Reviews for Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (NA)

62

Wasted Potential

darkhorse441 | Feb. 20, 2016 | See all darkhorse441's reviews »

Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate Deluxe (mouthful isn’t it) is the PC port of the portable stand-alone spin-off of Arkham Origins. But how is it? Well let’s break it down: Gameplay: The game retains many of the other Arkham Games’ format, but in 2.5D. Grappling, freeflow combat, stealth sections, exploration, and detective mode are all present, but adapted for the 2.5D format, which I feel really limits their creativity and fun. The game is definitely playable, but it is really limited by the format. Furthermore, many of the side missions involve near-unfindable objectives in a terribly-designed open-world and give very little reward. Graphics: It’s a port of a 3DS/ PSVita game. I’m not going to complain too much. Yes the graphics look average and the customization options are limited, but at least the devs made the effort to update the textures and other various elements from the portable version. Story: Umm...yeah. The story is really a big meh. It features a breakout at Blackgate Prison (hence the name) that (Spoilers) features the creation of the Suicide Squad which amounts to next to nothing overall. Unlike the other Arkham games, I felt no desire to push myself to the end of the game to explore the story in its entirety. The story itself is told through animated comic book panels in the vein of Watchmen: The End is Nigh, compounded with the occasional in-game dialogue which is ruined by the fact that some characters move their mouths and others don’t. The voice acting is pretty decent, but because of the mediocre story and average presentation, it doesn’t really come through. Gameplay Experience: Complaining time. This game is frustrating. To unlock all the skins and get 100% complete, not only do you have to use an annoying WBID, but you have to play the game THREE TIMES. It would be fine if the game was fun, but due to the annoying side missions and average gameplay, I really don’t want to have to play the game three times. Plus, the game’s control scheme is just strange, with seemingly different actions mapped to one button. At least bugs were minimal to my recollection. However, with the fact that the game was just an overall disappointment due to a combination of factors, my gaming experience was generally disappointed.

69

It has it's moments

Demadizz | Sept. 30, 2014 | See all Demadizz's reviews »

Comic book style animation/cut scenes, The story played out like a comic, It has its flaws but overall was a solid game. It doesn't live up to the Arkham name, but for true fans its a solid entry and a look into. Sadly you have to complete it three times to get the final 4 achievements, But the story doesn't take as long as the collectibles did. With that being said the collectibles were tedious and you have to use your analyzer/detective vision every square inch so you don't miss a hint. Also you have to analyze most areas that are destructible to use the proper gadget on in order to move on. You can't just use it right of the bat, which was a little aggravating.

75

Good game but buy it on PS Vita

alazar14 | July 23, 2014 | See all alazar14's reviews »

This is a good game that was clearly not developed with PC in mind. As stated in the previous review, controls feel off a bit. The graphics are not impressive in any way on PC and the entire package just feels like a bad / high resolution port of the Vita version without the portability. Just do yourselves a favor and buy the vita version if you feel you need this game. There is a lot of backtracking similarly to games like Metroid. Unfortunately, enemies do not return once killed so this makes backtracking a boring and unexciting task. As a whole the game is a very SOLID handheld game / old school Metroidvania style side scroller game. As a PC title it falls way short of the mark.

50

Definitely, this should not have been ported to PC.

sergebelanger22 | April 28, 2014 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »

In Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate, the story takes place in the prison, few days after Batman Arkham Origins. You chase Catwoman and then find out that there are hostages that you need to save. One of the problems with this game is that you have to travel between the 4 buildings back and forth all the time. Just to travel from each place can take you up to 15 minutes, for getting an equipment or a 1 minute fight. This lengthen the game, but not in the good way. I would have prefer it to be shorter but more intense. You cannot quick travel. At the beginning of the game, there are places blocked almost everywhere, so you have to take one path to go through the other end of the basement. The controls do not respond very well neither. Sometimes you want to do some actions quickly and it just does something else. I really liked the style of the cinematics. It could become a great animated series, rather than a good game. If you liked Batman Arkham Origins, do not play this game. It is really not the same style and have a lot of issues.