Reviews by chance1138

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Flawed but fun

chance1138 | Nov. 7, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham Origins

If you've played either Arkham game prior to this one, this will feel quite familiar. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Arkham games are easily the best superhero games I have ever played.

You can definitely feel that a new developer worked on this title, as there are several noticeable bugs in the game. None of them were game-breaking for me, and a lot of them have been addressed in a recent patch, so this isn’t too much of a concern. The control is still great, if perhaps a tad more sluggish than the previous titles. I occasionally find myself failing to counter attacks even after I clearly press the button in time, though this problem is rare. The game still very much makes you feel like you are in control of a superhero. While the game has added some new gadgets, there is nothing very special about any of the new ones, and there is even one that behaves identically to a gadget from the last game.

There are Riddler trophies again this time around, but they go by a different name, and there aren’t really environmental riddles to solve, which I feel was a bit of a letdown. The trophies still sometimes require a bit of a challenge to a reach, but they feel a bit more simple than those in previous games.

Another thing worth mentioning would be the boss battles. They are a bit of a mixed bag. Some of them are lengthy fights with added quick-time events, while there are others that are more of the stealth-predator types of battle. They all work pretty well, though I feel like Arkham City had more dynamic and mixed battles. I would say that the battles in this game are still preferable to the battles from the first Batman game.

There is a multiplayer addition that might entice more people in, but I have not given this mode a try.

Lastly, the story of this game is quite good. It takes place earlier in Batman’s career, and though he is well established as a crime-fighter, he has a bit of a mythical reputation. This is a fun addition, which also puts him at odds with the police during the run of the game. It allows us to be introduced to some fan-favorite characters for the first time in the Arkham universe, and it even sets up some things that we’ve already experienced in the later games. While I get a bit tired of seeing the Joker as Batman’s primary foe, he is used pretty well in this game. I do wish that they hadn’t given him such a big role, as we’ve already had that in two other games, but it’s still a fun story.

Overall, this game is definitely worth a purchase. It’s a bit less polished than previous entries, and it doesn’t introduce any radical changes, but it’s still a solid bit of fun. If you liked the previous games, you know what to expect, and you should find yourself enjoying this one.