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: [...] . . .
Excerpt: Arkham Asylum drops players into the role of the Caped Crusader, who—after a busy night of doling out vigilante justice—has managed to capture and transport the Joker to Arkham Asylum, Gotham City’s island-bound sanitarium and prison for the criminally insane. Despite the hero’s presence, the Clown Prince of Crime breaks free of custody; and instead of escaping (as a sane person might), he opts to lock himself in, take over the institution, and free all the convicts.
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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: Arkham Asylum is one of those places that could only exist in a fantasy world. I mean, if you have a slew of deranged geniuses with the cunning and resourcefulness to break out of any jail at any time, why would you try to collect them all in one place? Predictably, inmates escape on a regular basis to go on crime sprees which leads to Arkham looking more like a place these guys visit when they need a vacation from murder and robbery than an actual institution.
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.