It's the best superhero game I have played in a long time.

User Rating: 8.5 | Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3
Batman Arkham Asylum has great qualities that make it a superb video game. It has a compelling story, and displays a lot of batman's most challenging adversaries such as the Joker, Bane, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, and Harley Quinn. Kevin Conroy does a great job voicing Batman, while Mark Hamill does an excellent portrayal of the Joker. The island of Arkham Asylum also has a lot depth, especially in architecture. The map itself is not colossal, but it is its depth that captures interest. Rocksteady went to a lot of work to design the Gothic architecture of the buildings.

The gameplay is very innovative and simple at the same time. During combat pressing one button causes Batman to strike, and pressing another cause him to counter incoming attacks. The goal of this is for the player to try to keep the combo going to obtain more exp points. In addition, there is a great sense of progression in the game as new melee moves can be unlocked, and upgrades to Batman's gadgets can be purchased. The stealth aspect of gameplay involves Batman using the environment to quietly take down armed inmates. New enemies will appear as the story progresses, keeping the players on their toes.

Batman Arkham Asylum sets a new precedent for super hero video games. You do not have to be a fan of the Dark Knight to enjoy this game.

Gameplay: 9/10
Story: 8/10
Replay Value: 7/10