By JosephBarron 0 Comments
Batman fans like myself have been screaming out for a high quality Batman game for years. Perhaps the 2 games closest to pulling this off were Batman Vengeance and Batman Begins. Both captured the feel of their source material (The Animated Series and the first Chris Nolan movie) brilliantly but were let down by clumsy or simplistic gameplay. Now though, a relatively unknown studio has come from nowhere with a stunning looking Batman game for next-gen systems.
Developed by Rocksteady, the game is Batman: Arkham Asylum. The story is an original Batman tale by Paul Dini, the writer of Batman: The Animated Series and several graphic novels. The Joker has surrendered himself in order to gain access to a dark secret held in Arkham, while releasing other famous inmates into the asylum's dark corridors.
The game runs of Unreal Engine 3, so it obviously looks very pretty. Gameplay focusses on Batman stalking enemies in the shadows and leans heavily towards his use of gadgets and detective skills. There's also plenty of combat, but it uses minimal buttons for maximum effect, hopefully in a better way than Batman Begins did.
There's also a rumour that Kevin Conroy will voice Batman and Mark Hamil will voice The Joker, bringing back together the cast of The Animated Series.
Here's a few screenshots released today:
For a bit more info look on the Arkham Asylum Wikipedia page.