Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition taking wing May 11

Eidos and WBIE's rerelease of Rocksteady's acclaimed action adventure packing 3D upgrade, glasses on consoles, four previously released DLC maps.

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Rocksteady added yet one more award to its shelf of accolades for Batman: Arkham Asylum last week, upsetting Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to pick up a Game Developers Choice Award for Best Game Design. Riding those accolades, Eidos and Rocksteady majority stakeholder Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced this week that the Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 11.

Of particular note, console gamers will be able to play the Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition in 3D on both HD and standard-definition TVs, by way of a packed-in set of special glasses. Powered by TriOviz 3D, the game's new play mode will apparently offer gamers an enhanced depth of field while maintaining the Arkham Asylum's original gameplay and gothic visual style.

Well, they aren't bat-goggles, but they'll do.

Beyond the play-in-3D mode, the Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition will also include four challenge maps previously released as downloadable content.

With 2009's acclaimed original having sold 2.5 million units, Square Enix has confirmed that the game will receive a follow-up. GameSpot's previous coverage has more on the Caped Crusader's latest action adventure.

Discussion

110 comments
MacItaly
MacItaly

The 3D is a wonderful feature (the game comes with 2 pais of 3D glasses). You can play the game with it on or off. The 3D feature is vivid in certain areas and makes for a really fun gaming experience with the lights off and the screen dim. As for which system to go for PS3, or 360 I recommend the PS3 purely for the DLC play as the Joker option. This kick ass DLC is awesome and a great addendum to an already outstanding gaming accomplishment. The 360 version, sadly, offers no such DLC.

UbetterRECOGNZE
UbetterRECOGNZE

DOES THE 3D MAKE A DIFFERENCE? ITS $10 BUCKS MORE IF YOU DIDN'T BUY THE ORIGINAL BATMAN AA WITHOUT THE 3D. ALSO, WHICH VERSION IS BETTER? PS3 OR XBOX 360?

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

This is precisely why I will never preorder again.. I have been screwed too many times. I got lucky this time and waited to purchase this game. I will be buying the 3D version in a couple of weeks.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

Sooo glad I was busy playing other games and never got around to buying it. Very intrigued by the 3D gameplay.

pspro95
pspro95

I ordered it and now I'm waiting for it to arrive!!!!

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

Glad it got GOTY, already have it though awesome game best game I played all year.

fursecu
fursecu

it still is an awesome game

Sasuga
Sasuga

This is why it's a good idea to wait for super-popular games to re-release with extra features/goodies! 3D seems gimmicky but hey, it's a universally-acclaimed action game; I'll check it out!

Binarynova
Binarynova

@Ghostquote44: There are NOT new maps in the GOTY edition. If you check again you'll see that the included maps have already been released as DLC. And that DLC was FREE on the PSN I might add. So the only true addition is the 3D glasses. Meh. Not for me.

Ghostquote44
Ghostquote44

Am I the only one who's pissed off right now. I bought this game when it first came out and I WANT TO PLAY IT IN 3D WITH EXTRA MAPS! ~mumble mumble~

wondernova
wondernova

@Get_Shorty im with you on this one! glad i waited! but it seems like every decent game releases a GOTY edition!

axl159
axl159

What about the people who bought the game already. Man I feel Gypped!

xemnas_kh64
xemnas_kh64

I think 3D mode should have been included as a bonus mode to begin with. 4 challenge maps is alright, but calling it a GOTY edition isn't what I would have called it.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Woot! It's a good thing I never got around to buying the original game. Now I can get this one and it's around my birthday!

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

shame my terrible eyes wont allow me to see 3d :(

toms123
toms123

I am all for Game of the Year editions as long as the extra content is actually on the disk.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

I agree with you Daman92, 3D is WAY overrated. Just the next sales gimmick. I am so tired of hearing about it. AND $150 FOR THE STUPID GLASSES! What a joke...

Daman92
Daman92

im sorry but i h8 3D, to me the quality of 3D films looks AWFULL rather than everything going 3D, why not HD, like new film releases id rather pay for a film in HD rather than play £10 to borrow some douchebags cheap ass glasses that feel uncomfortable all to watch a film with bad quality and makes it look like im gonna be hit by a train wen i know i wont. -,- yawn.

player_leo
player_leo

You can keep that GOTY 3-D, I got the Collectors Edition with the Batarang and leather-bound book with Batman's Rouge Gallery. So worth it.

HappyApryl
HappyApryl

@ calm_syrface I read some place that Sony is actually spending money to do just that based on the popularity of 3D right now and they believe it's the future ( though we've heard that for years as far back as the early 80's) But they want to make a TV that does all the 3D'ing for you so that you don't have to wear glasses anymore which are actually bad for your eyes with extended play.

calm_syrface
calm_syrface

How come somebody won't make a actual 3D HDTV screen! It probably wouldn't be flat screen at first but either way this Batman game is great and the graphics are hawt...it looked so good on the 360 that graphically it does have a better design than Uncharted.

commanderPOWER
commanderPOWER

If I played this game in 3d my brain would implode.

weirdside
weirdside

3-D will definitely be interesting, if pulled off well. If it's just slapped on, then it does more harm than good.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

3-D Vision is a fad. And my "opinion" does matter since I'm a consumer. The concept is cool, but it isn't practical in a home setting. Companies should work on making new technology cheaper and more efficient. I don't mind going to the theater and watching a 3-D movie, but I could care less about having to strap on some glasses to play games and watch television.

electroban
electroban

Funny the people saying 3dvision is a fad are mostly console tards who've never used 3dspecs with games. Cool oppinion bro's, devoid of any actual knowledge.

Wesker248
Wesker248

May 11 the GOTY Edition... i´ll better get the money for that day ^^

serieus
serieus

Yeah 3D is a touchy subject as far as stuff popping out of your screen. Nothing wrong with 3D graphics, it's made every game even adventures much funner and allow for very movie quality directing because of it. But 3D glasses just can't work forever. The only way you can get 3D like that without the glasses is to get an extended glass 2-3 feet in front of your 21" monitor then you would be able to see the 3D as if you had glasses. If you have a 60" screen TV that you play on, well then you'd need a 10 foot glass box in front of your TV to generate that kind of 3D too. Either way, trying to get 3D on the path to success isn't gonna work. Special hardware would need to be purchased and who wants to place a 2' - 10' glass box in front of their TV?

Batosai001
Batosai001

Why do I want to put glasses over top of the glasses I already wear just so I can see?

JokerFett
JokerFett

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1penance1
1penance1

y does this get a goty? Just cause it was nominated? (lol just cause pun) Uncharted 2 was goty and i havent herd a thing about its goty edition!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'll just buy the original thanks (I keep meaning to). Not really into this whole 3D fad thing tbh.

tremor33
tremor33

idk about the 3D but this game was SICK when i bought it first day

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Will my current version get an update so I can use my Avatar 3D glasses? Bet I don't.

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

@EMGTek, sure the game will have the price dropped by now anyways :P

Ryanrtk
Ryanrtk

it didnt win goty. uncharted 2 did

laxgod18
laxgod18

cool. good thing i didnt buy it now i can wait 4 this

IrishBulldog93
IrishBulldog93

haha i jus bet this game 2day ?? chances of dat !!

EMGTEK
EMGTEK

If you own a Nvidia card you have #D already and yes the 3D effects for this game is amazing.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Almost bought this last week. Extras always help, but will the 3D be any good?

EMGTEK
EMGTEK

Why would I buy this game when I already own it on PC with all the DLC and discover 3D with my Nvidia gtx280? it better be cheaper this time around so the people that didn't play the 1st time around would consider it.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

now just take out the worthless DRM on the PC version and I might buy it.

bschroth
bschroth

until they make all tv's compatible with 3d AND it doesn't take glasses it won't get my money. too expensive for something so rarely used in games. waste of money for now. and I don't really think 3d is the future for games unless it is without glasses. they just make for one more thing I have to buy, and make sure I have enough for everyone to watch/play at the same time. kinda pointless for the current genres we have. does it really add anything significant to gameplay, not really.

karlt321
karlt321

@dovberg No, 3D has developed a lot since years a go. Now the 3D is just like looking outside of your monitor but looking inside of it instead. Well, apart from the colour difference you get with those cheap plastic glasses, but what can you expect. Batman AA looks great in 3D, it's always amoung the top 3d vision game titles on peoples lists. Hense why they have decided to include a "discover 3D" version for console gamers. My Xbox RRDed (out of warrenty) so I (jumped on it a few times after knowing how much it would cost to repair it) sold all of my Xbox games and got a 3D monitor + glasses. 3D is the future, it's just going to take something like 3 years, and cheap high refresh rate displays for everyone to see it in the same way. (pun intended) I just wish I had darker eyes -.- (Highly sensitive to light)

pounder60JD
pounder60JD

@ onthe_dl wow sorry, i didnt mean to personally attack you like i must have. no need to belittle me, i was merely stating my opinion. sorry it wasnt as educated as you would have prefered. please do me a favour and go f yourself

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

After having seen movies in IMAX for the first time this past year & having been blown away by them, I'm glad there is a market that is being catered to bring 3D technology to the home and to our games.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Drop the price to $40 or less and I'm in... Could care less about 3D...

snailz
snailz

I got the 3D vision kit on my PC with the special monitor... I love it! I don't think 3D is a "fad" because I never play in 2D any more. I love the sense of vertigo you get when playing Batman or AC 2. And FPS games and racers are so immersive now! Once the technology comes to consoles properly, not with these cardboard anaglyph glasses, you guys are in for a treat!