BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM
This is the definitive Batman game and it is about time. Batman has had a long road of bad video games and he deserves this game. The story is that Batman has just aprehended the Joker and is taking him to Arkham to have him locked up....again. Batman knows that this is too easy and of course Joker breaks free once inside and reveals that it was all a great master plan. He releases all the inmates and broadcasts over the PA system guiding Batman from building to building. During this treck you encounter Bane, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Mr.Zasz. The game does a great job of introducing each and the Scarecrow scenes are not only creepy but very well done.
The graphics are very good and provide a detail that has never been seen before on Batman as well as his surroundings. There is literally details everywhere from newspaper clippings to each cell being unique to its inmate. Lighting is well done and Batman's cape flows very realistically.
The game I thought was a little on the short side but searching around for the Riddler's riddles around the island bumps the length up a tad. These riddles come in the form of hidden question marks, scanning the environment for cameo items and other villain weaponry or costumes. To find these, you have a detective mode that you can switch on and off. The only downside to this is some people will find themselves abusing this and never turning it off, this takes away from the game and you miss how detailed the environment is.
The game also has a character bio gallery, some containing audio tapes that are interviews that the arkham staff had with that particular inmate. Lastly, there is a challenge mode that allows you to fight groups of thugs or sneak around and pick them off one by one secretly.
All in all this is one of the best games released in 2009. A definate buy and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
-Very entertaining with no slow or lagging points
-Smooth control with no steep learning curve
-Detective mode abuse
-A little on the short side
-Just a couple key villains