Retro Ad Replay – Batman: Arkham Asylum 11th Anniversary

It’s time for another Retro Ad Replay article! This is the series where we head backwards in time to reminisce and celebrate the anniversary of some of the most significant moments in gaming. If you find yourself wanting more content like this, be sure to visit

In this August 25 edition of Retro Ad Replay, we’re taking a trip back 11 years to when Batman: Arkham Asylum first launched on Xbox 360 and PS3. That’s August 25, 2009. Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, this was the first installment of what would become a critically-acclaimed trilogy.

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The GameRevolution Batman: Arkham Asylum review awarded the game a score of 4.5/5, with the positives including: “great plot,” “Batman done right, finally,” “fantastic character design,” and “gorgeous graphics.”

Here’s a snippet from the GR review:

With all the pretty wrappings, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM is an action brawler with some covert combat gameplay that Solid Snake would enjoy. Batman is a trained martial artist and certified weapon of mass destruction, and this is the first game where you really feel that. Though there should have been a few more ways to take down foes silently, taking on ten guys at once is an acrobatic breeze when you get the combo system down. Pay attention to the guys with the guns, however, as even the Batman isn’t bulletproof. Combat becomes a ballet of disarming and disabling the inmates in some of the most fluid combat seen in video games. Again, in a nod to the Batfans, the Batman DOES NOT KILL.

With fantastic voice acting, gorgeous graphics, and a well-written plot, what else could you want from a game? Great for hardcore Batmaniacs as well as gamers looking for a solid action/adventure game, I’m happy to declare BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM as the best Batman game ever.

Check out the original Batman: Arkham Asylum launch trailer below (hosted by Batman Arkham Videos on YouTube):