Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
Written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" is based on the long-running comic book mythos. After the Joker assaults Gotham City Hall, he is caught by Batman and escorted to Arkham Asylum, which temporarily holds many members of the Joker's gang. Believing the Joker allowed himself to be captured, Batman accompanies him into the asylum. Aided by a corrupt guard who kidnaps commissioner Gordon, Joker seize control of Arkham Asylum and trap Batman inside with many of his incarcerated foes. Joker threatens to detonate bombs hidden around Gotham City if anyone tries to enter Arkham, Batman is forced to fight his way through the asylum's inmates and put an end to the Joker's plans.
After the Joker assaults Gotham City Hall, he is caught by Batman and escorted to Arkham Asylum, which temporarily holds many members of the Joker's gang, displaced by a fire at Blackgate Prison. Believing the Joker allowed himself to be captured, Batman accompanies him into the asylum. The Joker's plan is revealed as Harley Quinn takes control of the building's security and the Joker escapes his captors, aided by a corrupt guard who kidnaps Commissioner Gordon. The Joker threatens to detonate bombs hidden around Gotham City if anyone tries to enter Arkham, forcing Batman to work alone. While pursuing Quinn to rescue Gordon, Batman is exposed to the Scarecrow's fear toxin and hallucinates, seeing the corpses of his parents talking, and Gordon's death.
Did You Know? Most of the game's leading characters are voiced by actors who have appeared in other media based on the DC Animated Universe; Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin reprised their roles as Batman, the Joker, and his sidekick Harley Quinn respectively.
Did You Know? Batman's design was heavily influenced by the work of comic artist Jim Lee, who drew Batman as a strong, muscular character who could believably take part in extreme combat. His black and dark gray costume was based on modern versions, and has military influences and an industrial look.
Did You Know? In 2009, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" won Best Game Design at the 10th Game Developers Choice Awards, and was nominated for Game of the Year and Best Writing. It was also nominated for Best Sound Editing: Computer Entertainment for the 2010 Golden Reel Awards. According to Metacritic, on all platforms, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" was tied with God of War Collection and "Forza Motorsport 3" as the fourth-highest-rated game of 2009. In 2014, Empire named "Batman: Arkham Asylum" the 28th Greatest Video Game of All Time, behind "Batman: Arkham City" at number 12.