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
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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.
Batman Arkham City 2.5 ?MarkDeejay | April 16, 2014 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »
Batman Arkham Origins doesn't fix what already worked in the previous games, so Warner Bros. is playing it safe really. The last 2 Batman games were awesome, especially the first. The second one was a bit too ambitious, throwing you into the deep way too soon. Arkham Origins fortunately doesn't do this, but it doesn't hold your hand either, which is a good thing. But the city is a bit too similar to Arkham City, and yes, even though it is Christmas time, it also feels way too empty, with hardly a civilian to be found anywhere and empty cars standing on the middle of the road. Thankfully, there's plenty of content, with lots of sidequests and collectibles and a beefy storyline. Just like the other 2 games. And there's more than enough variety as far as the villains are concerned. Just like the other 2 games. And, of course, there are plenty of gadgets. ... Just like the other games... Sure, there are a few new ones but most of them work the same way as some of the gadgets found in the previous games (like the glue gun). Graphically it all looks amazing, with that dark Batman vibe dating back to Batman Returns on the SNES. The voice acting and music are also all very solid and gameplay wise it all works very well. It's just that Origins doesn't show enough innovation. It all feels and looks very similar. They should really try and expand the game for possible sequels. Give us something new, something to get excited about. Anyway, you will, once again, get plenty of content for your money by buying this. That's also not the thing that you should be worried about. The thing is, can you look past its flaws and enjoy a game that's basically Arkham City 2.5 ?
Unnecessary prequelspycid | April 14, 2014 | See all spycid's reviews »
After playing Batman Arkham Asylum & City, gamers expectations were sky high which Batman Arkham Origins fails to meet. It's more of the same. The game offers nothing which the previous game didn't offer.
Sure this game has an intriguing storyline, an unnecessary Multiplayer. Challenge Map is fine but MP is not required at all.
Background music and graphics are top notch. But the game lacks content, main storyline is too short. It seems like they wanted to focus on MP more instead of SP.
Anyway, it is still a must buy for all Batman fans. IMO, you should wait for the final version where season pass will be included too. This is the best deal you can get atm if you haven't bought it yet.
Not the most innovative, but the biggest!Ryukrieger | April 14, 2014 | See all Ryukrieger's reviews »
It may not be the most innovative game in the franchise, but it certainly is the biggest. For a studio that didn't build the game from scratch, they made a fantastic addition to Arkham City (as a prequel), The storyline and music are still fantastic, the feelings of a young Batman can also be felt in certain moments! The combat and stealth are still smooth and fluid and still is one of the greatest style.
The game fell short when it first came out with quite a lot of bugs reported. but now the game is completely playable, some people are still reporting bugs here and there, but personally, I have not encountered any bug in my later playthrough, if you want something to hold my words for, I have completed the "I Am The Night" mode, the mode where you can't die, smoothly, if that is the case, that means I have not encountered any game-breaking of annoying bugs, and I have not noticed them, either!
91 for being fantastic but not the most innovative (it is not a bad thing, so it doesn't reduce many points from me), and I also know not everyone would have the same opinion as I did. In short, the game carried on the spirit of Arkham City and made it bigger! But anyway, this is just a personal recommendation!
lots of funzathor1nan | April 14, 2014 | See all zathor1nan's reviews »
If you enjoyed the other Batman games you will like this game. The gameplay has the same addicting freeflow system that makes you feel like a badass and the equipment is still perfectly suited for usage in combat as well.
The game has very good graphics, looking especially good in the snow (which you will see a lot of) and steam. The graphics are definetly an improvement over the last game even though some of them look the same.
The plot is interesting as it takes place before arkham asylum when batman was still relatively new and the police didn't like him. This is interesting because that means batman can fight some of the less well known characters like the electrocutioner and firefly. This also means that batman doesnt know who the joker and maybe bane is.
Now for the problems. The combat is pretty much exactly the same. Most of the animations are reused and look exactly the same. Apparently 50% of this game is reused stuff from arkham city which is a problem. Much of the gameplay feels the same but if you loved arkham city you will like this although you might want to take a break in between so it doesn't feel like you are playing the same game. At launch the game was extremely glitchy with some visual and game breaking bugs. Most of those have been ironed you although there are still some glitches where parts of batman clips through his cape and sometimes when trying to fly he will just spazz out.
More of the Same Which Isn't a Bad Thingcedarson | April 14, 2014 | See all cedarson's reviews »
A lot of the reviews for this game have had one common gripe: It is more of the same. In my mind, however, that is not a bad thing. Arkham Asylum is one of my favorite games of all time. I actually wasn't a huge fan of Arkham City. I liked it, but it seemed to have too much going on to really get immersed in it like the first one. I think this is a good balance of the two. My biggest disappointment of the game is that this really isn't an "origin" story. I thought we would get to take part in the rise of Bruce Wayne into Batman, but it seems like the "origin" part was just slapped on an already near complete game to give it some identity over the other two. In all, you're not wasting your time if you pick this one up.