A rapid one, this. Batman: Arkham Asylum follows in the spiritual footsteps of Christopher Nolan's dark and moody Batman movie reboots with a bone crunching, stealthy and mature game from Eidos and Rocksteady Studios. The Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, has concocted an elaborate plan whereby the caped crusader finds himself trapped with Arkham's grimy walls, with half of DC Comics' villain roster loose in the corridors.
The Game Collection, at the time of publication, had just under 250 copies of the PC version left in stock and is selling them off for £14.99. Considering that Simply Games are out of stock at the moment, this will net you a pint-worthy £3 saving on the nearest in-stock competitor (Zavvi - £17.95), although as The Game Collection's low prices are usually the result of a limited stock clearance, you'll need to get your skates on.
Arkham Asylum has, without a doubt, been one of the stand-out games of the year. With its Bourne-esque melee brutality, inituitive control system, well implemented stealth mechanic and some frankly excellent presentation, it has proved that superhero games don't have be painfully average after all.
The voice acting is superb with Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin joining the aforementioned Hamill to reprise their roles from the DC animated series as Batman, Harley Quinn and the Joker respectively. The graphics, too, are beautifully drawn, with lighting and shadow used to great effect, and allowing for some proper stealthy gameplay - something that hasn't been seen in quite a while.
Theere are villains galore, from Poison Ivy to Bane, with arguably the best moment of the game coming courtesy of an encounter with the Scarecrow. The Riddler, although he doesn't make a true appearance as such, is also on hand to dole out game stretching challenges and seek-and-collect quests that add to the game's longevity.
I had a blast with Arkham Asylum even though I consider myself a relative newcomer when it comes to the Dark Knight's DC legacy. You don't have to be a comic fan to enjoy this game at all precisely because this is a good enough piece of work to stand up on its own. The Batman tie-in is an added bonus, and series fans will be delighted by all of the little in-jokes, subtle references and character cameos. For the rest of us, though, it's just a cracking example of how to make a really good game, and it's certainly worth a shot for under £15.
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