Batman: Arkham Asylum - PC review, performance and PhysX evaluation
25 March 2012
Conclusion: As we've already discussed in the main body of our review, Batman: Arkham Asylum features undoubtedly the best application of PhysX in a PC game title to date - While it doesn't make a difference to actual gameplay (and how we yearn for a day when GPU-calculated physics will be used in a fashion beyond mere eye candy), it does add to the visual polish and overall feel of the game, notably so in some instances.
Excerpt: Super heroes appeal because they are usually men and women who are capable of extraordinary things. There's an element of wishing you had those abilities, whether it be Spider-man's tingling spider-sense, Superman's flight or Wolverine's regeneration, but some super heroes aren't really so super. Batman is just your average, rich, man who's made himself into something better, using his intellect, detective skills and the latest gadgets to give him an edge over his foes.
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham Asylum Published by Eidos Interactive Developed by Rocksteady Studios ESRB Rating: T Reviewed on XBox360 Available On: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows Genre: Action RPG Number of Players: 1 Strong Points: Very fun gameplay; intuitive controls; maintains classic Batman feel Weak Points: Story mode is linear with no decision points.
Excerpt: We’ve been saying it for years: The moment they stop messing around with rushed, under-funded movie tie-ins and make a real Batman game, we’ll have a huge hit on our hands. With Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady has proved us right—this game finally does justice to the Dark Knight by recreating the monstrous foes, the dark, gritty atmosphere, and Batman’s legendary fighting skills to near perfection. Arch nemesis Joker, in particular, is a masterpiece.
Pros: Awesome voice acting, graphics, atmosphere, combat, and controls
Excerpt: In Batman: Arkham Asylum, you are given a chance to assume the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Gotham Cities famed Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script the game brings the universe of DC Comics' caped crusader to life with stunning graphics.
Excerpt: During the dense opening credits of Batman: Arkham Asylum , as the Joker is being wheeled, Hannibal Lecter style, into the titular institution, we’re introduced to the building’s depressing, low-ceilinged environs. More importantly, we’re re-introduced to the dynamic between the Joker and Batman. Per usual, the Joker talks a lot, Batman says nothing, and their great dance, which has been going on since 1940, continues.