Reasons Arkham Asylum is better than Arkham City

Reasons why I feel it's better.

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By Nick Salinski - 10/6/2012
Before I get to the article, I am going to say this ONLY ONCE. This article might have a couple of spelling mistakes, which I have been critisized about (see, I probably mis-spelled just there) if you can't stand a couple of mistakes then I suggest you leaving this article now because I won't stand being critisized because I'm not a good speller. Ok, you still reading? Good. Here are my reasons why I feel Batman: Arkham Asylym is better than Batman: Arkham City.

Scope



For once, smaller scope makes a better anything. In this case, a better game. It's more of a fun and because of limited space, it's actually harder to find the Riddler trophies although it's not as hard getting them as it is in Arkham City. Scope is for me a big part of why this game is better than Arkham City. Also, the smaller scope is because of the next thing..

Story



This is my opinion but, I feel Arkham Asylum has a better and darker story. Not better because it's darker, but again, it's better and darker. For me, it all comes back to the scope. It's smaller so therefore as an open world esque type game, it makes it unique and not as dragged down. Also, the villains don't drag down the story.

Villains



I think the villain roster is better. Scarecrow, Killer Croc, The Joker, Bane, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Victor Zsasz. I think the use of them was good, although I was hoping for an actual fight with Killer Croc. Scarecrow had a small role and yet he was more useful than Two-Face was in Arkham City, and Two-Face is my favorite Batman villain. I liked the way the villains were all tied in together in Arkham City but I just liked the way the villains came together without really coming together (if that makes any sense to you).

This is a tad short but I don't care. These are the reasons I feel Arkham Asylum is better. Got a different opinion? Comment below and be respectful about it.
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rudeawakening - 10/6/2012, 10:02 PM
both games are great I'm not sure I could actually pick which is better..I do agree about the villains though....first!
Darklypse - 10/7/2012, 4:45 AM
I gotta agree. I also feel Arkham City had a way better atmosphere. I'll never get tired of going all around Arkham City doing all those missions. Also, the aftermath of the game was pretty good too. From what I remember, didn't the DLC mention something about Batman being somewhat unhinged after the Joker died? Anyway, for me, the feel, the look and everything else was great, and I consider it a better representation of Batman, his world, villains, and characters than Nolan's films (Don't attack me Nolanites, I do enjoy Nolan's films a lot).
DrDoom - 10/7/2012, 7:15 AM
I like both.
Tainted87 - 10/7/2012, 8:52 AM
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EdgyOutsider - 10/7/2012, 10:49 AM
@Tainted87: I understand the rules, I'm just frustrating because it feels that I'm the only one getting slammed for spelling errors.
BIGBMH - 10/7/2012, 11:33 AM
Arkham City's story was more interesting, but Asylum told its story better. It was more focused. I don't feel like The Joker story connected very smoothly with the Hugo Strange story in Arkham City. I also feel like some of the shifts between Batman and Catwoman within the story hurt the momentum. Other than that, they did a good job of stepping things up in just about every other way.
superbatspiderman - 10/7/2012, 2:11 PM
I felt that Arkham Asylum was more of a horror game and Arkham Citywas an adventure game. In Arkham Asylum they area is small and you are loced in with all the sadistic criminals so you had a feeling of terror also the Scarecrow missions were my favorite parts of the game. Arkham City was a free roaming game so you had more of a sense of adventure. Both Games top my favorite video games list so there is no need for me to compare them.
Gerrit - 10/7/2012, 3:15 PM
I don't think there's a way to tell wich one is better. I prefer the Arkham Asylum story because the way the characters in Arkham City are connected seems a little forced while in Asylum it feels more natural. The villain rooster is almost perfect in both games but I just hate the way that Joker is always the standard for Batman vilains. He is one of the top villains in both games. He was in the spotlight in Asylum and for me that should be enough but he is in the spotlight again in City. And of course, I would love to use the batmobile and the batwing.
jessepostal - 10/8/2012, 8:24 AM
i liked asylum more as well, it had a sense of confinement to it, claustrophobic even. It was darker, the villains were top notch. The first scarecrow approach was twisted and almost creepy which sucked you in even more. killer crock was great fun, and everything just pieced together great. Plus it was the first all around great batman game
calin88 - 10/8/2012, 10:53 AM
Sorry Lizard, but Arkham City is superior in every way! Combat, Stealth, gadgets, Boss Fights, Atmosphere, Even the riddler tophies are a good challenge, not to mention it has some of the greatest side quests a game could hope for, plus you get to play with Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman, and I could go on all day, and the story in AC - mind-blowing!
dezdigi - 10/9/2012, 1:31 PM
In Arkham City I felt more was at stake. The overall sense of danger felt greater to me.
I loved both games but had way more fun with AC.
Plus all the DLC extras were a lot cooler than AA.

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