3. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos)
Give two superlatives in particular to Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC). It has the best setting of any game this year, an island prison overrun by Gotham City's most dangerous citizens. Within a relatively small map, players slosh through sewers, soar high above natural rock formations, and explore chilling laboratories. And it has the best villain. Mark Hamill's Joker looms over every scene, creating a palpable sense of menace. Say what you will about Heath Ledger — with this game, Hamill reclaims the crown as the best Joker ever.
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