Game Review: Batman Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition

In recent years the award of “Game Of The Year” has brought us some slight differences from the originals, but in the case of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition the actual experience of the game has changed. If you’ve played the original (released in 2009), then you’re already familiar with the seamless game play and amazing art work that accompanies one of the better stories in comic book games ever. You’re probably already aware of the ability to play as The Joker, the numerous boss battles and problem solving this game requires as well. When the Game Of The Year Edition was released, you probably didn’t expect a ton to be different. Well, you’re slightly wrong.

More Challenges:

One of the great features of the original Batman: Arkham Asylum is the Challenges Mode. Throughout the Story Mode of the game you’re able to unlock different challenges that involve speed, stealth and general luck to complete. The Game Of The Year Edition comes equipped with four Challenges the original game did not.

3D:

Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition comes with two pairs of old-skool 3D glasses. But the glasses aren’t just for you to wear around on the street (in fact, I would advise against doing so) as the game now has a fully functional 3D option that allows you to really get into the game depending on how big your screen is. Although the concept is amazing, this should come with a bit of a disclaimer as Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition is less Avatar and more Spy Kids 3D if that helps.

Everything Else Remains:

The story of The Joker purposely getting caught by Batman only to have himself committed back to Arkham Asylum is no different from the original. All of the twists and turns, all of the surprises and all of the memorable voice talent remain as well. The actual game is no different so if you have already purchased and played the original game, grabbing the Game Of The Year Edition is a it of a waste. If you have yet to play one of the best video games to date, then Batman: Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition is what you should be looking into. The price difference is hardly noticeable, especially since you’ll be able to get the new Challenges and experiment with the 3D technology.

Batman:Arkham Asylum Game Of The Year Edition is available for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows.