Batman: Arkham Asylum – first-look

Hand-to-hand combat is a small part of Batman’s crime-fighting arsenal; the other main focus being his detective work. During moments where you’re required to investigate scenes for clues, Batman switches to the aptly-titled Investigative Mode with the help of a visor that highlights areas of interest and scans crime scene-related details to be stored in a database for later use. There will also be a number of CSI-styled forensic puzzles for the Dark Knight to solve with a slick array of Bat-gadgets (these can also be upgraded with experience points) that includes a fingerprint tracker.

Being Batman and all, lurking in the shadows and moving stealthily does play a part in the action, but Rocksteady isn’t a fan of the word ‘sneaking’, so they’ve gone and named these elements ‘Predatory Moments’. During these, Batman can create distractions using bodies and the recorded screams of his victims before turning his attention to those he has just thrown off his scent.

Arkham Asylum’s gritty, manic look is being co-crafted by Wildstorm Comics – a company owned by the artist Jim Lee. Specifically, Wildstorm’s job is to craft a new look for key players in the game - one that stays true to the form of the characters, but brings the look to a new level, much like what Shaba is doing with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. Wildstorm’s take on the Batman cast is impressive: just take a look at the size of Killer Croc or the frazzled punk-rock style of The Joker. Also note how Batman is clad in classic black and grey, but with a substantially more armoured appearance than in previous versions of the crime fighter.

Duking it out with classic villains is set to offer up an interesting challenge, with each boss playing off Batman’s different key skills. So, while battling Killer Croc might require brute force, defeating The Riddler will require the use of smarts to solve puzzles. Batman will also have allies in the form of Commissioner Gordon and his daughter, Barabara – who, as Oracle, is your radio contact in the game and will guide you through the expansiveness of Arkham Asylum. Coupled with this support network is Batman’s hidden on-site Bat Cave that, despite current details being scarce, acts as a hub for upgrades and a resource for additional puzzle-solving once you’ve collected certain pieces of evidence that need to be examined.

So far, so very interesting at this stage of the game for fans of Batman and anyone out there craving a Dark Knight title that goes beyond the usual realm of dreadfulness. So, with Eidos’ Arkham Asylum stepping out from the shadows, over to you EA.

Sep 26, 2008


  • volrath46656 - November 16, 2008 10:35 a.m.

    Sorry Batman, I've given up on you. GR's review is the only thing that can save you now...
  • Maxstats69 - November 7, 2008 4:18 a.m.

    I hope this game turns out to be as good as the preview in GI made it seem. I can just remember all the times I've seen previews for Batman and Superman games that I had such high hopes for only to watch them turn out to be garbage.
  • skyguy343 - October 5, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    i wish the flash could get this much attention
  • MacGyver1138 - October 2, 2008 4:29 p.m.

    If this game can essentially feel like the Riddick game with more acrobatic combat, and the detective part of it doesn't feel tacked on, this could be quite good.
  • chilipeppersman - October 1, 2008 4:02 a.m.

    Blade1006: "This game looks awesome but hopefully it won't be rated M so I can actually play it" lol. i hope this game is rated M, and it better cause it will capture the feel of the batman universe just like chronicles of riddick did.(I love that game)
  • idlemindkiller - September 28, 2008 9:41 p.m.

    im not 100% but i think it comes out next aug. i want this game to be good so bad!!!!!!!
  • Defguru7777 - September 28, 2008 12:08 a.m.

    Sorry about the double post. Lag.
  • Defguru7777 - September 28, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    Good. Now I can stop saying that LEGO Batman is the best Batman game. ... I'm totally not playing that right now. Ooh, more studs!
  • Defguru7777 - September 28, 2008 12:06 a.m.

    Good, now I can stop saying that LEGO Batman is the best Batman game. ... I'm totally not playing that right now. OOO! More studs!
  • JosephCh - September 27, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    Game looks moce, but doesn't Batman look a bit over-inflated?
  • altair17 - September 27, 2008 6:53 a.m.

    finally a batman game dat looks good
  • drprofessor - September 27, 2008 12:29 a.m.

    I cant wait for this game. Hpoefully will make up for the river of shitfest batman games.
  • leaderdude - October 12, 2008 2:44 a.m.

    i for one am glad that there finnaly making a good batman game lol as i am writting this comment i am jsut about to watch the dark knight
  • sloppy - October 3, 2008 2:32 p.m.

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  • wiz0floyd - October 1, 2008 2:02 a.m.

    Looks good. And I think that the "look" for Batman is perfect. That may have to do with the fact that I've read Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again about 10 times each.
  • Blade1006 - September 30, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    This game looks awesome but hopefully it won't be rated M so I can actually play it
  • jamboy199three - September 28, 2008 11:23 a.m.

    looking good is there a release date yet 9th
  • JosephCh - September 27, 2008 10:17 p.m.

    Eh, moce = nice ...
  • Shellghost - September 27, 2008 6:08 a.m.

    This game looks amazing, finaly there is going to be a good Movie-to-Game transition. :)
  • Dantesan666 - December 25, 2008 6:17 a.m.

    I want to play this one, lets just hope its not as disappointing as Batman Begins, and if it is, at least i'm satisfied with the way it looks. No to shabby at all.

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