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Batman: Arkham Asylum £15.04 @ Tesco Entertainment [PS3 Games]

Brendan Griffiths
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Batman: Arkham Asylum £15.04 @ Tesco Entertainment [PS3 Games]

What? You don’t own this yet. How dare you. A game that justifies the hype if ever there was one. Yes the Game of the Year Edition has just been released, but this is over a tenner cheaper. It’s also over £2 cheaper than the next best deal at Asda.

NB: You’ll need this ‘15% off’ code at the checkout to get the £15.04 price: FTSL15-1

So what makes this game so goddamn awesome? For a start, the voice-cast is phenomenal. Shouty-faced idiot Christian Bale is kept away from the mic in favour of Kevin Conroy the voice of Batman from the classic Warner Brothers animated series and he’s matched by Mark Hamill again as the Joker. Harley Quinn gets a makeover that’s sexy and creepy in equal measure and there are plenty of other familiar faces, but not enough to starve the sequel.

The game even manages to nail the combat, instead of endless button-mashing, a measured counter-assault system is in place to brutally dispatch groups of enemies. Naturally there are plenty of Bat-gadgets to unlock which tie into finding all the Riddler’s objectives. These can be in the form of collectables, finding objects related to riddles or perspective puzzles.

Detective mode helped Bats see enemies through walls and pick up forensic trails. The only problem with it was that players could pretty much use it all the time, but then everything would constantly be blue, wasting the efforts of the art team.

The only other problem with the game was the repetitiveness of the boss fights, with most of them being simple ‘dodge and attack’ fights. It’s impossible to stay mad at the game as it’s bursting at the seams with un-matched quality. Best of all, Robin doesn’t get a look-in.

Just as you tire of air vents, you’re given new toys to explore with. The combat makes you feel like you are the Batman. You won’t spend the whole game fighting, as a perfect balance of exploration, scrapping, stealth and climbing has been struck, resulting in a constantly compelling and rewarding title.

The scarecrow levels surprised everyone with the change into faux-2D play and the unforgettable visit to Crime Alley that had jaws dropping around the world.  The massive effort to provide a decent length main game, rich with history and extras, high production values, quality voice talent and an intriguing plot have put all other comic book and film adaptations, and most other games too for that matter to shame.

 It must be a terrifying task for the developers to match the overall experience for the sequel which will take place on mainland Gotham next time. We’ve recently heard rumours that it might be held back until 2011. Hell we can wait, this game was delayed and it turned out great. The last thing we want is a xmas rush-job from the team at Rocksteady.

Thanks to bigcul1 for the find at HotUkDeals

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Matt Gardner  Apr. 30, 2010 at 17:34

Absolutely fantastic game. Brilliant, utterly brilliant.


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