October is finally here, and with it, a spattering of newer releases such as Costume Quest 2 and Final Fantasy XIII for the PC (which is helpful since my PS3’s disc drive gave up the ghost). However, I had a week or so to kill before those games actually came out, so I decided to revisit Arkham Asylum, a game that I had only played through once. That playthrough hardly counts, though, as I found the combat and story so mediocre that I ended up using a cheat to get through the game. This time, I was sure to rely on nothing but my own skill, but despite being more of a “hardcore” gamer than I was when I first played through the game, my impressions of it remained the same. I love Batman beyond words, and Arkham City is one of my all-time favorite games, but Asylum is awkward in every sense of the word, the series’ forgettable baby steps notable only for eventually leading to City.