Batman: Arkham Asylum – Game Review

While I have a big line of Marvel reviews, there’s a shortage of movies that I’m interested in with DC, before Batman v Superman hits. So, along with The Dark Knight trilogy and Man Of Steel, I’m going to add in this trilogy of games (excluding Arkham Knight), and Batman: Year One. I realise that there is a heavy lack of Superman in there, but I’m not really a fan. For the entire sequence, I’ve placed it below the Marvel review sequence on the left.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 release, produced by Rocksteady Studios. While originally intended to be a game for The Dark Knight, that proposal fell out, and it resulted in a game-changing game.

In a completely unique story, The Joker is supposedly taken into custody of Arkham Asylum by Batman, only to find out that it was all a part of his plan, and he takes control of Asylum. Things go haywire from there.

I’m not going to give away major plot details, but this game was brilliant. Comic book video games were considered a joke before this game came out, but this was an exception. A big exception.

The game has an open world, although a small one. As the story progresses, the setting changes as the plot does. And the plot itself is gripping and well thought out.

You encounter a lot of Batman’s enemies in the game, but not even close to all of them. That’s a good thing, for future games. All the while, Scarecrow has a side-story where he keeps tormenting Batman in an attempt to make him break.

The combat system is pretty simple, and that’s all it needed to be. Oftentimes, you have to be Batman and be silent in your attacks, be in stealth, and hide in the dark. That was a great element to the game. 

I played Arkham City before I played this (Call me a criminal), and in comparison, this game feels so much smaller. The story is longer than most games, but in comparison with the sequel, it feels smaller. The open world in Arkham City is much larger.
Another problem I have with this game is that the ending felt a bit incomplete.

Other than that, though, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a great game.  It started a game franchise that will likely go down in history, and was a joy to play through.

On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest rating possible, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Batman: Arkham Asylum: MIHIR

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