Batman: Arkham Asylum Joker Hands-On

Eidos' E3 booth offered a chance to play as the Joker in the PlayStation 3-specific challenge rooms.

PlayStation 3 owners recently got one up on the Xbox 360 crew when Eidos announced that the Joker challenge rooms would be exclusive to the Sony consoles. We got to check the character out for the first time at E3 as he was appearing at the Eidos booth for attendees to play.

You control The Joker in a broadly similar fashion to Batman, but his moves are much more theatrical in nature. Whereas Batman goes for a brutally efficient combat style, the Joker adds more flourishes to his kicks and punches. He also has a suite of his own moves, including the ability to shoot laughing gas from his sleeves in order to stun enemies.

The best Joker moves come when you build up combos, which allow you to unleash special attacks on your enemies. These moves change depending on your position to the enemies, but all of them are really entertaining to perform. If you build up a combo of five or more hits, you can press the triangle and circle buttons together to pull off a finishing move. The Joker will either shake hands with his enemy using his electric buzzer, or he'll jump on his enemy like a monkey and repeatedly smack him around the head.

If you manage to build up a higher combo, then you can throw your enemies, and the challenge room features plenty of electric walls at which to aim. The final challenge room featured Commissioner Gordon, who we particularly liked throwing into the wall. The Arkham Challenge Rooms offer some great old-school beat-'em-up action, and we can't wait to play more of them. GameSpot's Tom Mc Shea has also been playing the single-player mode, so watch out for his preview hitting the site soon!

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43 comments
Sgt_Wuss
Sgt_Wuss

should I get this for the PS3? I want the PS3 version for The Joker but the con for me is the trophies. I can't show off my trophies to my friends on Xbox Live. but if I get the 360 version I can show off my trophies but I won't get The Joker!

Booldeywolf
Booldeywolf

It sucks, it's exclusive to PS3, I really don't like buying games for the Ps3 if I have the choise of getting the 360 instead, the controlls on the ps3 are just plain jinky compaired to the 360 controller

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

Its these kind of things which put me off games, the game might be good but I wont be playing the full version on my 360 now, will I? Now I know how fallout PS3 fans feel... Oh well, maybe I will skip this as yes, I can get fussy about these little things... (the joker is my favourite character so...)

mg9312
mg9312

I think not adding the joker to the 360 version is unfair...because I was really looking forward to playing as the joker....=\ Although I was reading something and they mentioned ?downloading? the joker onto the 360 is that possible? (sigh)

raza3
raza3

when i bought batman begins it is was cool but this one more than cool

SkinnZero
SkinnZero

I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT! oh man this ROCKS!

ReaperV7
ReaperV7

I played the demo at target today!!! this game is AWESOME!!! finally an batman game that could get an AAA.

josh2123
josh2123

Played the demo @walmart, this game is incredible and thats just the challenge mode Cant wait for the full game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

backatcha
backatcha

This game is gonna ROCK, a definite must buy for me.

Joshuayeah
Joshuayeah

@ Gelugon_baat i think this is just a bonus feature not actually in the story. like the challenge rooms in bioshock :) also, the joker desnt take over arkham asylum quickly, harley quinn does haha! she takes the warden hostage [as seen in the inset pic] and then takes over the security system and lets out the prisoners, which outnumber the guards due to the increased number of prisoners [transferred from black rock] and the strong villains like killer croc and so on... i hope thats cleared anything up :) also does any one have any news about two-face? i havnt seen any news about him being in it, i think it'd be great - esp since he is against joker!

poupouxios
poupouxios

will it be in the ps3 cd or will it be download able from the ps3 store??

AyuSora
AyuSora

I want to play this game. And maybe this little exclusive will be enough to get the PS3 version, if I have a PS3 by the time this game comes out. I hope I do.

chronos_ss2
chronos_ss2

I've never been a fan of Batman games, but this one I've got to play!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Even though I'm always skeptical when games like this appear. I was greatly impressed with the game's visuals at E3, who knows huh.

gmax
gmax

Play on PS3. Be the Joker. Heh.

sluffmochildeater
sluffmochildeater

Ugh, I really wanted to get the xbox360 version of this for the controller. Oh well, PS3 version here I come. I'm sure the game is awesome no matter what system I get it on.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

This game is going to be really awesome I can't wait for it to come out.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

tryagainlater: You're glad you bought your PS3 now because you get to play as the Joker? That's kind of...I don't know, sad? Anyway, I don't see why Eidos would shaft the 360 like this. Can't possibly think of a logical reason behind it unless Sony payed them off in which case I'm thinking Sony's money would have probably been spent in better places (like keeping Metal Gear Solid exclusive). Will probably be released as DLC later but for a price. Wack.

pakhair
pakhair

I M Waitin..................

theironduke111
theironduke111

Definitely be getting this for PS3 mainly because it the best controller.

Sharvie
Sharvie

Finally, a Batman game that i might enjoy. The visuals look fantastic.

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

sweet!! can't wait for this game and to play as the Joker!! can't wait to pull off his cool moves!!

J_78
J_78

Batman for serious solid gaming and Joker for the crazyness every game needs

Span_Argoman
Span_Argoman

Joker only appears in the challenge mode, not the story mode. So no stealth stuff and story.

Sir_Demii
Sir_Demii

One thing though.. How will the Joker pull off the stealth stuff Batman does? :| Grappling to a gargoyle for instance.

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

I'm glad I bought a PS3 now. I can't wait to get my Joker on.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Playing AS the Joker? **** yes, I'm getting the PS3 version. O_O

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

cool

miX_master53
miX_master53

nice as i cant wait for this one best batman game ever =D

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

I don't know if the Joker is enough to make me get it for the PS3 over the 360, I just hate the controller.

Skullcraft
Skullcraft

Commissioner Gordon as a boss battle? I'm sold.

gones26
gones26

holy crap, this is amazing! Mad nerdasm right here

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Wow, this game just seems to be getting better and better. I cant wait to play as the Joker in the PS3 version in his challenge rooms. His ability's are especially enough convincing for me to look forward to controlling joker.