To begin with, Batman has a number of simple to perform moves including attack and counter, each one mapped to a single button on the Wireless Controller. Once a battle starts, you're encouraged to keep the fight flowing using the game's Freeflow Combat system which allows you to chain moves together seamlessly using both buttons, or mix it up a little with ground takedowns, throws and stuns. It's an incredibly robust fighting system that is made all the more enjoyable to perform through its intuitiveness. Be you a seasoned gamer, or someone new to the genre, you'll be fighting and feeling just like the Batman in a matter of minutes.
The more moves you chain together, the more points you are awarded, which in turn are tallied up as points for you to use as upgrade store purchases, including new armor, dual wielding Batarangs, explosives, enhanced takedowns and more powerful moves, all of which will help turn you into the ultimate crime fighter by the time you reach the final showdown with the maniacal Joker.
Fighting skills alone won't save you in Arkham Asylum, the ability to detect and follow up on clues is an essential part of the gameplay, requiring to scan scenes for evidence such alcohol in the air or remnants of tobacco, which you then need to follow through the hallways, air vents and buildings of Arkham in order to track down your enemy, or in some cases, a close ally who has been kidnapped by one of the inmates.