Why all the love?

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#1 Posted by TomA (2787 posts) -

Don't get me wrong. this game is really fun and interesting. But what makes it GOTY material, why is everyone in love with it so much? It's great, but i can't seem to pick out what makes it so great?

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#2 Posted by CaptainObvious (2993 posts) -

It has Batman. 

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#3 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

It's the first Batman game in a long time to actually be good.  Plus it's just a really awesome game.

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#4 Posted by jim_dandy (885 posts) -


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#5 Posted by Andrela (595 posts) -

@TomA said:

"  this game is really fun and interesting.  "
There you go.
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#6 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5440 posts) -

It was a superhero game that was actually quite good.
Also any third person game with fighting brawling involved should follow the example Arkham Asylum set. It's damn near perfect.
Plus it's The Goddamn Batman.

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#7 Posted by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

Interactive storytelling with a constant flow of neat ideas, put together in a very polished and very well paced way, good visuals, sound, excellent voice acting, tight gameplay, incredible combat mechanics, good length + challenge modes, fine achievement design, nice and refreshingly optional fanservice, lots of collectables and the magical ability to make players say "I'm Batman!".



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#8 Posted by francesthemule (155 posts) -
@CaptainObvious:  the fact that your name is captain obvious, makes your answer even better.
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#9 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5777 posts) -

Fighting mechanics were the best of it's kind and the stealth was cool.  Story was great and so was the voice acting.

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#10 Posted by PerryVandell (2219 posts) -

My reason is that ever since super hero games have been made, none have ever been truly great. Sure there are some decent ones like Spider-Man 2, but there's always something missing in those games. Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first super hero game I've played where I've felt like I was the hero. Most Batman games I've played have been nothing more than cheap, poorly-designed brawlers. But Arkham Asylum not only makes the combat incredibly fluid and fun, but it also is littered with puzzles that scratch that "World's Greatest Detective" itch. Basically, it's the first superhero game that people had high hopes for, and then exceeded those hopes immensely.

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#12 Posted by Jack268 (3370 posts) -

It has Batman, a good fighting system, good storytelling, decent graphics, good controls, just overall brilliant gameplay. 
It got a lot of praise because it was very polished and the first Batman game in a very long time to actually be good.

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#13 Posted by HandsomeDead (11853 posts) -

I agree. I enjoyed it but there was very little collusion between the different elements of the game and that left me finding the game getting tedious towards the end. If they could somehow wrap all the different elements together, it would be something amazing and it looks like they're doing that with Arkham City.

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#14 Posted by Falconer (2035 posts) -

Lemme put it this way; if it had two more Batmans, it would be game of the decade.

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#15 Posted by markini6 (549 posts) -

I've never understood why people make threads like this. Are you expecting people to change your opinion of the game by explaining why they like it? If you didn't enjoy it, that's fine, there are plenty of other games that you might love. Sorry to sound like an ass :)

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#16 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

It's batman and he rules

it's 92% on gamerankings 
it's like a stealth action game 
getting all the riddlier's puzzle is fun 
graphics are quite good 
the combat system is deep 
it's written by paul dini who wrote the animated series 
it's voiced by mark hamill for the joker 

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#17 Posted by MementoMori (194 posts) -

perfect controls
decent story
large amount of collectibles which you actually WANT to get

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#18 Posted by yakov456 (2021 posts) -

I wouldn't say GOTY material, but it's certainly not mediocre either.

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#19 Posted by Spoonman671 (5693 posts) -

I didn't think it was quite up to GOTY standards, although I did think it was fantastic.  I don't know that many outlets that gave it GOTY, and that it was so close between it and Uncharted 2 at Giant Bomb is probably due to the fact that there are only four dudes deciding on it here.

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#20 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -

It was better then all the other games I played that year, therefore GOTY.

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#21 Posted by Jimbo (10462 posts) -

Combat felt similar to Assassin's Creed to me, and had the same problem: it's impossible to lose.  The combat mechanics were brilliant, but way better than the game ever required them to be.  A couple of the boss fights were kinda bad too.
Overall, I'd put it in the same category as Bioshock:  Brilliant world design and atmosphere, with solid (but not amazing) gameplay.

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#22 Posted by hedfone (1747 posts) -
@Andrela said:
@TomA said:
"  this game is really fun and interesting.  "
There you go. "
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#23 Posted by haggis (1674 posts) -
@TomA:  I liked the game well enough, but tend to think it's vastly overrated. I know it's not a popular opinion, but there it is. I found the game a bit repetitive and tedious about halfway through and stopped playing. I never felt much incentive to keep going. A lot was done well in the game, but what I don't quite get is why everyone thinks the controls (especially in hand-to-hand combat) were all that great. I wasn't all that impressed with it. I thought I was missing something, so had a friend show me what I was doing wrong, and ... I wasn't. I just didn't like the feel.
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#24 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2831 posts) -

Well i absolutely loved it, i could have gone without those stupid ScareScrow sequences though. They were so bad lol

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#25 Posted by Karn (714 posts) -

It's so good, you have to buy 3 copies. 

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#26 Posted by LiquidPrince (16840 posts) -

It's amazingly fun and well polished.

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#27 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1272 posts) -

I didn't "get it" until I got to this part ( huge spoiler).
It's just a really well-made, creative, and fun game. My mind wasn't blown in quite the way I expected after hearing about it so much, but on reflection it's definitely one of the better games I've played this generation.

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#28 Posted by ajamafalous (13317 posts) -

I played this game over Spring Break this year. It's been my favorite game I've played all year and the best game I've played since Bioshock. Enjoyed it way more than Mass Effect 2.

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#29 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14553 posts) -

The atmosphere is really good. While I didn't think the combat was all that great (especially all the surprisingly lame boss fights), the amount of Batman-esque things you do along with that makes it one of the better games of last year. GOTY? Nope. I didn't think so.

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#30 Posted by MetalGearGeorge (217 posts) -

Having read a huge number of Batman comics i can honestly say that this is the first time a game conveys almost the same feelings with some of the best  comics that include batman. Apart from that the fluent combat, the great voice acting and the incredible atmosphere make it a great game for gamers and batman fanboys alike and that makes it GOTY material.

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#31 Edited by TeflonBilly (4742 posts) -

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Straight from the man himself 
(EDIT: Seriously, All-Star Batman's dialogue is atrocious)
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#32 Posted by angelkanarias (1523 posts) -

played the demo, didn't find it that impressive.

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#33 Posted by Glak (580 posts) -

The atmosphere of the game is amazing and the combat is really enjoyable
You feel like the Batman, and the collectibles are fun to get because they unlock a lot of interesting things
Also I love Batman and the Batman universe

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#34 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -
@CaptainObvious said:
" It has Batman.  "
Your name and that comment are perfect for eachother.
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#35 Posted by Gamer_152 (14474 posts) -

Both great-looking and great-feeling combat, effectively atmospheric environments, plenty of Batman fanservice, very good voice acting and some very good stealth action.

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#36 Posted by hockeymask27 (3696 posts) -
@Andrela said:
@TomA said:
"  this game is really fun and interesting.  "
There you go. "

was about to say. What makes you think its not? What game would you have chosen.

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#37 Posted by HellBrendy (1104 posts) -

Only problem I had with the game was the boss-battles and the ending of the story, wich includes the last boss.  
Everything else: Fucking excellent. 

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#38 Posted by The_Philosopher (634 posts) -
My reasons are: 
1. I love the Die Hard feel the story has. How it's all happening in one crazy night. I love how Batman gets all haggered with cuts, rips and 5'oclock shadow.
2. Great style, I love the dark twisted look everything has. Also detective vision is awesome.
3. Collectables! All the riddler puzzles and patient tapes are amazing. There has never ever been a game that did collectables this well, ever! 
4. The gameplay is amazing, the free flow punching guys combat is easy to learn but takes a while to master. Sneaking around is really fun too. All the extra area levels are really fun too. 
5. Batman, Batman, Batman. This game is mad Batman.... and it's really good. That's a first! 
By the way Batman: AA wasn't even my game of the year, but I still love it to death.
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#39 Posted by Jazz (2351 posts) -

I don't understand it either actually 
It's a pretty good metroid clone that has an awful storyline, repeated scarecrow sections (ergh) and dodgy stealth sections. Gargoyles inside Arkham..really?
I did however like the riddler challenges and that they tried to include the 'detective' part of Batman that people tend to completely ignore. 
Also the nods to the villains and the voice work were superb, but otherwise it was just a solid game. 
Nowhere near as good as AC2, but thats just one man's opinion.

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#40 Posted by RobotHamster (4249 posts) -


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#41 Edited by Quacktastic (1065 posts) -

Fun encounter designs
Fun collectibles
Simple to use but difficult to master and addictive combat (challenge room leaderboards) 
Perfect pacing

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#43 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2532 posts) -

If it wasn't for that stupid elevator shaft … I don't know how many times I went up and down there to get 100%.

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#44 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8881 posts) -
@ShaggyChu said:
" Lemme put it this way; if it had two more Batmans, it would be game of the decade. "
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#45 Posted by JJOR64 (19681 posts) -
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#46 Posted by DrivingBj (74 posts) -
@JJOR64:  That spoiler comes with a growling voice right?
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#47 Posted by JJOR64 (19681 posts) -
@DrivingBj:   Yep.
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#48 Posted by Slax (1075 posts) -
@HitmanAgent47 said:

It's batman and he rules

it's 92% on gamerankings 
it's like a stealth action game 
getting all the riddlier's puzzle is fun 
graphics are quite good 
the combat system is deep 
it's written by paul dini who wrote the animated series 
it's voiced by mark hamill for the joker 

This all of these. See this list, it's right!
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#49 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

Its thoroughly competent in every respect, which is sadly a rare thing.

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#50 Edited by Icemael (6853 posts) -

It looks and sounds fantastic, successfully portrays Batman in all his disturbed, violent glory, and is chock full of fan-service. 
I do think it's overrated, though. It could have been Game of the Year material if the beat 'em up parts were better (or nonexistent), the stealth segments were more numerous and challenging and the story was good, but as it is, it kind of falls short. It's good -- but not that good.

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