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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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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BrawnyBlaze
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I don't think this game is flawless like other people claim it to be, but it's still an excellent game.

Seeing as how many games have previously let you play as Batman, this one shouldn't be any differwnt. However Batman in this game feels very unique to play. This is because of the feeling you get as you are climbing up walls, gliding across the map, using his various gadgets and quickly dropping in to swiftly take out a group of thugs. As the player I felt a great surge of power whenever a thug would fearfully shout "It's the Bat!"

This game certainly offers variety in gameplay, from combat, traversing through areas with each of Batman's different gadgets, soliving the Riddler's riddles and stealth sections. This keeps the main gameplay interesting, as it cleverly manages to avoid stagnating one area of gameplay without having too many different areas to confuse you.

The combat feels very smooth, simple, fast-paced and satisfactory. The system was so good that since its use in this game it has become the bare bones for action games. This game is definitely where I see it fit best. You'll gradually unlock new moves and abilities over time making it slowly become more complicated but still fun over time.

This game gives you a very good sense of progression. The order you unlock gadgets as well as unlocking upgrades to enhance them allows the player to return to areas they had already visit to uncover more than what first met the eyes. This adds value to each area of the game as the player finds every collectable hidden away.

The most interesting part of the game for me was the stealth. This game was part of the reason I got into stealth games, as it's a little more forgiving. Some areas will definitely test you as a small mistake will lead to failure. But most of the time if you are spotted you can lose them and still succeed. Unlike previous stealth games I've played like Mark of the Ninja and Payday 2 where you're trying to avoid the enemy finding a body to prevent an alarm from being raised, Arkham Asylum differs. Your goal in these parts is to slowly take out each enemy silently while injecting panic into those who are still searching for you. Their positions of covering areas are able to change as you take each enemy out. This makes it important to choose which enemies to take out first as well as having patience, jumping behind an enemy as he changes positions is something you need to avoid and wait for the right time with.

The collectables in this game are really interesting too. As you figure out which gadgets to use, you can find interview tapes of the asylum's inmates. The Riddler Trophies are usually placed in odd locations or hidden away out of the player's sight making them fun to collect. And the riddles do definitely make you think. I advise finding the secret maps before looking to get every collectable in the game, as they tell you what area each of them are in.

So why did I say this game was not flawless? Well by far the worst part of the game for me was the boss battles. This game seems to be the type where bosses don't work very well as Batman doesn't always go up against his enemies face to face. Therefore most of the boss encounters felt very shallow, repetitive and frustrating. This next part will contain spoilers so I do not advise reading if you haven't finished the game. I'll be talking about why I don't like the bosses in depth so skip past the black box if you want to see my final verdict.

The only boss I really enjoyed in this game were the numerous Scarecrow encounters, mostly due to them taking advantage of stealth and being creepy as Bruce Wayne goes through his greatest fears. But even this felt repetitive after a while. I can't even believe that this game had the same boss FOUR TIMES. That is absolutely outrageous and lazy, sure they introduced being able to jump on the mutant's back and knock them into thugs. But you're still following the exact same boss patterns for four encounters. The first boss being the deformed henchman was okay though nothing too special, Poison Ivy's fight was just dodging a bunch of plant spores and vines then throwing a Batarang at her for five minutes, Harley Quinn's fight wasn't even really much of an encounter as you just bet up thugs as the electrified floor switched and you ran to the other one and the Joker was just why? Why build the relationship between Batman and the Joker so much to such a silly encounter? Couldn't it be something better such as Batman grappling on to the Joker's helicopter as he tries to flee? No, lets just make Joker a mutant and have him boasting for half of the encounter. Oh was I forgetting somebody? Yep, Killer Croc. I hate this boss more than the other bosses in this game so I wanted to save him for last.

From the very start of the game you can see Killer Croc's desire to destroy Batman. I thought that would have meant an interesting fight on top of the water. But instead I got to slowly walk 600 meters to collect plant spores while Killer Croc continiously jumpscared me and I either only had to run off the platform or hit his electrical collar with a Batarang. So much potential wasted leading to a horrible encounter. At least making him fall into a hole was nice.


There are challenges and bonuses but I haven't found everything on the island yet so I'll talk about those another time. Do I recommend this game?

Yes ✔️
No
Wait for a sale

It's a great game. I bought it during a sale which was an absolute steal at $6 but it's totally fine buying it full price as well. You'll find fun, variety, exploration and atmosphere for the price you pay for it.
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macaronin
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I'm having a lot of fun pursuing The Joker, matching wits with The Riddler, and chaining punches, kicks, throws, and takedowns as Batman in a 3D third-person Metroidvania set in the infamous sanatorium. Looking forward to seeing Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Scarecrow.
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KodeMonkey
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I really enjoyed this game. I struggled at first trying to use the keyboard, but switched to xbox controller and it was a night and day difference.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Welcome to Halloween Downtown!
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Ethan0720
( 134.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Probably the best in the series.

Needs remaster



10/10
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endderi
( 25.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
great gameplay..great story..absolutely love it
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DEEXMACHINA
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Can't believe this game is from 2009. The graphics still looks fresh and new to me nowadays.
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Hero INC
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
My Thoughts on Batman: Arkham Asylum

Pros:

Intriguing Story
Great Action
Immersive GamePlay
You Feel LIke Batman Throughout
The Voice Acting is Fantastic
Gadgets Galor
Great Graphics
Fantastic Texture Work

Cons:
A.I.'s Periferal Vision needs to be improved

My Rating: 9.2/10
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Elder Samuel
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Played this on my old Xbox 360, and now replaying it on PC. Great game, graphics are very good for the time of release, gameplay is fun and doesn't get boring for a long time.
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Alex
( 38.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Bought this back when it was through steam, but you needed Games for Windows Live (a.k.a. GFWL) to play. It was a great game then, but now that they removed the GFWL it's an amazing experience. There's never been a better time to play Batman Arkham Asylum. Still looks great too, even for a game released for 360 and PS3 back in 2010.

I can also gladly report that an Xbox One controller works great for this game, only problem is that there is a launcher that you have to click "Play" on to start the actual game. Not a huge problem, and I'm just happy that the Xbox One controller works with the game.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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8 of 8 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Welcome to Halloween Downtown!
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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
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
If u'e superhero fan this game shouldnt be missed
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