Excerpt: Arkham Asylum's demo begins a lot like the trailer you've all seen and drooled over. Gotham's Caped Crusader has just delivered the Clown Prince of Crime to Arkham. The Joker isn't left alone for five minutes when he manages to escape from his Hannibal-esque restraints and taunts Batman to pursue him. Thus begins your journey, complete with confrontations with some of Gotham's most twisted criminals.
Excerpt: is carried by the Joker. He isn't just your main adversary — his presence is EVERYWHERE. Due to all the monitors and stuff that's part of Arkham's security system, you'll see his face and listen to his taunts everywhere you visit. If he's not verbally ripping common thugs a new one for their inability to take you out, he'll be cackling over the next deathtrap that's been placed between you and him.
Excerpt: Back when I collected comics in my elementary, middle and high school years, four of my top 10 favorite storylines starred the Dark Knight – The Dark Knight Returns, Dark Victory, The Long Halloween and Hush – with countless others almost equally fondly remembered. But it's been awhile, so I wasn't as excited for Batman: Arkham Asylum as some fans were.
Summary: For years, all I ever wanted was a decent Batman game. With its superb blend of action, stealth, survival horror, and Metroid-like exploration, Arkham Asylum finally delivers video games’ equivalent to Batman Begins. Arkham’s greatest success is making you feel the power of the Caped Crusader.
Excerpt: Batman games, and comic book tie-ins in general for that matter, don’t have the best track record when it comes to being high quality, enjoyable titles. It is therefore that we won’t fault anyone for not having high expectations for Batman: Arkham Asylum (BAA). Please heed our warning, however, as this is a game you definitely want to check out, not only is BAA the best Batman game to ever be released, its one of the best games of the year, period.
Pros: An intriguing story with plenty of cut scenes and voice dialogue, An original approach to a classic franchise, Fantastic textures and lighting (without bloom turned up to max), Great detail in the environments and character models, Fantastic voice acting, especially by Mark Hamill who voices the Joker, A great score and sound effects, excellent use of surround sound, Satisfying combination of brawling, stealth and exploration, Deep gameplay with many hidden challenges...
Cons: A bit dark and lacking color… but then it, Pacing can be a bit off, Limited set of enemies, Combat and a sense of action can at times be a tad lacking
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.
Summary: Batman: Arkham Asylum is a type of game so rare that I have to strain my brain to think of another of its kind: a multi-platform licensed title that is actually so good it deserves serious Game of the Year consideration. It’s a wonderful blend of old school button mashing beat ‘em ups like River City Ransom , sandbox elements and some familiar voice acting talents sure to delight Batman: The Animated Series fans .
Conclusion: Forget any reservations you might have about Arkham Asylum on the PC - it’s unreservedly brilliant. In retrospect, we may have got a bit carried away in awarding the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions a whopping 9.5 out of 10, but then repeated play has failed to dim the game’s appeal any. For that reason alone, the PC version is genuinely worthy of the very same score. We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again - truly this is the Batman game that everyone has been waiting for.