Cast:Kevin Conroy as Batman and Thomas Wayne, Mark Hamil as the Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, Wally Wingert as the Riddler, Kimberly Brooks as Oracle, Danny Jacobs as Victor Zsasz, Steven Blum as Killer Croc, Dino Andrade as Scarecrow, Tasia Valenza as Poison Ivy and Martha Wayne, Tom Kane as Commissioner James Gordon and Quincy Sharp, Fred Tatasciore as Bane, Cree Summer as Dr. Penelope Young, Duane R. Shepard Sr. as Aaron Cash
Available On:Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
ESRB Rating:T for alcohol and tobacco references, blood, mild language, suggestive themes, and violence
Genres:Action-adventure, stealth, beat-em-up
Notes:I played the Game of the Year Edition. Images taken from GameSpot and belong to Warner Brothers.
Pros:Gameplay is a lot of fun. Great voice acting for the most part. A story that doesn't suck. Good graphics. Plenty of cool stuff to unlock. You'll want to play it more than once.
Cons:Once you've beaten the game, their isn't much to do. Challenge maps don't tell you which medals you've earned. A little of the voice acting is poor. Frustrating boss battles.
So you've just taken Joker back to Arkham. Again. And now he's escaping for, what, the third time this week? But this time, he's taking over the island, letting everybody loose, and now Batman (who else?) has to stop them.
That's all I can tell you about the story without revealing spoilers.
One thing gameplay involves is a lot of beating on thugs. Combos can be used, but I wound up using just the attack and counter buttons. If the enemies have guns, you can't just walk up and start whacking them. You'll need to sneak up and take them out one at a time.
|This is what Detective Mode looks like.|
Boss battles are few, and most are pretty standard. Several are also frustrating, since they're the kind you die on ten times before you finally beat it. There are a few good ones though, most prominently against Scarecrow. These involve stealth, gadgets, and timing. (Little tip:Don't let him see you.)
Overall, if you like video games and Batman, I would recommend this one.
Edited 12/19/2016 to amend the content warnings.
Sex:A lot of the men are shirtless, and the female villains are sexualized. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, Batman removes an important list from Harley's cleavage. Ivy blows a kiss to Harley for helping her escape (prompting Joker to remark he could watch those two all day).
Our favorite criminal clown makes lewd cracks. At one point, he tells his men whoever kills Batman gets a date with Harley, quipping he won't tell her about it. A mook sees video of a female doctor and comments she can operate on him anytime.
Joker has people killed and injured for annoying him, getting in the way, or just because he can. He has his henchmen do the same. A villain threatens to bomb Gotham. Human experiments grotesquely transform, with bones coming out of their skin.
Several of the interview tapes feature the patients threatening their doctors or making violent jokes. An employee speaks of torturing and murdering the inmates in his diary.
Killer Croc (who is a cannibal) drags someone underwater and eats someone's hand offscreen. One of his game over screens has him taking a bite of Batman a with sickening crunch.
Drugs:Super steroids are used. As usual, Scarecrow's weapon of choice is a toxin that causes those who breathe or ingest it to imagine their worst fears coming to life. Joker threatens and kills people with poison gas.
A goon says he took the pills he stole from a dead nurse, but didn't get a buzz. Commissioner Gordon smokes a pipe, which serves as a clue. Drinking alcohol is mentioned a few times.
Language and Insults:"G*d" and equivalents are used, along with "h*ll", "b**ch", "crap", "d**n", "freaking", and "p*ss". Women are called witches in both English and Spanish.
Spiritual:Batman imagines his parents' corpses speaking to him. There's a brief reference to antagonist Ra's al Ghul, known for his habit of rising from the dead. Zsasz tells a woman he is her salvation (by that, he means he's going to kill her).
In a recording, someone refers to himself as the spirit of Arkham's founder. A corrupt Arkham employee asked his priest if it is immoral to kill in order to save a life. The priest told him all life is sacred, but killing to save someone can be forgiven. The man then decides that his murderous activities are a service to God as well as to humanity. He also references the Bible verse that says not to "suffer a witch to live" while discussing his intention to set a female patient on fire.
Other:The setting is in a creepy and often abusive asylum, and most of the villains are mentally ill to some degree.
So have you played it? What did you think?
© 2013 by M.R.R.