Pros The fighting system is great. Just like the name it flows nicely. The Joker has some very good jokes for batman, including **SPOILER**'bat snacks***END*** The gadgets are good too. Detective mode with X-Ray vision.... How cool is that!
Cons The view is annoying at first but you get used to it. This game not something you can finish in a day... it has many riddles, and times where you will need to go backwards. Enimies can be sorta oblivious at times. But overall there arent many cons!
Summary This game is a great game, I havent finished it yet, but the storyline is something I wanna learn more about. It's like watching a movie as your playing it because you're always on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what will happen next. You can get character bios by doing certain things. The bios will include a description, personal info such as real name and first appearance, and then a few quick facts. The Riddler makes an appearance (well sort of, he hijacks your radio frequency to taunt you) by giving Batman a variety of riddles to solve. Some are easy, while some will make you have to think hard. Being able to use your grappling gun to climb things is cool, but then being able to 'glide' off of it is even cooler! The graphics are great even on a regular TV they still look real. I would love to try the 3D version that comes in the Game of The Year version. So if you like Batman or are just lookin for a good game with lots of action and variety, then Batman: Arkham Asylum is for you. This is the game that is really worth the $30 or $40 bucks.
Pros The graphics are beautiful in this game. All the characters are exactly how they should be. Fighting mechanics and controls are intuitive and fluid. You really feel like Batman while you're pummeling 10 to 20 bad guys at a time. Great music too!
Cons Some boring, long, annoying boss fights. Unintuitive puzzles leave you with no idea what to do. The game is far too short with a totally disappointing ending that lasts about 2 minutes.
Summary This game is one of the funnest games I've played. The graphics are incredible, the music is perfect, and the characters are acted to perfection. You really feel like you are in the world of Gotham. Though it would be nice to be able to go INTO Gotham instead of being limited to Arkham Island. Though this does not detract from the enjoyment of game play. The controls are intuitive and fluid. From fighting hordes of bad guys to grappling up to a ledge, or using Batman's cape to glide off of a tower, every move in the game is pulled off with the grace that you would expect from The Dark Knight himself. There is plenty to do in the game, though some puzzles and events can get rather drawn out and monotonous. The fight with Killer Croc, for example, consists of running away for 20 minutes while he jumps up out of the water to chase you over and over and over. Boring. Though most of the boss battles are creative and interesting. There are a few side quests you can do to make the game longer, otherwise it's beatable in about two or three days. It would have been nice to have the game last a bit longer, especially since the ending sequence is over in the blink of an eye! I can't remember a more unsatisfying ending than this one! I really wanted to give the game 5 stars, but monotonous tasks, more than one TOTALLY boring boss battle, and a pathetic ending definitely deserve subtracting one and a half stars. Over all I would say this game is great! Often times it reminded me of Metal Gear Solid with the stealthy attacks you can perform. My personal favorite is the good old hang from a gargoyle and string up the bad guy routine! Yes! All in all, a really solid game. Can't wait for the sequel!
Pros feels polished and cerebral with a lot of mature content
Cons Wish there was more to climb up on
Summary My first impressions (5 hrs in) **WARNING: THERE MAY BE SOME SPOILERS!!**
Batman: Arkham Asylum has a deja vu feel to it. A creepy, yet happy feel to it. That "I played this game not too long ago" kind of feel. The last time I played a game about someone creeping thru a madhouse where death lurked at every corner, where the ambient sound made your spine tingle, where ads and voices made everything seem alright although quite clearly it was not...was Bioshock.
Before you all get yourselves into a furor, Batman is NOT a Bioshock ripoff or should there ever be an apples to apples comparison but this game has so much depth and weight to it, this is the only other game that I can conjure up in my mind of the feel.
For what it's worth, all the hype and delays of this game so far have been well worth the extra wait and it shows. The game's opening sets the mood for the story that we all know about as far as the Joker luring Batman into Arkham Asylum to spring a trap and we later find out the Bane is the part of the key to this trap. The fact that so far having Paul Dini writing this macabre story really reflects on how polished this game plays. The mystery is set up, cops have betrayed each other in order to further the Joker's goals and a warden with political aspirations are all integral part of the Dark Knight's quest to find out what is going on inside Arkham and teh Joker's twisted brain.
So how well does it play? So far it's pretty smooth in terms of playability and as you progress you can power up Batman's abilities and this is one place where it doesn't play like Bioshock....hehehe...In Bioshock where you had an elaborate setup to have to 'buy' certain abilities from vending machines, Batman's power up system is a straightforward system where you earn points through fighting. The fighting mechanics takes a little bit of getting used to as for rooms where you have to clear out thugs and hechies, you have to strategize your attacks and trust me, Rambo-ing thru a room is the quickest way to your death. This game makes a simplistic use of stealth abilities and it's to a point where instead of making it an overly complicated mmechanic as seen in some recent stealth wanna-be's released ** COFF COFF Velvet Assassin** , it organically fits right into the game. As far as the fighting, this is oemthing else that is not bogged down in a complex system of button pushes altho it is wise to learn some good mechanics that helps you unlock better gear a lot quicker as you play.
I really thank the fact that Eidos and the rest of the creators of this game really took the time out to make sure they got the voice actors from the cartoon to set this game up because it is indeed superb and this is definently a very mature version of the animated series. There are dead bodies that litter the hall in some places, there is gore, strong suggestive language and a very creepy hallucination scene in which Batman sees his dead parents in a morgue who talk to him. Arkham has a very oppesive feel to it much like Rapture did in Bioshock.
As far as villains and bosses...well I like to take my time and enjoy agame and not run thru them so if my 4 to 5 hours may seem slow to some to reach this point, so be it...but so far I have run across the Scarecrow and had to escape a hallucination to defeat him (altho I think this was not the 'final' fight that I will have) then I fought Bane which reminded me of the countless boss fights in Wolverine, but done a little better. At present, I have found the Batcave and trying to track down Dr. Penny Young. Surprisingly when I saved and shut down for the night, my stats told me that I had only progressed thru 17% of the game, HA! This doens't feel like a 'longish' game but at the same time I would be a bit pissed if I ran right thru it and have a 'this was it?' kind of feeling.
Do I have any gripes on this game? Not many. The henchies are a bit repetitive but they are of course your source of XP. I kind of wish the terrorized you similar to the denizens of Rapture, BUT this isn't that game now is it? LOL. I also wish there were more things to grapple onto and swing on but then that is part of the puzzle in some places which is finding the right thing to swing to, pushing the right buttons and finding the right things to break and disarm.
This is by far the best Batman game at present and hopefully this will set a bar to how superhero games should be made. I do think it will overshadow MUA II, altho I know I will be picking that one up as well, When I read the initial reviews I just knew some palms were greased for the reviews it has gotten. I was wrong...it earned those reviews and as Batman the Drak Knight set the bar for how to make a good superhero / crime movie, this will set a bar on how to make a good superhero/ survival horror/ action game.
Make sure you don't miss this first entry into fall gaming as it starts off with a BANG!
4.5 out of 5 stars,
"awesome ganme"on by wynn61
Pros it is really like you are there. buy the game (only the game). every batman fan would love to play this game
Cons the game is great, but the collector's edition is so not worth the extra scratch, plastic batarang attached to the stand was so cheap! It was a real disappointment. and everything ekse was pretty run of the mill---certainly not worth the extra $40.
Summary Buy the game . You will love it!