Batman Arkham Origins (NA)
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"In Arkham Origins we join Batman in his angsty teenage years. He’s not the stoic, Kevin Conroy-voiced Batman of Asylum and City, who calmly asks criminals to turn themselves in before he beats them up, but a hot-headed, teeth-baring vigilante who punches first and asks questions later." - PCGamer.com
"Batman: Arkham Origins is a low point for the series, but even when it's not very good, it's still pretty good." - IGN.com
Batman: Arkham Origins™ is the next installment in the blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise. Developed by WB Games Montréal, the game features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed games of the franchise.
Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
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A less experience BatValoo321 | Dec. 21, 2015 | See all Valoo321's reviews »
Arkham Origins had some cool potential. I really liked the idea of getting to see some new villains that never made an appearance in previous iterations of Arkham, but ultimately their roles took a backseat ride at what ended up being a little more of the same. I don't want to spoil much, considering I was surprised at what ended up happening, but just to know that the marketing that was built up for this game is not what ended up as the focus for the game. However, the story had some really cool set pieces - the moments in the game were really exciting overall, and made for some cool cutscenes. The gadgets felt like recycled changes on the previous gadgets of Arkham City and Asylum. Freeze bomb? Nope, Sticky bomb. Totally different! I did really like the detective mode in this game, as it was more fleshed out compared to the other games - getting the ability to see the crime as it happened, rewind, and then find that hidden clue was exciting and fun. However, in the version that I played, it was plagued by bugs. Not game breaking ones, necessarily (although the game did crash on me a few times), but smaller immersion-breaking bugs. Overall, it's a fun and enjoyable game. For a cheap price, I'd recommend picking it up to complete your Arkham collection.
An OK Prequelvinkvin | Oct. 7, 2015 | See all vinkvin's reviews »
Batman Arkham Origins is the third installment of the Batman Arkham series and the pre-quel story of Batman Arkham Asylum, and was developed by a different team than the first two games. Although I must say that Batman AO is inferior compared to its predecessors gameplay-wise but still pretty good story-wise. I recommend you to play Batman AO if you are a fan of the Batman Arkham series, and I FULLY recommend you to get the Cold - Cold Heart DLC since its got a really good and interesting story, as well as the bad*** new suit , TL,DR; I still quite enjoyed playing Batman AO, but I don't feel the solid gameplay that I got when I played the previous installments. Pros: + GOOD gameplay, but somehow I felt that AO has an awkward feel and controls compared to its predecessor. + GOOD story. + GOOD fighting system. Free Flow Combat with this new feature () is a huge fun. + GOOD array of gadgets, allowing you to takedown enemies with your own style. + GOOD sound. + GOOD atmosphere. + GOOD graphics, better than the previous games. + GREAT characters and voice acting, the characters really felt like they are coming right out of the comics. + Detective Mode Case Reconstruction is a fun new feature, but could be done better. + Dark Knight System is a good addition as well, but is implemented poorly, especially the Predator System. + Batwing drop system, allowing us to Fast Travel to certain points in Gotham City. Cons: - The controls feel a bit awkward and clunky. - Most areas are just copied from Batman Arkham City maps. - More collectibles, but less Riddles. - Gotham City is a huge city, but the lack of any civilians feels weird to me. All I see are thugs. Is this Gotham City? or Arkham City, where all its inhabitants are criminals? - Dark Knight System Challenges should be able to be done in ANY ORDER, to avoid any missable challenge(s). - Missable predator challenge, because some of them can only be done in certain maps of the STORY mode. This is seriously annoying, especially because this game uses autosave system. Imagine if you forgot to do a 1 predator challenge, progress through the story, autosaving and BAM you just missed the opportunity because its the only area where you can do the challenge. - Less polished, Batman AO still has many bugs, such as: -> gliding achievement sometimes not triggered, it takes a few tries. -> sometimes after the Riddler Informant was interrogated, NO new collectibles are marked on the map, and then you must run around to find ANOTHER Riddler Informant. -> sometimes predator challenges are not counted when the conditions are met, but sometimes counted when the conditions are not met. I know, I am confused as well... Overall: 80/100
A worthy Installmentmlefoo | Sept. 30, 2015 | See all mlefoo's reviews »
So this installment of the series was not done by its creator, rocksteady, and that is noticeable. While the game itself is not bad, its just not as good as the first two. The plot takes what i felt was an unneeded twist, and thus makes the plot a little weaker in my opinion. The new way of solving a crime scene is ok, but not great. In fact, sometimes the conclusions that are made seem to come out of thin air, making the audience believe it cause "he's batman, of course he can figure it out no problem." there are a few glitches here and there and some places with some serious frame rate issues (for me at least), but all in all it is a fun and playable game. I would recommend to batman fans of lovers of the first two games.
Same as city but with a new storyjet300 | Sept. 11, 2015 | See all jet300's reviews »
Expect nothing new in this game other than its story. Its not a bad game nor a amazing one but if you like the arkham city it adds to the story. It has some really cool references to the origins of joker and it also focuses a bit on bane. Not a must have but decent addition to this world.
Nothing new to the Arkham table, but a good additionMclovinTubby | July 24, 2015 | See all MclovinTubby's reviews »
This game typically doesn't get acknowledged much compared to the others in the series, for a couple of reasons... Despite the gameplay being just as smooth and quick as usual (with a few weird glitches that aren't really game-breaking), there isn't exactly much new to the table, besides a few gadgets such as the shock gloves which can be pretty cheap most of the time. The selling point of this game seems to be the boss fights, which are certainly a lot better than Arkham Knight's. The story is pretty decent, not a lot of surprises or interesting moments, but it's okay for an origin story. Multiplayer is a new addition to the series, but is also just a buggy mess most of the time and could've been handled a lot better. Overall it's an okay addition to the franchise.