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Video Game Reviews

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
So I'm starting this thread to post proper reviews of games. I'm no expert at writing reviews or anything so these are really just my thoughts on each game, but I will try write them as best I can.

Batman: Arkham Asylum
2009

Played on: Playstation 3

Rating: 8.5/10



Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first Batman video game that I have ever played. My experience with gaming is that usually when games are based off films or comics etc they are often subpar to their original gaming counterparts. Arkham Asylum however offered me a truly exciting gaming experience that I was hooked into from the very first cutscene.

The story of this game is just as good, if not better than many Batman films I have seen, and with just the right amount of cutscenes throughout the single player gameplay you do almost feel as if you are watching part of a Batman film. The setting of this game is of course the mental hospital/prison of Gotham itself which is Arkham Asylum. This is a setting that can be both endearing and frightening throughout the game and is often brought to life by the games fantastic use of sound. A lot of detail was put into the sound design for this game and it was worth it, the sound effects are sometimes eerie and add layers of atmosphere to certain areas. An example of this is one part of the game where Batman is walking down a corridor and a woman's voice is heard reading out notices on the loudspeaker, only for her voice to become distorted and slowly turn into Joker- controlled laughter.

The gameplay is quite easy to pick up on after the very unique opening level/ tutorial and remains easy to use throughout the game. The fighting is especially easy to pick up on, although it can be hard when trying to take out attackers in stealth. The detective mode in the game was highly addictive and I often found myself using it even when there weren't any enemies near. Throughout the game Batman has to try and decode a series of riddles left around Arkham by The Riddler. Some of these are as easy as just searching down question mark shaped trophies, but others are a lot harder. I had a lot of difficulty figuring out many of the riddles that were in certain areas because really, I didn't figure out how to actually solve them until I was close to finishing the game. I really think it should have been explained more clearly at the start how were supposed to solve the riddles.

Also, as far as ways that the game could be improved I also believe that it would benefit from having a small on-screen map. I often got frustrated having to click 'select' every few seconds to see if I was going in the right direction as it was very time consuming when you had places to be.

Overall though this was a fantastic game and the positives far outweigh the negatives. With all the extra riddles and the challenges for Batman to tackle then this is a game that you can really continue to play for a long time, and one which I believe has a very high replay value.
 
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DrHasslein

Registered Member
Great start Sophie! You picked one of my all time favourite games.
This game had me hooked the moment I threw my first punch as Batman.
The only downside to this game, not enough Bat-Mobile.
 

KSpiceFantastic

Haters gonna hate.
Is this going to be for you, or can others go ahead and post reviews?

I do agree with AA review... however you were a bit nitpicky. It was my favorite game of 2009, hands down.
 

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
There wasn't really any batmobile was there Kevin? Not any that we as the gamer controlled anyway. I seem to remember it speeding through Gotham at the start in a cutscenes, and in a few other cutscenes but that's it.

Either way I really did love this game.

Bring on Arkham City!

KSpice anyone is welcome to post their own game reviews here if they like. They can either post them in this thread, or if they want they can start their own thread of reviews, either way is good by me.

And part of a review is being nitpicky. You have to think about all the little positives and negatives of each game and balance them out on a greater scheme. I loved this game, but I do not think it was perfect.
 
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KSpiceFantastic

Haters gonna hate.
Bring on Arkham City!
Indeed. I am VERY excited for that game. Can't wait for October.

KSpice anyone is welcome to post their own game reviews here if they like. They can either post them in this thread, or if they want they can start their own thread of reviews, either way is good by me.
Okay. I don't have much to say while at school, but especially come April and May and onwards to August you may see some of my reviews... in case this topic is still around, haha.
 

DrHasslein

Registered Member
You know come to think of it you're right. At no point as the player could you control the bat mobile, but at least we got to see it and beat the shit out of some goons for wrecking it.
 

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
Okay. I don't have much to say while at school, but especially come April and May and onwards to August you may see some of my reviews... in case this topic is still around, haha.
I will hopefully keep this thread up. I plan on reviewing all sorts of games. Console games, PC games, even mobile and flash games. So hopefully the thread is still around by then, I'd love to see some of your own reviews.

DrHasslein said:
You know come to think of it you're right. At no point as the player could you control the bat mobile, but at least we got to see it and beat the shit out of some goons for wrecking it.
Maybe in Arkham City we will be able to control it. It would be fun since we have the whole section of the city to get around in, instead of being limited to just the island.
 

DrHasslein

Registered Member
I hope so. It doesn't seem very practival for Batman to walk and glide all around the city to get from place to place, that would be a major drag.
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The funny thing in Arkham Asylum is that after all the riddles and hidden objects have been solved and found there is nothing left for Batman to do but wander around the island aimlessly, it's like he's in limbo lol.
 
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Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
Ha I wouldn't know that because I still haven't solved all the riddles. I was going to do it in my reply to get the 'hard' trophy but I still haven't had time to replay it with all the other games I've been playing.
 

Nevyrmoore

AKA Ass-Bandit
The riddles were rather disappointing to me. At first I thought they were great in that you had to search high and low for them.

And then I found the Riddler's maps. Which points out roughly where each one is. And then all the fun got sucked out of it.
 
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