Batman: Arkham Asylum (Video Game 2009) Poster

(2009 Video Game)


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Entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for most critically acclaimed superhero video game of all time.
Mark Hamill, an accomplished voice actor, provides additional voices for other characters in the game, as well as his first opportunity to portray the gangster dummy, Scarface.
The creators of the game decided that in order to have the voice acting top-notch, they'd use seasoned Batman actors from Batman: The Animated Series (1992). Kevin Conroy reprised his role as Batman in the game; as did Mark Hamill, who voiced The Joker; and Arleen Sorkin, who provided the voice of Harley Quinn. Although Conroy and Hamill would continue to voice their characters in the series, Sorkin's voice for Harley Quinn is replaced by Tara Strong after this game.
When you lose to Bane, one of the game over sequences shows Bane breaking Batman's back, which is a direct reference to the "Knightfall" storyline in the comic books (early '90s).
The game is very faithful to the comics and uses Batman's rich history and decades of DC comics mythology as a narrative guide, visual reference and the opportunity to explore more of the darker complex themes each of the villains embodies.
In one of the Scarecrow audio tape interviews, you will hear mentions of Dr. Murphy and Dr. Combs. Cillian Murphy plays Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series and Jeffrey Combs voiced Scarecrow on the later episodes of The New Batman Adventures (1997) and in the video game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003).
Killer Croc originally started out as a man born with a unique skin disease that gave him scaly skin and very reptilian-like attributes. The version of the character in this video-game reflects his appearances in the comic books after the year 2000, where he actually mutates into a rather large crocodile.
In the patient interview tapes for Harley Quinn, much of the dialogue is taken directly from the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm one-shot comic 'Mad Love', which was later adapted into an episode of "The New Batman Adventures" (1997), also by Paul Dini, writer of Arkham Asylum.
The Game's version of Arkham Asylum is heavily influenced by the version that existed in the comic books, as it features strong elements from the stories of Alan Grant, the limited series "Arkham Asylum: Hell on Earth" and very obvious references to Grant Morrison's graphic novel: "Arkham Asylum: A serious house on a serious earth", among other influences.
The sound of the explosive gel gadget when you use it was actually taken from a whipped cream can being used.
Even though this is an open world "sandbox"- type game, limited to Arkham island, at no point does Batman take a rest from his detective work. The game saves every time the player enters a new area on the island.
It took one of the games physics engineers two years to design a way to make Batman's in-game cape react realistically to the wind when standing outside, walking, running, and fighting.
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The Joker uses a Taurus Raging Bill revolver.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There is a hidden room in the Arkham mansion, where after applying three sprays of the explosive gel on a wall, players can enter and see blue prints, pictures and plans for the sequel, Batman: Arkham City (2011).
The twist behind the Joker's scheme to fight Batman by using the titan formula is strikingly similar to an episode The Batman: Brawn (2005), where he combats him after getting hold of Bane's venom formula.
At the end of the credits, there is a short cutscene which randomly gives the player one of three endings, where a box is floating on water and suddenly a villain's hand grasps on to the box, either Scarecrow (This means that Scarecrow may have survived being torn apart by Killer Croc earlier on in the game, but Rocksteady have confirmed he has survived this when they showed the first footage of their newest Batman game, 'Batman Arkham Knight' where Scarecrow appears at the end looking extremely horrible and grotesque.), Killer Croc, or Bane. According to Rocksteady, Scarecrow is the "official" ending.
This game features the second largest collection of villains appearing in a Batman Video game including cameos, after the verifications made by it's sequel, Batman: Arkham City (2011) (as of September 2011). Those who make appearances are The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Riddler (although he is only heard and not seen beyond the character biography artwork), Killer Croc, The Scarecrow, Bane, Poison Ivy, Victor Zsasz, the dummy known as Scarface (albeit without the assistance of the ventriloquist Arnold Wesker) and Clayface (who is also not seen in his true form but in the guise of multiple characters in a cell in the penitentiary).

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