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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publishers: Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix (JP)
Platform: Windows
Released in JP: January 14, 2010
Released in US: August 25, 2009
Released in EU: August 28, 2009
Released in AU: September 3, 2009


Carts.png This game has revisional differences.
PiracyIcon.png This game has anti-piracy features.


His parents are DEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

Joker Maps

In the PS3 version, players were able to play as The Joker via a free DLC from PSN along with his own challenge maps, moves, game over screens featuring Batman and Aaron Cash, and in his map for obvious reasons the Joker Goons on the maps were changed to Arkham Guards along with appearances from Zach Franklin, William North, Louie Green, Eddie Burlow, Aaron Cash, Henry Smith, and Commissioner Gordon. Players who hack the game files in the PC version can play as well, as long as it is not the GOTY (Game of The Year) edition.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Sound files for Joker at the start of the maps.
  • Sound files for the Guards when fighting Joker.

Anti-Piracy

The game features copy protection in the form of game-breaking glitches designed to stop pirates from going very far into the game.

First, Batman's glide move (which is needed to both sneak up on enemies and land in areas that you can't reach via normal jumps) is glitched, which means you can't proceed past a certain point. This particular glitch made the news at various websites, mostly because of a guy who unintentionally outed himself as a pirate at Eidos' forums.

Second, Batman's grappling hook will not work on certain ledges or vents. Since you can't reach them, you're stuck and can't go further.

Third, sometimes you will see the grappling icon show up in random places while playing. If you use the grappling hook, you will be transported out of the room to an invisible ledge that you can't climb. If you drop down, you'll fall on a platform and you can't get out other than by killing yourself. Depending on where you do this, you can end up outside the map or in the waterfront surrounding Arkham Island.

In a normal game, you can't use any of your weapons, run, or jump while talking to Oracle, but you can walk around the room. Once the conversation ends, you regain full control over Batman. But here, Batman never takes his finger off his cowl, so you can't exit the room.

After obtaining a certain item needed to stop Joker, you have to return to the Botanical Gardens, but you're stopped by an invisible wall. There's a way to get around it through the air ducts, but the grapple won't work (it normally does.)

When you reach the Elizabeth Arkham Glasshouse at the Botanical Gardens, well... there's nothing there so you just fall to your death. No boss fight for you!

Judging from the videos on YouTube, they appear to be completely random, so what you get in one playthrough may not show up in another. There may be more glitches to be found.

Letters

In the game, most papers found in the levels have 2 funny texts relating to the intake of patients into Arkham Asylum. Since they cannot be read properly in-game, their text is transcibed here.

BAA-SouthgateLetter.png
Dear Sir-Madam

I'm writing to inform you that your relative is loopy and
will be confined to an inhuman floating cage in some crazy
dungeon.

You have no legal recourse to this decision and maybe
liable for all costs incurred for the treatment of your
psychotic family member.

Best regards from all of us at Arkham Asylum rehabilitation
services.

Have a nice day.

The Joker & Pals



Signed,



Prof. J Southgate
BAA-CrazoolyLetter.png
Umberto Crazooly

     230435-3485

Diagnosis: Has a stupid name

I'm writing to inform you that your relative is loopy and
will be confined to an inhuman floating cage in some crazy
dungeon.

You have no legal recourse to this decision and maybe
liable for all costs incurred for the treatment of your
psychotic family member.

Best regards from all of us at Arkham Asylum rehabilitation
services