Batman: Arkham Asylum PS3-Exclusive Playable Joker Details

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If you recall, Eidos and WB revealed last week that The Joker would be made available as a playable character exclusively in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Asylum, leaving the rest of the details to be divulged in the June issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine. Well, the June PTOM just arrived in my mailbox and of course the first thing I did was crack it open to find out all about playable Joker. Here are the key points that caught my eye:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum will come with 16 Challenge Maps in total, with The Joker playable in eight of the maps.
  • The Joker’s melee attacks are slower than Batman’s, but he does have his own unique takedowns and stylish attack animations.
  • In place of Batman’s “detective mode,” The Joker wears a special pair of glasses that grant him similar abilities, such as seeing through walls.
  • The Joker doesn’t have Batman’s grappling hook, but he can climb and hang from ledges.
  • The Joker’s enemies during the Challenge Maps will apparently be good guys from the single-player game. Commissioner Gordon is the only character specifically mentioned in the article.
  • The Joker has his own set of gadgets you earn throughout the single-player game, including a pistol, explodable teeth that chatter to lure in enemies and then blow up when they get close, and a gas attack. One of the picture captions also mentions him carrying playing cards and a poisoned joke hand buzzer, but doesn’t say whether these are useable items in the game.
  • There will be new Trophies only unlockable playing as The Joker. The article mentions one Trophy awarded for shooting three targets with one bullet.
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