Reviews by brownpaw

95

Fantastic game!

brownpaw | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year

This was one of the first games that I felt compelled to complete in its entirety in several years. I played it shortly after it came out, and I have rated it based on that time period. Don't make the mistake of playing Arkham City or Arkham Origins first, because coming back to this game will be awkward due to missing features and certain moves that have been added in the other two.

With that said, this game really fleshes out the iconic Arkham Asylum of Batman lore. Revolutionary combat system, and just plain fun predator (sneak attacks) gameplay really make you feel like Batman.

The story is so-so and kind of predictable, but don't let that stop you, because the gameplay really makes up for it. You'll run into a fair number of Batman's rogues gallery, and Batman's familiarity with them from past encounters is apparent in the excellent dialogue from DC Animated Universe voice actor Kevin Conroy (along with Mark Hamill reprising his role as Joker). You can really feel a history already, which really helped to immerse me in the gameplay.

Overall, highly recommended, but again -- make sure you play this first , before Arkham City or Arkham Origins!

85

More of the same, but I don't think that's awful

brownpaw | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

As a huge fan of the last two games, I’ve been anxiously waiting two years for this next installment of the Arkham series. On many levels I am completely satisfied, and on many others I am somewhat disappointed. This game was made by Warner Bros. Studios, taking over the mantle from Rocksteady in the previous two. This leads to some fairly fresh ideas, but also some missed polish.

However, overall, it’s “more of the same” when compared to Arkham City, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The story is along the depth of the first two games – not very deep, but compelling enough. If you liked the previous two, you are going to enjoy this one too.

With that said, there’s some polish issues. Several bugs have persisted through the PC release that will hopefully be patched soon. Fights can be awkward, as it feels that fight spaces weren’t thought out as well as in the previous games. For example, there’s props (cars, ATMs, random other things) in the middle of the area that it’s really easy to get stuck on, making combos more difficult. I’ve run into numerous AI problems in predator areas. Some people have encountered bugs requiring a complete restart of their game progress, though I personally haven’t seen those (and I imagine these problems will be patched out soon).

For me, this game ran far smoother and with more visual effects turned on than its predecessor, Arkham City. Nice to see some optimizations there.

Overall, despite its problems, I really enjoyed this game and played it through in almost one sitting. Highly recommended!