Batman: Arkham Asylum

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I thought it would be a great idea to dig up a classic game that pays tribute to the caped crusader.  I have to say this is the best super hero video game I have ever come across and I know that most adult gamers who have played this game will agree.

I remember playing this game around about the same time that I got into the Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” film.  I noticed that the game shared a lot of similarities with the film by way of it’s dark theme and musical score.  I didn’t know this until recently but the game’s story was written by a huge contributor to the DC comics universe, so the quality of the story stands up to the scrutiny of the most avid fans.

The game starts out with Batman taking the Joker back to Arkham Asylum following an escape, however, this is all part of the Joker’s elaborate plan to take control of the asylum and trap Batman inside whilst all the inmates are free to roam around.  It becomes immediately known that the Joker intends to set off bombs that he has planted throughout Gotham City and Batman must fight his way through some notable villains in order to foil the Joker’s plan.  It’s fantastic the amount of famous villains you come across such as Bane, Victor Zsasz, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, but my favourite moments have to be the ones involving Scarecrow’s nightmares.

The gameplay works very well and you control Batman from a third person perspective.  As you complete milestones in the game this makes certain gadgets become available and you can upgrade your character through the earning of xp points.  Gadgets include the batarang, explosive gel, batclaw, cryptographic sequencer and the most useful detective mode.  This a special tool that allows you to track enemies through walls, analyse forensic evidence and follow trails.  Another great feature is the combat system which has been made to closely resemble Batman’s ability to fight multiple enemies at once.  I especially liked that you could multiply the xp points you obtain by stringing together multiple combos on enemies.

You can currently pick this classic up from any online stores for roughly £14, so it’s a small investment for a lot of game.  I would highly recommend this game for any teenager or a young minded adult who appreciates comic book super heroes.