Batman: Arkham Asylum PC Review

The Dark Knight returns in a new action adventure titled, Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was developed by Rocksteady studios. In the past, there have been many super hero games that have disappointed avid fans of comic book heroes. Super hero fans may be happy to learn that Batman: Arkham Asylum does not follow the Batman movies, since movie based games in particular have been sub par. Instead, it follows the animated TV series. Once again, several notable actors voiced the main characters just as they did in the TV series. The Joker is voiced by the famous Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill; Batman is voiced by Kevin Conroy, and Harley Quinn is voiced by Arleen Sorkin. Now, riddle me this, riddle me that: Will Batman: Arkham Asylum fall flat or will it soar like a bat? To solve the riddle read on.

Good

Villans: Throughout the game, you meet an old nemesis, Edward Nigma, also known as the Riddler. The player has the option of finding various trophies that the Riddler previously scattered throughout various parts of the asylum. Some of these trophies are pretty easy to spot, but others could be difficult to reach, especially if you don’t have the right tool to get to it.

Gadgets: As the player progresses, he also acquires different Batman Gadgets such as the Batarang, explosive gel, the Bat-Claw, the Cryptographic sequencer, and more. There are different puzzles, which require the player to use specific gadgets to enter the next location. You can go into a detective mode, which highlights various objects that are important. In addition, at certain instances in the game, you can scan various samples of an individual’s trace evidence such as fingerprints or DNA, which reveals clues to help you follow their trail.

Voice Overs: The chaos comes to life with great voiceovers that definitely deliver. The animated series voice talent is amazing. Mark Hamill’s Joker has a dark and humorous twist and a laugh that will drive you crazy. The whole way through, you will hear him laughing at Batman and enticing you with his maniacal ploys. Kevin Conroy’s Batman is dead on. Batman is dark, calm, and confident. He believes he can beat the Joker, and he does not hesitate or falter. Batman’s lines are not over acted; they are to the point, which is the way his character should be when compared to all of the other insane lunatics at the Asylum. He gives the player a sense of sanity, stability, logical sensibility throughout the game.

Bad

Performance: There are some performance issues with PhysX and SLI. This can be fixed by disabling one of the cards.

Conclusion

What’s brave and bold and darts in the night? The great big bat, for it’s out of sight! Rocksteady packs Batman: Arkham Asylum with a bang. Batman: Arkham Asylum has fantastic gameplay and a stunning storyline. The DRM in Arkham Asylum depends on the version you have. The retail version just has Disck Check, but the steam version has 4 activations per month. PC gamers who want a super hero action adventure should definitely pick this game up.

Batman: Arkham Asylum Review by FacTor-X