Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition - PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: WB Games
  • SKU: 9927337
  • Release Date: 05/11/2010
ESRB Rating: Teen
Alcohol and tobacco reference, Blood, Mild language, Suggestive themes, Violence
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (93 out of 94)

Product Details


  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: WB Games
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 05/11/2010

Synopsis


When Gotham's Caped Crusader clears the city's streets of the criminal collateral, the gritty Arkham Asylum grows a little more crowded. Here in Gotham's psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, dangerous figures from Batman's past reside, biding their time. And when Batman becomes trapped inside the walls of Arkham, the Joker and a host of other notorious villains aren't about to let him escape without a fight for his life.

Batman: Arkham Asylum takes you inside the sinister confines of Arkham and gives you free rein to explore the infamous island for the first time. Assume the role of Batman, relying on your wits, strength and arsenal of gadgets to foil a demented scheme cooked up by the Joker. Cling to the shadows, employing the utmost stealth to help you hunt down Gotham's most notorious villains without being seen. The Game of the Year Edition features four extra challenge maps not included with the original release. An innovative new technology lets you explore the feared hospital and fight Gotham's greatest villains in 3D. Face off against an array of enemies, including Harley Quinn, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc, and do your best to unlock the secrets that shadow Arkham — before you become the next victim.

Features


Game of the Year Edition

features a play-in-3D option that is compatible with all standard and high-definition TVs and four extra challenge maps on the game disc

Original storyline created by five-time Emmy Award winner Paul Dini, whose credits include Lost and Batman: The Animated Series

Utilize Batman's incredible arsenal of tools, including Batarangs, explosive gel aerosol, the Batclaw, sonar resonator and the line launcher

Compile unlimited combos via the unique FreeFlow combat system to battle with enormous groups of the Joker's vicious henchmen in violent melee brawls

Take down some of Gotham's most legendary criminals using a variety of methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls

Rely on fear takedowns and a unique vantage point system to hunt your enemies and move without being seen

Employ Batman's grapple to move freely through your environment by jumping from any height or gliding in any direction

Get a closer look at the action by using the predator camera

Solve intricate puzzles through use of cutting-edge forensic tools, such as x-ray scanning, fingerprint scans, Amido Black spray and a pheromone tracker

Explore a gritty, realistic world and complete hidden challenges to unlock even more dangerous secrets



Customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Legend is Done Justice at Last

    Posted
    ZetisKaizen
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The fact is that license games are usually quite mediocre, but sometimes there are nice exceptions. Still, even the Dark Knight himself hasn't avoided the downright terrible games, but Ark Asylum is a real surprise. It is easily one of the best license games ever and an excellent action adventure. The quality of this game should be the target for every license game maker. Batman's longtime arch-enemy The Joker sets a prison called Black Gate on fire and lets himself get caught suspiciously easily. Batman takes him back to the Ark Asylum, but regardless of the tight security systems, Joker escapes and now has control of the whole mental hospital. Now Batman is locked inside the asylum operated by the Clown Prince of Crime and it's also filled with Joker's thugs and other crazy super criminals. Ark Asylum's game play is excellent. You really feel like you are Batman. The core game play is adventuring, using bat gadgets and fighting. There's also a lot of surprisingly spooky horror elements. Like we all know, Batman doesn't have superpowers, he has an arsenal of different gadgets. He has his traditional bat gear , the grapple hook, the bat claw that you can use to bring down walls that are out of reach, the line launcher that helps you over big creeks and explosive gel which is a good weapon for confusing enemies by blowing up fragile walls. Batman also has his detective stare, in which you can see through walls and detect all enemies and important objects. It is used for trailing enemies, for example. Batman can walk, run, fight, shoot himself up to the gargoyles with his grapple hook and of course glide with his cape. Moving can sometimes be quite stiff and can be frustrating in sequences that require precision. Fighting is fun and easy thanks to the free flow system. Batman can seamlessly move from one thug to another and that's good, since the thugs always move in groups. With a few upgrades, you can make the combat a bit more varied, since it can feel a bit too simple with default settings. Stealth action and stalking enemies are also a big part of Asylum's game play. When you have for example, ten armed thugs against you, direct approach would be a suicide, so Batman slings quietly in the air and strikes from the shadows or from below. Silent take downs are very useful, since they don't attract attention, so be sure to use them. Boss fights are not the most fun sequences Asylum, except for the Scarecrow fights. The really scary and surrealistic Scarecrow fights come out of nowhere and break the game's rhythm in a refreshing way. There's at least a dozen of DC characters in the game. The main heroes are Batman, commissioner Gordon, Oracle and Aaron Cash. The main villains are Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow and Killer. The Killer boss fight in the sewers is very frightening. The Ark island turns from Joker's dark fortress to Poison Ivy's deadly garden full of poison flowers during the story, so be prepared to focus on defeating different super criminals, since the game is not only about going after Joker. Ark Asylum is a really beautiful game. The dark tone, depressing atmosphere and Gothic architecture make a great impression. The buildings are very detailed, from both outside and inside. Same goes for the environment. When you stare at the dark midnight sea enlightened by the sinister moon, the view is breath-taking. The characters also look real and are very detailed. It's nice to notice that later in the game, Batman's beard starts growing and his cape is quite torn. The background musics greatly support the dark atmosphere. Voice acting, though, is what steals the show. Kevin Conroy is great as the always serious Batman and Mark Hamill as the maniacal Joker is probably the best performance of his career. The main story lasts for about twelve hours and after that, you can start solving the riddles left by The Riddle or finding his Riddle trophies scattered all over the island. In challenge mode, you get to prey on thugs and fight for points. There's also a Joker Download Content in which you get to play as the Clown Prince of Crime, which is totally different from playing as Batman. The Joker walks arrogantly, doesn't use bat gadgets, throws around chattering exploding teeth, uses X-ray glasses, has a habit of kicking people in the nuts and even fires a gun. All in all, Ark Asylum is an excellent action adventure game. The night in the asylum and the island surrounding it is something you shouldn't miss. Even if all the superhero games were as good as Asylum, it would still be an accomplishment for it's awesome quality. This one is hard to top. Ark Asylum will be remembered fondly for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The First Batman Video Game That Gets It Right!!!

    Posted
    Ctron84
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    Batman: Arkham Asylum was a gaming masterpiece. There are probably not a whole lot of people out there that would argue that fact. However, there are probably a great deal of people out there wondering if they should get this if they already bought AA. Simply put.......no. In a nutshell, the plot is simply "Joker takes over Arkham Asylum and releases all sorts of baddies. Batman tries to stop him." The game hasn't changed much since it first came out and if you enjoyed AA almost a year ago, you can expect the exact same game this time around. Nothing has really been revamped, altered, or changed up. However, the biggest surprise for me was how well done the 3-D is. While the glasses are little more than cardboard blue and reds from the past, somehow Darkworks/TrioViz managed to avoid the tinting that those glasses used to give. It's still there a little bit, but at least the image isn't in blues, reds, and purples the whole time. You can actually notice various shades. Once your eyes relax, the image is clean and clear with very little in the realm of headaches or eyestrain. However, it doesn't hurt to pause or stop every once in a while, take off the glasses, and give your eyes a rest. Instead of being "popping" 3-D, it is more of a "passive" 3-D effect. To clarify: In so many 3-D experiences the image comes out at you as if it might hit you, this 3-D effect is more like the TV is simply a window and the depth starts from the screen's edge. Don't expect to try and dodge cheesy "in your face" moments. There is depth, but it far more subtle. For the gamers out there who wear glasses, fear not. The 3-D specs still fit over glasses, although I am sure it looks about as cool paisley polyester tracksuits. The passive 3-D has one big perk though, your friends can watch you play without the glasses and the 3-D "double exposure" look is minimal to non-existant. However, for all its style, it still feels gimmicky. Sure, it's cool, but I probably won't be playing through more than once with it turned on. The extra challenge maps are nice, but since anyone can download them for an extra 7 bucks... Well, it doesn't really justify the price for older owners. For those unfamiliar, the extra maps are "Dem Bones" (Scarecrow Challenge maps) and "Crime Alley" (um....do I really need to explain that one?). The "Play as the Joker" maps are there as well. Pretty much everything you could have added over the last few months is there on one disk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing dive into the world of Batman

    Posted
    TrogdorX
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    After reading reviews and raving recommendations from friends I took the leap and picked up AA:GOTY, and I'm thrilled that I did. The storyline feels like it could have been ripped right from the pages of the comics, a real treat for those familiar with the Dark Knight. The graphics are top notch, with fast paced action you can almost feel Batman thrashing the goons and villains, or the slow and careful sneaking and detective work you need to navigate your way around Arkham Asylum.. The added bonus of this version being in 3D wasn't much of a sell point to me, and since it didn't come with glasses I can't really rate how good/bad that feature was. But to me what really steals the show on this game is the voice acting talent, they really bring all of the characters to life in ways you could only hope for in a big budget movie. I also really enjoyed the addition for the PS3 version of getting to play as the Joker on the challenge maps, definitely a fun change of pace. As an avid gamer, this game goes way above and beyond what I'd hoped for and finally delivers a thrilling Batman experience on consoles. As a parent with young kids who are also gamers, while the atmosphere and some story elements were darker, it wasn't over the top and there is not massive amounts of gore or bad language to worry about. The kids enjoy the game just as much as I did, and the plus for me is that even my wife enjoyed watching me play it. Now I look forward to diving into Arkham City...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's good and it's Batman need I say more?

    Posted
    Tsukiyomi
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    When Batman Arkham Asylum was released and I purchased it years back it was a surprise a truly good super hero game. Now there have been some I've enjoyed over the years like The Death and Return of Superman on the Super Nintendo or The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, etc beat em up games from the arcades and consoles. This was a rarity all the same. It was clear Rocksteady worked hard to make this game with it's well done fighting system that just keeps feeling better with each subsequent game in the series though it maybe becoming more accustomed to it. This one will always hold a special place. If you like Batman at all give any of the three a shot though I do suggest playing them in order they do not disappoint. I realize it isn't likely to have the impact it did back than since they've had time and two more opportunities to improve but give it a shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best PS3 games available

    Posted
    LeatherNeck2382

    This is easily one of the best PS3 games available. First, the storytelling is quite stellar and you really do not know what is coming next in almost comic book fashion. Plenty of cliffhanger moments and plot twists, but they are not over done. Second, the visuals and sound are amazing and anyone that has an HDTV and a Sound System will really enjoy the sights and sounds. Finally, the controls are tight and the puzzles are well thought out. There are a few that can be frustrating, but none that will prevent you completing the main story. However, getting every secret is well rewarded with back story and in some cases, new gadgets.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Batman Game Ever, until Arkham City comes out

    Posted
    ConcernedCustomer

    Story: Joker takes over Arkham , which is like a prison island type area, and Batman, has to sneak, infiltrate, fight, and bring control to the prison, along the way he fights several villains the Joker has released. Great combat, u can sneak in, or just fight your way Batman style, really fun. Then there is the cool gadgets Batman earns thru the game. Theres also challenge rooms, where u can just beat up thugs, or sneaking missions on timers. In the PS3, you have exclusive access to Joker in the game too for the challenge maps, which is a nice change of pace. Great game, must get for those who haven played

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    Posted
    CasualBestBuyShopper
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    Just got this game and as one that was not familiar with this game when it originally came out, I wasnt sure what to expect. I read the good reviews and hoped for the best. I will say that so far I am pleased, it seems like a fun action game with good story elements. I will say though on medium level at least in the beginning stages, it seems a bit easy, but I havent gotten far into the game so I am not sure whether that level will amp up the further I go into the game. It is definately worth the price at 16.00 bucks though for all the bonus stuff with it, if you are like me and have never bought the original when it first appeared.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Game Based Off a Comic Book

    Posted
    Enzo888
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    Finally a great game based on a comic book. The storyline is great, and you'll meet tons of characters from the Batman comics. The combat while fun and challenging at first can become repetitive due to the constant button mashing. There gadgets that Batman uses are various, and help to keep combat fresh by letting you play around with how you want to take down the enemies. Detective Mode lets you see through walls and highlights enemies, and you can use it all the time, which can make the game a bit too easy. I recommend keeping it off whenever possible to challenge yourself. No multiplayer, but not every game needs it, especially not this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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