Holy smokes, Batman! The year isn’t 2009 at all – your time machines aren’t working, I’m just really really delayed in playing this game. And that game is Batman Arkham Asylum. Die hard blog readers will know (do those people even exist?) that I played LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes earlier this week and adored it. Obviously I adored it so much that it made me head straight to Amazon.co.uk and purchase Batman Arkham Asylum for Amy (My MacBook Pro, of course!) which turned up Saturday afternoon. And obviously I spent the rest of my weekend playing the Batman out of it.
Batman Arkham Asylum is far for the type of game I normally play. Beat-em-ups are not my cup of tea at all. I like my Mario games, and my huge Zelda adventures. Also, I can’t stand games that require stealth, hiding round corners, sneaking up on people, all that jazz. I hate all of it. It scares me, you see. If I’d have known that Arkham Asylum was a beat-em-up, stealth heavy game no way would I have bought the game. And that would have been a huge shame.
The two elements of Arkham Asylum that I thought would put me off the game, did the opposite and turned out to be some of my favourite parts. I loved all the stealth sections. Grappling is always one of my favourite bits of a Zelda game, and the grappling from gargoyle to gargoyle, then gliding kicking bad guys to death is so awesome. Or sneaking up behind unsuspecting targets and taking them down. It’s all good fun. Not for the people I was taking down, but they’re not real, it doesn’t really matter.
In fact, the general fighting in the game was great. Near to the end of the game there are huge gangs of thugs that attack, and it’s superspecialawesomefun to hop on one of those big dudes back, then take waves of enemies down. Oh, and the boss battles were so awesome. I heard that battling Poison Ivy is rather tricky, but I had no issues, and it was brilliant. I love Poison Ivy. The only battle that gave me huge problems was the battle against Bane near the beginning. Even the final boss battle didn’t give me too much grief. Still, it’s a very rewarding game.
Something I’m totally not used to in an adventure game is voice acting! What with only playing Zelda games and all. The voice acting adds to characters personalities so much. Harley Quinn wouldn’t be half as awesome if she didn’t have the tell-tale voice. Also, I love Harley Quinn as well. Even the characters you’re about to kick in the face shout hurl abuse at you! The dialog was witty as well, and the Jokers commentary throughout reminded me of GlaDOS’ remarks. I don’t care if Link stays silent and only the people around him talk, just give the next Zelda title voice acting please!
Other stuff I loved in the game include the Scarecrow sections. I was just happily walking through a long corridor then, bam, I’m in Scarecrow land, some of the better sections of the game. The third time it happened, I thought my Macbook had crashed! I know of lot of people didn’t like the section with Killer Croc, and I can see where they’re coming from. But I just loved the final bit of the escape when Batman is running headfirst towards the camera, then he blows up the floor. Pretty cool.
Because I was running it on a Mac, the game didn’t look as great as it would have done on PS3 or Xbox, but it still looked bloody beautiful. That’s possibly because I’m only used to the poor graphics of Nintendo 64, or the Wii which isn’t much better. There may have been a little bit of slowdown at times as well (Why I hate PC gaming), especially when taking on huge waves of thugs, but nothing to ruin the game. The game was so awesome, that not a lot could ruin that game for me. The game took me about 12 hours to play. 12 hours well spent if you ask me.
My only issue with the game is why didn’t I play this soon! This is a really awesome game that’s been out since 2009 and no-one recommended to me that I needed to play it soon! Never mind. I’m so in the mood for more Batman now! I bought Batman Begins to watch on DVD and The Dark Knight Rises is out in less than two weeks as well. I also want to play Batman Arkham City, but that’ll have to wait until the Wii U version comes about at the end of this year.