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Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - Batman: Arkham Asylum

Updated on May 29, 2012
My copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
My copy of 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

Fun 8/10

This game is really fun... Especially if you are a Batman fan.

Storyline 8/10

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 inside case of my copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum with the 3D glasses.
The inside case of my copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum with the 3D glasses.

Length 7/10

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.

Controls 10/10

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 sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum

Graphics/Sound 8/10

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.

Mechanics 10/10

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.

the back of the case of my copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
the back of the case of my copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Ingenuity 10/10

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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    • Phillbert profile image

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks Matt! I agree it was a great game. Thanks!

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      Hey Phil, one of my favorite games of the last year. Very underrated. I was not as crazy for the controls/mechanics as you, but I thought the graphics and overall gameplay were stellar. Great review -- keep em coming. Voting up.

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Thanks BraidedZero! Yeah the combat system really was amazing, and the stealth attacks were really fun too.

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      Great review! This game really was awesome. I loved the combat system in the game. Also the ability to adventure each section of the map is great. Jumping up into the air ducts and attacking people from above is great.