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Batman: Arkham Asylum
Completionist Info
Batman Arkham Asylum - The Completionist Ep23:43

Batman Arkham Asylum - The Completionist Ep. 129


Episode Number 129
Date Released May 15th, 2015
Completionist Rating Fini-pete It!
Link Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventurevideo game based on the DC Comics superheroBatman. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentfor the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows. It was released worldwide for consoles, beginning in North America on August 25, 2009, with a Microsoft Windows version following on September 15.

Written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini, Arkham Asylum is based on the long-running comic book mythos. In the game's main storyline, Batman's archenemy, the Joker, instigates an elaborate plot to seize control of Arkham Asylum and trap Batman inside with many of his incarcerated foes. With Joker threatening to detonate hidden bombs around fictional Gotham City, Batman is forced to fight his way through the asylum's inmates and put an end to the Joker's plans. Most of the game's leading characters are voiced by actors who have appeared in other media based on the DC Animated Universe; Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin reprised their roles as Batman, the Joker, and his sidekick Harley Quinn respectively. The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Batman's combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in combat and exploration.

The game received critical acclaim—particularly for its narrative—and won several awards, including Best Action Adventure game, Best Game, and Game of the Year from different media outlets. It held the Guinness World Record for "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever". AGame of the Year edition was released on March 26, 2010, and an OS Xversion was released in November 2011. Arkham Asylum‍ '​s success launched a series of Batman: Arkham sequels, beginning in October 2011 with Batman: Arkham City.

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The Completionist Edit

Jirard reviewed Batman: Arkham Asylum for the 129th episode of The Completionist. The episode came out the same week as a surgery he had to remove a tumor from his leg.

Jirard compliments the storytelling, specifically around Bruce Wayne's character. He considers it a place where newcomers to the Batman franchise can safely experience the caped crusader for the first time. He also finds the graphics and atmosphere have aged very well, but the PS3 version suffers from some graphical issues at times. He also praises the voice acting, giving special attention Mark Hamill as The Joker.

Jirard compliments the combat and exploration, as well as the memorable moments throughout the game. He's also very fond of the variety of enemies and bosses. He finds the hidden collectables fun, as well as the challenges. Some attention is also given to the free Joker DLC. However, he finds the final boss with the Joker to be incredibly out of place, making The Joker less of a villain in his eyes.

Trivia Edit

  • #BuffBoy is a recurring joke throughout the episode.

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