I mentioned in a previous post that I had been exploring the world of comics, specifically those of Batman. As I mentioned in my post “Batman, the origins, the myth, and questions unanswered…” as a side note, I had been playing the game Arkham Asylum. It is unlike any game that I have played before. I am going to assume that it is bias to say, this has to be one of the best comic book games ever, but I think that it is safe to say that I am in good company, another blogger Griffen McElroy stated, “Rest assured, I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that Batman: Arkham Asylum is unquestionably the best licensed game I’ve ever played. At the end of the day, however, that’s a fairly low hurdle to clear — it better reflects the game’s quality to say it’s one of the best stealth-action games ever made, and easily the best video game 2009 has had to offer thus far” in a review he posted on August 21st, 2009.
I know I am a little behind the great event and release of this game. However, I am fascinated with the stylized images of this game. No longer are we in the 2D era of graphics. We are now engaged in a fully engaging surrounding world that encompasses the character, one that draws the player in but most of all is not based on the campy colorful counterparts of the Caped Crusader. “Bats” as the Joker lovingly calls Batman is seen as more Millerized character, one that is aged in the gritty surroundings of the Arkham island. I have not made it that far into the video game yet, but I have found one aspect that I already love about this game. It is unlike many games that start with credits, or with a simple start up screen. It incorporates a playable starting point, as shown in the video images posted from youtube (See below).
The amazing part of the video game is that unlike earlier comic games, you don’t have to read the conversations, you get the voice talents of Mark Hamill (Joker) and Kevin Conroy (Batman).
Once inside the asylum, you reach the point of no return.
The game starts with a tutorial fight, getting a taste of the addictive action that ensues this third person gameplay. Meanwhile the Joker (Voiced by Mark Hamill) slowly lures Batman into his game along with the help of Harley Quinn. Along the way you run into Killer Croc, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, among many other Batman foes.
Rocksteady has made flawless gameplay, one can also collect character profiles along the way, which includes the first appearances of the characters within the comic book storyline. As with many interesting traits that Batman has, the story also includes the aspects of Batman’s credo, one of which is “Batman shall not kill,” although he is not prejudice of beating the hell out of his enemies. Other than lurking in the shadows and hanging people from the rafters, and searching for Riddler’s many clues, the game has a lot of depth for a superhero game. It is unlike anything I have encountered before and for that reason I have to give it praise. I also have to say that it is one that takes a while to get through if you do not have adequate time to just sit and play. As of right now I am only at the tip of the ice berg.
I can’t wait for what is to come in this game. Most of all, once I finish I am looking forward to playing the anticipated sequel, Batman: Arkham City.