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“really enjoyable game to play classic ”

Written on: 04/01/2012 by themaninthevan2001 (121 reviews written)

This game is as good as it gets for a third person action game. It's all that you can ask for and more as you control Batman as he fights his way through hundreds of Blackgate inmates and main Bosses through Arkham Asylum.

The graphics alone on this game are freakishly realistic and bring the game to life. Each area is highly detailed and has the right amount of color or darkness needed. Batman himself looks almost lifelike and each main character looks amazing. Now to the story, the Joker has taken over Arkham and is running the place into the ground in order to use a Titan formula to create a super human army. Using the Venom from Bane, he injects criminals to make the super sized and super crazy. Of course, other characters will get in your way as you try to stop him. Although most make a minor appearance, the main enemies are Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc (not as much of him as I would have liked), Scarecrow, Bane and Poison Ivy. The Riddler has a major part but only as a side quest as you find his hidden trophies and treasures throughout the levels. These serve as a fast way to build up points in order to upgrade your suit and weapons.

The battle system is near flawless as you can build combos just by throwing punches but also have the ability to counter attack by watching the enemies with your "Bat-sense". Quick button pressing will enable you to go through 20 enemies wihtout even a scratch. Plus, the higher the combo, the more elabrate the combo and stronger the moves. The Batarang plays a huge part as it can stop an enemy cold or temp blind them so you can get in close and beat them to a pulp. The Grapple will be your savior as you can swing around a room to avoid detection or use it to escape a dangerous area. Plus, it's needed to climb to higher ground or swing accross levels with ease. The other usefull items are the Bat-Line, triple Batarang, security scanner and Super Grapple. Each has it's specific use but will come into play more as you search for hidden items. (I was able to find 80% of Riddlers secrets).

There is some backtracking between the buildings of Arkham but it wont feel like your going over the same places over and over because the areas will change or expans due to better items obtained. Plus, once Ivy gets involved, the whole Asylum dramatically changes as the plants take over the island. My favorite is the Detective Mode as it allows you to see through walls, find objets, find hidden breakable walls and provide usefull information on everything you see without getting in the way on the screen. I walked around for the majority of the time in this mode to make it impossible for enemies to ambush me.

The Boss battles are fun and each one is unique. With bane you have to rip off his tubes, Ivy is attached to a giant killer plant, Croc chases you through the sewers, Scarecrow has a few nightmare levels and Harley just constantly throws more and more inmates at you with electrified floors. The Joker, well he is great at just being the Joker and making your life miserable. Although his final Boss fight was kinda dissapointing to me, I expected more.

Overall, except for a few camera angle issues, this was an amazing game and I really hope there will be a sequel soon.

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