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This review is from: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Game of the Year Edition) - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
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.
If you have been a holdout for Batman: Arkham Asylum, then this is well worth the price for the added 3-D and all challenge maps up to this point. You should be buying this immediately. For those people out there, this is a 5 star package. For anyone who already owns/owned Arkham Asylum, then this product should probably be passed up. Unless you feel like you MUST have the 3-D, spend the extra money and buy "Dem Bones" and "Crime Alley" off the PSN/XBL and save the rest for Batman Arkham Asylum 2.
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Initial post: May 18, 2010 12:33:03 AM PDT
Is there an option to turn the 3D effect off?
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2010 1:06:35 AM PDT
At the start of the game you pick which one you want, 2-D or 3-D. However, that doesn't lock you in. The in-game menu allows you to toggle it as well. I got to admit, it was a good idea.
Posted on May 18, 2010 8:23:02 AM PDT
I intend to sell my old copy and buy this one.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2010 6:17:23 PM PDT
That's what I did. I had a friend who wanted it so I sold it to him and ordered this one. I am not disappointed in the choice since I still love the game and seeing the 3-D was an experience. I just wish there could have been a little more "GOTY exclusive" stuff instead of the 3-D being it.
Posted on May 19, 2010 11:59:50 AM PDT
N. C. Hill says:
Do you have to have one of those new 3-D TVs for this to work? If this is a dumb question, please forgive me!
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2010 3:13:34 PM PDT
No. It works with any TV, but the higher the resolution, the better the effect so HDTVs are the best choice with an HDMI feed. But in short, no......the glasses and built in code in the game do all the work.
Posted on May 26, 2011 8:56:51 PM PDT
Son of Tiamat says:
Square/Enix made this game? That's pretty cool! One thing I've noticed it that Square, despite making mainly RPGs, usually is spot on when making a game in another format.
Good for them!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 6:41:02 AM PDT
C. Schultz says:
Well, it was developed by Rocksteady and published by Eidos. Square happened to purchase Eidos in 2009 so I'd hardly say they "made this game".
Nevertheless, I agree the aquisition was for the best and will get people to see Square/Enix as more than a Final Fantasy & Dragon Quest machine. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Posted on Jul 28, 2011 6:35:19 PM PDT
German Rodriguez says:
which one is better the regular version of the game or the 3D version of batman arkham asylum
Posted on Jun 29, 2012 10:36:13 PM PDT
Kevin Tam says:
Hi SnS, thanks for your review. I got Arkham City from a sale, so I'm really excited to purchase Arkham Asylum as well. I had a question: does Arkham Asylum GOTY edition include the 3D glasses? On the Amazon page, someone shared a picture of the game box interior, saying "Not 3D glasses," along with the original edition's game box interior with two different 3D glasses. Are there 3D glasses included with the GOTY edition or not? Thanks!
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