Batman Arkham Origins
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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.
Could be betterDemilisz | Dec. 10, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
The game isn't bad, but the main problem is that every good aspect here comes from previous games. Combat system is still great, but is nothing more than copy-paste from AA and AC. New villains? Nice, but this time there is so many that only a few of them gets deserved attention, most of them just got beaten and disappears. The only exception is improved detective mode with investigating a crime scene - now that is something new and comes from new developer.
While the plot is suppose to tell the beginning of Dark Knight we don't really feel it - Batman already knows most of the villains and is just as good in combat as he is in AA and AC (and that games take place after Arkham Origin). If playing the series in right order (Origin, then Asylum and finally City) we don't see or even feel that Dark Knight progress and is more experienced. On the contrary - we "lose" some gadgets and better Detective mode.
If you are a Batman's fan and never get enough of him - buy. The rest - wait for sale.
Holds up to it's predecessors.fable2 | Dec. 4, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »
Arkham Origins is a fantastic game. It lives upto the legacy of its predecessors and in some cases surpasses them. The first thing fans will notice is that the UI/HUD has been redone and it looks great with a new coat of paint. The game also gives you a cool rating based around what you did in combat.
The combat has also had some tweaks done to it. I find it to be slightly more fast paced, the animation sets are much much better and has a greater impact. I also found counters are slightly easier to pull off. The previous titles had an annoying quirk where enemies would strike you even if you'd countered just because you got too close to the cutoff. This helps the combat feel better.
Arkham Origins holds up to the previous titles nicely and while they didn't change the formula or style of the game WB did a great job to ensure the legacy of the series goes on.
Not quite Rocksteady love, but that's all rightTakeshi_K | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Takeshi_K's reviews »
It's still goddamn Batman. The core gameplay mechanics are intact, and so it's still quite the action and adventure game. A few things has been tweaked, but only things that helps build on the game. Arguably, things that Rocksteady could implement in their next-gen Batman game.
The only complaint is that the gap from City to Origins isn't as ground-breaking as the gap from Asylum to City. One might so that it's a good thing, and I am a firm believer of that. WB Montreal aren't Rocksteady, so I am all right with this minor upgrade.
There is still a strong story, new gameplay mechanics to try out, and exciting new side missions to take on.
WB Doing It Right!Roydo | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all Roydo's reviews »
under some new people this game stayed true to the franchise, like they said "we are standing on the shoulders of giants" and they did not mess up. They kept the story very interesting and told the origins very well for batman and the villains. there are surprises and many side missions to do after finished. This game graphically was nice but simple compared to arkham city it comes in second but was better than asylum imo. The boss battles for this game were very well done! and all the characters had there defined personality. though they changed voice actors both batman and joker proved to voice them very well, with batmans serious attitude to jokers more playful and childish side. the combat is the same but with tweaks that will make you happy, what i like mostly was emphasis on the story origin. this game had gorgeous cutscenes and awesome scenery plus the map is huger than arkham city.
Con: you only get to fight about 4-5 assassins out of the prossibled 8 in the story, the others are side missions which was a disappointment. there are side missions but they go by very quick. the only thing after then to keep you hooked are the riddler items scattered all over the map other than that just wait for some dlc. plus the multiplayer sucks imo i saw what they were going for but it just did not work out from one sided battles to batman and robin taking grenades and bullets to the face with out being phased. the multiplayer needs a lot of work and feels like they did not put too much thought into it
Amazing Game no matter what some critics sayVordar | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all Vordar's reviews »
Why should something that works be changed? A lot of critics say this game is not as good as the others in the series cause it doesnt bring anything new to the table. Those kind of statements always make me wonder why something has to be new to be good. This game is amazing, and even though the same old recipe with combat and gadgets reprise here that doesnt mean is bad, in fact, far from it. The story is great even though after beating the main story there is not really much else to do in Gotham, but you still have the challenges and the online mode.