Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

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Author: @JonahMonaghan and Andy Robertson.


Batman: Arkham Asylum is an open-world adventure game. It's the first game in the Batman: Arkham series. In the game, the Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum trapping Batman inside and watching him as he tries to escape, sending various enemies after him from the asylum.

You explore areas of Arkham Island after you've unlocked them. While going through the game you'll find a variety of challenges, some have you going toe to toe with a group of thugs, other situations will have you taking a stealthy approach to take out enemies off one by one, and finally you will need to use your detective vision to solve a variety of puzzles. The story offers surprising twists and turns that accentuate the feeling of playing in the world of a Batman comic book.

Batman: Arkham Asylum also offers a challenge mode where you can try to beat your scores and times in different unique challenges that will test your skills as a player. These challenges take key encounters in the game and make them more challenging and provide additional resources for you. This gives you the opportunity to be more creative in how you approach the scenarios.


Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/08/2009

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @RocksteadyGames



Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete. The game contains lots of extra content beyond the main story which will extend this considerably.
Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Available in Batman: Arkham Collection with all downloadable content.

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Rated PEGI 16+ for frequent moderate violence towards human characters. Enemies armed with lead pipes can block attacks, but their own weapons can be taken from and used against them. Prisoners are also equipped with firearms, which can kill Batman. All violence is determined to be moderate in its severity and effect on characters.

Rated ESRB TEEN for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.


View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.


How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.


How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan

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