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Batman: Arkham Asylum returns with a Game of the Year Edition on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 that includes extra content and now, for the first time, Trioviz 3D vision on home consoles. Batman: Arkham Asylum launched to critical acclaim in summer 2009 and has often been referred to as the 'best license game ever' and a 'must buy' on gaming websites and magazines. It's been praised for delivering a compelling mix of action, stealth and puzzle-solving game-play tied with a dark original storyline penned by five-time Emmy award winner Paul Dini and supported by a famous cast of voice actors, including Mark Hamill as The Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #215 in Video Games
  • Brand: Eidos
  • Model: 1000150449
  • Published on: 2010-07
  • Released on: 2010-05-11
  • ESRB Rating: Teen
  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 5.31" h x .55" w x 6.81" l, .30 pounds

Features

  • Become the Invisible Predator with Batman's fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen and hunt enemies
  • Experience a whole new to play with Game of the Year Edition extras including: 1 pair of TriOviz 3D vision glasses, access to the playable Joker character and the Joker Challenge maps and 4 additional standard challenge maps
  • 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, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Product Description
Recognized as one of the best games of 2009, Batman: Arkham Asylum is a single player, third-person action/adventure in which the Dark Knight takes on his greatest challenge yet when he is trapped by arch rival, the Joker, within Gotham City's facility for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum. The special Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year Edition for PlayStation 3 ratchets the crime-fighting action up even further with an innovative new technology which allows you to play and watch in 3D with two sets of TriOviz glasses compatible with all standard and high definition TV sets. Also included are access to challenge maps that allow you to play as the Joker, and four additional standard challenge maps.

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Batman in hand to hand combat in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Kick it in combat gameplay.
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Batman gliding in on an enemy in Batman: Arkham Asylum
And stealth action.
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The Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Match wits with and play as The Joker.
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The batarang in flight in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Utilize utility belt gadgets.
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The huge Killer Croc in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Take on dangerous bosses.
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Story
Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story penned exclusively for the game by famous Batman author and five-time Emmy award winner, Paul Dini, whose credits include "Lost" season one and "Batman: The Animated Series." As the game begins Batman is personally delivering his nemesis, The Joker, to the asylum at Arkham Island, but he is uneasy. Although the Arkham asylum is well fortified, he has a nagging feeling that all is not well, which proves to be the case when seconds after turning The Joker over to the guards, the master criminal breaks free of his captors. Even more surprising than this quick turn of events is the revelation that it was never The Joker's intent to escape the vault-like facility, but instead to trap Batman there. Surrounded by an asylum full of dangerous criminals, many of which he put there and all at the beck and call of the Joker, can Batman survive and discover what is behind the Joker's intricate plot?

Gameplay
In Batman: Arkham Asylum players strap on the gadget-heavy utility belt of the Caped Crusader. Gameplay here is a combination of both the knuckle crunching rush of hand to hand combat as you take on the hordes of thugs that infest Arkham Asylum, and stealth gameplay in which you must dispatch individuals from the shadows. Players can expect an engrossing single player campaign in which Batman continually moves forward to face the henchmen, bosses and traps that The Joker has set for him. With regards to opponents, in addition to The Joker who you will hear more than you see, the dark walls of Arkham also hold familiar villains from the the Batman criminal universe including Harley Quinn, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc, that you will have to deal with, but don't expect a one-dimensional experience. As players progress from environment to environment within Arkham they will have to use varying combinations of muscle, detective skills, gadgetry and a certain degree of light RPG-like leveling of Batman's skills, arsenal and physical characteristics to survive and discover what The Joker's underlying scheme is.

In addition to the story-driven single player campaign Arkham Asylum also contains various additional play modes. These include an arcade styled combat mode where players accumulate points by engaging hordes of thugs in a hand to hand slugfest across a series of maps, in which Batman's physical strength and agility play a major role. The key here is to chain together as many attacks as possible due to the fact that with each successful combo players increase the point multiplier associated with their actions. The game also features a time-based stealth mode where players must hone their ability to strike silently from the shadows. This gameplay, referred to as 'Invisible Predator' utilizes the Dark Knight's skill with gadgets like the grapple tool, batarang and explosives. These allow for vertical/horizontal mobility, the ability to quickly strike from above and at a distance and to take out enemies and create distractions, even through walls. But remember that Batman works solo and is not superhuman. Your enemies will congregate around trouble areas and work as a team against you, so you must be silent, plan your attacks wisely, strike quickly and discover the value of encouraging fear within enemies.

Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year Edition for PlayStation 3 Includes:
Batman: Arkham Asylum game boxes with included Trioviz 3D vision glasses
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  • Batman: Arkham Asylum for PS3.
  • 1 pair of Trioviz 3D vision glasses (style varies between the two pictured to the left).
  • Access to the playable Joker character and Joker Challenge Maps via PlayStation Network.
  • 4 additional Challenge Maps.

Key Features

  • Experience the game in a whole new way with Game of the Year Edition extras including: 1 pairs of TriOviz 3D vision glasses, access to the playable Joker character (in the PS3 version only) and the Joker Challenge maps and 4 additional standard challenge maps.
  • 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, Victor Zsasz 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, and use the predator camera get a closer look at the action.
  • 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 grapple to get to any place you can see, jump from any height and glide in any direction.


Customer Reviews

"I Think He's Talking About YOU, Bats!"5
Batman: Arkham Asylum was a gaming masterpiece. There are probably not a whole lot of people out there that would argue that fact. However, there are probably a great deal of people out there wondering if they should get this if they already bought AA. Simply put.......no.

In a nutshell, the plot is simply "Joker takes over Arkham Asylum and releases all sorts of baddies. Batman tries to stop him." The game hasn't changed much since it first came out and if you enjoyed AA almost a year ago, you can expect the exact same game this time around. Nothing has really been revamped, altered, or changed up. However, the biggest surprise for me was how well done the 3-D is. While the glasses are little more than cardboard blue and reds from the past, somehow Darkworks/TrioViz managed to avoid the tinting that those glasses used to give. It's still there a little bit, but at least the image isn't in blues, reds, and purples the whole time. You can actually notice various shades. Once your eyes relax, the image is clean and clear with very little in the realm of headaches or eyestrain. However, it doesn't hurt to pause or stop every once in a while, take off the glasses, and give your eyes a rest. Instead of being "popping" 3-D, it is more of a "passive" 3-D effect. To clarify: In so many 3-D experiences the image comes out at you as if it might hit you, this 3-D effect is more like the TV is simply a window and the depth starts from the screen's edge. Don't expect to try and dodge cheesy "in your face" moments. There is depth, but it far more subtle. For the gamers out there who wear glasses, fear not. The 3-D specs still fit over glasses, although I am sure it looks about as cool paisley polyester tracksuits. The passive 3-D has one big perk though, your friends can watch you play without the glasses and the 3-D "double exposure" look is minimal to non-existant. However, for all its style, it still feels gimmicky. Sure, it's cool, but I probably won't be playing through more than once with it turned on.

The extra challenge maps are nice, but since anyone can download them for an extra 7 bucks... Well, it doesn't really justify the price for older owners. For those unfamiliar, the extra maps are "Dem Bones" (Scarecrow Challenge maps) and "Crime Alley" (um....do I really need to explain that one?). The "Play as the Joker" maps are there as well. Pretty much everything you could have added over the last few months is there on one disk.

If you have been a holdout for Batman: Arkham Asylum, then this is well worth the price for the added 3-D and all challenge maps up to this point. You should be buying this immediately. For those people out there, this is a 5 star package. For anyone who already owns/owned Arkham Asylum, then this product should probably be passed up. Unless you feel like you MUST have the 3-D, spend the extra money and buy "Dem Bones" and "Crime Alley" off the PSN/XBL and save the rest for Batman Arkham Asylum 2.

"Joker Asylum" does deliver 3D experience5
This game is as good as it was when it first came out, is not going to be any other way, nothing is going to change that, what an amazing game this is, so there's no much to add when it comes to the game it self, the additional maps is a nice bonus and you will have fun playing them.

Now is the 3D worth it?, the answer is YES!, as I been saying TriOviz 3D is a great alternative and doesn't force you to change any equipment, I had no previous experience with this 3D option before this game, I had high hopes for it and it didn't let me down, I knew that the guys behind Batman Arkham Asylum wouldn't add and support a lame 3D feature to this great game.

Is a fact that there are diffences between this 3D option and the 3D option from 3D HDTVs but again it does deliver the 3D experience, it adds great depth, which by the way is the strongest point of this 3D option however it does offer some moments with pop'up images and depending on the angle you see something, things do have the feeling to come out from the screen, but not the way you would see in movie theaters though, not as close if you will, but again great 3D feature, like I read, this 3D option was applied to a finished game, apparently there can be more improvements/benefefits when taking it into consideration and applying it while the game is being developed, we will have to wait for more then, I also read that they do have many other projects yet to be announced for games and others things.

I'm looking forward to see more TriOviz 3D in games, movies, etc, this is not the old annoying analygraph 3D, though it might seem due to the glasses that come with the game, although they do have different glasses. You can check out their website for everything related to this tech: [...] , I had talked about this 3D alternative in a few discussions already and well for me, at this moment, this is the way to go as far as 3D is concerned, I am willing and of course I do want to go through the 3D transition, we all would like to have a 3D HDTV, who wouldn`t?, but for me I have to face the fact that I just cannot go and pick one up without putting a quite some weight to my finance situation right now, so no 3D set for me, at least not yet, another fact is that I am not willing to change my 37 inch 1080p Panasonic LCD HDTV just yet, I am quite happy with it.

I fully support this tech for they provide a great, simple and functional 3D solution, hopefully it will get more support from the games/films industry to have more options in 3D, and not trying to sell the idea that in order to get 3D you HAVE to change your equipment, yes 3D equipment is a must for many partnerships created between companies, but 3D it self can be given to consumers no matter what with options like this, yes I'm up for the change and moving forward but there should be a smoother for 3D, lets not forget that there are people who don`t even have a regular HDTV, people in other countries who don`t have access to the latest technology, this is a great tech for that, and like they advertise on their website you can get 3D in a world dominated by 2D equipment.

Now, lets not forget that 3D will not make a game, movie or TV show good or better for that matter, Batman Arkham Asylum is still the same 5 out 5 stars amazing game in 2D or 3D.

3D is an option that I do appreciate for some movies, more suitable for games I would say but at the end is also way to get more money from us willing to pay more for it in this 3D momentum, 3D improves nothing but feeling when things move or interact in space, but that`s the whole point right!, I do like having the option but is not like "things won't be the same" if I don't have 3D availability or that I going to disregard a movie or a game if it doesn't have 3D in it.

...just for the record I talked more about 3D than the game it self because as I mentioned the game is still the same great game, 3D would be the reason to take into consideration for Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year, otherwise get regular release of the game and save the difference for any other game or for Batman Arkham Asylum 2, on the other hand if you are a Batman fan and loved Batman Arkham Asylum, in that case the Game of the Year edition is probably a must, the 3D adds great value to it.

Batman in 3D, what a blast!5
I like Batman, but I am far from a big fan. With that being said, this is one of the best games I have played. The fact that it is in 3D makes it even better. The game combines many things that are familiar elements from other games. Some levels have a scary sensation like F.E.A.R offers. The fighting is similar to God of War. Stealth movement is like Splinter Cell. There are plenty of areas to explore. The graphics and voice work are amazing. But, let's get down to the basics:

Pros: Has a well organized upgrade system, easy to learn controls and Batman moves and reacts like a superhero should. You get to use a lot of Batman's gadgets which is cool.

Cons: In some levels, you will have to go back and forth a few times to accomplish a task. The Boss battles are pretty close to being the same (a batarang to the head and then pummel them).

Graphics: Great 5 of 5

Sound: Great 5 of 5

Controls: Good 4 of 5 (pretty smooth, but not perfect)

Story: Moderate 3 of 5 (good but not captivating unless you are a Batman fan)

I would still give this game overall a 5 of 5, because it was a lot of fun and the 3D effect made it so much cooler. It is probably the best Comic Book game out there. Let's face it, Marvel has a hard time making a game that gets over 3 of 5 stars in most reviews, which is hard for me to say as I am a huge Marvel fan. I would definitely recommend this game and I can not wait for the sequel.