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Background

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first of a series of modern Batman reboot games set in a dark and gritty take on the Batman lore, featuring a fresh free flowing combat system where players can chain combinations against large groups of opponents. The game combines stealth elements, plenty of combat, and puzzle solving with a story and setting that evokes the darker aspects of the Batman mythos.

The game takes place in Arkham Asylum, an institution famed for being home to many of Gotham's worst psychopaths. The Joker is being transferred to Arkham Asylum under Batman's supervision, but things go awry when he escapes custody and manages to take control of the facility, releasing its inmates and trapping Batman alongside the very thugs he helped put away.

The story is co-written by DC Writer and producer Paul Dini, who later also helped write the sequel, Batman: Arkham City.

Gameplay


The game is set in a 3rd person, 3d style perspective as Batman. Combat is "free flowing", where players must time to block or counter attacks coming at them from all directions. The free flow nature aspect means that Batman will chain attacks together and allows for some really smooth and satisfying combos, especially as the enemy count increases and as the chained combo count increases. Players must also use stealth and "take downs" to unlock achievements, while searching for clues and other collectibles to unlock 100% of the game's achievements.

Features

  • Features simple hand-to-hand combat (three buttons) but they can be used to string together many different combos
  • "The World's Greatest Detective" achievements: get fingerprints, take photos, and investigate areas much like the game Condemned
  • Supervillians; Joker and Croc
  • Enemies visually become more frantic and frightened as you kill off their comrades, especially if you do it stealthily.
  • Several takedowns that look really cool
  • Face huge groups of opponents and (if you are skilled enough) chain combos until you take them all down in one fluid fight.

Hardware Specs

  • Minimum
    • CPU: Intel single core 3 Ghz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: XP = 1 GB, Vista = 2GB
    • GPU: Shader Model 3 NVidia 6600 or ATI 1300 or higher
  • Recommended
    • CPU: Pentium D 3Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Dual core)
    • Memory: XP = 2GB, Vista = 3GB
    • GPU: NVidia 7900 GT or higher
    • Enhanced for multi-core

Official URL

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Who am I? You want to know who I am? I'll tell you who I am. I'm the goddamn Batman.

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Like many people, I myself happen to have my own set of pet peeves. Things that seem insignificant to others, annoy the hell out of me and put me to my wit's end. I've always felt like converting my mental 'top-list' into words, but never seem to find the time. Procrastination is a terrible thing, isn't it? Well, anyway, in no particular order, here are my top 5 pet peeves. I'll try to explain them as best I can, so you know how NOT to piss me off (just kidding!).



Text Speak (SMS Language) in Real Life




If you're on the internet right now, and you don't know what 'Text Speak' is, then you've been living under a rock and reading from websites from over 20 years ago. I'm fine with people saying "Lol", "Rofl" and swapping a "for" and "to/too" for a 4 and 2, but when people tend to use this in actual conversations (as in face to face), THEN it becomes a problem. There must be at least one person you've met, that for some unknown reason has never developed the ability to actually laugh; instead finishing off humour by actually saying the word "lol". As if laughing was against human nature, they'll just stand there like an idiot with their "lols and rofls" while most of the socially-acceptable people take in a moment of awkwardness before trying to brush them aside like an unwanted leech. This also extends partially to things like emails; where people don't need to abbreviate. If you're writing an email, you HAVE the time to type out the words properly.


Systems that Announce Themselves



Nearly every form of multimedia are plagued with technology that have to announce themselves; sometimes repeatedly. "System critical in three minutes... System critical in three minutes... (Repeat as necessary)". This was actually brought to my attention recently when I was playing Batman: Arkham Asylum. Where Batman enters his 'batcave', we hear the incredibly annoying automated voice that had to list every stupid thing happening. Facial identification successful, doors opening, security measures disabling; yes, I *bleep*ING get it already! Every time something like this happens in movies, my internal scoring drops down a digit. Firstly, it's annoyingly repetitive, and secondly it treats the viewer like an idiot. So there's a lot of flashing lights, a screen is showing a warning, people are screaming but no, we STILL don't get it do we? We're met with a monotone voice (usually woman) droning on about the imminent destruction that will surely come. You NEVER EVER EVER get this in real life. EVER!


Know-It-Alls



I'm a student. That's where I'm pulling this peeve from. Every class just has to have that brainwave who has the answer to every question, and the question to every comment. They're smart and they know it; so they're arrogant most of the time. They'll sneer down at you, over-analyse situations, and try to point out any and every flaw in your reasoning or discussions.


Other Drivers



I'll keep this intentionally broad. I drive, but I'm not really a 'car' kind of person. It's a set of wheels that gets me from A to B. That's it. I drive like any person would; at least how you'd expect most people to drive. I make sure I drive at the speed limit; I-kid-you-not that I am a partial speed-freak at times, but I never go over the limit intentionally. This brings me to what really pisses me off. In regards to 'other drivers', why is it that people have to drive at least 10KPH faster than me. Why, only just a few days ago I was on a small roadtrip back home, minding my own business on a single-lane road (Two lanes; one for each direction of traffic) driving exactly on the speed-limit (I was being cautioned by my passenger every time I went over), and some asshole decided to tailgate me for several minutes before overtaking INTO oncoming traffic. People can be so impatient, and risk their lives for a few extra minutes off the road. I wasn't even doing anything wrong, but when that driver decided to swipe past me, I was insulted.

I also hate multi-taskers. I've seen people on the phone, eating, smoking, even READING while driving in especially busy sections of traffic. I find the time to give them the evil-eye, or simply yell my disgust at them (sure, they can't hear me with my windows rolled up, but it helps). The reason this concerns me as much as it does, is because it endangers my life as well. Admit it; you don't want to be the collateral damage as a result of another person's idiocy.


Deception



Yes, Deception. Hell, no I'm kidding. He's what I hope considers me, a good friend. Anyway...

This is by far, the biggest pet peeve of them all. I see it every day, and it is what annoys the complete and utter *bleep* out of me. I mostly see it with either piracy or advertising.

With piracy for example, I see so many videos from youtube or messages from anonymous boards of people 'claiming' to have say a keygen for a DLC or program. Who knows, you may be looking for some music, looking for a game, or looking for something, I don't know. You find a site that says "download this exe file to get your [insert prize here]". Half of the time, it's plain obvious it's a scam from the get-go; that your supposed gold is riddled with trojans. It's still just as painful when you go on youtube to find all these videos of 'free keygens. I scroll through the comments, and surprisingly enough 9/10 are from FAKE accounts thanking the uploader for their work, while the rest are scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong for them. Using a little investigative work, every one of these 'approval accounts' are mass spammers who happen to falsely validate every video out there offering supposed legitimate downloading, and most of the time their channels are littered with disgusted users who see through their lies and deception.



Advertising is the other side of this jagged sword. It's everywhere and it's deceiving as hell. You'll see a banner off to the side, with an image and unbelievable offer. If you do happen to click on it, BAM, pop-up, redirection and... NOT WHAT YOU WERE EXPECTING. Even the use of sexual content in ads (Good example being Evony, which was a complete scam). This can be everything, and usually is. Not that I'm stupid enough to click on them, but it's incredibly ballsy when I see a stock image I KNOW from elsewhere, being used to as the main selling-point. Don't lie to me. You know exactly what I'm talking about.


Okay, well that's it for now. I think I've rattled on long enough. Post what you want in the comments. I'll listen.

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