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.
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Very Positive (398 reviews) - 93% of the 398 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Mar 26, 2010

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.9.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    • Video Memory: 256 MB
    • NOTICE:The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 3xx and Intel HD3000.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.10.3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    • Video Memory: 1GB
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357zealot
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The Arkham Series are some of the best games ever made. Start with this one
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Cameron
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I have this game on the PS3 and it is great! But on my pc It crashes frequently but if it doesn't crash frequently I would recomend it.
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Residoo
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I've played through this game twice now. First back in the day on the Xbox 360, and now on a computer. It was awesome when it was a new release, and while still what I'd consider a big game, it's perhaps dwarfed now by its immediate sequal, Arkham City.

Has a few jump scares, and quite a bit of horror theme throughout. Otherwise the game plods along at a nice pace, barring a few fights that I felt were almost too difficult this time around.

The Croc's Lair bit they could've skipped. Not a part I liked.

If you get it to work on a gamepad, even better, but I made do with keyboard and mouse.
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Lostfol
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game I initially had a hard time getting into the story. Once I did, I found it to be an excellent and addictive game. They do a great job of balancing Batman's ability versus the foes he goes against and setting a gritty atmosphere with a strong story element.

If you like Batman, or games with strong storylines, I would have no reservations recommending it. It can be dark at times though.
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AIDENCHARLIEII
( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Hi Everyone,

This is the first game I have enjoyed it is good in every aspect like graphics,plot,gameplay style etc.
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alsaffara25
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I like Theis game very much and this very defecult in laptop gaming .
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mbpoblet
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Despite how nice it might look once (if, rather) you finally manage to get it working I simply can't recommend a game that forces you to quit and restart (and wait for what feels like several minutes of unskipabble ads to finish trying to convince me never to support the featured companies) just to rebind the extremely badly explained (to the point of making it almost unplayable with mouse and keyboard) controls (the fact that I had to reinstall my physx drivers several times for the game to work - as, judging by the search results, do most of the players - doesn't help either).
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outSAN1TY
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Well, at least DC has good video games. Can't say the same for the movies.
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bulldogshighland13
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
its amazing its just like i remembered it feels so good to be back in the world of batman!!
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
OK, So before I even talk I'm going to warn you, this is a hard review for me to write. Don't get me wrong I LOVE this game but I have trouble explaining HOW it is so good. Especially since now I've start Arkham City and that seems completely different but better. Anyway let's get started, shall we :D (Corrine VS Pin)

First thing first, The game looks SO good for it's time. It actually definitely holds up to today's standards. The controls for this game are perfect and I acually MUCH prefer a keyboard over a controller. Into the gameplay, the game's unique fighting system is really nice! it isn't perfect but the idea is great. You can see that in Arkham City they had the budget to polish the fighting system but here it is still good. The only imperfections within the fighting system are just things such as not being able to counter straight after a takedown/attack. This just slows down the gameplay and doesn't make it feel very smooth (Arkham City fixes this though :D). Another gameplay feature that I love is the gliding! Oh how I love gliding around. And the Stealth sections also!!! Love it, Love it, Love it! It is very fun to BE the dark knight and takedown people like a total badass :D The gadgets are also what makes this game so great and unique.
Other great gameplay features worth mentioning is the detective mode, the riddles and the riddler trophies! All great feature that just really make this game all the more unique and absolutely AWESOME!

Onto the setting, the entire game is set on the Arkham Asylum. For some people this may seem repetitive but for me I love it! The mood and atmosphere of the island the the constant 'announcements' made by Joker make this feel ALOT like Bioshock's atmosphere however imo it's WAY better than Bioshock's world and atmosphere (Bioshock fanboys INCOMING!). The map is used great for evey scenario and I love the many hidden riddler trophies in every corner of the map. The characters in this game are AWESOME! I LOVE the Joker and the BATMAN! The voice actors for both were so perfect. Honestly I've never liked any of the film batman's (that was my only knowledge of batman as a kid) but this Batman is the perfect batman!!! The Joker is also the TRUE JOKER! I personally still prefer Heeath ledger's joker but I like that more as a realistic Joker. THIS, THIS IS THE ORIGINAL! Love it! Another great charcter that had some of my fav moments in the game were the Scarecrow scene.

Onto the story :D How do I explain the story in this game?... Well, this at first seemed like one of those mvies that are good because of everything on screen but the story wasn't that great. AT FIRST it seemed like that, however now I realise this story is actually REALLY GOOD for a start up Batman game series. There are no plot twist like I said but still, the scenes with Killer Croc and Scarecrow are amazing! This kind of leads me into the boss battles. This game had a lot of good ones and a few bad ones. To start off, as long as you've actually completed one single game before, you should set the game to 'Hard' difficulty at the beginning. I didn't do this but I should've since the game is really easy and it also saves a LOT of time when gathering achievements.

Ok so now onto the boss battles. First I will talk about the good ones which inlcude the Bane boss battle, Poison Ivy boss battle and of course the Killer Croc boss battle. In my opinion the Killer Croc boss battle was the best but the Poison I vy boss battle was the hardest. The Bane boss battle was ok but there were MANY more boss battles that used the exact same mechanic which got old and boring quickly. This leads me to the bad boss battles which mainly include all of the Titan X bosses and the final Joker boss. As I said the Titan X bosses got boring but the Joker boss battle was a huge let down as it was so EASY! I FINISHED IT ON MY FIRST GO!!! That is not something to be boasting about because it is actually quite disappointing :( I was expecting more but it was so... simple :((((

Overall, the great graphics, characters, area, atmosphere, story and overall great gameplay makes this game a true masterpiece that will NOT be forgotten. It really makes you feel like the dark knight and the completely unique gameplay give you so much control :D

8.5/10 To one of my fav games ever :D

Pros:
-Story
-Gameplay
-The Unique-ness of EVERYTHING!
-The characters
-The Asylum setting and the atmosphere
-The riddler trophies and plethora of bonus content
-The immersion
-The enjoyment you get from playing!!!

Cons:
-The fighting system, while good, isn't perfectly smooth
-The final boss battle is easy and the Titan X bosses are boring and repetitive

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Someone in a forum asked if they would still enjoy playing this game as they had already played the later Arkham games first and heard the combat mechanics in this were clunkier, so I decided to turn this into my first review.

Yes, it is a little clunkier, but still enjoyable once you get into it and the overall atmosphere is still probably the best in the series. Because the world isn't as open, it's a more focused story and running around in the Asylum is often a claustrophobic, nightmarish experience. Scarecrow is actually scary here instead of the annoying, glorified Hugo Strange type character he plays in Arkham Knight. Being in the sewers with Killer Croc is still freaks me out when I've had to replay it - recommend you turn your volume up!

It also has some of the coolest NVidia physx effects additions to the series if you can run them, such as interactive leaves, breaking floor tiles and stretchy cobwebs (still haven't had any cobweb effects in any of the other games despite them being in every airduct you crawl through - it really enhances the experience).

Biggest differences in fighting are the countering is much less forgiving (You can't wait a whole two seconds before you counter like the other games), evading over someone's head doesn't automatically make you untouchable and there's no sliding (I usually like to open combat with this). Also, if you were a fan of the remote batarang, forget about using it here. While it exists, piloting it is probably the last thing you want to be doing.

Also, as it's the first game in the series there's a lot more instruction as you begin, whereas the later games tend to treat Arkham Asylum as the learning point for the series and instead drop you straight into the action. If you can get over all of this and liked the later games, I think you'll enjoy the game, it has a nice tone, some fun Joker commentary and feels much more intimate overall.

8/10, would play again if I lost all my achievments due to Windows Live closing down and rendering my older copy useless (B@stards).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
It's dark, it has bat-toys, it somehow manages not to kill despite pulling enemies into a crazy long fall, it is batman!

Okay so this is a great game, with lots of references to batman villains. Far from all his villains, since he does have a massive gallery. Since my batman knowledge mainly comes from the cartoons, and not the comics, there were biographies for a lot I didn't know of, but there was also some missing that I really liked. But of course all the big guys are at least referenced to or make an appearance. You just can't be certain your favorite is mentioned, if you have one of the smaller villains in your top most wanted list. My personal favorite characters all made appearances though, but they are also some of the bigger names.

The combat is nice and easy to control for the most part. The only parts where it really had me angry was during some of the boss battles, where the camera was locked in place... Which was really annoying, after having had full control of it during the rest of the game. While the bosses all looked cool, there was only one I liked. Since who the bosses are spoils who is in the game, I will let it be in spoilers for those you don't want to see it.

The scarecrow scene was fun and unique the first time you got it. And it made sense you had less control, given you were fighting fear itself... However, come the second encounter it was already boring and just something I wanted to get over with, really frustrating. Not hard or difficult just boring since you had done it already.

The whole thing in crocs lair was also more unique, but damn it was awful. Having to just throw batarangs at him once in a while when he came up, and run other times...

Poison Ivy had the locked camera making her fight annoying, when it could have been nice, and same with the Joker.

The only boss I actually liked fighting was Bane.


The second annoying thing was the riddler trophies/challenges for collectors. Not that there was too many, even though there were a lot and many could have been removed. No, the problem was the way some were made. Instead of making sure you could find a way to reach every trophy in an area, before moving on with the story, several of them were locked behind places where you were unable to reach them without a gadget you wouldn't get way later in the story. Some of them you could even SEE sitting there taunting you going. "Oh hell no! You have to come back here near the end of the game if you want me! Even though it will make no sense in the story to return here." Like really? Really? There is nothing wrong with having to return to an old area later if you want to pick up stuff you might have missed, as long as it is the player's choice. But forcing them to return because you don't give them the tools to reach everything before the story pushes on, is just low. Especially taunting them with the things they can't reach... AND there was a gadget upgrade you needed to get through some stuff, that you only got the second time you returned to the minibatcave. Like WHY??? Why wouldn't you bring it along the first time we were there? It made no sense... -.- Dumb bat.

But the story was fun, and beating up enemies outside of boss encounters was also a lot of fun. Flying around and surprising your foes gave you a feeling of being the fighting batman. Overall it was a really great game, which is why it is so annoying that the boss encounters and riddler stuff left me frustrated. I recommend it to any fan of batman and action games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Must buy for Batman fans
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Si te gusta Batman, no podes dejar de jugar al Arkhan Asylum... Excelentes graficos y una nueva forma de disfrutar de Batman!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Probaly the darkest Batman game of them all, due to your limited space inside a forsaken Asylum.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Batman: Arkham Asylum

I'm not a big fan of DC Universe, well the whole superhero series but I do enjoy watching the movies or playing the videogames. In this case we'll discuss about Batman: Arkham Asylum, the debut of the videogame series about or favorite bat, done by Rocksteady Studios. This game is in some sort the prototype that shaped the whole action genre in all these years. So this means it is a well done game. The game feels in all it's aspects a truly enjoyable gem, maybe unpolished but it remains indeed a gem.


Pros:
+ The action doesn't feel too clumsy
+ Being Batman feels very authentic
+ The design of the city is well handled
+ The script isn't what we remember about the game but it surely isn't bad
+ Our hero has a wide range of tools to fight the bad guys
+ The game in PC is way better than console providing the game with better graphics
+ The detective mode is a nice add-on and it is easy to use
+ The game lasts approximately 10 hours, which isn't as bad
+ In PC you can find this game very cheap
+ The audio and the immersion are very polished


Mediocre:
~ Stealth actions aren't as rewarding as we could thing
~ The game may be too easy at lower difficulties
~ The combat combos are too easy, you don't feel like you are doing them

Cons:
- The combat system seems a rip-off of the Assasin's Creed franchise
- The combat combos are too easy you don't feel like you are doing them
- If you want to clear the game fast you may be disappointed with the duration of the title

Overall score: 9,1/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Fun game 8.5/10
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