Superhero games Darklands, a Classic RPG - I'll talk about Darklands, a Classic RPG in a moment. April is an excellent month to reflect on how the year is going and whether we have achieved all or some of the goals we set for ourselves (Read - Overcoming Procrastination). It's also a time to assess the overall positive or negative trend of… range from uninspired and dull to genuinely enjoyable, but those in the latter category are quite rare. For example, Superman has suffered from one poorly conceived title after another, as has the Batman games scene. Even the best of the Batman games over the years haven’t truly captured the feeling of being under the cowl, facing down maniacs with fists and wits.
Batman Arkham Asylum, released in August 2009, broke the mold, and all the ratings we’ve seen seem to be unanimous in their praise. It appears to be a brilliantly refined and completely engrossing game For Game Design - Andrea Angiolino was born the 27th of April, 1966 in Rome, the city where he still lives. He published many boardgames and books about games, besides developing games for every media. His works appeared in more than a dozen of languages including Korean, Czech and Maltese. He is a game journalist on national magazines, newspapers,… to us. Few licensed titles have captured the ethos of their inspiration as credibly and thoroughly as Arkham Asylum. With Warner Bros. and Rocksteady producing such an exciting, atmospheric experience, Arkham Asylum is destined to be one of the most significant and best games of 2009.
Batman is perched on a high ledge in a vast open space, watching some of the Joker’s thugs rifle through drawers, and the graphics detail is impressive. Batman switches to detective mode using a blue-tinted visor that, among other details, allows him to see his enemies through walls and identifies elements like guns and knives.
The animation in and out of combat is visually stunning, and Batman’s cape is awe-inspiring in terms of how the fabric flows and moves when he runs or fights. Takedowns are performed by pressing specific button combinations and are cinematically highlighted with a special slow-motion payoff camera.
Combat is also a fluid, simple task. Game Informer has very positive things to say about it, and so do Gamespot.com and IGN.com. Gameplay elements, like brawling with multiple enemies at once or silently taking on armed foes, are introduced gradually and individually.
Gameplay is not solely about combat, either. Gamers lurk in the shadows, instill fear among their enemies, and confront the Joker using a variety of Batman’s gadgets and abilities, allowing players to feel like they’ve become the Invisible Predator. Stealth and intelligence are crucial when Batman encounters a room full of armed bad guys. There’s also a detective mode, essentially a special vision mode to help Batman spot things he’d miss with standard vision. The combat system in Arkham Asylum is reminiscent of two other combat systems: one in Fable 2 and the other in Assassin’s Creed.
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