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VINE VOICEon 12 December 2010
There have been some good, bad, and indifferent Batman games over the years. I'm pleased to say that Arkham Asylum falls under 'good'. As a matter of fact it's the best Batman game yet.

With the Joker on his way to the gloomy nuthouse it's safe to say that he's not going to be a problem anymore right? Wrong! He deliberately manipulated Batman and many others in order to get inside the asylum and execute an outrageous plan of mayhem and death that involves some of Bats' most famous foes. A long hallucination scene induced by Scarecrow's poison is the highlight of the game.

As Batman you have to explore every murky corner of the island from long-forgotten caves and sewers to the high-security penitentiary. There are plenty of thugs and convicts along the way that need beating up and pulverized as well as 240 Riddler challenges. It's not particularly hard but there are some parts of the game that will have you tearing your hair out in frustration and absolutely hooked until you beat it. There's also loads of trophies and some DLC for those who need to get more out of it.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil return as Batman and the Joker. To me, and to most people, Conroy IS the voice of Batman. Forget the nobody who has taken over in recent years with poor interpretations like The Batman, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. If it's not Conroy, it's just not right.

However, the only real complaint (and it's a big one) I have of the game is a common flaw among all video games these days. The X button just has to many functions, often resulting in Batman doing something you don't want him to do, which can lead to death. This is especially infuriating during the Joker Challenge matches.


Brilliant Graphics
Adrenaline-fuelled fight scenes
Kevin Conroy
Mark Hamil
Harley Quinn is gorgeous
Amazing Architecture
No Robin


Bland music
Not much of the Batmobile
No Alfred

Graphics A
Sound A
Gameplay B
Lasting Appeal B
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