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I love both of these games. I gave my vote to Arkham Asylum because it was the first good superhero game. The linearity of it worked really well, much better than Arkham City or Arkham Origins (sometimes less is more). The Killer Croc section kind of sucked but otherwise it was fantastic.
Dragon Age: Origins was friggin fantastic, but more because it was a throwback to older games that I loved more (Baldur's Gate I'm looking at you). Again, it's amazing how many times people get sequels wrong. Less options but more recorded dialogue sucked. Making it easier and more actiony sucked. No interesting environments to explore sucked. Let's hope the next is better. (Note that this rant didn't impact my vote here, just wanted to recall how much Dragon Age II disappointed)
I hate Dragon Age: Origins with passion!
Batman. DA:O had bad combat and characters and the most uninteresting and predictable story.
I completely agree with you. Also the world seems for the most part ripped from Lord of the Rings and its events.
Really really? Predictable story? Batman trotting out the Joker every goddamn time as the final obstacle in Batman's way is the definition of contrived.
Yeah but what about the other bosses in the game? Scarecrow, Bane, Poison Ivy, etc...
Scarecrow: IM REALLY BIG! DONT LET ME SEE YOU!!
Bane: IM REALLY BIG DONT LET ME RUN INTO YOU
Poison Ivy: IM ON A BIG PLANT DONT LET ME BONK YOU
like none of the other characters aside from batman and the joker really mattered
@artelinarose: I applaud you for S-Ranking that I gave up on those damned combat challenges I didn't wan't to put the effort in on those things. I actually S-Ranked Dragon Age on PS3 along with all of the DLC. That took awhile but it was so fun! =)
It was a lot of frustration and persistence but I got through it eventually. I remember the key was to stop trying to rush through them so quickly and take my time. I stopped attacking all of the time and spaced out my hits so I could react to counter prompts and such. I GUESS I also S ranked Symphony of the Night but I don't think that really counts...
Dragon Age was great. But it was pretty much just another Bioware RPG. Arkham Asylum came along and took something that rarely(if ever) get legitimately great games(Batman/Superheroes) and actually made an extremely innovative and now often copied combat system. So Batman wins this one for me.
Gonna go with batman. It was just more innovative and inventive for a game. Remember when people thought a good superhero game couldn't be a thing prior to AA? (Yes spider man 2 but be honest most superhero games were garbage). Also bio ware is doing their RPG games since the mid 90's + the combat system is just awesome, combined with the awesome stealth.
Batman is one of my favorite games this generation. I tried Dragon Age several times, but it never grabbed me. Maybe it was the setting (which I found uninspired), the characters (that did nothing to me), or the combat (which moved from unplayable to broken)
So, even if it was another match up, I would have voted against Dragon Age.