PS3 Attitude’s Most Wanted Games of 2010 #7 – Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
When the votes were cast for this year’s Most Wanted Games of 2010, there were a few titles that were tossed around that many of us probably wouldn’t have even dreamed mentioning a few months ago.
During this long and arduous process, over thirty games garnered nominations, but when the dust settled and the arguing stopped, no other game received more knowing nods among the staff here at PS3 Attitude for making a surprise appearance on this list than Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 (though it’s unlikely to retain such a title).
It’s a testament to the quality of the first game that word of a sequel got our red phones ringing and rushing to encase ourselves in a cape and leather. From its excellent balance of stealth and action to the fitting use of gadgets and techniques Batman implements to overcome the inhabitants of Gotham’s renown loony-bin, B:AA not only hit a lot of our buttons, it punched them right off our faces.
Naturally, considering the game was only announced a couple of weeks ago at the VGAs, little is actually known about Rocksteady’s second caped-crusade with the Dark Knight. In a way, with such little information to currently go on, it only compounds what a great job the guys at Rocksteady did the first time to make us want something we know so practically nothing about.
What we do know is that Arkham is unlikely to be the setting of the sequel, or at least the only setting. With Rocksteady’s Paul Denning confirming that a sand-box Batman title just wouldn’t work, it’s probable that other Gotham landmarks will also make an appearance. Such locales could include the likes of Wayne Manor to the shadowy alleyways that claimed the lives of Bruce’s parents, what we can expect is that, with the success of the first game surely rewarding the Rocksteady crew a bigger budget, things are going to get bigger and, excuse the pun, even batter.
Other than the game’s possible locations, the only other thing we have to go on is what was shown at the VGAs. Depicting a sickly – though just as insane as ever – Joker, the Batman 2 teaser at least confirms that Bat’s arch-nemesis is returning. What other villains will make the role-call is anybody’s guess, but no matter who turns up, we’re looking forward to unleashing our brains and our brawn in another stellar action title next year.
Here’s the obligatory quote from the team:
The original Arkham Asylum is one of the best games of 2009 and is definitely the best superhero game ever created. With the foundation already made, there is no doubt that the sequel will be even better – PS3 Attitude’s Delriach
Batman 2 – or whatever it is ultimately called- hits sometime late next year.