Holy "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever"!

Posted by Grey Sunday, September 6, 2009

It's true.

It's damn true that Batman: Arkham Asylum had indeed been awarded by the Guinness World Records as "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever". And to commemorate the event, Hot Blooded Gaming presents to us a throwback to the 60's Holy Crap Batman...

Debacles over its superior marketing capabilities aside, Guinness noted that the multi-platformer broke the record in this category by achieving the highest average score of 91.67 from reviews around the world. (Metacritic, I guessed) You might think that that's quite a feat but hold that thought before I present to you the previous record holder...

Marvel vs Capcom 2, that is, having an average of 90.0. Kinda make everything seemed much more mediocre, isn't it?

Pardon the cynicism. I have yet to get my hands on Batman: Arkham Asylum, but being a regular gamer and big Batman fan, I am waiting for the chance to do just that and living out the ultimate Batman experience once the supplies are back as the game had gone plain out of sight as soon as it was released. Guessed that me the clarity required to raise the rationale behind all this commercial jabberwocky a little. That reportedly much coveted Guinness-proven title just proved one fact: Game developers had always lazily neglected game adaptations of licensed franchises and the only positive notion can come out of this would be that everybody else can buck up and come up with interesting innovations for the particular Superhero Experience. The ideas are almost, aptly enough, infinite. Imagine what Green Lantern can do with ring of his, and how Daredevil can maneuver in Hell's Kitchen with his heightened senses and all (no, not like the silly arse GBA cycle for the failed feature film).

State of the world's gaming address aside, what Hot Blooded Gaming did there are indeed awe-inspiring. In spite of Prince, Danny Elfman (of which the 1992's Batman: The Animated Series main theme is iconic much like the series) Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard 's best efforts, the one true Batman theme that always lingers behind mankind's darkest hours are without a shadow of a doubt, the 1966's Neal Hefti's Batman theme. And the video also answered the question on every continuity-crazed comic geek's mind: Who the fuck cares about Robin?

Check it out, and note that there's some vulgarity there, so it's almost certainly not for immature nerdy kids. Not a warning of sorts. No living being would ever admit being an immature nerdy kid anyway.


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