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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Trailer for BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM (and about that review of THE DARK KNIGHT...)

It's the old joke: "The inmates have take over the asylum". But when the inmates are the rogues gallery of the Caped Crusader, turned loose inside the non-Euclidean former manse of Amadeus Arkham, and the only thing their sickened minds can fixate on is Batcave-ing in your Batskull, in a game being likened to BioShock well... that's the kind of maniacal mayhem that Batman: Arkham Asylum promises to deliver. The game's story is written by Paul Dini and will feature Kevin Conroy returning as the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill reprising that of the Joker...

Batman: Arkham Asylum is due out May 1st from Rocksteady Studios and Eidos Interactive, and is being built with the Unreal Engine 3.

And speaking of all things Batman...

A lot of people have still been wondering why I didn't write a review of The Dark Knight.

Well folks, in the end... it was just too big a movie, and something so gosh-darned perfect, that there really wasn't anything left that I could possibly have said about it that hadn't been said already. But for what it's worth: I definitely consider The Dark Knight to be the finest comic book movie that has been produced to date. Christopher Nolan and his team delved into the heart and substance of Batman and his world better than any other production has done in the now seventy-year history of the character.

I thought that The Dark Knight was not only a tremendous and flawless follow-up to Batman Begins, but it built up and further explored the themes that the first movie had introduced. I think that Heath Ledger's turn as the Joker might be one of the most - if not the most - insidious and powerful portrayals of a villain in motion picture history, and in my mind he certainly deserves to posthumously win that Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars in a few weeks. The Dark Knight was my favorite movie from this past year, and I am very eager to see how the story of Nolan's Batman continues to play out (and I can definitely think of a few ways that it can, not just for one movie but for several more to come).

But while we're waiting for that third Batman flick, at least we'll have plenty of good times with what is already looking to be the best Batman-inspired video game made so far. Hey, "Batman meets BioShock in Arkham Asylum"?! I'm sooo there :-)


Anonymous said...

Kevin Conroy: best Batman evuh!

Anonymous said...

I'm definately getting this game. I like how the developers have said that the gameplay will place just as much focus on detective work as combat. I hope they can make the gameplay feel like you're Batman. The only thing I can complain about is how they rendered Batman with the huge pointed ears. I was never a fan of that way he was drawn. I much prefer Batman with short ears, like with how's he drawn now in comics.