Batman: Arkham Asylum: Thread

dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 6743 Days
Trailer:

http://uk.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/batmanarkham...

Hands-On:
This opening sequence is an audacious introduction to the game. First off, the characters are brilliantly voiced by Batman regulars, including Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman, while the dialogue has been penned by Paul Dini, the scribe behind many Batman and Superman animations, as well as the TV series Lost. Dini came over to London at the beginning of the game's development and helped to flesh out the overall story alongside the development team as well as give the dialogue an element of authenticity. His work is certainly felt throughout the game, particularly in helping the Joker become an irritatingly likable villain. The Joker spends the entire game using the prison's speaker system to taunt both Batman and the goons he's taking out, with some highly entertaining results.

Then there's the look of the game, which is impressive to say the least. The Unreal engine is working under the hood, but it's virtually unrecognisable under the stylistic touches the team has added to the game. The character animation in particular deserves special praise, probably thanks to the studio's on-site motion-capture facility, which has imbued the many villains that we saw with their own individual traits. Hill described how the team used diving weights to achieve Killer Croc's ambling movements, while there's one person whose sole job it is to perfect the look of Batman's floating cape. This sort of attention to detail is easy to appreciate onscreen.

Arkham Asylum is essentially a third-person action game, but we got to see many different gameplay elements during our visit to Rocksteady. The combat is based on hand-to-hand combat at the beginning of the game, and a combo system encourages you to link moves together to earn more points. This results in experience points, and there's a basic role-playing game system that lets you use your points to upgrade either your weapons, such as the batarang, or Batman himself. The basic fighting moves include punch, kick, and flinging your batarang, but you can vault over enemies if you find yourself cornered. It's also worth noting that the health system isn't regenerative while you're in combat, but you can earn health back at the end of a fight if you're victorious.

There are also stealth elements to the game, although Hill is quick to emphasise Batman's power in these situations. "We didn't want a stealth system where you go in, learn the patrol patterns of the enemies, and then use trial and error to get past them. Batman is a powerful character--he spends time looking at a situation and then approaches it how he feels best." He demonstrated this in an open section of the prison, where numerous henchmen were patrolling with guns. He took Batman through the ventilation system, pulling off the grate and then sneaking up behind the first guard for a silent takedown. He immediately fired off a grapple line and ascended to the top of a stone gargoyle to survey the area. Engaging Batman's detective mode, we could see an X-ray of the room, with red and blue skeletal outlines indicating enemy targets and friendly NPCs respectively.
Heading towards one of the isolated enemies, Batman jumped off the gargoyle and used his cape to float through the air before delivering a lethal kick to the enemy's head. This made enough noise to startle the other enemies in the area, and Batman was able to use this intimidation to his advantage. Hill moved Batman around the room to position himself above another enemy, and in a spectacular coup de grace, he used the grapple line to leave the enemy dangling in midair for everyone else to see.

In case our enthusiasm isn't already apparent, we were left really impressed with Batman: Arkham Asylum. The savvy script and excellent voice acting are sure to please Batman fans, while the combo fighting system and stealth elements look like they'll be great fun. The game is already looking incredibly impressive visually--hopefully an indication that it's nearing completion in time for its Q2 2009 release window. Eidos has promised us a hands-on with the game in the coming months, so hopefully we'll be visiting Arkham again for a more in-depth look shortly.
Rest:

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/batmanarkha...
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** Yes We CAN!! **

Kaz Hirai - Sony

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do" LOLOLOLOL!!

BLackHawkodst
BLackHawkodst
Since 5770 Days
As a huge Batman fan that trailer gave me a good feeling about this game, and the hands on seems very positive, cant wait for some more details.
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Prepare To Drop!!

KORNdog
KORNdog
Since 6287 Days
trailer was awesome....but the batman franchise in game form has done nothing but bite me in the ass...so we'll see. definately had the look down tho....although im not 100% keen on the batman design....joker looks awesome tho.
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blmbox
blmbox
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I reckon it'll be one of the best games of 2009, if all goes to plan.
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blmbox
blmbox
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What the heck? It won't let me watch the trailer. It says it contains "possible offensive material" and asks for me to enter my DOB. Well, I do, and it says "incorrect date format".
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dcdelgado
dcdelgado
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Posted by blmbox
I reckon it'll be one of the best games of 2009, if all goes to plan.
This is what i'm hoping to, this has gone straight in my top 5 games for 09, i have a feeling that there are going to be a quite a few games off the radar that will come good this year.
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** Yes We CAN!! **

Kaz Hirai - Sony

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do" LOLOLOLOL!!

KORNdog
KORNdog
Since 6287 Days
Posted by blmbox
What the heck? It won't let me watch the trailer. It says it contains "possible offensive material" and asks for me to enter my DOB. Well, I do, and it says "incorrect date format".
you have to sign in
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Phaethon360 - Mr Pant<s>s</s>ies
Phaethon360
Since 6729 Days
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill? *sniff* You had me at hello.
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blmbox
blmbox
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Posted by KORNdog
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Cheers.

Well, that was awesome. I honestly can't wait for it.
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BLackHawkodst
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Posted by Phaethon360
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill? *sniff* You had me at hello.
TRUE :)
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Prepare To Drop!!

dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 6743 Days
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** Yes We CAN!! **

Kaz Hirai - Sony

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do" LOLOLOLOL!!

blmbox
blmbox
Since 6214 Days
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"This is our decision, to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun."

KORNdog
KORNdog
Since 6287 Days
way too awesome. if this gets really good reviews and is relatively long. i think i'm gonna have to buy it.
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blmbox
blmbox
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If this turns out even to be just average, I might have to hire a batsuit and beat up some random people on the street.

Based on what I've seen, there's no reason why this can't be brilliant.
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"This is our decision, to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun."

KORNdog
KORNdog
Since 6287 Days
Posted by blmbox
If this turns out even to be just average, I might have to hire a batsuit and beat up some random people on the street.

Based on what I've seen, there's no reason why this can't be brilliant.
but theres still a high chance it could be terrible. it's the batman franchise after all, there hasnt been a good one since the NES...lol

it'll only be a rental if it doesnt get critical praise accross the board for me.
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blmbox
blmbox
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Lol, true. The reputation of the history of Batman games is what's holding me back from becoming an all-out fanboy.
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"This is our decision, to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun."

LEBATO - IS WRONG
LEBATO
Since 7005 Days
Looks good.
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dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 6743 Days
Looking very good, i have high hopes for this one.
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** Yes We CAN!! **

Kaz Hirai - Sony

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do" LOLOLOLOL!!

FireWire - IEEE 1394
FireWire
Since 6884 Days
Wow that looks awesome, lets hope they gameplay is awesome as well....
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blmbox
blmbox
Since 6214 Days
Details on Batman: Arkham Asylum Limited Edition:

http://thatgamingsite.com/news/545/batman-arkham-a...

12" Batarang?! Also, I'm interested in what this "DLC Pack 1" is.
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"This is our decision, to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun."

BLackHawkodst
BLackHawkodst
Since 5770 Days
Love it, cant wait to see more.
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Prepare To Drop!!

dcdelgado
dcdelgado
Since 6743 Days
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** Yes We CAN!! **

Kaz Hirai - Sony

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do" LOLOLOLOL!!

UrukHaiPT
UrukHaiPT
Since 6410 Days
Looks very fun. Might turn out pretty good game.
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LEBATO - IS WRONG
LEBATO
Since 7005 Days
It's looking good.
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Mods, stop changing my SIG! I'm going to end up banning you!

blmbox
blmbox
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Crikey. This might very well be my most anticipated game of the year.
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