Batman: Arkham Asylum
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  • I've enjoyed playing this game beginning to end three times now

    • by Liam Power

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      I’m Batman.

      It’s fun to say. Just turn to your friend, or just simply imagine yourself in a cowl, try and put on your meanest game face, and say in a throaty, intimidating voice: “I’m Batman.” Girls or guys, it feels good, even a little empowering, doesn’t it?

      The ideal way to capture this feeling completely would be to witness your parents being shot when you were a child, inherit their billion-dollar fortune, travel the world learning under the greatest masters of martial arts any culture has ever seen, and then put on a mask and start putting fear into the hearts of evil ones. When the effort outweighs the gain, in this case, we turn to the tv, and try to immerse ourselves in a good story.

      Video games were once a simple skill challenge. Try and see how many dots you can shoot before the time runs out, or run across the screen without touching anything, reach the end goal, and do it about fifty more times.

      Batman games have never been spectacular, until the graphics started getting better, and the

      very design started getting more intricate. The latest installment, Batman: Arkham Asylum, makes me feel like Batman. I get the sense the game designers took the very concept back to the drawing board. He’s not a man in a funny mask and cape that saves Gotham city every week. He’s a master ninja, a keen detective, an inventor, and an object of mystery and fear. He’s a man that is very much alone in his quest, and feels the pain of his loss with every waking moment. Batman truly sees the world in a different light than any one of us. In truth, he has far more in common to the villains he fights than to you or I. Arkham honors all these elements, and succeeds where every other Batman game has failed.

      I’m playing Arkham on the PS3. and the combat in the game is very simple to use. Perhaps too easy, but then again, I haven’t tried it on the hard setting yet. Watching Batman’s moves are incredibly entertaining, as he twists and turns and uses his foes moves against them. The flow of the cape ...

      • comes across very nicely on the PS3, too.

        Batman can also enter a detective mode which comes in crucial to his sneaky take-down tactics. He often hides up out of sight, using the rafters and the air-ducts, or posing as a gargoyle, subduing his enemies one by one. Detective mode can reveal where enemies are, weather they are armed, as well as any secret passages and hidden rewards in the game. The only trouble is it takes away from the games incredible graphics. In detective mode, the images take on an almost cartoonish quality, like we’re forced to look at everything through a blue-tinted window.

        Each of Batmans villains in the game have their own personality, and thus a completely different strategy when it comes time to face them. It makes the game anything but repetitive. The only overused element is the enemies that are super strong. One of the early bosses, Bane, has the unique attribute of being size of a car, and is far stronger than the dark knight. The fact the game has so many similar enemies, it makes Bane a little less

        special. Killer Croc is another one of his size, but considering he’s the only aquatic villain in the game, the fight with him is much different.

        Now I have to mention the voices. For those of us that loved the animated series that aired through the 90’s, this is a real treat. Mark Hammil even reprises his role as the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin as his twisted love interest, and main Henchgirl, Harley Quinn. We are fortunate enough to hear Joker’s insane anecdotes and insults throughout the entire game, as he continuously provokes “Bats” over the loudspeakers.

        The most admirable quality of this game is it’s re-playability. I’ve enjoyed playing this game beginning to end three times now. The PS3 also offers plenty of extra downloadable content, too, so we can fill the shoes of the Batman as long as we like. Sure, you could rent this game, and have a great time, but it’s better to just buy it. It’s worth every penny.

        And if for some reason you find Batman’s methods too brutal, too violent, then you, my friend, do not understand what it means to be Batman.

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