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I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!,
This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) (Video Game)
And this game most certainly is! Not since the SNES version of Batman Returns has the Dark Knight had a game that even came close to what he deserved (with the possible exception of Batman Vengeance). Every element including the script being written by Paul Dini, and returning voice actors from the acclaimed animated series, make this game every fan's dream.
In my opinion, nobody can do Batman justice more than Kevin Conroy, and nobody but Heath Ledger has portrayed the Joker as well as Mark Hamill. They both do such a good job, that you wince even more at Commissioner Gordon's new voice actor.
Now to the game itself. Without giving too much away, the story begins with you returning the Joker to Arkham Asylum. And as Batman expected, the Joker wanted to go back to Arkham to put his latest scheme into motion. You then find yourself trawling the depths of the Asylum in an effort to restore order before its too late.
This follows two basic styles: the combat and the predator. The former allows you to take down the many Joker henchman in an enjoyable and fluid freeflow-style fighting system. Later when you gain access to Batman's other gadgets including the Batclaw, and explosive gel, combat becomes even deeper as you can further build up your combos with even more diversity.
The latter places you in areas full of armed henchman, who will not hesitate to kill you, should you be discovered. Above you for the most part, will be gargoyles that will provide you with a hiding place to plan your attacks, as you slowly pick-off the henchman one by one. Later, the game requires you to stay on your toes, as the gargoyles become booby-trapped, and henchmen will be alerted to any henchman that has been defeated, requiring you to keep moving.
And not forgetting that Batman is a detective: the game soon introduces the Riddler challenges (240 to be exact) which require you to hunt down trophies left by the arrogant Edward Nigma, decrypt mysterious tablets left by the spirit of Arkham (I won't say who it really is) and solve cleverly worded riddles which unlock bios for the many villains of the Batman universe.
Each individual aspect of the game some would argue, isn't very deep, but they don't have to be when they blend together as well as they do.
In summary, this is the definitive Batman game that finally delivers what so many other efforts have failed to do, and as such should not be missed by any gamer, Batman fan or otherwise.