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 (8,861 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 26, 2010

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"Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the shoes of Batman for a night? After playing this game, you won't have to imagine anymore."

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

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
    • 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.
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.10.3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 10 GB
    • Video Memory: 1GB
Helpful customer reviews
719 of 750 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
116.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
If you're a Batman fan, this is a must-buy. If you aren't a Batman fan, this game will quickly correct that for you.
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78 of 80 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Arkham Asylum is a triumph in every aspect. Combat, story (characters, voice acting, etc), atmosphere, sound design and even graphical fidelity.
This game captures what it is to be batman and my god its DAMN FUN. The developers going into making Arkham Asylum said "What can we do to make you feel like batman right away, as soon as we give the player control we want them to feel like a bad ♥♥♥. You feel like batman, the way your character is animated and moves, the freeflow combat system has you jumping around bruising bad people until the cows come home with some of the most satisfying combat I have played to date.

Here is a huge thing for me, and for all Batman fans. I watched the cartoon as a kid. Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil all brought the cartoon and that world to vivid life. Well guess what guys, they got just about everyone from the cartoon to revoice their characters in Arkham Asylum, Harley, Gordon, Batman, Joker, Scarcrow etc.
It is an incredible cast and it immerses you so fully in the world you almost never want to leave. The world that Rocksteady has recreated is fantastic, with dark colors and almost a noirish feel to the game that sucks you deeper and deeper into the world. You truly ARE batman in this game. It reminds me of a mixture of the cartoon and Tim Burtons dark seedy take on Batman. It is truly a game to be experianced.

So would I recommend this game? Abso♥♥♥♥inglutely. If you enjoy 3rd person fighting games with smooth combat systems that just make you want to sing while you are playing them. THIS GAME IS FOR YOU. If you are a fan of the Batman universe, cartoon, or comics YOU OWE it to yourself to pick up and play this game. It is absolutely fantastic.
I would recommend this game to just about anyone who enjoys a solid, FUN game in every aspect.
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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
A very good game, filled with basic but efficient stealth mechanics, a good fighting system, and interesting gadgets. Lots of collectible items and hidden secrets that explain the lore and story furthermore.
The graphics are still pretty nice, even though the game is 4 years old.

The only downside, to me, might be the amount of backtracking: you will often go back to the already previously visited places to be able to advance in the missions. But that's about it, really. The game is enjoyable enough, I had a lot of fun with it.
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66 of 83 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
The relation between the quality of this game and the fact that I'm recommending it is Harley-a-Quinn-cidence.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Look in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane... it's super... wait no, wrong Super Hero... Although one thing is true, this game is super. For years we video gamers have asked for a super hero game that wasn't a garbage movie tie in or flat out horrible platformer. WB and Rocksteady games did just that with the Arkham series of games. Starting with the BD... that didn't sound right I meant Big Daddy known as Arkham Asylum..

Everything about this game just works, the combat is fun and challenging for the most part, While not the most overly difficult combat system ever created, if you don't stay on your toes you can be easily overwhelmed. Although by now this type of combat system has been used numerous times and perfected in other games, like the sequels to this game and Sleeping Dogs, it was flat out amazing and new when the game came out.

The story seems ripped right from a comic book..... Batman has captured the Joker and is hand delivering him to Arkham Asylum, on the way you get some awesome views of the batmobile and Arkham City, the setting for the follow up game.. Once inside the master villain joker puts his plan into full effect. I could go into more detail but trust me it's pretty amazing.

I would recommend this game to fans of Batman, fans of beat em up's, and generally anyone that enjoys good video games.... This is flat out a good video game. You'll enjoy it, money back guarantee... (if you want your money back though... don't ask me, cause I'm not giving it... this game is a masterpiece)
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
This is an extended review on Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Content: 9/10
A 10+ hours campaign story along with a great challenge mode, which also has DLC challenges included, that can extend the length of the game up to 30 hours or even more in some cases. Unlockable character bios which include character interviews that you can listen to and character trophies, all of which are rewarded to you for your play time or geekness for searching and finding the Riddler's trophies. Very nice. Worth mentioning is that the game features a "Game +" which can extend the game's play value and play time by a lot more. (for those who are daring enough to endure the harder combat and lots of deaths that will follow)

Graphics: 9/10
Except from the eventual low res textures, which are hidden very well that in some cases are not even noticeable, the game looks amazing even to this day when maxed out. And this is a console port, which shows that the developers gave the time and effort to make it look as good as it could on a powerful enough machine.

Aesthetics: 10/10
This game catches the nitty gritty and dark enviroment, in which the Dark Knight fights villains for the good of Gotham. The Arkham Asylum really feels like a psychiatric prison that went wrong! Not much more can be said.

Sound: 9/10
- Sound Quality: It is excelent, crisp and clean as it should be in any game.
- Soundtrack: Be it on scenes, menus, combat or non-combat it fits the spirit of the game and that's what matters. It is great, it feel like soundtrack for a Batman licenced product.
- Lip synching: While it is really good it feels like it could be better. One of the better lip synching i have seen in a game though.

PC Port: 9/10
- Display Settings: From Anti-Aliasing, Dynamic Shadows and Distortion to Harmonic Lighting, Ambient Occlusion and PhysX, this game has a lot of settings that will satisfy the PC enthusiants just fine. (Although the FOV slider is missing. I know, its not a FPS game but still, its not there. you can mess with the files though and set it to your liking)
- Controls: This game supports controllers and rebindable keys which is a god send! Only 2 problems, 1 minor, 1 big. 1) You cannot rebind your keys while in-game, you have to do it before you launch the game via the game launcher and, 2) As many console to PC ported games tend to do, there are actions, many of them in fact, that are binded to a single key and that can cause some problems and a lot of frustration. Be aware.
- Optimization: This game has been tested and completed using an Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Edition. With Motion blur being turned off (cause my eyes hate it) and Bloom being turned off (cause apparently my card hates it), this game was being maxed out on 1080p 60 fps (with V-Sync turned on). Greatly optimized in my opinion.

Story: 10/10
You are Batman, escorting the Joker, an unpredictable and very dangerous villain to a psychiatric high security hospital-prison called the "Arkham Asylum", where he escapes, and its up to you to stop him, the prison break he just caused and the other "super-villains" that are lurking free in the asylum.

Gameplay: 9/10
While simplistic in its design, Batman: Arkham Asylum's gameplay is so good and successful that it already has spawned a mechanical clone (namely the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor game) and probably many more will follow.
- Combat: The combat in theory is an action beat-them-up with counter moves and special moves that can be executed when you have reached a big enough combo on the press of a button, but it is so much more in praticality, making the game the opposite of a chore. Satisfaction is the word that can describe it. And of course you can make Batman learn new moves and combos while leveling up, making the combat even better while you progress through the game.
- Non-Combat: When there are no enemies to fight, the game includes a lot of puzzles to solve (the Riddler's trophies) but most of them are no big deal (key word being "most" of them). Use the batclaw to traverse through the island or just use your feet!
- Present in both combat and non-combat is the dedective mode, which helps you solve riddles or progress the storyline in some cases in non-combat and helps you indentify the weakness of special enemies or super-villain encounters/bosses in combat. Also, the Bat-gadgets, like for example the iconic Batarang or the Batclaw, these tools are there to help you battle enemies, traverse through the island or solve Riddler's puzzles. You unlock new gadgets while progressing through the game.
Although i will mention that combat has its hic-ups. There are times that Batman wont counter when you press the button or wont target the correct enemy or even wont hit an enemy because he isnt close enough when that isnt the case. There is room for improvement here.

To conclude, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a shining example of how a Batman game or generally a superhero game is ought to be. Full of great content, amazing story and satisfying gameplay, this is a game that you are doing yourself a disservice if you actually havent purchased and played it yet. Full price or on a Steam Sale this game is worth your buck.

My rating:
- Must Buy
- Strongly Recommended <<<
- Recommended
- Not Recommended
- Definitely Not Recommended
- Must Avoid
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
It would be too easy to talk about Batman: Arkham Asylum in terms of the licensed game you do not expect, more beautiful than you believed and that should serve as a point of reference for productions of this type. It would be easy and would also be unfair, because that Batman does not even look like a security license, but a bell'action game, which capitalizes on the best ideas of the cornerstones of the genre, putting a cure and a completeness that is rarely achieved. At the same time, all the quotations, the way in which it was included the pivotal events of the life of man bat and how they have been represented some of the most charismatic enemies will delight fans of the comic, because the love Batman, who created this game, there is the entrance to the last meander of Arkham Asylum where you must venture.
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49 of 73 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
You get to beat up the mentally challenged for the lulz

11/10 very realistic
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I got this game cheap ..and I was like oh nooo , another *** Superhero game ..
But I was suprised ...it really is good .
The graphics are really smooth and shine , even on my old graphic controller .
The sound is not spectacular , but very fitting.
The boss fights are challenging , but always fair .
Overall i wouldn't call the game hard , it's always fair .


Graphics 8/10
They really look good even by today standards .But not that impressive anymore

Music 8/10
Good. But not impressive ,epic or unforgettable . But quite fitting

Gameplay 7/10

There's a lot to do and explore and collect , but can't be compared to Arkham City .Boss fights and fights in general are always fair and not too hard .Fights are running smooth , you can do combo's and combine different attacks. But it's no beat'em up . Sometimes it's even a bit too easy for my taste.

Definitve a must buy for gamers .
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
When I first heard about a Batman game, I immediately thought about early gaming exploits to bring Action Figures from Movies or Comics to the world of Gaming. For some reason I was under the impression it would be cartoonish, simplistic, and probably not a game I would enjoy; However, Once I sat down and started actually playing Arkham Asylum, I realized my fears of a childish rendition of Batman in game-form, was completely wrong. Batman: Arkham Asylum, reminds me of games like, Knights of the Republic meets Metal Gear 4, meets a Kick ♥♥♥ Batman. It had all the qualities I like in games, an array of weaponry and gadgets, puzzles, a compelling story and interesting characters, all brought to us from the Batman Universe. Complete with the villains we've come to love and/or despise, as well as an in-depth back story of the Historic Arkham Asylum, it is easy to see why this was the game of the year when it was released. If you don't have this in your inventory, you are missing out on something pretty amazing.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I'm a little late to the party but this is a brilliant game. It's very well designed, with streamlined, fun gameplay and solid interface/controls. You can tell that a lot of thought went into its design.

The mixture of tools at your disposal such as the batclaw and batarangs is very reminiscent of Zelda games, while the areas that you can't get to until you unlock or obtain new equipment is very much like Metroid.

It's a perfect mix of exploration and combat. The "two button" combat system is simple, but compelling, and very satisfying to do.

The story is great, and the voice acting is good as well.

If, like me, you somehow haven't played it yet, pick it up in a sale and give it a try.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Simply one of the best action/adventure games I have ever played. It really is a must own.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
One of the most comprehensive and best games I've had the pleasure to play.

Story? Great.
Gameplay? Amazing.
Control? Simple (game controller).
Challenges? Cool and crazy.

The result? If you have not, so go buy it!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum, the first one in the Batman: Arkham franchise.
Arkham Asylum is a stunning game, the gameplay is perfect.
The story of Arkham Asylum is way too perfect.

If you're a Batman fan, I'd pick this game up.
Even if you're not, I'd still pick this up, this game is just too good.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Killer Croc looks very scary, make sure for extra sets of clothes after you run through his lair. Killer Croc used to be weak...

8/8 would run from croc.

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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
I'm Batman, enough said
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Batman: Arkham Asylum is one of my favourite games of all time. I've played through this many times on PS3, which explains my low playtime as I already know what happens. Do I get bored of doing everything all over again? Nope. An interesting story, the best melee combat system in gaming, a stealth system with high variety, backtracking that dosen't feel boring and tons of lore and easter eggs are just some reasons why this game is amazing.

This is the game that began the "Freeflow" combat trend in many recent releases, but none of them have matched up to the original. It's smooth, requires skill and not button mashing, and rewards people who can get into those high hit streaks.

The stealth is great too. Multiple ways to take down and lure your enemies with some smart A.I to back it up. It may not seem hard at first, but it does get pretty challenging later on.

There are also challenge maps that require you to get a certain amount of points with the freeflow system or perform certain takedowns with the stealth system. Extreme versions of these maps offer an even harder challenge with some unique takedown requisites.

However, while the PC port is great, it is missing the Joker Challenge Maps which are exclusive to the PS3 and Mac versions of the game. If you have either of these, pick that version up instead as he is a very fun character to play as.

The original freeflow game that began one of the best franchises in gaming still holds up to this day. Play it whether you are a Batman superfan or you have no idea what he is. Overall: 10/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I cannot think of anything which is less than brilliant here - the combat is great, the exploration is great, the story is solid, the graphics are fantastic - there's no reason not to have played this and it's successors are lesser games IMO
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
You get to be batman. you fight against the joker, among other bad guys as well.

10/10 would batarang again!
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