We Got Game: Batman: Arkham Asylum First Look

Gamespot contacted Eidos and trotted over the seas to Rocksteady Games UK to get a first look at Batman: Arkham Asylum. Using the Unreal engine, the third-person action game has a couple of early perks I thought you all would want to know about. Gamespot has a more detailed description so click the link and hop on over there to read all the goodies but if you want to know some of the cool stuff, hit the jump and find out…

UPDATE: Now when you hit the jump, at the end is the new trailer. You’re welcome…

For those who don’t know, a couple of Batman facts. This year marks the Caped Crusader’s 70th Anniversary which explains all the hoopla over at DC and yeah, it kind of explains Grant Morrison’s “killing” of Bruce Wayne (there’s a helluva loophole in there, btw) and the return of Batman’s comic book and animated roots in video game form.

With dialogue by Batman: The Animated Series scribe Paul Dini, it only helps that Rocksteady recuited Kevin Conroy to voice Batman and Mark Hamill to voice the Joker. Also from Batman: TAS, these are the two most recognizable voices attached to these characters and the familiarity works. For those hardcore Batman fans, this is not a re-creation of the legendary graphic novel, “Arkham Asylum” but it doesn’t matter. The plot is classic Batman.

The plot sets up like this: Batman catches Joker and remarks he gave himself up. This is because the Joker wants to go to Arkham as he has set it up to be one giant death trap for Batman. Joker, with the aid of Harley Quinn, escapes from Batman and has set up a series of elaborate traps which include many of Batman’s rogues gallery. The Joker taunts Batman throughout the game using Arkham’s speaker system. And the fun ensues from there.

You can gain experience points using combos that lets the player upgrade Batman’s weapons or even Batman himself. Health system isn’t regenerative while in combat but you can earn back heatlh at the end of a fight if you win. Arkham has bonuses such as collecting points throughout the game thru interacting with prisoners and dealing in different enviroments.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is set for a Q2 2009 release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

This looks like it’s going to be tons of fun…

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~ by sladewilson on January 30, 2009.

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