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: When January rolls around and it is time to vote on the 411mania’s year end awards it is going to be very difficult for me not to vote for Batman: Arkham Asylum for Game of the Year. Yes, I know Uncharted 2 is around the corner and that it will be awesome, but Batman has all the tools to be the must have game of 2009. Everything clicks to make you FEEL like Batman and it delivers the new benchmark from which superhero games will be judged in the future.
Conclusion: So, is Arkham Asylum finally the game that Batman deserves then? Yes. Yes it is. And a whole lot more besides. Rewarding and engrossing in equal measure, the entire production reeks of quality from the stellar voice work to the jaw-dropping visuals and intuitive control system. Truly this is the Batman game that everybody’s been waiting for.
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham Asylum does what very few comic book license-based videogames have done to date... a good job. While some of the characters were created specifically for Batman: Arkham Asylum and the look (and costumes) of some of the pre-existing characters were created specifically for this game, all of the character models were painstakingly detailed and they looked "right.
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 .
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: Patience is a virtue. The interactive opening to Batman: Arkham Asylum will remind players of this adage as a moody, player-controlled Batman strides behind the maniacal, captured Joker. While the caped crusader escorts his loathed nemesis back through the confines of the continually lax mental hospital, developer Rocksteady introduces their interpretation of the titular institution: