If Modern Warfare 2 and Uncharted 2 made the most noise last year with their slick and shiny series sequels, then Batman: Arkham Asylum was the Little Game That Could....and Did. Coming way out of left field to snatch not only the accolade of Best Superhero Game EVER, it was touted by many (including yours truly) as their Game of 2009, and it's not hard to see why thanks to it's excellent combat, brilliant use of stealth, and gloriously geeky in-jokes, Riddler puzzles and fan collectibles.
The Game of the Year Edition didn't really add a huge amount of extra content, apart from a few further Challenge maps, but it did offer something else: the developers went back throughout the entire game and added in optional stereoscopic 3D thanks to the TriOviz engine. You can pick up this version of the game on both PS3 and Xbox 360 for just £17.99 at Zavvi at the moment, saving you around £8-9 on the next prices!
- Click here to buy Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY for £17.99 from Zavvi [PS3]
- Click here to buy Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY for £17.99 from Zavvi [X360]
Mixing up a combination of excellent third-person stealth with timing/rhythm based combat along with a healthy dose of exploration and some well constructed puzzles and platforming elements, Arkham Asylum is simply a joy to step into. The world of Batman has been fantastically created, with a solid script from Animated Series scribe Paul Dini complimented by sterling voice work from cartoon regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.
The 3D element is the only real reason you'd choose this version over the standard one, what with the latter being a few quid cheaper or so these days and it's effect is subtle to begin with. It's not really until you break out of the first hour or so that the 3D really kicks in. It's most noticeable during combat, Bats himself being the most obviously 3 dimensional object on the screen, those Bourne-esque punches seem somehow more robust. When he glides down from the rafters, the TriOvix engine really gives you a sense of the ground falling away as you kick off, before zooming into focus once more.
This edition won't appeal to gamers who already own the original, but for those of you late to this particular party then I'd suggest you give this package some consideration. You can check out my full review for more.
Thanks to davver99 at HUKD