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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Posted: Wed, 26th Aug 2009, 10:37pm

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This is a game I heard about a year ago when Game Informer got an exclusive on it. I remember having a lot of interest in it after reading the preview. Throughout the year my excitement grew for the game as I saw new gameplay trailers. I still had reserved skepticism for it due to my experience with comic-based games in the past. The last one I had fun with was Spider-Man 2 and it was only for the web swinging. I was really worried that Batman would have at least one game-breaking flaw in it.

I picked it up yesterday and after 5 hours in I can safely say that this is the best comic book game I have ever played. In fact, this is one of the better/most polished games I have played this generation. I don't think I've been as blown away by a game since I first played Resident Evil 4 (Mario Galaxy was fantastic, but it wasn't an entirely new experience).

After playing it you can tell that a lot of effort was put into this game's development. If there's any way for me to describe it, basically it's Splinter Cell meets Metroid. On top of that it also boasts a simple, yet complex combat system similar to Fable II's.

The presentation is phenomenal as well and has tons of comic book references. The VO consists of the original animated series cast including Mark Hamil as the Joker.

This game is Badass. You feel like the Dark Knight when you play it. I can't give it a score for myself yet because I haven't finished it yet, but I can easily recommend it, and it's a must have for comic book fans.


So, anyone else here play it yet? If so, what are your thoughts so far? Oh, and if anyone got the PS3 version would you mind talking about the Joker content?
Posted: Wed, 26th Aug 2009, 11:02pm

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I'm not overly interested in this type of game, but Arkham Asylum has kind of caught my interest. I haven't played it, but from the videos the graphics look really good and gameplay seems solid enough. I find myself wanting to rent this.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 12:05am

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This is actually the first multiplat I've purchased for my PS3 (Got the collectors edition). Only because of the Joker exclusivity. I honestly haven't had time to try that part out yet though. I'll get back to you on it.

Other than that, this game is pure sickness. I still can't believe I'm playing a video game based off a comic book with this crazy level of detail (gameplay, graphics and story). I love it.

Only thing that was sort of false advertising is the wonky Baterang that comes with the collectors edition. It's a LOT cheaper than it looks in the pics haha. Still, everything else the collectors edition offers is of great quality.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 12:53am

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Oh, I forgot to mention. Scarecrow is in this game. My encounter with him was one of the coolest/creative moments I've ever experienced in a game.

Yeah, I never buy into the promotional special editions that are offered for games because more often than not I'm underwhelmed by the additional content.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 12:58am

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Yeah I just figured I'd get the most band for my buck. More than likely it'll be released on LIVE Marketplace later down the road but you'll probably have to pay for it... Which I don't buy into.

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Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 12:59am

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Psh, EVERY Batman villain is in this game it seems.

I've only played the demo so far, but it's awesome. I love that it has most of the main cast from The Animated Series. I'll definitely be picking it up eventually.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 3:10am

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The Scarecrow parts are absolute GENIUS. The last one in particular is one of the best moments I have ever had in gaming, and I'm serious. Just that part would make it worth buying this game full price. The game oozes with polish, and keeps throwing new things at you while giving you plenty of shots at the core gameplay mechanics, which are themselves awesome (on my second play-through and I'm not tired of it yet). The feeling of picking off the bad guys one by one without them seeing you is unmatched. Plus, the combat system is one of the best I've seen in a while.

Seriously, everyone go play this, it's the best game of 09 so far.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 8:28am

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I've only played the demo so far, as the PC version isn't out until next month (supposedly so they can put in more physics stuff; which basically means they're scared of piracy), but absolutely love it. I haven't replayed a short demo this much since the first Max Payne.

As the Eurogamer review said: the test of any licensed game is whether it'd still be good if you removed the licensed content. The triumph of Arkham Asylum is that it's a great action/stealth/platformy game on its own. The fact that IT'S GOT BATMAN IN IT can only help to elevate it to greatness.

I talked more about the game on my gaming blog:

http://potentialgamer.com/2009/08/07/batman-arkham-asylum-video-preview/
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 10:47am

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I was interested in this game because of the superb physics. But to those of you who have played it: is it like The Force Unleashed? Insanely fun the first (and second) time around, but virtually no replay value? Or does it lean more towards a Spider Man 2, KotOR, Mass Effect kind of replay value?

If I'm gonna pay 600NOK (100$) for a game I want to know that it'll last a bit longer than 8 hours.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 11:26am

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IGN wrote:

Beating the story and 240 riddles took me 12 hours. If you don't feel like Edward's clues, you'll be done faster. The challenge mode should keep you going if you dig the combat.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 11:43am

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Put it this way: I've played the 10 minute demo repeatedly about 10-15 times. So I imagine the full game will have more replayability.

And for the record, I thought Force Unleashed was pretty poor. Bats is in another league - based on my demo experiences anyway.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 12:01pm

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Batman is in a completely different league than TFU. It kills it. I'd put it up with KOTOR/ME quality and fun.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 1:09pm

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Sounds like I'm getting this game. Thanks for the info guys. smile

Regarding TFU: it isn't the best game ever, granted, but being a Jedi (in my opinion) never get's old (I used to play through Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy over and over and over when I was younger), and being an insanely powerful Jedi/Sith should never get old, and that became my main issue with the game: It got old. It had great physics and a good concept, but linear levels, no multiplayer, pre-renderd cinematics (that make the upgrades seem pointless and non-canon) all made for a very short experience.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 4:26pm

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Heh.....nerds. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 4:40pm

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Rating: +2





Heh. nerd wink
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Heh.....nerds. biggrin
And happy to be one. razz

Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 4:47pm

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Staff Only, the physics only really apply to the humans, not the environment. This allows incredibly satisfying combat. Batman is nothing like the force unleashed though. I know you liked Mass Effect, and I actually found some similarities between it and Batman in terms of story telling.

Tarn, I think you are really going to enjoy this game considering that you played the demo a dozen times. I keep finding myself reloading back to the begining of check points to replay areas in the game because they are so fun. The smarter you play, the more rewarding it is because you feel badass. I'm super excited to start the challenges once I'm done with the story. Challenges are just small segments from the story that you jump into instantly and compete for a high score.

I love this game biggrin
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 6:58pm

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Staff Only wrote:

Atom wrote:

Heh.....nerds. biggrin
And happy to be one. razz
Haha agreed. It's also quite gratifying to be a nerd and being able to beat up most of the "cool people" who call you one wink
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 7:07pm

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I a nerd as well. Just not exclusively.
Posted: Thu, 27th Aug 2009, 7:15pm

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CX3 wrote:

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Atom wrote:

Heh.....nerds. biggrin
And happy to be one. razz
Haha agreed. It's also quite gratifying to be a nerd and being able to beat up most of the "cool people" who call you one wink
Truth this. I am a nerd. Nerdness is good.
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I've heard 'Black and proud', 'Gay and proud', now it's... nerd and proud??
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Alright for you guys that want to know what games Batman: AA is similar to, here's my take on it:

Bioshock's style and atmosphere +
Just Cause's grappling/glider insanity +
Splinter Cell's stealth +
Half-Life 2's playable cinematics +
Dead Space's camera style and controls +
Wolverine Origins's combat system (but better) +
Some really unique stuff you've probably never seen before +
BATMAN.

All of this being in a kind of open-world environment hybrid, of course.
Posted: Fri, 28th Aug 2009, 1:34am

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Richard III wrote:

CX3 wrote:

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Atom wrote:

Heh.....nerds. biggrin
And happy to be one. razz
Haha agreed. It's also quite gratifying to be a nerd and being able to beat up most of the "cool people" who call you one wink
Truth this. I am a nerd. Nerdness is good.
Double truthed. Power to the Nerds! razz
Posted: Fri, 28th Aug 2009, 5:23am

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The awkward female-less vacuum in here is revving faster than usual.
Posted: Fri, 28th Aug 2009, 6:02am

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The awkward female-less vacuum in here is revving faster than usual.
If you think this is bad, watch this:

Half-Life 2, Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, Bioshock, Watchmen, Firefly, Back to the Future, Transformers G1, Final Fantasy VII, Lord of the Rings, Dungeons and Dragons, Word of Warcraft, Mythbusters, Tron, Han Shot First, Sigourney Weaver vs. Chuck Norris, Terminator timelines...discuss.

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Posted: Fri, 28th Aug 2009, 7:42am

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Avatar. Summer Glau.
Posted: Fri, 28th Aug 2009, 6:51pm

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Back to the Future, Bioshock Halo?
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Sigourney Weaver vs. Chuck Norris
Who is Signourey Weaver?

Ahem...
http://www.boardofwisdom.com/Default.asp?start=11&topic=1005&listname=Geek
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Rating: +1

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Storm Grenade wrote:

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Sigourney Weaver vs. Chuck Norris
Who is Signourey Weaver?
o.O !?


Thanks Atom! +1 wink

Edit: That link was awesome, Storm Grenade.

By the way, did anyone know that Summer Glau looks a bit like Sigourney Weaver?

Summer Glau
Sigourney Weaver


Too much of a stretch? Thought so.
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Yeah I just had to post re-emphasizing how crazy sick the Scarecrow boss fight was... Really really innovative.
Posted: Sat, 29th Aug 2009, 3:29am

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Okay, just don't give away any more than that. I'll be playing this next week for sure, and I want it to be a surprise! smile
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I spend most part of the day playing Arkham Asylum today actually smile (and the other part I spend filmmaking razz)Hope to get to play some more before going to bed wink

This game is great. Combat, Silent parts, dialogues, voices (Conroy+Hamill!), gadgets, detective stuff, storytelling etc. Everything seems to fit. In a very Batman-ish way. Truly impressive feat. I'm not suprised it's called "greatest comic book video game of all time". Could easily be.

Won't spoil anything, but some sequences are great. Mentioned Scarecrow being one of them.

It's been a while since I was so "glued" to a videgame. Hope these guys will give us more someday.
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Just finished the game today. Wow, totally awesome. Now I'm playing the challenges and I'm quite surprised at how much replay value they offer. This game was as close to being Batman as it can get. If I have any complaints it would be that the boss battles could have used a bit more creativity. Poison Ivy was quite fun though. It's also a bit short, but still worth the purchase. The game is left open for a sequel, but I sure hope Rocksteady Studios works on it for several years rather than following the 2-year sequel cycle. I'm also unsure at how this game can be topped by a sequel... But I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

The game can get DLC, so I'm hoping that the joker content will be made available on xbox in the future. A Nightwing skin with specific moves/gadgets would be awesome as well.
Posted: Mon, 31st Aug 2009, 9:18pm

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The game can get DLC, so I'm hoping that the joker content will be made available on xbox in the future. A Nightwing skin with specific moves/gadgets would be awesome as well.
I believe Joker won't come to X-Box... Here would bo a good source stating so.

Not that I complain mind ya - I'm happy with my PS3 smile

Nightwing would be awesome. Either DLC or sequel perhaps. There are others of course (Tim Drake). Many cool possibilities here.

Minor spoiler warning:

As for boss battles: I was kinda dissapointed by Bane. It is usually overlooked that he is not only powerful physically, but also a genius. His fighting style in-game (at least when I encountered him - didn't finish the game yet) is way to primitive. He shouldn't be a mindless brute. After all - he "broke the Bat" - a feat hardly accomplishable by pure brute force. And by the way - he's big in the comics, even without Venom.
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I believe Joker won't come to X-Box... Here would bo a good source stating so.
I've heard countless times that the joker content is PS3 exclusive. The term "exclusive" doesn't really mean much to me this generation though. The Joker content may very well never come out for xbox, but I have a feeling Eidos likes money... Regardless, I'm still in love with this game without extras. I'm going to restart the game on hard and attempt to get 100%.
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I was anything but disappointed by the demo. However, my PC requirements are not up to the game's capabilities and I couldn't tone them down, so the animation was very jerky and gave me a rather unsatisfying experience. It would have been better had I had a different graphics card or something, I'm sure. Suffice to say I was quite impressed, especially graphics-wise, except for a few problems that should be a bit beyond what next-gen games can do. Other than that, I really liked it.
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Richard III wrote:

I was anything but disappointed by the demo. However, my PC requirements are not up to the game's capabilities and I couldn't tone them down, so the animation was very jerky and gave me a rather unsatisfying experience. It would have been better had I had a different graphics card or something, I'm sure. Suffice to say I was quite impressed, especially graphics-wise, except for a few problems that should be a bit beyond what next-gen games can do. Other than that, I really liked it.
You're not allowed to complain about your graphics card, because a next-gen console that'll play it maxed out in HD at 30 fps is just 200$ away. smile
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$200 dollars and one mom. All of a sudden it is dwindling into the distance. Not that I want a console badly anyway.
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]I've heard countless times that the joker content is PS3 exclusive. The term "exclusive" doesn't really mean much to me this generation though. The Joker content may very well never come out for xbox, but I have a feeling Eidos likes money...
Oh, ok. Just wanted to point out this "exclusive deal with Sony" thing, which sounds kinda serious. But if you already knew it, sorry for wasting your time smile

I finished the game yesterday btw. And still love it.
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Finally picked this up today (I've been out of commission via abdominal surgery) and am loving it so far. The Joker's little quips never get old, and beating up groups of bad guys is very satisfying. Can't wait to get further into it!
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That's just the beginning Aculag. You're in for a treat.
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This FINALLY came out on PC here in the UK this weekend. I have to say, while I loved the demo it really was only a tiny glimpse of how much fun the full game is.

As has been mentioned, the Scarecrow sequence was very nicely done. Genuinely freaky. Very clever to play not just with the sound/visuals etc but also the gameplay conventions for that segment. Reminded me a bit of the brilliant dream sequences in Max Payne.

So far the game keeps throwing more and more interesting gadgets, skills, storyline and level designs at me, in exactly the way that Assassin's Creed didn't.
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Tarn, it doesn't sound like you've seen what I was talking about earlier yet... just wait, you'll see.
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One thing I don't get is that in the early levels there were areas I couldn't get to, as I didn't yet have the grapple gun thing or explosive gel. Am I supposed to go back through those same areas to get those bits now or something? Seems a bit odd to design it that way - unless the story explicitly takes me back there later on.

One thing that always annoys me about games like this is that if you ever want to replay it, you have to start off as the base character with no skills and gadgets etc. It'd be good if once you've played through the game once, you can start again with a full skillset - a bit like what Bioware do with Mass Effect.
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Yeah you pass through it again, or near it again, and you get to free roam after the game's ending.
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Good to know fxhome uses steam. biggrin Im downloading the demo at the moment.
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Tarn - some areas you revisit with the story, though for the most part - areas you cannot reach when you first visit them hide Riddler trophies, arkham emblems or secret audiotapes which completionists will want to go back and collect.

I've done this. Well worth following the Arkham stuff through as there's an interesting little piece of story telling. If you don't care about this, there's very little backtracking and where there is, it makes sense and you're lead by the story - so starting the game afresh with all your gadgets would ruin that.

Basically, shut up and play the game. razz

-Matt

p.s. Batman enters my top 10 games of all time. It's cool to see some of you say it's provided some of the most interesting gaming moments of your lives. In sections it borrows from a lot of cool gaming moments - The first Scarecrow reveal is right out of a Fear expansion. smile Awesome stuff.
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The first Scarecrow reveal is right out of a Fear expansion. smile Awesome stuff.
Spoiler - This spoils the cool part I've been talking about, don't read it unless you've beaten the game!!
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I'd say the Scarcrow parts are actually even better than the FEAR Expansion hallucination sequences. Particularly the last one that makes you think your console/PC messed up, and then goes through the opening sequence but with brilliant touches like replacing "Press B to skip" to "Press J to skip" and such. Frankly, that had my jaw on the floor and is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen a game do.
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Spoiler - This spoils the cool part I've been talking about, don't read it unless you've beaten the game!!
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That part was very cool, but Eternal Darkness did it better, if you ask me. smile Probably just because they did it first. Still, all of the Scarecrow bits were genius.

Really great game. I'm definitely glad I picked it up. Going back through the areas with the gadgets you have later on is really satisfying.

I still haven't finished it (even though I probably have less than 20 minutes left) because I got caught up with Fallout 3 again, which, even though this is my third time through, still feels like a brand new game. And thanks to the DLC, it feels more complete now.
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I'm in the Botanical Gardens at the moment. Given the use of the Unreal engine, the section looks and feels incredibly Bioshocky. smile

I'm increasingly wowed by the slickness of the interface and controls in Batman:AA - especially given that I'm playing on a PC, where they could really easily have cocked up the translation from the gamepad. Hugely impressive - pretty much every games designer needs to take a look at how they've done it.
Posted: Fri, 2nd Oct 2009, 11:33am

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Pooky : That whole spoileroo you mentioned is (highlight to read spoiler):
Influenced veeeery heavily by Metal Gear Solid(PSX) and Eternal Darkness(GC).

And whilst I agree it was well executed, it wasn't an experience I hadn't been through before and as a result - I instantly knew what was happening. Cool all the same, I am envious of people experiencing that kind of thing for the first time because generally speaking - they're much more polished than previously.

-Matt
Posted: Mon, 5th Oct 2009, 8:48am

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Just got to the Scarecrow bit everyone is talking about. It is indeed very cool. It'd be cooler if the game didn't occasionally crash for real when loading a map, but hey. wink

They should have customised the 'pretend crash' a bit more for each system. The visual static freeze/glitch wouldn't really happen on a PC, unless something pretty major had gone wrong. If they'd simulated a crash to desktop or bluescreen, THEN I'd be impressed. razz

Great fun stuff, though.
Posted: Mon, 5th Oct 2009, 9:16pm

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Tarn wrote:

Just got to the Scarecrow bit everyone is talking about. It is indeed very cool. It'd be cooler if the game didn't occasionally crash for real when loading a map, but hey. wink
I was playing it on a console and never had that issue. wink
Posted: Wed, 14th Oct 2009, 8:15am

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Finished the game the other day. Great stuff. I really liked the ending, too, despite hearing quite a few grumbles from other people. Slickest game I've played for quite some time.