Upfront, I am not what you would call a “gamer.”
Now, I have played video games for most of my life -- hell, I had a “Pong” game system when I was a kid in the 70s. I’ve also owned and played many of the great game systems in history:…
Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Intellivision, Nintendo ES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Game Cube, Playstation, PS2, PS3, and Wi.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “And you’re NOT a gamer?!” Yes, I enjoy videogames, but I’m certainly not what you would label a “gamer.” Why? Well, my gaming has pretty much focused on MADDEN and other sports games since the early 90s. Rarely do I buy anything that’s not sports -- predominately football - related. BUT…
I will partake in any game that involves Batman. I’ve purchased and played just about every single Batman videogame over the years -- including all the games based on Batman films as well as the recent LEGGO BATMAN.
While there have been some OK to good Bat-Games over the years, I’ve yet to see a “definitive” Batman videogame.
BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM is to video games what THE DARK KNIGHT is to movies when it comes to Batman.
Simply put, this is one of the most badass Batman “events,” if you will, that I’ve had the chance to experience -- comic books, animation, and movies included.
Look, I’m not going to blow smoke up your you-know-what and say that I’m able to provide an in-depth and detailed examination of this game, OK? Like I said, I’m not a gamer and quite frankly, there are other sites that can provide that for you. But what I AM is a Batman fan, OK? If you’re interested in a review of ARKHAM ASYLUM from that P.O.V., then this might be the one for you.
AA begins inside The Batmobile, with The Batman providing The Joker transportation to infamous hospital for the criminally insane. Similar to The Joker’s scheme in the film THE DARK KNIGHT, Mr. J’s imprisonment is actually part of The Crown Prince of Crime’s scheme. He’s planning a hostile takeover of Arkham by Gotham’s most dangerous freak criminals, which of course will for The Dark Knight to return and restore order.
Honestly, I’ve yet to finish the game, but that doesn’t need to take place for me to know that AA is one heck of a video game. Even better, it’s got Batman and his world down pat.
The best thing for me -- outside of having Kevin Conroy and Mark Hammill voice Batman and The Joker respectively -- is that when playing, YOU are BATMAN! All of Batman’s “wonderful toys” are at your disposal. And while Batman’s indeed a ass-whuppin’ badass in AA, he’s also a master detective. As a result, you have to use your brains as well as your brawn -- perhaps even more so -- to be successful.
In addition to The Joker, many of Batman’s famous rogues -- Bane, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow to be specific -- are found in the game and are done wonderfully. Killer Croc’s here as well, although I found him to be a little too “lizardy” for my liking -- but that’s simply a petty nitpick on my part.
ARKHAM ASYLUM is a must-have for Batman fans, no doubt about it. When all’s said and done, it will definitely be considered a “Batman Classic.”