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What other superhero games can learn from Batman: Arkham Asylum


What Iron Man should learn

If you had control over a multi million dollar suit that could fly faster than a fighter jet, surgically take out terrorists and flame grill a mean bit of cheese on toast, what’s the first thing you would do? We’re guessing it wouldn’t be tampering with power outlets. But that’s exactly what Sega had us doing in Iron Man’s movie game. We suggest Tony Stark learn from the Bat and let us use his powers for something more exciting than electrical sabotage.

Take note Tony: we want to blow people to smithereens, use your rockets to reduce skyscrapers to rubble and have built in X-ray specs to look through Gwyneth Paltrow’s skirt. Batman lets us do loads of cool things with his gadgets in Arkham, like pulling concrete walls onto mental patients and using sonic batarangs to lure guards into traps. If Iron Man’s next game takes Rocksteady’s lead, and crafts interesting set-pieces built around his powers, Stark’s day could yet be saved.


What the Incredible Hulk should learn

Unlike most of his other heroic pals, Hulk already has a really good game under his belt, with 2005’s Ultimate Destruction. Developer Radical realised there’s only one reason you buy a game with a large, semi naked monster on the box, and it’s not to solve cryptic puzzles or sneak around science labs with Bruce Banner. Sadly, the bus-surfing, city destroying japery of Destruction is an immaculate blip on Hulk’s otherwise risible résumé of games.

The last couple of games have been hamstrung by the recent films. That’s why we’ve had to endure the previously mentioned stealth bits from the Ang Lee film tie-in and the dreadful story objectives of last year’s movie game. Destruction was a success because, just like Arkham, it had the creative freedom to do what it wanted. Future titles should follow this template and create original scenarios for the mean, green fighting machine that service good gameplay rather than crow-barred movie missions.

Sep 3, 2009


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27 comments

  • AntistasBoneShield - September 4, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    Batman has always been my favorite character of all time. This game has reinvigorated my love for him.
  • TheWebSwinger - September 3, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    One lesson Batman can learn from Spider-Man? How to have a personality.
  • theHeadCase - September 3, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    I think the Joker's transformation in the game was based off of an episode of The Batman when Joker got a hold of Bane's Venom. In that episode Joker had a ponytail instead of a mohawk.
  • RC5052 - September 3, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    First time posting! I don't have this game yet, but I'm glad that the first REALLY good comic game is of Batman cause he has always been my favorite (Wolverine 2nd) And I love how a guy with no powers is "teaching" a bunch of superheroes how to better their games lol. By far, this is the best article ever!
  • Corsair89 - September 3, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    lol'd at "no more rescuing helium in peril"
  • Conman93 - September 3, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    I can't read most of the articles this week without spoiling this game!!! I loved the demo.I have to get it!!!
  • Pr0fesserCha0s - September 3, 2009 2:31 p.m.

    You guys should do a Bat Week or Batman Week anyone this is one awesome article
  • Seabread - September 3, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    It hsould be a stipulation that no more games are to be made as a movie tie-in. they're always terrible. B:AA is the best superhero game, ever and all due to the fact it didn't try to mimick anything before it. it took the fundamentals of what made Batman Batman and built upon that with good characters, good story and, most importantly, great gameplay. More of the same soon please Rocksteady.
  • WankyShitDemon - September 18, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    I think alternavtive costumes and cheats should come back. If you could make batmans cape bright blue like adam west, or have heath ledgers joker in AA that would be amazing. And like a code (thats right, "hold L2+R2 and press OOXX square) to get you to fly or something? or to make batman have boobs, who would like to see the come-back of real cheats?
  • MattressGiant - September 9, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    Great article. It mentions lots of good tips, but I keep getting distracted by the main image at the very top. It looks like Batman's embracing Spider-man and kissing him on the cheek.
  • petaboil - September 6, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    mary kate and ashleys nascar tycoon?
  • ChuckB - September 6, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    I guess they never thought of the DMC part and minus Crackdown, GR seems to be able to predict the future.
  • Counternub - September 4, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    Best game ive played in ages, the combat is fluent and fast, the sneaking elements of the game are so much fun, such as hanging them from ledges and the cieling, and silent takedowns, everything just feels right, and you can have lots of fun with his gadgets :D well worth every single penny. B:AA has been given lots of love and attention, maybe enough to get a week to its self on this site maybe? lets hope more things like this come out. kudos to the creators.
  • gmilf71 - September 4, 2009 6:20 a.m.

    YES! It's so true. I kinda wanna get Arkam asylum now. It sounds awsome.
  • FoxDieAlive - September 4, 2009 4:10 a.m.

    My fav ccomic book game is still Spider-Man 2 even with the gay ballon wrangling. This game was good, but the boss battles were way too easy and I was disappointed with the Joker fight. They had a badass idea of Joker being a Incrediable Hulkish guy and you spend the whole time fighting his cronies. One lesson Bats could learn from Spidey = More Combat Upgrades! Maybe like a human sheild or being able to hog-tie someone cowboy style.
  • Lazydidwhat - September 4, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    so is the game worth buying? If it sounds rude i'm very sorry
  • mertor3190 - September 3, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    Man this game seems awesome. Great article, very true. Maybe superhero games will actually start shaping up
  • LedMonk - September 3, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    Batman: AA is definitely a game that got it. One of the things that I loved most was how open it was, and yet still kept a good and focused linear plot. If Iron man could do something like that, that game would be amazing!
  • gutlessVADER - September 3, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    totally. learn it.
  • JeanBaptisteEmanuelZorg - September 3, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    great game, was more than I could have ever hoped for from a batman game. I just hope comic book games like Arkham become the norm instead of the exception to the rule. developers take note: this is how you make a comic book game, no longer can you hide behind a legacy of crap as an excuse for mediocrity.

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