"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.
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I've played through all of the Batman Arkham games and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Arkham Origins was probably the pinnacle of the first 3. A fantastic story, very smooth and satisfying fighting and a huge game map to explore. Heaps of secrets to discover, and plenty of side quests keep you interested long after the main story line has finished. Fully deserving of all the critics acclaim.
Arkham Origins is a great game. Do not let the haters deceive you. They criticize it for having bugs at launch and due to the game not innovating enough in terms of the gameplay. My argument is if it's not broke, don't fix it. Origins precedes all the previous two games in terms of the time and setting with a younger and in some cases more brutal Batman. By far, free flow combat has never been as polished as it is in this game. I also love the atmosphere of Christmas and the NOIR effects to really demonize the Dark Knight in the shadows. The story is also arguably one of the best in the series with a plot twist and the best boss fight in the entire series: Batman vs. Deathstroke. The game also redesigned detective mode to be far more comprehensive and literally rebuild crime scenes as they occurred. This is also the only Arkham game to allow you to explore the Batcave AND there is actual multiplayer, which is a first for the series. I'd say this game is far better than City and perhaps even Asylum, but bugs, a lack of innovation, and the fact Rocksteady did not create it caused many to disregard it. Did I forget to mention the fact that this is twice the size of City? You also get to use the Batwing to fast travel around the city, which is a neat little feature.
The first thing to remember, this game was not made by the people who made the others. People were probably expecting innovation like the first game or maybe a origin story and disappointed as that wasn't the case. But as this was made by a different company, if they had tried something so bold they may have really messed up which is why I think they made it similar to City. Dozens of games are really well-received and have little difference to there other games in their series, why should this be treated differently? I must admit, I didn't like the last part of the story, but that is just a opinion. The game once again has the same combat system and is open-world. It may be a prequel but it doesn't actually matter if you play the other two first, so there's no need to worry about that!
Compared to two previous Batman titles, Arkham City, and Arkham Asylum, Origins lacks polish. It is still good old(or rather new)Batman, but it has bugs in places where previous installments had none. Being accustomed to very high quality of its predecessors, Arkham Origins was some of a let down for me. Apart from the bugs that will become apparent when you play, Arkham Origins has much shorter story than previous games. You will be able to complete it in about 5 to 6 hours. Considering size of the world you can roam free... It's puzzling at best. Now to good things. I already mentioned one - size of Gotham City we are given to roam. At least twice the size of the area known from Arkham City. Graphics seem improved since the last game too. Voice acting is again superb(I didn't like Batman's voice in Arkham Asylum, he improved a lot in my opinion). And of course music! Music is superb. Combat, gadgets, moving around the city, Riddler puzzles, and so on... Again beautiful. Great new feature - Transportation to various districts of the city by Batwing. Arkham Origins is ceraintly a game worth playing. Title that stands out among other AAA games. But I give it rather low rating, because of the bugs and very short story. In comparison to previous Batman games... It is a step back(at least in these two aspects).
I want to start things off by saying that I love the arkham series. As someone that doesn't know that much about batman I loved the franchise (and can't wait for the new entry). therefore when I heard that there will be a video game about the origin i was excited to know where it all began. but when i actually played the game i was disappointed by the city that was supposed to be very interactive. gameplay wise, the shock gauntlets make everything a bit easier in combat and makes it lose its uniqueness. the game isnt all that bad though, the story is good the voice acting is fantastic and the boss battles are great (with a little rage in there, dark souls fans). In short, i liked the game and yet it really missed some features like the creepy feel arkham city had in some moment. great for people who are more interested in story and are willing to settle for the true batman excpirience gamplay wise.
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