Batman: Arkham Asylum is a single player, third-person action/adventure in which the Dark Knight is forced to take on
his greatest challenge yet when he is trapped by arch rival, the Joker, within Gotham City's facility for the criminally
insane, Arkham Asylum. A blend of exciting arcade style combat and stealth mechanics packed with amazing graphics in a
moody, immersive setting, Batman: Arkham Asylum offers diverse gameplay options that push the envelope for all action,
adventure and superhero games.
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Batman in hand to hand combat in 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'
Kick it in combat gameplay.
Batman gliding in on an enemy in 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'
And stealth action.
The Joker in 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'
Match wits with The Joker.
The batarang in flight in 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'
Utilize utility belt gadgets.
Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story penned exclusively for the game by famous Batman author and five-time
Emmy award winner, Paul Dini, whose credits include "Lost" season one and "Batman: The Animated Series." As the game
begins Batman is personally delivering his nemesis, The Joker, to the asylum at Arkham Island, but he is uneasy.
Although the Arkham asylum is well fortified, he has a nagging feeling that all is not well, which proves to be the case
when seconds after turning The Joker over to the guards, the master criminal breaks free of his captors. Even more
surprising than this quick turn of events is the revelation that it was never The Joker's intent to escape the
vault-like facility, but instead to trap Batman there. Surrounded by an asylum full of dangerous criminals, many of
which he put there and all at the beck and call of the Joker, can Batman survive and discover what is behind the Joker's
In Batman: Arkham Asylum players strap on the gadget-heavy utility belt of the Caped Crusader. Gameplay here is a
combination of both the knuckle crunching rush of hand to hand combat as you take on the hordes of thugs that infest
Arkham Asylum, and stealth gameplay in which you must dispatch individuals from the shadows. Players can expect an
engrossing single player campaign in which Batman continually moves forward to face the henchmen, bosses and traps that
The Joker has set for him. With regards to opponents, in addition to The Joker who you will hear more than you see, the
dark walls of Arkham also hold familiar villains from the the Batman criminal universe including Harley Quinn, Victor
Zsasz and Killer Croc, that you will have to deal with, but don't expect a one-dimensional experience. As players
progress from environment to environment within Arkham they will have to use varying combinations of muscle, detective
skills, gadgetry and a certain degree of light RPG-like leveling of Batman's skills, arsenal and physical
characteristics to survive and discover what The Joker's underlying scheme is.
In addition to the story-driven single player campaign Arkham Asylum also contains various additional play modes. These
include an arcade styled combat mode where players accumulate points by engaging hordes of thugs in a hand to hand
slugfest across a series of maps, in which Batman's physical strength and agility play a major role. The key here is to
chain together as many attacks as possible due to the fact that with each successful combo players increase the point
multiplier associated with their actions. The game also features a time-based stealth mode where players must hone their
ability to strike silently from the shadows. This gameplay, referred to as 'Invisible Predator' utilizes the Dark
Knight's skill with gadgets like the grapple tool, batarang and explosives. These allow for vertical/horizontal
mobility, the ability to quickly strike from above and at a distance and to take out enemies and create distractions,
even through walls. But remember that Batman works solo and is not superhuman. Your enemies will congregate around
trouble areas and work as a team against you, so you must be silent, plan your attacks wisely, strike quickly and
discover the value of encouraging fear within enemies.
Key Features * Utilize the unique FreeFlow combat system to chain together unlimited combos seamlessly and battle with
huge groups of The Joker's henchmen in brutal melee brawls.
* Investigate as Batman, the world's greatest detective, by solving intricate puzzles with the help of cutting edge
forensic tools including x-ray scanning, fingerprint scans, 'Amido Black' spray and a pheromone tracker.
* Face off against Gotham's greatest villains including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Victor Zsasz and Killer Croc.
* Become the Invisible Predator with Batman's fear takedowns and unique vantage point system to move without being seen
and hunt enemies.
* Choose multiple takedown methods, including swooping from the sky and smashing through walls, and use the predator
camera get a closer look at the action.
* Explore every inch of Arkham Asylum and roam freely on the infamous island, presented for the first time ever in its
gritty and realistic entirety.
* Experience what it's like to be Batman using batarangs, explosive gel aerosol, the Batclaw, sonar resonator and the
* Unlock more secrets by completing hidden challenges in the world and develop and customize equipment by earning
* Enjoy complete superhero freedom in the environment with the use of Batman's grapple to get to any place you can see,
jump from any height and glide in any direction.
* PlayStation 3 exclusive Joker Challenge Map DLC.