Let’s not beat around the bush here the PS3 demo for Batman: Arkham Asylum has me completely sold! I’m off into town tomorrow to Voodoo Consoles to see if I can pick up a copy a day early and i’ll be taking in Killzone and InFamous to trade. What’s so perplexing about B:AA is that it should be awful… afterall doesn’t the third rule of video games state that all movie tie-ins are awful?
The game is powered by the Unreal Engine… which was a big surprise for me as generally I’ve never liked a game powered by Epic Games’ game engine. Gameplay is a mixture of simple (but not mindless) button bashing and stealth and things are kept fun by a nifty little feature called “detective vision” which highlights foes, climb points and mission critical elements in a funky cell shaded style. Swooping down on enemies, hanging like a Bat and tying powerful combos together is great fun. Stylistically the game seems to take more hints from the Tim Burton Movies than the Christoper Nolan films… as much as I like Burton’s work i’d rather have the look and the style of the Nolan films… especially the “Tumbler” Batmobile.
Great news for PS3 Home users… if you load up your Batman: Arkham Asylum disc whilst in home you get access to a free Batcave Apartment!
I hope the full game lives up to the promise of the demo… i’ll soon let you know.
Where the B:AA demo was a nice surprise the IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has been something of a disappointment. Before I played the demo this game was a definite “buy” for me… however sluggish controls have put me off a little. Graphics and sound are great (though the aircraft do seem a little “shiny”) and it certainly seems to look better than Blazing Angels… but the controls… how have they managed to make it feel sluggish and twitchy? I plugged my Thrustmaster joystick in to see if that might improve things but despite it being shown in the control options it just didn’t want to play ball.
As the demo stands the dogfighting in Battlefield 1943 is much more intutitive and responsive (oh and yes that game is still plagued with connectivity problems) I think I might just have to wait a month or two and pick up IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey second hand. However maybe I’m missing something as our resident XBOX fan and Seenit Blogger Mark loves the 360 version
Fat Princess is still getting some playtime… though its all a bit too “button bashy” for me.