For years and years, gamers (myself included) have played many different Batman video games and have only been let down time after time.
Now, Batman: Arkham Asylum IS that Batman game that you have always wanted to play.
It satisfies every part of you Batman desires and really gives you the feeling that you ARE Batman.
From the strength and power to the gadgets to the stealth and surprise you can bring toward your enemy, it is quite a marvel that a game developer finally got it right.
Thank you Rocksteady!
I do not want to give away any spoilers from the game so the plot is really basic and simple.
The Joker has taken total control over Arkham island and Batman needs to hunt him down to stop him, but not without going through many of Batman's familiar villians in the process.
Batman's gadgets come in handy often, most of the time you will be using his 'detective mode' which is built into the cowl and gives you the ability to see important items in the room and clues to lead you in the right direction.
There will be some moments where you find yourself just playing with all of Batman' gadgets for 10-15 minutes because there are so many of them to play with. (It feeds your inner dork so it's okay!)
Gameplay mechanics are solid and I have yet to find a defect in them or any glitches.
Fighting is very enjoyable, because you can be surrounded by 6-10 enemies and everytime an enemy is about to attack you hit the counter-attack button and continue to fight off all of them at once. Very fun.
The graphics are amazing and highly detailed like you would expect from a PS3.
Voice-over work is superb and Mark Hamill, as The Joker, really steals the show. If they gave out Oscars for Best Video Game Voice-Over Performance then Hamill would easily win it for this game!
All in all, Batman games have been so poor for so long, it is exciting to see a Batman game done right and this is worthy of a $60 purchase.
Go and get it and play it with the lights off in the dark with the sound blasting.
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