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.
A solid entry in a fantastic series.PrimalHunter779 | July 26, 2014 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »
Batman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in the Batman: Arkham series of video games; it serves as a prequel to both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City and provides an insight into the early days of Batman's career. This is the first game in the series I have played extensively, despite owning the other two titles. This game follows Batman/Bruce Wayne on Christmas Eve in Gotham City; the villain Black Mask places a significant bounty on your head, meaning the best and brightest villains flock to Gotham on Christmas Eve to take down Batman. I thought this was a great way to provide diversity in the villains you'll encounter, each with their own characteristics and different fighting styles; Bane, Copperhead, the Joker, Deadshot, Mad Hatter, Deathstroke, Electrocutioner and the Penguin are all villains that Batman will encounter in one way or another. The voice acting and motion capture of these characters is absolutely brilliant, and it was very enjoyable to face off against them. This game is a sprawling open world brawler; Batman has a number of tools and gadgets to navigate the vast environments such as grappling hooks, glue grenades, smoke grenades and batarangs, all of which come in useful in a variety of ways. You can glide across the cityscape uninterrupted; this is one of the best features of the game, as the player is allowed to navigate the world as you choose without limitation. Gameplay in Arkham Origins consists of engaging in fist fights with goons, sneaking around areas, solving puzzles and gliding around Gotham. Like previous entries in the series, Arkham Origins uses the freeflow combat system; as Batman, you can fly around a punch up whilst delivering hits and countering attacks. Different enemies require different fighting styles and techniques, and the enemy diversity as well as the range of tools means the fights are always entertaining and challenging. The stealth sections are equally entertaining, as you can use your tools and the environment to eliminate enemies undetected. You'll also come across challenging puzzles within the game, such as bypassing traps and blocked areas as well as solving puzzles left by Enigma. Video and sound design in this game is also very good. Excellent attention to detail in combination with a highly appealing graphics engine, this game looks absolutely stunning on high settings. Voice acting and sound design is also fantastic, and feels like a highly authentic Batman experience. This game was very enjoyable due to its highly polished gameplay and compelling story. Without spoilers, the scenes concerning the Joker and his early meetings with Batman provide a unique take on the story that I found extremely interesting and riveting for the game. If you enjoy action packed brawlers in an open world setting, I highly recommend this game. Loads of replay value and excellent value for money, Batman: Arkham Origins is an epic game for fans of Batman and action games in general. 9 / 10
The Dark Knight BeginsLordAristocrat | July 26, 2014 | See all LordAristocrat's reviews »
The third part of Batman's adventures looks like a big DLC for Arkham City. Nevertheless Arkham Origins brings something new in Arkham series and that's why in any reason you shouldn't pass this game by. The best game's side is storyline. Bruce Wayne has been protecting Gotham for two years. In Christmas night the most dangerous villain of the city - Black Mask hires 8 assassins for killing Bats. Arkham Origins shows us epic battles, unexpectable plot twists and first appearance of greatest comix villain - Joker. Without any doubts I can say, that this is the best storyline of Arkham series! Graphic. It's similar to the graphic level of Arkham City. But I'd like to distinguish the snowy Gotham which looks brilliant. Gameplay. The new part of gameplay is using Batwing - an ability to move faster on Gothams streets. Like in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood you must 'grab tower' and than use it like a fast point of moving. There is also one interesting thing - Batman's electric gloves - irreplaceable weapon against big number of enemies. So we have another one interesting game about favourite superhero. For true Batman fans must have!!!
My Favorite Game so farcocoawolf29 | July 25, 2014 | See all cocoawolf29's reviews »
I will admit that it's my favorite because I have a weakness for interactions between Joker and Batman, but it really was a fabulous game. It greatly resembled Arkham City with the fighting style and gadgets, but some of the glitches were smoothed out, resulting in a fighting style that felt smoother and quicker. Some of the fights were repetitive of Arkham City, but others were original and satisfyingly challenging.
There were similar puzzles to the other games as well, with new, more unfamiliar side quests. The new detective mode was a fun and interesting way to view any crime scenes discovered, and the few new gadgets that they added to the utility belt became indispensable during the game, especially during predator mode and the challenge maps. The plot is what set the game above the others for me. Arkham Origins is the origins of Batman, and this left the door open for the player to view Batman's meeting of many of his classic villains first hand. The story and characters made up for any monotonous fights and glitches, and it was wonderful to play another game as the Caped Crusader. It went well beyond my expectations.
The worst of the 3 batman gamesSharkiller | July 23, 2014 | See all Sharkiller's reviews »
To begin describing this game I start saying it's the one I liked less of the three instalments of Batman. It has not come to meet my expectations. The game is fine, it's exactly like the second instalment, innovation almost nil. The duration is around 10 hours without side quests. Dubbing is the best of the game and say the actions of some characters like the Joker or Bane. What I liked least was the duration of the game. Best fighting game are against bosses, much better than the first and second delivery, the fight against Deathstroke and Bane are simply spectacular. Therefore totally recommend the game. This is the only Batman game I couldn't finish the game 100% because the Anarchy tags was really boring and you can only find all using a guide. The same for the Riddler quest. They are everywhere and super repetitive and boring, nothing like the previous ones.
Good BatmanAceKaiser | July 2, 2014 | See all AceKaiser's reviews »
great game the only thing different about this game is the map. It's bigger than the Arkham City map and I like that. The story is amazing don't listen to people say negative things about it. I mean it is a prequel to the batman series. There are some bugs with the controls but if you ignore that then the game is great.