden room in Arkham Asylum in Warden Sharp’s office which remained hidden until Rocksteady revealed 6 months after the game’s release. The room houses concept art, hints, and blueprints to their followup game Arkham City.
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an action adventure game with some fighting elements. The game puts you in the role of Batman who has captured the Joker and brought him to Arkham Asylum for imprisonment. It is revealed that this was all part of The Joker’s plan however, and he is soon running loose throughout the asylum, freeing the other inmates in accordance with his master plan. It’s up to Batman to recapture them and defeat The Joker.
Some of the more notable enemies include Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Bane, and Victor Zsasz. There’s also hidden information about these notorious villains hidden throughout the island as well. The Riddler makes an appearance as well and there are riddles and hidden objects spread throughout the world for you to find.
The game itself isn’t a very long one and can be beaten in 8-12 hours depending on your play-style and skill level (unless you are a completionist). I must have beaten the game a good 6 times now but it’s still a favorite of mine and I love to return to it every year or two.
Overall, even though quite a few years have passed since this game’s release and there have been sequels and prequels in the series, this one still remains my favorite. It’s an incredibly fun journey with some very polished game-play, a highly entertaining story and combat system. If you’re one of those few that haven’t had the chance to play the game yet then I highly recommend giving it a shot, it’s wholly enjoyable and you won’t regret it.
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Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!