Batman Arkham Asylum is a wonderful game. You're trapped on an island in a mental asylum and joker has escaped and you must stop him. There are a lot of gadgets at your disposal like the cryptonanic scanner, line launcher, batarang, explosive spray, sonic batarang. etc. There are riddler riddles that you have to solve to unlock achievements. There are riddle trophies to collect as well. Batman has amazing combos and counter at his disposal. The only thing about the game is sometimes the stealth missions can be rather difficult and time consuming. Other than that this definitely a game to rent. I wasnt a big fan of batman until i played this game. Heck I even picked up the comic book about this game.
This game is a starting point for all developers looking for how to make a good game. I dont really get down on the whole comic universe with all the comic based games or whatever, but people are correct in saying that you dont have to like comics or even batman to enjoy this game.
The setting is phenomenal, being on an (almost) open island world with few loading areas besides the transition of being in a building to being out of a building.
There were certain times where i jumped from being startled in certain spots (wearing headphones and playing my xbox on my computer monitor) and i loved it. The story is VERY good, and the environment looks almost flawless.
All the gadgets are also VERY VERY properly implemented and you will need basically all of them to get all of the puzzles.
This game is just great all around, you can either charge in head on and beat clowns down or you can be sneaky and take them out silently, alerting the other baddies that you are in the room; you are just biding your time.
The puzzles that the riddler gives you are some of the best ive seen in a game, some make you really have to think, and some are just kind of obvious. I gave this game a 9 for being pretty brutal all around, this is the kind of game you can pick up and put down and come back to (but its so good you probably wont put it down ;D )
Would have gotten a 10 if it had some sort of incorporated multiplayer or some sort of replay value.
Definately worth renting, possibly buying if you are very into batman.
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Whether you are a marvel or a DC fan, you have to respect this game. With a great storyline, lifelike graphics, a nostalgic taste for those who watched the cartoon series, I can only stop playing it so I can write this review. The game is worth a purchase.