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Desc:The developers play a mean joke on unsuspecting players. Spoilers.
Category:Video Games, Horror
Tags:batman, glitch, bastards, Arkham Asylum
Submitted:Quad9Damage
Date:09/19/09
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Comment count is 29
Louis Armstrong - 2009-09-19
Well, at least it dosen't tell to to "push button or die". Its "die, and then you should have pushed a button"
Cube - 2009-09-19
There's no middle stick.

Louis Armstrong - 2009-09-19
Ugh, Wow.

facek - 2009-09-19
:( I freely admit, I turned off my console and checked my disc.
Quad9Damage - 2009-09-19
Same here. Actually, I was close to giving up and calling customer service.

It makes me wonder how many returns and tech support questions this prompted, all due to five seconds worth of impatience.

Camonk - 2009-09-19
My hand was reaching for the button when the new cinematic started. And at the death screen I was like, OH! You can dodge with the--wait a second!

Tuan Jim - 2009-09-19
So, uh, what did I just watch?
dementomstie - 2009-09-19
Harley's butt. Despite everything else going on at that time all I found myself watching with my full attention was Harley's butt.

This game makes me want buy a PS3. Not just for Harley's butt, also for the new Ratchet and Clank games.

Bort - 2009-09-20
I'm inferring that Batman is hallucinating (because of Scarecrow's fear gas) that he has been captured and killed. At the beginning is an apparent glitch that "prevents" you from escaping, so it looks like the crappy game screwed up and that's why you died. But it turns out you didn't die at all, you just had a hallucination, and the phony glitch actually adds to the "reality" of the situation by making you think it's not just a dream sequence.

SkeletonMichelle - 2009-09-19
I really enjoyed this bit of Eternal Darkness-style screwing with the player when I encountered it in the game.
endlesschris - 2009-09-19
Needs a bit of explanation. Seems like some MGS style shit.
Aelric - 2009-09-19
There is explanation, it's due to scarecrows fear gas. Duh.

I totally fell for the first 5 seconds since I was playing on a computer and had experienced a crash earlier. Remember to use the middle stick to dodge!

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-09-19
I should maybe buy this game.
Camonk - 2009-09-19
There is no maybe. No game deserves your money this year like this one, not even Red Faction.

pastorofmuppets - 2009-09-24
Yeah I only played this a little bit and considered buying a PS3...

I think if you like Metal Gear then it's like getting a new MG game with a story that's weird in the "right" ways.

Quad9Damage - 2009-09-19
This is especially scary if you're playing on an Xbox 360, for obvious reasons.
Toenails - 2009-09-20
Now, this is different from the copy protection the developers have put in the game, right?

Or was all that talk about a game-crashing glitch just some way to scare people into buying the game legitimately?

Just sort of wondering, since it doesn't seem like you can progress the story along without a middle thumbstick.

Obviously, I own neither an Xbox 360 nor a PS3.
Aubrey McFate - 2009-09-20
IT'S A FUCKING JOKE, PEOPLE.

JESUS.

Toenails - 2009-09-20
You know, for a joke, you're pretty angry about it.

Isn't it suppose to be funnier when other people don't get it?

SolRo - 2009-09-20
time to hook up my N64 controller
Gwago - 2009-09-20
Batman does not beg for his life. Please.
Quad9Damage - 2009-09-20
You're right about this, but this is a Scarecrow gas-induced hallucination playing on Batman's darkest fears.

If it helps, (*spoilers*) Batman later overcomes Scarecrow's toxin ("Enough to drive 10 men insane!") by sheer willpower. And because he's Batman.

Camonk - 2009-12-20
And while he's overcoming it, he beats like fifteen dudes into comas.

JimL2 - 2009-09-20
If you haven't played the game, this is basically the intro cutscene and first level, except with the Joker as Batman (and vice versa), and his henchmen swapping places with the Arkham Asylum staff. Scarface appears on the TV in place of the warden.

This is the third time in the game that Scarecrow's gas causes your character to hallucinate, and it's by far the most effective. Other than the quick cough before the video corruption, and Oracle(?) coming on over the PA system to ask if you caught the game last night, there's no indication of what's about to happen.

I thought Silicon Knights literally patented this kind of stuff for Eternal Darkness, so I'd be interested to know if Rocksteady had to license it. But either way, I think we can all agree that HARLEY QUINN'S CORSET
cognitivedissonance - 2009-09-20
Harley looks like a rubber corpse walking a tightrope suspended over the Uncanny Valley.
memedumpster - 2009-09-20
Harley sounds all animated and happy, but the character model looks bored.
twinkieafternoon - 2009-09-21
It seems like they did the voice work (with the Animated Series voice actress and everything) but didn't let her know that the character model would be vastly different.

bopeton - 2009-11-18
I didn't fall for it. I've played enough Metal Gear Solid games that this type of thing is nothing new to me.
fluffy - 2010-04-26
FISSION MAILED
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