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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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.
An ok addition to a great franchise.chcoman123 | July 21, 2015 | See all chcoman123's reviews »
I love the Batman Arkham games, but this one just feels like it was just...ok. Honestly the biggest problem with it is that it never truly feels like a Batman game at any point. The gameplay is still the same great gameplay, but nothing was done to mke it new or refreshing. Plus the electrocutioner gloves that you get late into the game makes combat pitifully easy. The graphics are also very muddy. Too many white and grey colors, and pretty much nothing else throughout the game. And the story just feels...boring. There's really not a hwole lot to it. It's good for maybe 5 to 10 dolalrs, but that's about it. ALSO THEY WASTED DEATHSTROKE! HOW DARE THEY!
Starting to get tedioussycomantis1991 | June 19, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »
This is really more of the same from Arkham City. Same kinds of missions, similarl designed levels, and the boss battles, despite being the biggest selling point, are the worst of the serious. Most levels amount to slinging onto and into a building, finding a vent to break into a room, beating a bunch of goons, then having a Quick-Time Events. It's not terrible but it's not new.
Another great batman game!goro3d | June 10, 2015 | See all goro3d's reviews »
My friend and I spent hours watching and taking turns playing this great game and much like Arkham City after a bit it starts to get hard but much like Arkham City you can still bring the fight to the baddies and toss them around and it's a welcome addition to any batman game collection :)! Worth getting and I like it :)!
Keep On Truckin'NShep53 | June 6, 2015 | See all NShep53's reviews »
The Arkham Series of games aren't just the best superhero video games of all-time, they might even have a stake at one the BEST video game series of all-time and if Arkham Knight is what it looks like, then that second statement might really be true. But the game I am reviewing right now is Batman Arkham Origins, a prequel to the first two Rocksteady games. This game shows the origins of the relationship between Batman and the Joker and really sets the table for what happens in the rest of the series. The great gameplay and combat from the other games in the series is here and that is awesome. The only true negative of the game is that it doesn't ADD anything to that experience to truly place it above the other games. Don't get me wrong, if this was the first one in the series, this game would of gotten a 95+ and we would of heralded it as GOTY. But, alas, it wasn't first, so it ends up living in the big shadow of the other two games. I love Arkham Origins. It is a great game and you should play it. The voice acting by relative newcomers is 80% as good as Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill and they do their job well. The story has many twists and really keeps you going. So if you liked the other games in the series and reviews kept you from picking this up, don't worry, you will love Arkham Origins because it is truly a great game.