World Premiere of the Batman: Arkham Asylum trailer

A few days ago I blogged about the VGA Award Winners of 2009, and for those who’ve read it you may have noticed that the sequel to the popular Batman: Arkham Asylum was one of the surprise announcements of the show.  As it happens a trailer was released as well, which looks intriguing to say the least.

I won’t say too much about this as it would spoil certain aspects of the first game, but the mere fact that Batman’s iconic logo crumbles at the end appears to me as though the Caped Crusader might have met his match.  Gotham City looks to be overrun with criminals and the joker looks as insane as ever, but the trailer suggests this game looks nothing short of excellent.

Detective Mode is needed frequently, but it's tempting to use it more than necessary

Having said that I would like to see the odd improvement or two.  Those of us who have played the first Arkham Asylum will have probably used the ‘detective mode’ a lot more often than perhaps we should have, but the game did encourage us to use it far more than necessary.  This took a lot away from the overall beauty of the game and did make life a whole lot easier when jumping around the rafters, so in the sequel I wouldn’t mind seeing that feature more limited.  Perhaps it could only be used for five minutes at a time before requiring a two minute recharge for example, something like that would mean using the detective mode would have to be used tactically rather than for convenience.

Another more conventional improvement would be to make the core game a lot longer, I completed that in about three days and while the featured ‘challenge mode’ is fun it doesn’t exactly keep you coming back for more if you get hopelessly stuck.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Batman: Arkham Asylum but I do feel a little ripped off that I spent the better part of £40 ($65) on a game that lasted a mere few days.  Not only that but there’s very little replay value either, I’ll probably replay the game in a year or so but there’s nothing to entice me to go back to it immediately which is a shame.  So basically not only would I like Arkham Asylum 2 to be longer (which seems likely judging by the fact you’ll be fighting crime across Gotham City rather than limited to a relatively small island) but I’d like an added incentive to do it all over again once I’ve finished it.  Even some sort of ‘new game plus’ feature found in a lot of RPGs would be cool.

There’s no scheduled release date for Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 as I write this, but that’s not surprising as the game was only announced a few days ago.  Expect it sometime next year though, 2010 is shaping up to be a good year for the video game industry.

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Posted on December 17, 2009, in Video Games and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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