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.
A Good. But Not Great Batmanpsquali4 | Nov. 10, 2014 | See all psquali4's reviews »
Playing as Batman in the Arkham universe is always so much fun. Even though Arkham Orgins is made by WB Montreal, they still pull off awesome combat we all love and has been borrowed by many other games. The combat is not as polished as a Rocksteady game, but the combat is still better than any other game that has borrowed it. Troy Baker does a excellent job as Mark Hamils Joker and even though its not the same Batman Voice from Kevin Conroy that I love, Roger Craig Smith does a excellent job as well.
I also really liked the story and to get a glimpse at a younger Batman I really enjoyed. I couldn't recommend it more. Multiplayer was kinda Meh! If combat was a little better and if the glitches didn't keeping popping up. It would be perfect in my opinion.
A very good origin game.heerox328 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all heerox328's reviews »
Batman Arkham Origins is an incredibly fun and entertaining experience. If you loved Asylum and City, you'll enjoy this game. While it's not made by Rocksteady, WB Montreal took the award-winning formula and gave us an environment twice the size of Arkham City.
Batman is younger, rougher, and a lot more reckless. The game takes place during Christmas Eve, lending to a nice yet eerie environment with plenty of snow and thugs to clobber.
The story, itself, is very well done and has some surprising twists and epic boss fights. Overall, WB Montreal polished the free flow combat system, significantly upgraded detective mode, and further refined bringing the Batman experience to its fullest.
If you are a Batman fan or just love the Arkham games, this is definitely worth the money. It will be a nice substitute until Arkham Knight releases in June of 2015. Highly recommended.
Very similar to Arkham City, but with improved combat.Xbob42 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all Xbob42's reviews »
I expect this to be a rather contentious review. A lot of folks have loved to hate on this game since its launch because of how similar it is to Arkham City, which was a fantastic game. The Christmas setting feels a bit contrived and they make excuses for why there's so few civilians, but I think the game is great.
While it never reaches the height of the Deathstroke fight fairly early on, the combat, I feel, is markedly improved over the previous Arkham games. I found myself playing all of the challenge rooms simply because I enjoyed the act of fighting so much in the title. The flow of combat is extremely smooth and some of Batman's new arsenal really make you feel powerful once you've got a big combo going, such as the shock gloves.
Sure, the story's not as great, but personally that's not why I come to these games, to me they're a weird mix of brawler/rhythm game, where timing is absolutely everything, and if you're just kind of mashing buttons you're losing out on a lot of the fun value.
The graphics look great maxed out, although the game has always had some slight hiccups with performance on standard machines, and the sound design is as good as ever. When Batman knees someone in the face, the sound design REALLY sells the impact.
If you're here for great combat, I heartily recommend this. If you're here for a game that's going to top previous Arkham storylines... I'm afraid you'll have to lower your expectations. The game is totally worthy of a purchase, but know what you're getting into.
Very much like Arkham City, but with a new twistcappincrunch | Oct. 30, 2014 | See all cappincrunch's reviews »
Players of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City will know exactly what to do. Whether that's good or bad is really up to you. To me, it was good, because I'm not so great at these games.
The first change I saw were the boss fights. Trial and error is the name of the game. You're given a series of quick time events to defeat your opponents. I cringe at quick time events, but a quick fail will let you get to it and bosses become easy to learn.
It's Batman so you know what you're getting into. So now you know if this game is for you or not. They've incorporated an online multiplayer mode that will quickly die off if it isn't dead already. Coop would have been preferred, so there goes my perfect score.
Not the best Arkham game, but still decentcharger1016 | Oct. 27, 2014 | See all charger1016's reviews »
I didn't expect this game to be good, but it was a pleasant surprise. It had some bug issues, but most of that is fixed now. If you liked the previous 2 games, than you will enjoy this one aswell.