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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Random game recommendation: Arkham Asylum.

So I like me some video games. If you're like most of the population, you probably do to. In case you haven't played it yet, let me wholeheartedly recommend the game Batman Arkham Asylum to you.

This is, by a very large margin, the best Batman game of all time. Really it's the best comic/super hero game of all time.

It uses the Unreal 3 engine for it's graphics, which is the same one used for games like Gears of War. The graphics are, as you might guess based on that fact, fantastic. Batman looks great. The environments are amazing looking as are all the characters including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, etc. The game is dripping with atmosphere and everything just looks... correct.

As for the audio, it's also top notch. Many of the voice actors from the Batman animated series return to do voices for this game. Including Mark Hamill (AKA Luke Skywalker) as the Joker. The voice acting is superb, believable and completely fits. Nothing sounds ackward or forced. Every voice has the right amount of character and authenticity you would hope from a Batman game. From Batman all the way to the Jokers thugs.

The gameplay is fantastic. It truly feels like you're batman. You have the gadgets, which are upgradeable through an XP system, there's platforming, stealth and action. It all fits together very well. The combat system is simple in theory but with practice you can master it and truly put on an impressive show.

The game is very large, spanning more than a dozen hours at least. Even more if you go after all the various hidden things and collectables, such as question marks hidden by the Riddler and interview tapes.

I can't stress enough how good this game is. It's LEAGUES beyond any Batman game you've ever played. If you're even remotely interested in Batman, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

The game is out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. You can get a demo of the PC version here or on Steam. Xbox Live and the Playstation Network should also have demos for their respective systems. I have the PC version but whatever platform you pick won't make much difference, it's an amazing game whichever way you go.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think of it.

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