Arkham Asylum in 90 seconds

The reviews are in and by all accounts Arkham Asylum is the definitive Batman videogame. It’s this year’s BioShock, according to our Batman: Arkham Asylum Super Review. So what’s all the fuss about? For those of you who don’t care to savor the experience with fresh eyes, we’ve chopped together one of our famous quickfire plot digests so you can absorb the Dark Knight’s newest escapade in one concentrated dose.


Aug 26, 2009

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  • dweller - September 2, 2009 4:10 a.m.

    I'm glad I waited to watch this until after beating Arkham. Though I'll never know if the video would've made any sense to me without the context. Ah well. Awesome game nonetheless.
  • Glides - August 28, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    Wait, WATTTT? The Joker turns into the Joker-Hulk thing? Damn, this game is messed up...but i still WANT it
  • Csheroe - August 27, 2009 8:04 p.m.

    Ah Crap I think I saw the final boss.
  • nadrewod999 - August 27, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    SPOILER COMMENT I also loved the third Scarecrow battle, since he basically hacks the game, having the game announce, "Did you catch the game last night?", at which point the game screen freezes, then the opening begins again, except everywhere criminals were before, the good guys are now, and vica versa, even hacking the "Retry or quit" screen, telling you to use your "middle stick" to dodge Joker's bullet, and Scarecrow later saying you have taken enough doses to drive 10 men insane. Strangely enough, the toughest boss battle wasn't the final one against Joker, but the second to last one against Poison Ivy (I played on easy and died my first time through, although I was only killed by the very last attack she made (literally!)). I know that I am going to keep playing it for a long time, long after I get every trophy except for the higher difficulty ones (I would just load the final battle on a higher difficulty, but with this game, you either go all in or you don't do anything (can only load games (same difficulty and place as you started) or create new save files (and games) from the main menu, which I must say is very ingenious, since it saves often). Also, I completed more than half of the Riddler's challenges and Spirit of Arkham stones before facing Joker. (P.S. ALWAYS knock out Joker's goons (unless you have to be stealthy to succeed in the stroy mission, like you have to do with Gordon, some scientists, and possibly a few other times in-game (although I always just hunted them one by one), whether they are dangling precariously over an endless pit (who built those pits in the first place?) or trapped in a room with a gun on their head. My favorite moments in the story both include big hits: Batman using a rocket and a few tons of steel to break Bane once and for all, and when he applied explosive gel (that is proximity triggered) to his fist just after Super Joker climbed out of a live generator to pummel Batman, but getting knocked out cold by an really "explosive" punch. Also, for those of you who want to know more about Batman without reading an origin comic or seeing one of his lame movies, this is the game for you (if you are a good enough gamer to make it to the second Scarecrow battle, that is).
  • GrantG - August 27, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    joker has a youtube?
  • aatinko - August 27, 2009 11:16 a.m.

    Oh wow, nicely said dude. Looks good! RT
  • VikVik - August 27, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    finished the game, a freaking masterpiece, now working on the collectables and the riddlers riddles that’s a whole another game in itself
  • BlackIce575 - August 27, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    This game is going to rock but I'm not going to buy it till the price goes down
  • lava_lamp - August 26, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    that video made me laugh maybe its because i cant take superheros seriously (expect for watchmen, if you can call them superheros)... it could be a good game still
  • gutlessVADER - August 26, 2009 11 p.m.

    purty cool
  • shadowless92 - August 26, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    dam u GR u ruined it but i dont care btw how long would this take to complete?
  • loonyman978 - August 26, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    OMG!!! that was amazing! Mines just been posted should get it by saturday hopefully.
  • vitalik1 - August 26, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    woo im finaly third and great article
  • reaper - August 26, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    Cant wait for this game to come out this week =D its going to be awesome(H)
  • NiallB3 - August 31, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    I just got the game on Saturday there, and I've already finished it and the riddler challenges. Rather sad I know but I just couldn't put it down, all in all Arkham gets a 11/10 from me. (Its that good it defies logic =P )
  • zeetlock - August 27, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    I must get seems pretty cool
  • nadrewod999 - August 27, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    Overall, you COULD rush through the storyline in about 10 hours or so, but this game is so beautiful with so many extra challenges and riddles to solve that you will probably be playing (even without multiplayer or DLC (the developers say, in game, DLC is coming) over a 100 hours later. Also, if you are someone who constantly needs hints in game, the "Retry or quit" screen gives small hints on how to beat the section you are at, and the bottomless pits, plant gas, and Joker gas don't instantly kill you, instead letting you escape by hitting the top right bumper/button (water instantly resets you), so if you miss, you can always try again from very close to where you failed, speeding up your game in the process.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - August 27, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    Don't worry, there are plenty of twists and sub-plots I had to skip over to fit the video into 90 seconds. The basic plot is typical superhero fare, but the way it's told via the medium of the game is amazing.
  • Samael - August 27, 2009 3:41 a.m.

    (SPOILERS AHEAD) The scarecrow section where you restart as the Joker taking Batman in was one of the creepiest things I've played since Silent Hill 2 and Eternal Darkness. Incredible game.
  • mgkyo666 - August 27, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    i already beat the game AND solved all the riddler puzzles(including the spirit of arkham conclusion)im not bragging(seriously)im just saying its not that hard to find them

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