Batman Arkham Origins
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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.
Better Than Expectedtedesco75 | Sept. 18, 2014 | See all tedesco75's reviews »
Batman: Arkham Origins is my least favorite so far in the Arkham series of games. That does not mean that it is a bad game though by any stretch of the imagination. It is much less of an evolution than was seen between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City but that does not mean there were tweaks to the formula.
The mechanics are practically the same as the first two Arkham games. Though you now have a glue grenade instead of an ice grenade and you also sport some shock gloves which make large encounters a breeze (I personally chose to use them sparingly). Batman is a bit younger and wearing bulkier armor so it felt like he was a bit slower but that was the only major difference I have noticed.
The graphics are largely untouched, though they have been improved and refined a bit from Arkham City. Batmans cape still looks great and the weather and physics are all lovely other than an occasional bug or clip through the environment.
The storyline is good, probably less nonsensical than the previous instalment if you ask me. But because there is such a little change from the mechanics this game suffers a bit from a feel of "been there, done that" but it is not so bad that I would recommend against it.
The rouges gallery is a bit less well-known this time around and consists of mostly second-tier villains but the boss battles themselves are much better than in Asylum or Origins.
My main problem with this game is the lack of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker. Though the stand-ins do well enough while keeping the spirit without completely copying the previous mentioned actors, something is still missing.
When it's all said and done I have to recommend this game if you are a fan of the previous two. Just don't expect any major evolution from Arkham City, Arkham Knight will have that. This is just a tasty morsel to tide you over until then.
My favorite so farDilltickler | Sept. 14, 2014 | See all Dilltickler's reviews »
People have seemed to dislike the developer change from this series. I loved it, I think it kept the games fresh and changed the story telling enough to make it entertaining for yet another amazing batman game. The combat was still as flawless as ever and the story was better in my opinion. There are many more main characters trying to kill you and twists in this game than any other game I have ever played. If i could have as amazing an experience with every game I would die a happy man. 99/100
The best in the seriesShottySniper | Aug. 31, 2014 | See all ShottySniper's reviews »
I have played all Batman Arkham games, and I sadly lost interest with Arkham City and was not looking forward to Origins, as I wanted that more Asylum feel. And what I was given, was exactly that. Batman Arkham Origins is a solid game in the series, and may just be the best one yet. Though lacking in some sense of story in the beginning, the game picks up after a few missions and becomes thrilling to see Batman discover the biggest threat to him in his history. The game features an open world much like City but has a much broader feel, and thankfully, no more ridiculous side missions (Catwoman in City)
And with the addition of Deadpool, there is no denying this game is worth buying and for anyone nerdy about Batman or just comics in general, the origin tale is hard to miss.
Same visuals, Same gameplay only New & Different Story Elements.khawaja07 | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »
Batman: Arkham Origins is the Prequel to the critically acclaimed first entry in the series. Batman is new to the crime scene in the city and meets whole new villains on the way. This game is the starting point of a vintage rivalry between him and the Joker which already span 2 more games.
Just like Arkham City, Arkham Origins features the same gameplay mechanics and combat. it starts to get somewhat repetitive but still seems enjoyable and the Open World aspect also returns.You get some new gadgets to play, Riddler returns with new types of his strange riddles, new type of enemies to punch & take down and a lot more things to do! Arkham Origins for the first time, introduces a Multiplayer component to the series.
Graphics are also not too much upgraded from the last title as it came only after a year from Arkham City's Release. So, yea due to this, it has same texture and character model assets. However it does features somewhat more visual options than Arkham City to play with which is really good. The whole city still looks very pretty and gorgeous as you traverse through it.
The Voice overs have always been the best when it comes to the Arkham games and this title is no different.
Arkham Origins is mostly a Rehash of the previous title But with a lot more new story elements added to the game however it doesn't run too long and is considerable shorter than Arkham City and Arkham Asylum. Its greatly optimized for the PC as it has pretty modest system requirements. I recommend buying it when its on a sale or when its cheap in price otherwise only buy it if you're an avid Batman fan!
a pleasant surpriseAramose | July 30, 2014 | See all Aramose's reviews »
After months of reading reviews on websites,steam and various forums, I saw origins on GMG and decided to finally dive into it after finally finishing Arkham City. ( I have too many games and most of them I don't finish when I first get them) So I went in with an open mind thinking could it really be that much worse than AC? Much to my surprise after finishing the main story this morning I must say it was pretty awesome. So if you have played Arkham Asylum and City I highly recommend this title in the series. I actually found that it flowed better after a slow start but once it starts moving the story along I found it better than both previous titles. The gameplay is almost identical and the option to fast travel certainly speeds things along. It took me about 12 hrs to finish the main story which is about the same time it took me to finish AC. But I must say I enjoyed this title much more because it seemed to flow better with the story. Now I am off to play the DLC. So in closing it is not perfect but I found it well worth sticking it out and finishing it, the boss fights alone are worth your time. And watching the story unfold I feel you will be pleasantly surprised as much as I was.