Batman: Arkham Asylum

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Dark yet thrilling action game based on the Caped Crusader.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 178 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The villains depicted in the game are pretty deranged, showing little to no disregard for the people they hurt. However, players control a hero with strong values. In one scene, for example, Joker gives Batman the opportunity to kill him, which he refuses. Also, instead of killing enemies, Batman renders them unconscious following attacks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players control Batman, who must restore order to a psychiatric hospital filled with supervillains. Batman never kills an enemy, instead opting to render them unconscious.

Ease of Play

The game employs the FreeFlow combat system, where attacks are handled through two buttons: an attack and counter. Lightning bolts flash above an enemy's head, signalling the opportunity to counter an attack. Prompts appear throughout the game, showing players how to execute specific moves in various scenarios.  

Violence

Batman uses mostly his hands and feet to pummel enemies. Occassionally, he will counter an attack by grabbing an object from an enemy, such as a metal pipe, and hit him with it. Batman also uses Batarangs to hurl at foes. Blood is shown on environments, but isn't visible during combat.

Sex

The two female villains dress rather provocatively, showing lots of cleavage. A portion of one character's buttocks is also visible.

Language

Some cuss words are used, such as "bastard" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

During two sections where Batman must search for a person of interest, he tracks smoke from tobacco and the scent of whiskey. Neither item is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action/adventure game depicts a dark tale based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. Players engage in combat with a variety of supervillains and common inmates. Batman uses his hands and feet for most attacks, but will occcassionly use an enemy's own weapon against him. The game also features mild language and female villains wearing very little clothing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byIsaac S. July 20, 2017

It is a great game for those who are fans of the batman universe, and a great primer for any young teen into bigger games

I played this game around 11-13 years old. I was a little more mature than the average kid, mainly due to the fact that I was in boy scouts and was a big leader... Continue reading
Adult Written byMattDc5 March 14, 2021

A Classic Thriller

I think this is probally the worst in the Arkham Series but its bit bad its one if the best games ever that just sayd how good the rest are to. This is probally... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 19, 2011

Dark themes and some violence, mild language, 12+

I like this game and anyone who likes Batman will. However it is more dark and grim than other Batman games. Mild language like b**ch, b***ard, d*mn, h*ll and a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheT1000 March 13, 2021

This is amazing. Even if your not a superhero fan!

I think that anyone can enjoy this game. PEGI (The European game system) and the ESRB are way too sensitive. This game is rated 16 here in the UK which is the s... Continue reading

What's it about?

In BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM, the Caped Crusader transports his nemesis, The Joker, to Arkham Asylum, a psychiatric hospital in Gotham City. However, Joker's detainment was part of a grand scheme to unite Gotham's worst criminals, including Bane, Poison Ivy, and Scarecrow, to take over Arkham. Batman must delve into the depths of the hospital to restore order and stop the Joker.

Is it any good?

Arkham Asylum is perhaps the best game representation of the comic book character. While most games prefer to focus on Batman as a fighter, this game examines the complete persona of the character. Players will see his sharp detective skills, his love of gadgets, and how he remains haunted by the deaths of his parents in an armed robbery.

During any point, players can enter Detective Mode to search for clues, spot hidden enemies, or find weak spots in the environment with which to take advantage. Batman's typical arsenal of gadgets sits at his disposal, including Batarangs, explosive gel, and the Batclaw. Combat feels very simple, yet can become complex when attacks are chained together properly. However, stealth play is where Batman shines.  Players can use strategy and the shadows to assess a situation and plan the best method of attack. Developers extend the adventure through Challenge Rooms, a series of combat and stealth tests. Scores and times are later posted on online leaderboards. Arkham Asylum is a must-have for Batman fans, and a game most action fans will enjoy.

Online interaction: Online is limited to leaderboards that players can visit to view their scores and times in the Challenge Rooms.

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