Thursday, October 7, 2010

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Everyone hears about Batman: Arkham Asylum and that it's a must play game.  It is definitely worth playing as it not based from any movie and they made up their own story.  The fact you're locked down to an island you wouldn't think you would be able to go to many places.  Well this island is pretty big and you have a bunch of different sections with ways in and out of some.  You probably won't even grasp the concept of how small the island really is until you start running around trying to find all the riddles if you're going for that achievement.

The graphics are the part you're really going to enjoy.  They did a fantastic job.  You will however bring up a detective mode that turns the screen into an x-ray.  It's great for finding riddles, weakness in walls and more.  When you bring up this mode though you won't see the awesome graphics this game has and you'll end up using detective mode more and more.  It's a great and handy tool but it takes away from the game some in my opinion, especially when you're running all over the island with it on to find riddles.  It will get old having it on.

Another thing to note which is probably the best part of the game to me is when you die and yes you'll die.  If you don't, you should at least a few times on each of the areas where the villains are.  Yea, sounds crazy but when you die, the villain pops up making fun of you for dieing.  At that point you can really see the detail that went into this game.  Plus this is the only time you can get to see these small little cut scenes as well.  Each villain has a few different things to say and it's worth dieing to hear them.  Joker is the main one that always comes up as the island is his, so he's the default.  Harley will come up some to the point of her capture and then she's out of the picture.  So be sure to check those out and die when you come across them.

All the music and sounds in the game are on key.  That's all that's needed to be said as they make the game give you those feelings of what could happen, somethings about to happen and crack, bet that one hurt.

One you finish up the single player campaign, their is another mode to play called challenge mode.  It puts you in a brawl match for 4 rounds which gets hard when they start pulling out machine guns on you.  The hard part with this mode is you have to get a really high combo to raise your score up to get all 3 batarangs.  Those scores are not easy to get.  Their is also have predator mode where you sneak around killing guys on the board.  However you must perform 3 different types of actions to get the 3 batarangs score.  It is different for every board.  You can get a total of 24 batarangs in each board, so that's 9 boards each you have to beat.  Plus you can't die or it won't count.

Which now leads me to the one thing I really hate about this game.  It's the combo fighting stuff you have to pull off.  Don't get me wrong, the combat moves for fighting built into this game are great.  It is actually done very well.  However I can not pull off these combo's in the game to save my life.  Learning to jump, not hit the button to fast, not hitting it fast enough, avoiding getting it, and just everything else about it.  I can fight and do what I need but actually keeping the combo going to get a high score and raise the combo's up is nearly impossible for me.  Their needs to be a way to make it easier to do this so you can better time it out to make it happen or don't make achievements requiring you to do this.

Overall this is a game worth playing and #2 is being made so I'll definitely have to look at playing it for sure.