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.
Good but .....soura1993 | Feb. 23, 2014 | See all soura1993's reviews »
Do You love the Batman story as much as I do ??? If you love the story and the characters then play Batman Arkham Origin !!! But if you are expecting new style gameplay (something new) .. then I am afraid You will not get anything new !!! Well they introduced new characters , new gadgets(new ??? I don't Think so) ,,, free flow combat ,,, but there are many flaws !!! All they need was a link which could bind the story but.........Well that's enough for negatives... now the positives .... the characters ...Deathstroke ,,, I would love it if they used that character more.... Troy Baker as joker ??? Mind blowing !!!! The boss fights are awesome !!! At last I am gonna say .. dont care about the reviews.. they are personal opinions ... Play the game and you will find out which is good and which is bad !!!!
More of the same, but more groundedSkeride | Feb. 22, 2014 | See all Skeride's reviews »
This is a very good game. If you haven't played an Arkham game before, you'll be blown away. If you've played the others, think of this as a big mission pack. It doesn't add anything really new to the gameplay, but the quality is kept just as polished as it's ever been, and the graphics have been upgraded in predictable ways.
This is the least fantastic (as in fantasy) and most down-to-earth of the Arkham games, so if you prefer the Arrow TV series to, say, Batman Returns, you'll probably find this very enjoyable.
For a Batman fan or completionist, you'll get your money's worth even at full price, particularly since the online PvP mode is surprisingly fun and addictive. Everyone else may wish to wait for one of the frequent sales.
EXCELLENT PREQUELicnivadodranoel | Feb. 21, 2014 | See all icnivadodranoel's reviews »
There are some improvements: The plot is engaging. Soundtrack is good and the graphics are great. Interesting tweaks have been added The map is more extensive and dense The main character is more impulsive There is the batwing for fast travel. Combat system excited
After completing the main storyline of the game, there are still many objectives to do. You still play for hours and hours and not bored
What next?kiyd | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all kiyd's reviews »
As limited in combat style as Arkham Asylum was, it's still an utterly replayable game and one of the better Metroidvania-style offerings one can get into. Arkham City took that formula and pumped it full of Venom (though Bane plays as small a role in AC as he did in AA). There's nothing wrong with Origins for being so much like AC in terms of gameplay - in fact, for those of us who are highly proficient at AC combat, it meant dropping straight into the world and going to town on huge piles of thugs - but at times it feels a bit too straightforward, and where there are changes, there are also bugs. In particular is the Dark Knight system: people accustomed to going for 100% complete gamesaves will find this system frustrating, not because it's difficult (though one achievement in the Predator tree will have you quitting the game and rebooting your save to try it over and over), but because certain aspects of it are difficult to track until after the fact, when it's too late to fix what you could have done differently. Also, the game file doesn't actually go to 100% complete even after you beat all the game modes, an oversight that's somewhat unforgivable in this day and age, especially for a game that doesn't feel at all like it was rushed out the door.
Still, there's just enough different about the game - the mini-boss fights, the humor with Alfred, a couple of new gadgets - that, in some ways, this is a game preferable to AC. Playing through the challenge maps and campaigns on this is frankly more entertaining and satisfying than AC's were (at least for Batman). And the changes in voice acting ended up working out nicely; I've been listening to Kevin Conroy & Mark Hamill do these characters since the 90s, but their successors are worthy. It'll be interesting to see what the DLC has in store for it, particularly since AC's DLC was so uniformly disappointing. But really, given the plotlines of the last two games, one wonders if this is the end of the franchise or if they have something else up their sleeve that actually moves the gameplay forward again.
Loved it!huckleberry182 | Feb. 13, 2014 | See all huckleberry182's reviews »
I know many people experienced game breaking bugs with AO. And still others felt the combat was not as good as the last two. However, I did not have either of those experiences. I really like this game. Particularly enjoyed the darker tone and the structure of the side missions. I would definitely recommend it, especially if it is cheaper than release (which it likely is by now).