If I know nothing about Batman...

#1 Posted by Shinri (534 posts) -

... Would this take away from my enjoyment of the game? I've been hearing loads of praise for this game but I know not the first thing about Batman other than it's set in Gotham City and it has The Joker in it.  
 
Should I still get it, or would I be missing too much of the backstory and the like by not knowing about the Batman fiction?
#2 Posted by r0k1ll (380 posts) -

No. I like Batman, but I never read any comics. I still like the game. It will actually add to your interest on Batman.

#3 Posted by Meptron (1060 posts) -

I think you'll still like it. I did, and I'm the only things I know about Batman are what I've learnt from the movies.

#4 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4905 posts) -

No, i played it without having no knowledge about Batman, other than watching a couple of the cartoons back in the early 90's and the movies, and i still enjoyed it even without having any comic book knowledge.

#5 Posted by RipTheVeins (1540 posts) -

You should definitely get it. And as far as being familiar with the characters is concerened, there are profiles for all of the major characters in the game (as well as some of the lesser-known Batman antagonists) which do a good job of telling you everything you need to know about a characters in as few words possible.

#6 Posted by Meptron (1060 posts) -

By the way, I rented the game and finished it easily within a few days. It's a great game, but maybe doesn't have a lot of replayability. So consider renting it instead of buying it.

#7 Posted by Shinri (534 posts) -

Alright, thanks for the insight, everyone. I'll look into getting it once I finally finish Borderlands. 
 
As for renting it, I've never been a massive fan of doing that, and I've seen it pretty cheap (£19.99) in a local game shop anyway. Thanks for the advice, though.
#8 Posted by Kr3lian (310 posts) -
@Meptron said:
" By the way, I rented the game and finished it easily within a few days. It's a great game, but maybe doesn't have a lot of replayability. So consider renting it instead of buying it. "
I felt this way after my first play though, then I sent it back to Gamefly.  The decision to not buy the game has been gnawing at me ever since, because I really want to play through that awesome game again, lol. 
 
Also, and this is off-topic, but I have been wanting to play Uncharted 2 again lately as well...even though I totally hated on that game during the GOTY discussions because I wanted Batman to win so bad ;)
#9 Posted by pause422 (6153 posts) -

Yep, I generally never cared for much about Batman at all, and I love the game.

#10 Posted by Heartagram (1179 posts) -

Get the game. Even if it was a generic dude the game would still be fun as hell. Although it would be weird for  a random dude to be stringing dudes up batman style haha

#11 Posted by mordukai (7092 posts) -

The game  has bios on the different character you meet so you can go and read about them and not have any prior knowledge on the Batman Mythos. 

#12 Posted by Milkman (16228 posts) -

No, it won't take away any enjoyment. If anything, it would be more enjoyable.

#13 Posted by JukeboxJoe (242 posts) -

No, it'll still be awesome. Although I fail to see how that's all you can know about Batman. Granted, I read the comics, but it's all over the place. He's the goddamn Batman!
#14 Posted by InfiniteGeass (2041 posts) -

The only back story you really need is that his parents died when he was a kid and he's  extremely rich and didn't have anything to do with the extra money other than become the batman.

#15 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

No more than not knowing the back story in any other game or movie.  It is a self contained story which is one of the reasons it received the praise it did story wise. 

#16 Posted by MrKlorox (11186 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
" The game  has bios on the different character you meet so you can go and read about them and not have any prior knowledge on the Batman Mythos.  "
Don't you kinda need to know about them to find their RIddler's challenges though? Which then unlocks their profiles? Or do they eventually show up anyway even if you don't solve the riddles?
#17 Posted by Karmum (11509 posts) -
@Shinri said:
" ... Would this take away from my enjoyment of the game? I've been hearing loads of praise for this game but I know not the first thing about Batman other than it's set in Gotham City and it has The Joker in it.   Should I still get it, or would I be missing too much of the backstory and the like by not knowing about the Batman fiction? "
You'll be fine. Have you seen any of the Batman movies? The Dark Knight, for example?
 
Let's just say that certain characters are hinted from that movie in the game. I say just go for it. It's really a great game.
#18 Posted by HistoryInRust (6215 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
"The game  has bios on the different character you meet so you can go and read about them and not have any prior knowledge on the Batman Mythos.  "
This is the best answer to your question.  
 
The game, on its own, does a fine job of filling you in on who's who and what's what. But you're really going to like the game if you read the biographies of the different characters, since that will be the most concise way to consume Batman's extensive backstory.
#19 Posted by Gamer_152 (13974 posts) -

You don't need to know really know anything about Batman to enjoy the characters and story in Arkham Asylum. If you want to learn more though there are short bios for each of the characters in-game.

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