Julkaistu 26. maaliskuu.
Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year Edition
+ The game has an interesting selection of gadgets to use. There's the batclaw, which is used to pull vent grates off walls, explosive gel to destroy structurally weak areas and the cryptographic sequencer, which allows Batman to overload security terminals and gain access to restricted areas. There's also batarangs and the line launcher, which is a portable device that fires a zip line for Batman.
+ The characters are good, they all have personality except for Batman himself, who seems to be very straightforward and lacking in emotion. Joker is a particular standout and the audio tapes found around the Aslyum shed light on various inmates who are Batman's foes.
+ Decent graphics.
+Game length is anywhere between 20-30 hours or so, depending on how many riddles you solve and your desire to play beat em' up challenge mode.
~ The combat can be fun, but also borderline infuriating at times. Using unlockable Waynetech upgrades, Batman can perform takedown moves, throw enemies and do more critical damage. However, the combat is very unresponsive with regards to countering and in this respect Sleeping Dogs did a far better third person combat system. The fact Batman: Arkham Asylum doesn't detect your counter effectively really lets it down.
~ The Riddler's hidden mini puzzles and items add a nice distraction and diversion to the main story, but at the same time they can be a bit boring if you want to complete them all, even if you discover a Riddler secrets map. It was a nice idea and it does add an element of exploration to the game, but 240 Riddler challenges is a bit excessive. My main gripe is that Batman's detective mode is required to find a lot of these trophies and it's quite annoying to be running around all over the map in black and white vision.
~ The story is not bad, it's just not fantastic either. It's a bit difficult to follow, despite its simplicity. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it's true. It just seems that at some point I lost focus on the big picture, there were a couple of confusing parts regarding the titan formula which weren't clarified. There is no in-game journal which explains the story.
- The boss fights are more or less the same, using evading dives and batarangs to stun. This pattern is repeated throughout many of the boss encounters, nothing really exciting.
- Downloadable content is a joke, it doesn't add anything extra to the story or any new levels. It merely adds more beat em' up challenges..
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Batman: Arkham Aslyum is definitely not a 9/10 game as Metacritic would claim. But it's still good and it's still fun (plus a little irritating too lol). As the first game in the series I'd say it's well worth playing this, be sure to pick it up on sale where it regularly goes down to $5.