Experience what it’s like to be Batman and face off against Gotham's greatest villians. Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (7,021 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 26, 2010

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"Arkham City was great, Arkham Origins was ... not. For me, the best of the bunch is the first, Arkham Asylum. You just can't beat those Scarecrow bits!"

About This Game

Critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum returns with a remastered Game of the Year Edition, featuring 4 extra Challenge Maps. The additional Challenge Maps are Crime Alley; Scarecrow Nightmare; Totally Insane and Nocturnal Hunter (both from the Insane Night Map Pack).
  • Utilize the unique FreeFlow™ combat system to chain together unlimited combos seamlessly and battle with huge groups of The Joker’s henchmen in brutal melee brawls
  • Investigate as Batman, the WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVE, by solving intricate puzzles with the help of cutting edge forensic tools including x-ray scanning, fingerprint scans, ‘Amido Black’ spray and a pheromone tracker
  • Face off against Gotham’s greatest villains including The Joker, HARLEY QUINN, POISON IVY and KILLER CROC
  • Become the Invisible Predator™ with Batman’s fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen and hunt enemies
  • Choose multiple takedown methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls.
  • Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island, presented for the first time ever in its gritty and realistic entirety
  • Experience what it’s like to be BATMAN using BATARANGS, explosive gel aerosol, The Batclaw, sonar resonator and the line launcher
  • Unlock more secrets by completing hidden challenges in the world and develop and customize equipment by earning experience points
  • Enjoy complete superhero freedom in the environment with the use of Batman’s grapnel gun to get to any place you can see, jump from any height and glide in any direction

System Requirements

    • OS: Vista/XP
    • Processor: 3Ghz Intel or AMD or any Dual Core
    • Memory: 1GB Ram(XP)/2GB Ram
    • Graphics: PCI Express SM3 NVidia 6600/ ATI 1300
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 8GB free space
    • Sound: Any onboard sound card
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a Beat 'em up set in, well, the Arkham Asylum?

You are (obviously) Batman and after you catch Joker, who was strangely willing to go with you without a fight, you go to the Asylum to be sure he doesn’t try anything funny, bad part is you fail. Good part is the Asylum gets out of control and is up to you to solve the situation. But remember, Joker is not the only one there, so you have to be prepared for a long, long night.

★★★★☆ | Liked it
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Oh, I love Batman's games :3 Nice graphic, nice story, nice gameplay..little open world. That game is awsome for guys which like using brain and logic at games :D
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
One of the best Batman games of all time, it defined the new genre of Batman games. Batman: Arkham Asylum takes place as you would expect at Arkham Asylum, everything seems to be going as planned but the Joker always has a trick up his sleeve. I would say the game is semi-open world, yes you explore Arkham but the game does a great job at reusing previous locations to the story. It develops clever ways of ramping up the difficulty. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill do a great job at being the Batman and Joker duo. Another little thing I liked was that the Joker talks(taunts) you throughout the game, it’s quite funny. The Story is great and I won’t spoil anything in this review.

The gameplay is great and the free flowing combat is very satisfying to pull off. Batman has an arsenal of gadgets to assist him in combat and being the world’s greatest detective. The game has basic stealth and the AI is really not smart but it does the job. The easter eggs are awesome. If you do end up playing this game I encourage you to collect everything, its very interesting to learn about the history of Arkham Asylum and the DC characters in general.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
From the opening cinematic sequence, superbly timed and beautifully drawn with the intro credits rolling, as Batman goes with the Joker through the inpatient procedure at Arkham, you can see the great care that was taken in every tiny thing. Arkham isn’t just dreary, but classic gothic horror dreary. Batman glides with the ease of an athlete, the cape swaying with his paces, ominous and implacable as the Rock of Gibraltar. The Joker mugs and hams – he seems awfully happy to be back at Arkham. What’s the reason for that?

I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying that the Joker has a plan; a plan to bring Batman to Arkham to have him face all the criminals he’s put away there. Yes, the inmates are running the asylum, and Batman aficionados are going to get a full dose of the Jim Gordon, Oracle, The Riddler, Bane, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, Poison Ivy, The Joker, and others. Themed similarly to the graphic novel of the same title, it is nonetheless a completely original adventure as Batman fights his way from one side of Arkham Island to the other rescuing Gordon and guards, doctors and nurses and others, while putting a stop to The Joker’s nefarious scheme.

At its root, AA is a third person fighting game. Using combinations of left and right mouse clicks Batman unleashes a flurry of attacks and counters, flinging, punching and kicking his way through packs of nameless convicts. My sole complaint with the game is that fighting these guys is pretty much a picnic. Even later in the game when they introduce thugs with greater fighting skills or weapons, you can easily beat up eight or ten or even twelve guys in a fairly confined space without one even laying a hand on you, like a scene from the Matrix on steroids, just a long string of button-mashing, head-cracking action. And if head cracking was the only thing this game had to offer, it would be pretty thin. Fortunately there’s lots of other stuff to do as well.

Batman has to do some detecting; he’s got to solve riddles, find clues, and investigate strange experiments going on in Arkham. Hitting ‘X’ puts him into Detective Mode, a sort of preternatural sight (he says that uses some kind of enhancement built into his cowl) which allows Batman to see important objects highlighted on the screen, follow trails of chemical vapors or find fingerprints. It also allows him to see thugs through walls like an X-ray, their stance, their facing, and whether or not they are armed. To aid him he also has the typical utility belt gizmos such as batarangs, explosive gel, a grappling hook, and he can do cape glides and cape attacks.

The game looks great, outstanding even. Early in the game when Batman escapes from the asylum and emerges on a peak overlooking Arkham is easily one of the top three OMFG videogame moments (the others, just for your comparison, being your first glimpse of the city of Bioshock from the bathysphere, and when you emerge from the first dungeon in Oblivion. The first view outside the vault in Fallout 3 probably also falls in that group somewhere.). My computer didn’t even meet the recommended system requirements (I have only 1GB of RAM whereas the game recommends 2), but if it caused any hiccups or slowdowns I didn’t notice them. The third person camera works extremely well, deftly avoiding the hang-ups and the ‘why am I looking at a wall’ moments. Batman’s motions are fluid, continuous, and definitely not a set of disconnected moves. He looks like a martial artist, not the sort of jerky puppet that so often happens in these games. Voice work, all of it done by actors from Batman: The Animated Series, is also perfect. Sound effects, music – all no corners cut and no expense spared. Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker) particularly nail their roles, as they did for the TV series.

This is very nearly the perfect game. This game is as close to 100% as I’ve ever seen. If you’ve ever wanted to play Batman, were more than a little disappointed by the previous Batman Vengeance, and still own a pair of Batman Underoos even though they’re way too small and were probably the wrong thing to wear on your wedding night, you have to run out and buy a copy of this game. Run over your own mother if you have to. If you don’t have the money, sit on a street corner with a cup and beg to unleash your Caped Crusader within. Sell your blood. Who needs all of it anyway? Or a kidney! Likely an entire generation will go by and never find a better gaming dollar spent. Don’t miss it!

10/10, Highly Recommended

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
There have been many superhero games throughout the years. Most of them have been sidescrolling "beat 'em ups" in the vein of the Final Fight series. Others were horrible adaptations like the Superman game for the N64. Arkham Asylum has been, with few minor exceptions, one of the most on-point adaptations of a superhero property into a game that I have ever played.

First, the format, a 3-D "metroidvania/Legend of Zelda" type deal where new tools open new areas and items to get, plays nicely into the feel of the game. That same format also helps with the "lone hero" feeling that is in many ways the essence of Batman. You feel like yes, you are alone, but you aren't out of your depth. Also, the classic animated series voices help set the tone of the game; dark with just a bit of humor here and there.

The game world is lush and well rendered, created in that gritty style also befiting a game about The Bat. Ruined sewers, secret tunnels, and crawling through airways and up walls all give this sense of being secretive, careful, and thought out. The world you have been given to play in is tailor made to adhere to the common action/stealth tropes that exist in other Batman works.

The combat and movement can be . . . halting at times. In particular the "hold button to run" command, something that I thought I had seen the end of when analog sticks came to prominent use, feels forced and unintuitive. When the combat flows, slighlty pauses on a big hit, and Batman is leaping to and fro kicking, punching and generally kicking ♥♥♥, it looks good, and it feels good to be doing it, but there aren't any ways to "do" the one move you like, really. And the combat system is at its best when you have maxed out all your available attack options.

The fightable enemies are simple and never waver from the basic human stock of "Joker goon fight"; they are either unarmed, armed with a melee weapon, armed with a firearm, a stun baton, or they are giant mutant freaks. This includes the "boss fights", making the gameplay and world far more engaging than the actual combat. That said, most of the combat is short and simple. I think the longest normal skirmish took maybe a minute. And the best parts of combat aren't specifically the combat so much as the setpieces where you have high perches to disappear to. You can swoop down, take out a goon, and then grapple up into the shadows, listening and watching as the other goons start to freak out as you take them down one by one.

And finally the story, which at least matches the quality of the old animated Batman series movies for plots. Joker has a crazy plan, and Batman has to stop him. The winding way Bruce has to do this is what makes up the bulk of the game. Some of the story points feel contrived, but overall, the story flows from point to point in a logical way. What helps in this is that Batman himself often tells the player (and Oracle over his headset) the next step. And when Batman tells you something in this game, a combination of the voicework and the writing just seems to make the next plotpoint make sense.

With solid voicework, a lonely, beautifully crafted world, and a combat and stealth system that is only sometimes marred by its own trappings, this is a solid, wonderfully made title that anyone who counts themselves as a superhero fan in general or a Batman fan in particular should own.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a great game - and, sadly, largely better than its successors, even though they are solid enough games themselves.

What this game does better than anything else - ever - is make the player into Batman. You are Batman. You feel like Batman. You do Batman-type things. The story is great, the characters are great, the flow of the gameplay is great, the voice-acting is spot-on... even the collectibles in this game are good.

This is one of the greatest games of all time and it would be criminal not to play it.

Grade: A+
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fan or no fan, any self respecting gamer should at least have played this game, especially since it has come by in the store a few times now for rediculously low prices. In exchange you will get a immersive, fleshed out, gameplay solid adventure beat-em up that handles like a dream and gives you at least 20 hours of it if you follow the whole story to it's end. Batman fans can count the tons of extra content from the Batman universe as a big plus as the developer really seems to care for the franchise for having nailed most if not everything Batman related on the head.
Well done Rocksteady, well done.
A musthave.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This was a mixed bag for me: On one hand Combat is meh, but STEALTH MISSIONS ARE AWESOME, boss fights are bland, but MARK HAMILL IS AWESOME

This game was fun, I'd call it a linear Assasins Creed with batman. 7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Arguably the best superhero game of all times ! Must buy 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
This game really makes you work hard. With the fact that you need to use stealth multiple times to hide from your enemies, the fact that you do not have guns to fire and must defeat your enemies without dying, and the fact that all you can do is dodge, punch, and throw a batarang, makes it so that you are forced to think carefully about your actions and strategize how to defeat your enemies. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Deep in the heart of Arkham Asylum....

Batman lurked the vents, spying on the Joker's goons, taking them out one by one. Until Batman reached the computer room. He found the TOSHIBA laptop, on with the charger in, melting crayons and books with it's fan. So Batman lowered all of the settings because whenever Batman opened ''Arkham Asylum'', this is what it would do.

Batman thinks this game is very good. He thinks it has a wide selection of characters and bios to find, brain puzzling riddles and challenges and memorable boss segments. He also loves the free roaming segments of the game and thinks it is a good way to kill time to explore all of the areas of it's expansive map.

Batman also thinks that although you need a super fibre optic equipt Bat-Computer to run the game, it has good graphics and flowing combat mechanics along with it's excellent storyline and voice actors returned from the TV series that are essential to a Batman game.

Batman strongly recommends this game to any Bat-Fans and gives it 9/10 stars. How do I know that Batman loves this game, you ask? B'CUZ I AM BATMAN!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Possibly the most influential game of the last few years. It's the best Batman game ever, and Solid fun the entire game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This is one of my favorite games of all time. Even the sequels left out one of the best parts of the this original, the Scarecrow sequences. While the Scarecrow levels were not particularly memorable, the whole sequence is one of the best gaming experiences of my life. I enjoy the rhythm game combat mechanic as it makes me FEEL like I am actaully Batman. Great great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Story (9/10):

Batman: Arkham City is one of the best games I have ever played. You play, as the title suggests, as *dramatic pause* Batman! Armed with many iconic gadgets like the batarang, grapple, smoke bombs, and many more, it is your mission to put a stop to the Joker's plans within the Asylum.

The story is exciting, and unique. As you progress, you must adapt and master new skills as objectives become more difficult to complete. Iconic characters will make appearances as you progress. Most will try to kill you, some will try to pull a fast one and try to backstab you, still one in particular will even try to eat you. You will be in danger from start to finish, captivated by the eerie environment and developing story.

Visuals (10/10):

Arkham Asylum is a bit dated now, so the graphics are not considered as stunning as they once were. However, maxed out, it still looks very good. The asylum is true to its comic book origins, meaning it is dark, depressing, and gives off the feeling that something more sinister is lurking behind the walls than just the criminally insane.

Gameplay (10/10):

The world of Arkham Asylum is free exploration, but to stay interested and invested in the game, you can't really deviate from the story because the story is linear and without side missions to distract you. Personally, I am not bothered by this because there is quite a bit of problem solving and each area you enter presents a new challenge that require different approaches, so you aren't doing the same thing over and over.

The main story is fairly long probably about 15 to 20 hours depending on the difficulty. On top of that, you have a couple of miscellaneous “missions” like doing all of the Riddler Challenges and examing the artifacts found in the Asylum. While many find these boring, I personally enjoyed going back and doing these because they offered sereral easter eggs by referencing events and characters from the comics that I enjoyed. If this isn't your kind of thing, it is easily skipped.

This game is in third person, so it relies on a very effective free-flow combat system based on combos. It mixes classic fighting with silent takedowns and special combo moves that create the classic Batman that can take anyone in a fight. Included in the fighting system are the gadgets. The gadgets create a whole new host of ways to creatively finish off opponets in both direct and indirect combat.

Many complain about the fact that the Batmobile and Batwing are not present in the game except for short stints, and are not even player operated. While this is unfortunate, the nature of the game taking place inside a small, finite area really defeats the use of either one.

Sound (8/10):

In terms of music and sound effects, Arkham Ayslum employs them to great effect. While the soundtrack isn’t really memorable, the small things like dripping water, metal clanking against metal, and other small things add to the immersion. The environmental and combat sounds are actually quite good. Unfortunately the dialogs are hit or miss, which sometimes hurts the characters.

Replay value (9/10):

While the plot is linear and there aren't any choices which would change the story in any way, the game provides countless hours of fun as probably the best batman simulator on the market. If the story mode gets boring, there are always the numerous challenge missions that are not part of the story that are fun to play.

Conclusion (9.2/10):

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a very good game, with an unforgettable setting, an engaging plot, and a loose ends that set up future games. Overall, it is definitely one of those games which you have to play at least once and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Oh Batman: Arkham Asylum... where did you go so right?

Was it your unique combat system that no other game had at the time?

Was it your fantastic dark art style?

Was it your amazing story?

Was it your difficulty despite your so easy to understand combat?

Was it your way of allowing the player to interactivley participate in every cool thing Batman does?

Was it your complete package that only had cosmetics and a few combat maps added on later?

Only thing I can think of that is not good about this game is that it is nearly impossible to play without a xbox 360 gamepad which you can get for 20 to 40 bucks which is really needed for other games as well. I think I originally spent about 30 bucks for this game on PS3 when I was about 13 and 4 years later I only regret not playing it maxed out on a PC.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The first decent Batman game for sometime. The game combines good narrative and gameplay mechanics. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
One of the best games i ever played. This game is a must play for any batman fan. Combat is amazing and fluent. Fighting against group of enemies is just pure fun. Boss fights can get boring but they're still pretty enjoyable. and i don't think i have to say this but... JOKER
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is great. Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition is awesome. Story line, Gameplay. Action. But the controls are bull. I try to counter. I throw Batrangs. I want to throw a batrang i do the counter. Alerting guards. I do a Stealth takedown near a ladder. I go up the ladder.

11/10

Lol.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
awsesome
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Amazing world, enjoyable gameplay, collectible puzzles, upgrades, nice graphics, good story. What else should I say? /Batman!
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