"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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Well, Batman fans or technically, arkham series fans, seems to hate on this game a lot. And I can clearly see why. It's basically a rip off from the Arkham series of Rocksteady. The combat, the gameplay and everything. It does not feel like a new game from a new studio. It does not give you anything fresh or exciting. It feels just like the same from Arkham Asylum and Arkham City but worse. way way worse. Even all of this, it does not deserve all the hates it get. It's still an okay game, a mediocore batman game, not in high quality just like Asylum or City, but not neccessarily bad. If you're a hardcore batman fan and want to try it out, you'll be fairly disappointed like me. But if you really wan to play this game, just get it on sale instead of full price. Pros - Great boss fights, make you think more strategically than average boss fights in most games - Great set up for the rivalry between batman and the joker. You're really immersed into their love-hate relationship and see how it all started. The devs sure handled this plot very well - Young and arrogant batman. You can clearly see that he's still new in this business. Still filled with rage and couldn't control his feelings. This is a very fresh and interesting take on the cape crusader as in Asylum and City , he's already developed into a more calm, mature crimefighter. - You got to play as the clown prince of crime and see the backstory of how he turned into the joker. Staight out from The Killing Joke graphic novel. Greastest sequence in the game. - Great Bane storyline. Also almost straight out from Knightfall grahic novel. There's even an attack from Bane that's straight out from the comic when he breaks batman's back - Great detective investigation system. You can rewind of forward the situation that's happened in the crime scene which is really cool. Cons - The city feels lifeless and empty. It doesn't give you the sense of wandering and exploring like Arkham City did. It's just big and It's just there. It's like you're Batman, but you're not in Gotham city - Lack of easter eggs. This is the thing i got frustated the most. Like, com on, this is The Batman game, at least put someting in for the fan, just a little bit. But there's none in Arkham Origins and it kinda turn you off from the game. No need to explore anything or find any hidden clues. - Muddled story, main villians that we were promised from the start of the game (and looks very promising) turned into a side quest boss that means nothing and you can choose whether to do it or not. Such a waste of good characters. - Enigma sidequest, bland and boring. No puzzles or collectibles that's relevant to the Batman arc at all. It gives you the feelings that "why do I bother doing this" And in the end you just walk into the room, do a couple of things and that's it. Didn't even get to meet The Riddler himself. Like. wtf devs, put some more details into this. - Batcave, you get to see the Batcave, for crying out loud. But it's just there like the city. lifeless and empty. Nothing to do. Nothing to explore. At least give us something to do besides the training simulator.
For some reason, Batman Arkham Origins is considered as a black sheep of the Rocksteady series, and while this title wasn't made by the original developer it's still a good game that fits perfectly into the main series. The game is a bit harder compared to previous titles, especially when you fight the bosses but it's fun nevertheless. The developer introduced new kind of detective mechanics that let you analyze the crime scene and made you feel like a true Batman.
I recommend Batman: Arkham Origins as the storyline was enjoyable as well as having great side missions, boss battles and top notch voice acting by its cast. However, despite being an enjoyable game it is weaker than its predecessor with a list of pros and cons below! Pro: Firstly, ss mentioned above is has an enjoyable story as well as variety of different great side missions. Secondly, it improved boss battles from Batman: Arkham City and has a bigger map size than previous Arkham games. Lastly, the game introduces new gadgets for Batman and has detective mode which allows the investigation of crimes such as rewinding the events (e.g. murder) to find out what happened and how it happened in order for Batman to capture the culprit. Con: Firstly, the story does however lacks cohesive narrative and has fast travel which is unnecessary as it takes away the excitement of free-roaming. Secondly, this game has a multiplayer component which is largely unnecessary as there are poor control of movement as well as poor weapon accuracy and the heroes lack empowerment because of the more restrictive combat ability and less resistance to damage. Lastly, does not improve alot of stuff from the previous games such as the combat.
This is a game in the Arkham series, so the gameplay is pretty strong, routine even. Who would've thought that there will come a day when a company can make good Batman games just like that? Anyway, if liked how Arkham city looked and played, this game is pretty much the same, so you can't go wrong with that. The story is a little weaker though. Maybe it's just me, but I really dislike prequels. I mean, is there anyone, who didn't see from a mile away, who was the mystery villain? Not likely... The other problem with the story for me is that it felt a little pointless. Most of these villains you have to fight again in the prison later, and some of them actually at large at the time of the second game. Then again, this is batman for you, so Whatever... The voice acting is superb. I love this batman, and the new Joker is alright. Mark Hamill will always be my favorite, but I'm glad that he's a Jedi again :) All in all, if you have finished everything in City, iand still want to batman, I can recommend this game.
While this game is legendary for its bugs (after 4 playthroughs thankfully I didn't experience much of them), it is considered worst in the series just because it is the same and change of voice actors, which is a shame, because in my opinion it is really good game. Basically, there is everything we all love about Arkham series with slight changes and upgrades, like more fluid and little less buggy fighting system, which thanks to electric gloves is really fast and even more fun to play and really helps with the challange this game provides. I dare to say it is hardest of the series and without gloves it can be really hard, especially if you play on perma-death mode. Story is good and pacing is perfect, the only bad thing I can say about it, and it really disappointed me, was Black Mask reveal - without spoiling much, his identity is... meh. Finally in the series bosses are really, really, really good and Slade could be considered as best boss in the entire series and those who played this game probably will agree with me. It is intense and completely awesome. It is more of the same, which I personally like, because when something is not borken, don't fix it. It couldn't be more true here. Grab it on sale if you have doubts, get some patiance and consider there could be small bugs here and there, but prepare for really awesome plot and Slade boss. For this moment alone the game is worth playing and replaying.
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