Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Information and Summary of Batman: Arkham Asylyum
Style: Action-Adventure, Stealth
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Platform I played on: Xbox 360
Publisher: Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix, Feral Interactive
Developer: Rocksteady Studios, Feral Interactive
Brief summary of game...
Batman: Arkham Asylum is about the beloved villain the Joker taking over the Arkham Asylum prison/mental facility and the caped crusader Batman trying to stop him.
Summary of Review method
I can assure you that these will be my honest opinion I'm going to try to get detailed and try to present a total picture of the game. Of course this will be completely based off of my opinion so that doesn't mean that you will feel the same way. I would love to hear how people feel about my review whether they agree or not, and everyone is welcome to leave their opinions in the comment section of the review.
My system has 10 sections worth 10 points. 100 total. I also include 4 bonus sections worth 25 points.
The games total score is based on the combination of all of these points. For a more detailed explanation of my system for reviewing video games see my hub... Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games – My Method For Reviewing Video Games
This game is really fun... Especially if you are a Batman fan.
The storyline could have come straight out of a Batman comic book. It may have for that matter, I'm not really sure. Either way it makes for a great Batman story involving several of the well known Batman enemies.
Storyline Depth 8/10
As I mentioned it includes several of the well known Batman characters and brings them to life with the personalities we all have come to expect from the iconic characters. The story is also dark and intense similar to the comic books or more recent Batman films.
The game isn't super long, but there is certainly enough to keep you busy for a while. I'm not sure on how many hours it took me to get through it, but it took a few days of playing every chance I got.
The controls aren't overly complex but allow you to really do some great combination moves in true Batman form. Transitioning from stealth to combat is painless.
The graphics are sharp and the scenery is dark which is appropriately set for the feel of this game.
The edition I purchased also includes a 3D version of the game which I thought I was a major plus, though I didn't think it would be fair to give it additional points as this only comes in certain versions of the game.
The voice acting is incredible especially with Batman and the Joker. The characters are really brought to life.
The controls allow you to bring Batman to life in a way that has never been previously matched. Using simple controls Batman can fly between enemies smacking each one down with the precision that you could expect of the Dark Knight.
Replay Value 8/10
The pure fun of the game offers a lot of replay value. This is a game you probably won't be able to put down your first time through, and afterward will be wanting to play again from time to time.
As I mentioned above the combat system really brings Batman to life in a video game as never before. The battle system is perfect for Batman and the stealth play is right up their with it.
Dollar vs. Time 10/10
This game can be purchased for around $20 now and is absolutely worth every penny. If you are a Batman fan or at least were when you were a kid, then you will get your money's worth out of this game.
The Bonus Points
Download Content + 2
There is some DLC, but I haven't spent enough time with it to really give it more than a couple extra points.
Co-op + 0
I don't believe there is a cooperative mode.
Multi-player + 0
I don't think there is a multi-player mode.
Other + 2
An extra two points simply for being the first video game to really get Batman done right.
91 Total Points... A Batman game done right... Finally
Ever since I was a kid with an NES I'v been playing Batman games, and in my opinion... Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first one that got it right. As I've mentioned Batman is really brought to life in this game better than any Batman game before it. It's dark, mysterious, and unpredictable. The characters live up to what your expectations of these classic characters are. Batman moves just like you would expect of a Batman from cinema.
If you are a Batman fan then this is game you should probably own.
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