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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Barrfind V.
26.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a third-person action game casting you as the Dark Knight himself. The title opens with Batman racing back to Arkham, Gotham's home for the criminally insane, with the Joker in tow. Batman was able to track him down and re-apprehend the baddie. However, things are never what they seem with the Joker, so after getting the maniac back into the building - a building stocked with hundreds of the Joker's goons after a "mysterious" fire at their prison - Joker breaks free with the help of Harley Quinn, takes control of the penitentiary, and releases all the inmates.

From there, you're off on an adventure that ranks right below The Dark Knight movie in terms of awesome Batman experiences. The actual Arkham campus is a loony bin spread across multiple buildings on one massive rock. With the Joker in charge you're going to have to swing over rooms filled with gas, save doctors, rip vent covers off the walls so you can make a path around locked doors, and move as fast as Batman can to stop the Joker from releasing an army of monsters on the people of Gotham City.
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Bassmatrix
11.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great classic game, never stops being fun. Personally my favourite batman game, even more than Arkham city.
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Xanth752
24.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Kevin Conroy is by far the best Batman!
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Darvin11
9.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Originally posted Sept 15 2009 gameaday-ish.blogspot.com

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Arkham is not tied to any specific property other than the characters than have populated the Batman universe for over 50 years. Seeking inspiration in all of the media that has come before, the game references the Christian Bale movies, the Tim Burton movies, all of the animated series and the comics themselves, weaving these details into a claustrophobic, atmospheric story.

Penned by animated series and comic creator Paul Dini, the pitfall found in Wolverine is avoided by casting voices from the animated series, namely Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker. As fully committed to the performances as Jackman, they create familiarity to fans of character without jeopardizing the verisimilitude of the presentation. Had Arkham been tied to Dark Knight, it may well suffer from some of the issues facing Wolverine.

The seemingly ubiquitous Unreal 3 engine makes a spectacular appearance, rendering large colorful worlds that appear open but are quite limited in scope. Once again, the decision to set AA on an island and solely within the facility grounds serves the game well, motivating the linear aspect of play.

I found it amusing that expositional scenes revealed through off camera radio transmissions are in full force in the game, as apparently that is a feature built into the engine. The animations for these sequences are identical to the ones uses in Gears.

What I found most striking in the difference between these very similar games was the presentation of the main character and their interaction with the environment through gameplay. Batman uses his familiar bag of tricks from his utility belt, resulting in a cavalcade of gadgets and upgrades. Platforming is restricted to using a grapple gun and a glide ability, referencing both the movies and the animated shows. Puzzles are integrated into a detective mode as Challenges left by the Riddler.

Combat is an integral part of the game and Batman’s combat is a far more nuanced and cerebral experience, playing much like a real-time Bruce Lee movie. Counters are used to intercept attacks, allowing the player to chain together attacks and build up multipliers, which unleash finishing moves. Strategy must be employed and it is a far more satisfying experience.

Against the odds, junior developer Rocksteady created a tour-du-force experience in AA, while Raven managed what appeared to be impossible prior to AA’s release: create a good comic book game. Wolverine is a very entertaining game but it pales in comparison to the masterwork that is Arkham Asylum.
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coolgirl256
19.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
I didn't grow up with Batman, but this game (and its sequel Arkham City, which I'm in the process of playing) made me want to dive into the Batman universe.

Pros:

-interesting story.
-great voice acting, some of the best I've heard recently. Seriously. Its rare to find high-quality voice acting in games, at least in my own experience.
-memorable dialogue ("Nighty-night Bats!")
-simple yet fun combat system.
-visuals: for a game that originally came out in 2009, it is still gorgous to look at. Compared to other games that came out the same year (Dragon Age: Origins and the 1st Borderlands for example), this game blew those two games out of the park in regards to graphics and visual style.

Cons:

-the boss battles could have been done a bit better but they weren't too bad.
-occasional frame rate drops but that did not take away too much from the overall experience.

Overall, if you can get this game on sale, buy it. It is, simply put, fun to play.
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Ron AF Greve
56.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Batman Arkham Asylum is a action/adventure/puzzle game. Since I am more of a casual game myself I am playing it on 'Easy' (I am 54% through when writing this). The graphics are absolutely great. The game plays as if you are playing in a batman movie yourself. Many things are optional like finding certain items.

Every time you discover things about one of the many batman characters a 'bio' is added and you can read details about when it for instance appeared in the Batman universe accompanied by a very nice drawing of the character.

You have various gadgets at your disposal which are acquired throughout the game. Some things can only be done later in the game so impossible puzzles might really be impossible if you don't have a certain gadget yet.

The game contains a few bosses which can be a bit of a challenge for a casual gamer notably 'Croc's Lair' which seemed near impossible to me ( I made a Save Game for casual players (note difficulty is set to Easy) almost right after escaping the lair (Gotty version) for anyone needing it).

Bane was also difficult at first but doable Just attack him after he runs into a wall. Try to avoid the goons and the pieces of wall he throws by jumping around. You might try to reduce the goons by trying to make sure they are between you and Bane when he is going to run although that might be not so easy. When you attack bane a few times (melee) you will automatically jump on his back and rip the tubes. Every time that will deplete one segment. After doing it jump around until he bumps in a wall again and do it again. After his three segments are depleted he's done

The game is not only long, good looking but also 'wide' in that you can do several optional things besides the mandatory main line. This keeps the game interesting and make it feel more 'open world'.

There are challenges like finding stuff, puzzles like how to get over there, riddles textual as well as using the environment in certain ways. All of these are optional.

On a scale of 10 I would say at the time of this writing Sept 2016 I would give it a 9.8 (-0.2 for the somewhat tedious crocs lair).

On my old Win10, 4Gb, GTX 660 Ti 2GB the game runs smoothly. I had to reinstall my video driver directly from NVidia because after I stopped playing for a while for some reason (might have been the upgrade to Win10) the PhysX no longer worked (it says so if you change the level and the game is unplayable slow). However reinstalling fixed it.
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TatsumasaDF
13.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
great game
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Splitsecond474
18.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
A really great game! One of the best super hero games out there. Would recommend.
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PistolPete
99.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Excellent game and one of the best single player titles in recent times.

You can probably split the appeal of this game into two categories-

Gameplay
Story/atmosphere

Gameplay-
Combat: Addictive and great fun, easy to use but difficult to master.
Predator (Stealth): Incredible fun, you really feel like batman stealthily wiping out hapless henchmen one by one. Possibly a bit too easy when you get good at it. However they made it harder but ruined it (imo) in the later titles.

Both elements make you feel like Batman when you pull them off, which is just so damn awesome. There's not too much more to say about them, but the hours of fun they provide cannot be understated.

Story/Atmosphere-
Amazing. This is not an open world game like the later titles and from my perpective actually benefits massively from it. The story is dark and mature and the 'feel' of the game is oppressive and even scary at points, this feels much more impactful than swinging around Arkham City and randomly dropping in to beat some thugs to pulp (which is entertaining, but ultimately feels much more like GTA and the masses of other titles which emulate it). This recreation of batman is better than all the film versions, and damn, that Kevin Conroy Batman voice is perfect.

If I had to criticise, then my first target would be the bosses, especially the poor final boss which mostly seem to be copy pasted across the game in a predictable mould. Don't get me wrong, the titan fights are great. I just wish that there was more variety and more good stuff.

Overall this is a very good game, I would argue that if you are a remotely a batman fan (I wasn't) you should definitely get it. If not it applies to anyone who wants to sink some hours into an absorbing story and experience the thrill of being batman.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Arkham Asylum is the first arkham game, which came out in 2009. It's a simple 3rd-person action game that introduced the best combat system for a video game that had both rhythm, fluidity, and challenge. It also introduced a stealth mechanic that made you truly feel like batman, while keeping with balance so you aren't too overpowered. The game features awesome voice work by Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin and a great story as well.

Pros:
+Fun campaign to play through
+challenges
+voice talent
+groundbreaking combat and stealth
+detective work

Cons:
-mediocre boss fights

9/10
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
263.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Great Com(BAT), Smooth gameplay for its time, and a great setting. My personal favorite from the Arkham series.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Amazing gameplay! Its a must play for any Batman fan! The action is alot of fun and really keeps you going. The flow of the game is perfect! If this game comes on sale you would be insane not to buy it. This has very in depth graphics. The voice acting in it is awesome! The cut scenes are very fun to watch. There are hidden secrets throughout the game that you can get if you so desire. The game has extra things in like like "Challenge mode" were you are challenged with different things to do. This game is a must have if ever loved the comic book character of Batman. It is a 10/10 game! Get it and you wont regret it!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
The story in the this game is phenomenal and the combat is simple but sweet. So many game mechanics to learn and an island of Batmans villains to fight. The voice acting it great in the game and every villain is written so well. There is something to be said when the games writting is better than the current DC movies released. Even if you are not a Batman this game will turn you into one.
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Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
If you like batman buy this
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Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
You learn a lot of background story of the characters and it is a nice starting poing to access the Batman Universe. However the fights might get boring a bit quick and boss fights are kinda meh. It doesn't have much replayability either.
7/10 overall
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Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Wam, biff, and kapow your way through hordes of freaks as you try to uncover a mystery that actually ends up being really dumb and predictable. Basically Die Hard if you replaced John McClane with Batman and set it in a prison. If you ever wanted to crawl through a dirty asylum beating the snot out of inept goons, then look no further. It can be a bit jank at times, but that's part of the experience.
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Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Very addictive game. Nice graphics, great story, good combat style ( although it gets boring after a while), tons of secrets & trophies, the atmosphere when escaping from scarecrow is awesome !
The best 1 dollar ive ever spent. Recommended.
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Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
a beautifully-well made game,claustropobic,a great atmosphere
the music is reminiscent of batman 89' and batman returns
along with Kevin Conroy's devinitive batman voice
and Mark hamill's potrayal of the joker
addictive fun..thats all that really needs to be said..
plus the graphics of the game arent too shabby either
and a whole lot to do,go and play
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