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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Enforcer
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Another nice batman game with good graphics and performance.
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Snydra
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
The Batman game we deserve.9/10
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VegeChips
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better than No Mans Sky
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Dire
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
What is there to say really? This is a phenomenally good game.

It has an interesting story, great villains, good combat system, sweet gadgets, enticing collectibles and is actually pretty bug free from what I can tell.

You play Batman in 3rd person and you're here to stop the Joker (and various other super criminals), who has taken over Arkham Asylum. On your mission you will be able to explore a relatively open world (The Arkham Isle as well as several enclosed "levels"), in which you can find well hidden trophies and solve riddles by the Riddler, which unlock more lore information and give you some points for your next level up, but nothing really essential. It's a great way to break the monotony of "run, fight, repeat". You will also get several gadgets over the course of the story, unlocking even more ways to fight your enemies and reach new locations.

The combat system is just fluent, attack, block, special attacks against certain enemies. A good player would be able to not take a single point of damage in this game, since the system is pretty much flawless and any damage you take is definitely your fault. There is no cheese here. Enemies attack you in succession, but don't swarm you, so you can always block. This is how the system is designed and it works very well. Fighting better and upgrading your combat capabilities means taking out enemies faster.

The upgrades usually provide some quality of life changes and some new ways to play the game or make you more resilient. It's not spectacular, but not bad either.

You also have access to a "detective mode", which lets you see things you can interact with, such as destructible walls or trophies, etc. The problem is that this mode is so important to actually seeing stuff that you're basically playing the whole game with it being activated and that kinda screws the pretty nice graphics over...

My biggest gripe would be with the Batclaw (upgraded), because it takes ages to take down a barrier, while tapping A like a madman, and the "challenges", which are just a set of "fight this for x rounds" or "knock out all enemies in a room as fast as possible". There are about a Dozen of them or so, and they're not that easy to get a good grade on, but I found them rather dull, so I left them out. Apart from that the game is 100% for me, which happens very rarely.

A must buy imho if you're either into Batman or 3rd person fighting games with some Metroidvania aspects.
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Fredi Cougar
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is easily one of my favorite games on steam now. And I shall explain why!

So this game takes place in and around Arkham Asylum (never woulda guessed), and has you fight some of Batman's toughest foes like Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Joker, etc. The boss battles are incredible (mostly), and all are very unique (again, mostly). The main gripe I have with the game is only the final boss, Joker. I won't do spoilers, but it is very repetitive and annoying if a goon interupts you doing something, and Joker... Well he's just annoying. I did get stuck in a corner once, where he beat the crap out of me like how I beat my... Ahem... Anyways, the game overall is phenominal. I will be instantly getting the next game in the series, right after I finish this review. So in all, i'd give it a 9/10!!

tl;dr verdict - Very fun overall, great story
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mcbargava
12.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
A game that showed that Super hero games can be very good AAA titles.
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Oscoste
10.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Batman Arkhams are one of the best 1 player modern games, and Asylum, being the first one, broke a lot of standards, i love it from beginning to ending, the story and the characters are really enjoyable, the combat mode is incredibly addictive, and once you finish it (I finished it in 10 hours), the challenge mode adds extra hours, leaving you with nothing but the urge to continue playing Arkham city and the rest of them.

Plus Batman rocks.
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Hollywood041
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Played through this so my friend could play City with background info. Had a blast, quite addictive
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EternalArianne
14.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
This is hands down the best super hero game ever! I love the music, the dark grittiness of the asylum, everything. I love how fluid the fighting is as well. Getting the voice actors from the animated series was a nice touch as well. I usually suck at open world games due to their huge size, but this one is just the right size to allow for open world without it being too overwhelming. Overall, I highly recommend.
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lyuval48
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
good game
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Batman: Arkham Asylum is an amazing Batman game, this is also the first Batman game in the Batman: Arkham series. It features a great Batman story, good Batman gameplay, beautiful Batman graphics, amazing Batman cutscenes, remarkable Batman combat, phenomenal Batman stealth, spectacular Batman gadgets, insane Batman villains and superb voice acting.

From the number of times Batman were unnecessarily mentioned in the paragraph above, you can probably tell this game is definitely recommended for you if you are a fan of Batman! Also suitable for people that likes adventure/action game or anyone that would like to get to know the legend that is Batman better.

Be the World's Greatest Detective. Be the Dark Knight. Be the Batman!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Batman Arkham Asylum Review

Having recently gone through and 100% completed this game, by completing each challenge, grabbing all the collectibles and getting all the achievements. I felt it appropriate that I review this game properly by rewriting my original review, which I was never happy with to begin with.

From the beginning it's easy to fall in love with this game. The opening cinematic shows us that Joker has been up to his usual mischief in Gotham, and has been apprehended by Batman. Almost immediately afterwards, we are put into the shoes of the Dark Knight himself, as we walk with a chained up Joker through the Asylum to his cell. This scene is perfect in the way it sets the games mood, atmosphere and the tension that there is just something wrong. It also captures how great Mark Hamill's beautifully twisted Joker is, paired with the writing of Paul Dini (Batman The Animated Series, Batman Beyond), his performance is consistently brilliant throughout the game, and the opener is our first look into it. I should also mention the voice talent in the entirety of the game is fantastic, Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin are especially great as Batman and Harley Quinn respectively.

After the Joker is unchained and walked off to go to his cell, he escapes and we learn that he has been planning this for months, with the help of his sidekick Harley Quinn. We're then introduced to the games fast paced and fluid combat system, where you'll be battling it out with up to thirty enemies at a time. The combat can be a fair challenge at first but as you level up and make your way through the game, thirty thugs will be nothing to you. This game excels in pacing throughout and that is clear, with the way it never makes you do one thing for too long. Aside from the meaty combat system the game features stealthy sections where Batman will be put into a room of armed thugs. Considering Batman doesn't have any super powers, he isn't safe from bullets and after some exposure to them, he will fall like any man. These stealth sections, will have you picking off a number of enemies in a number of ways. You can hang them from gargoyles on the walls, you can pull them off balconies or just get up close and personal, then choke them into a peaceful slumber.

Aside from hunting down criminals, you can also hunt down the games collectibles, consisting of Riddler trophy's, which are small question marks that are hidden in every nook and cranny throughout the Asylum. Or try your hand at his riddles. The beauty of Arkham Asylum's collectibles, is that they never feel tedious to collect. Collecting them will unlock concept art and character models to view from the main menu, they also tie directly into the story as collecting them all will help you capture The Riddler.

Other sections of the game will require you to manually climb and jump around vertical mazes, which offer a nice break from hurting people. Pressing the X button will also put you into a handy detective mode, which allows you to see through walls to locate thugs and at some points set up crime scenes for tracking criminals down.

My main problems with this game lie in the boss battles - Scarecrow and Killer Croc have fantastic encounters, with the former putting Batman into a nightmarish state which houses some very interesting sequences that flip the game on its head. However the other bosses feel very boring in comparison, the rest are like normal combat sections with a boss added, and it doesn't help that the game ends on one of these fights, which felt like a let down after around 10 hours of a near perfect experience.

Even with the games small faults, the rest of the experience more than makes up for it. In total, Arkham Asylum is the current game to beat in the superhero genre. Its fantastic performances and writing make the narrative a memorable and mostly satisfying experience, with solid gameplay that makes you feel like the bone-breaking Batman.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Back when this came out, it was considered to be the best superhero game of all time, and for good reason. And though the mechanics are a bit dated and it's now been far surpassed by it's sequel, Arkham City, it's still a fantastic game that I wouldn't hesistate to recommend, whether you're a fan of Batman or not.

Pros:
-You are the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Batman
-Easy to learn, difficult to master combat system
-Combat is incredibly satisfying
-You can hang people upside down from gargoyles
-Great story with a good-sized cast of villains
-Amazing voice acting
-Lots of references that comic book fans will appreciate
-Pays homage to the Animated Series in many great ways

Cons:
-There's only one decent boss fight, the rest are a bit lame
-The gameplay feels slightly dated compared to the rest of the series
-Getting all of the collectibles is tedious
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I just finished this game, for the second time, and I love the Rocksteady Batman games! Arkham Asylum, unlike the others, has you fight a variety of bad guys in a secluded dark island. You know what it feels like?! It feels like a Batman game, which is amazing. The gameplay, graphics, and story are all very well-executed. I do definitely recommend this game to people who love Batman, superheroes, and DC comics. They hint at so much lore! I'm very surprised how in detail the core of the game is.
Like every game, there's a con or two. Sometimes my hits and/or counters wouldn't register and it would frustrate me at times. Also, the game is extremely short. I was able to beat it in one day, with only two sittings being four hours each. Nonetheless, the game is amazing. I'm glad Rocksteady dedicated their time and money into this franchise! If you haven't already, check out the rest of the franchise. They're amazing! A well done superhero game...
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Awesome game that started one of the best game series of all time.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Maybe it was Mark Hamil's destiny to play as Joker, I mean he has Arkham in his name FFS (mARK HAMil).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
69.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
this was my first Batman game since the original nintendo and I was very impressed by it. the game work very well. game looks good and was very fun. a few fps drops on the fighting modes. story was pretty good, good enough I bought the next two arkham games in the series ( they don't hold up to this game ). I 100% achievemented this game a couple years ago. I have yet to revist it but I might in the future play it again. the only Batman game in the arkham series that you are not forced to be anyone but Batman. I love the fact I didn't have to be anyone but Batman in a Batman game. when I play a batman game I play to be BATMAN! I recommend this game. buy on sale if you can. thumbsing this gem up!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
In brief

Story: 7/10
Graphics 7/10
Gameplay 10/10
Sound 10/10

Playing this game for the 100th time on the PC in 2016, the game has lost absolutely none of its charm, it's still excellent. Only in hindsight am I giving this game less than 10/10 because Arkham City improves on the already excellent game.

Overall 9/10

Full Review

I owned this game on release back in the day and played the heck out of it. I loved it, it was a revelation back then to play a Batman game...no a SUPER HERO game that didn't suck. Each hit felt like I was a real super hero, the voice acting was stellar, the story was excellent, a real upgrade system and collectibles which added extra layers of story.

First of all the story. It's not really a story which will have you on the edge of your seat, the game does an excellent job of weaving a lot of characters into the plot as possible, but you will not really be playing the game for the in depth plot. It's pretty standard fayre for a super hero game, bad guy does bad thing in bad place, beat side bad guys to get to main bad guy to stop bad thing. However what the game excels at, is the amount of sheer effort it puts into character development and little easter eggs of story along the way. Aside from the main plot you will find a sub-plot of collectibles involving the Riddler, he will "challenge" you to find and solve all his riddles. These unlock character bio's for a lot of the Rogues gallery. The story is littered with villains(being set in Arkham Asylum that's no surprise), what I enjoyed was the particular attention paid to the "lesser" villains, not just the major ones. Killer Croc getting a huge look in, The Ventrilloquist having a hand in proceedings through Scarface(allbeit very minutely). The story at the time was excellent, but for those of you playing in 2016 and beyond, Arkham City is the game you want to play for story.

How did the voice acting hold up? Amazing. Not much needs to be said about this, its Mark Hammil as the Joker. It's the guy who voiced Batman in the animated series as Batman. It's literal voice acting perfection. The only gripe is during the stealth parts of the game, sometimes the random thugs voices can get a little bland. Not enough to detract from the fantastic performances of Harley Quinn, Batman, Gordon and The Joker.

How where the graphics Graphics? I'm not the best person to tell people about graphics, I thought they were all right, obviously not as good as future incarnations. However I'm not a graphics ♥♥♥♥♥, I like games for gameplay, so long as the graphics are decent I'll take it. The characters looked good, it wasn't blocky, I had no frame rate issues.

Gameplay? This is where the game excels, and some 10 years later its still amazing to play. Each movement flows with such ease and it involves one button click. The slow addition of extra enemies keeps the gameplay fresh, wanting to add to your combo score keeps you coming back for more. There is slow addition to the maps without you even realising and a decent size for free roaming without the maps becoming dull. There is collectibles galore with interesting riddles along the way. The game is crammed with Batman easter eggs(personally favourite, go find Clayface). If you hate combat, you can try and stealth situations with a very good stealth portion of the game. Bosses feel fresh and have different mechanics to fighting them, not the awful "fight this guy" mechanic that previous super hero titles had given us for years. There is an upgrade system which isn't borderline ridiculous, you never get seriously overpowered but your gadgets slowly unlock portions of the game you wondered what they where for earlier. The main thing this game got right was the combat, beating enemies felt epic but never ridiculous. Too many superhero games get this so very wrong, Iron Man wouldn't struggle to beat a random guy with a gun, Superman shouldn't struggle to beat a generic thug. At the same time, it shouldn't require a 30 button combo for me to feel epic beating them up. Batman Arkham Asylum did it perfectly, LOTs of enemies with easy but satisfying combat. One button hits people, that's it, press x to hurt people. You flow from one enemy to the next, it looks and feels epic. However if you mess up, sheer numbers may hurt you, which is believable, Batman after all is naught but a man and he is often depicted in the comics as being injured after fights.

Overall in 2016 I can still suggest this game, after finishing it multiple times years earlier I still went back into it and loved it, getting every achievement. 9/10 a MUST own game. The only reason it doesn't get 10/10 is because Arkham City is better.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I generally judge a game by how much my grades drop when I start playing it.

Skyrim was about a 5%
Far cry managed 4%

I can't remember how to work out the percentage after batman.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
An incredibly fun combat system with a decent campaign play-through time and tons of unlockable content to do after the main story. Prior Batman knowledge is recommended to get the full effect out of the story, but it's not necessary for a good time. Overall, a great game with a great story. Worth buying!
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