How's this for a video game plot: You're trapped in an asylum that looks a lot like the asylum from the first flick in the Batman reboot. In fact, it looks so much like it that they even have The Scarecrow's burlap masks! Anyway, you're in there and weirdo doctors perform awful experiments on you and scream at you. Their voices, of course, have the same distortion effect people in Batman Begins hear when under the effect of Scarecrow's toxic hallucinogen.
It gets worse: Grammy-nominated hard rock band Disturbed is performing in this particular nuthouse for some reason (Ooh ah ah ah ah) so, in addition to having deranged doctors probe you with sharp and unsanitary metal objects, you're dealing with that.
Alas, there's no Christian Bale to save you by yelling at some doofus making noise in the background.
Welcome to The Asylum Interactive Experience (trailer above) a game which will be out a week from today.
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Disturbed, which recently has The Number One Album In America on Billboard if you can believe it (I'm in denial) is doing this in honor of their new record, Asylum. It is, sadly, not a Batman concept album about Arkham, though it also doesn't have the so-bad-you'll-go-atheist song "Prayer" on it.
So now we have this game:
Based on the music from the band's new album, the dark, intense game commits players to the Asylum and dares them to try to unlock its secrets. Fans must try to escape in order to prevent a horrifying future from overtaking the world and to win exclusive songs, never-before-seen photos, and more.
Wait, by winning to you infect yourself with the exclusive songs or are you able to lock them up for ever? If it's the latter, I'll play.