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Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3)
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Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard Edition
Batman: Arkham Origins 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.
The Arkham Story Begins: Batman: Arkham Origins features an all-new single-player campaign written by Dooma Wendschuh and Corey May, with Geoff Johns consulting. Players become an early-career Batman as he encounters for the first time many of the super villains that shape his future.
Enhanced Detective Mode: Batman’s detective skills are tested as never before with an all-new Crime Scene system that allows players to scrub through the evidence in order to find key pieces of information. Players use Batman’s cowl and Bat Computer to digitally recreate crime scenes, allowing them track clues that normal eyes would miss.
Gotham City as Never Seen Before: Explore areas of Gotham City before its transformation into Arkham City, and experience all new areas and other iconic locations. The dynamic and rich environments are filled with a variety of enemies, “crimes-in-progress” and other content that will encourage exploration and player engagement.
Most Wanted Side Missions: Hunt down villains who are connected to, but not part of the core story. It’s the player’s choice if and when they want to complete these threads.
New Enemies: Encounter new enemies such as the Armoured Enforcer and Martial Artist who challenge fans to approach FreeFlow Combat in different ways.
New Gadgets: Utilise an arsenal of familiar gadgets from previous Batman: Arkham games, as well as new items such as the Remote Claw. Batman can take down enemies by using the Remote Claw to attach enemies to one another or to objects within the environment for quick takedowns.
New and Familiar Characters: Encounter a full cast of iconic DC Comics characters including Black Mask, Penguin, Deathstroke, Bane, Anarky, Captain Gordon, The Joker and others.
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Everything about it's lovely. The boss battles are varied - the fight with Fire Fly on the bridge, enormously good fun. Copperhead, Bane - they all play really, really well. The younger Joker - refreshing after Mark Hamills stately portrayal. Batmans great. The story's great, nice twists - it's all good stuff.
The revamped Crime Scene investigation gizmo that allows you to scrub through a reconstructed crime scene - it's no where near the passive experience games critics made out, if anything it's considerably more involving. You genuinely have to scrub through in order to find the hidden clues where as in the original two games all you did was press X. I don't know why people had such a downer on this, I really don't.
The only sticking point - Death Stroke. That is a grim and relatively early on experience which ends up with Batman dead UNTIL you figure - you actually don't need to hit Death Stroke so much as counter correctly. Let Death Stroke wear himself out attacking you, through in the occasional cloheline attack with the bat-claw - and you win. The battle's designed so as you can make it as dynamic or as easy as you want, just depending on how you play it - kind of like the boss fights in Metal Gear Solid 4. If you're good out countering and get that part right, by all means attack away. If you find it difficult attacking and countering - just, as I say, let death Stroke wear himself out attacking you and throw in the odd attack when you get the chance. The battles slower but certain. Playing that technique even works on hard mode.
If you've put off picking this one up due to the tepid reviews it received - ignore the useless people - this is a GREAT game. Really, really enjoyed it.
Upon returning to this game a few years later, with all the extra DLC now avaliable to us, my opinion has scarcely changed: Arkham Origins is still a great game in my opinion. Despite not expanding much at all on what Arkham City brought to the franchise - and in my opinion this game is inferior to Arkham City - I still believe that Arkham Origins is a very fun game and a welcome edition to the lineup of Batman: Arkham games. Even though now Batman: Arkham Knight is avaliable to us, I say that if you can, don't skip over this game. It is arguably the worst game in the Arkham series (notwithstanding the handheld games which I have no experience with), but that doesn't negate and reason to play it. I mean the story itself has little connection to the other games, so you don't need to play this game in order to understand the other three. So if you can't afford, or don't have time, to play every Arkham Game, I;d suggest you skip this one and stick to the others.
Gameplay and Content:
Despite the game is very similar to Arkham City, it's not a complete carbon copy, as there are some unique features in gameplay, such as the Remote Claw and the Shock Gloves. There are also some new locations to explore, so you will be able to tell when you're playing Arkham City or Arkham Origins. There is also some great DLC including extra skins for Batman, campaign modes like the Initiation Pack, and even an extra story add on 'Cold Cold Heart', which I absolutely love and in my opinion is much better than Harley Quinn's Revenge in the previous game.
Story (no spoilers):
I think it's more action packed and dymanic than the previous games, and I also think that the characters are portrayed very well. Some of the newly introduced, lesser known villains are brought into the spotlight - such as Firefly - and ones that were present in the previous games arguably have a far more fleshed out portrayal: especially Bane. Even Batman has some genuinely good character development. He's much more brash, short tempered and inconsiderate of those around him, but he slowly adapts and becomes more like how he is the future games in the timeline.
I guess the only problem I have with the story though is that the Assassins aren't used to their greatest potential, despite the fact that there was a major emphasis on them and Black Mask when this game was being advertised. There isn't as much of a focus on them as I expected. Virtually all the assassins themselves are well written and memorable, but they're just kinda shoehorned into the story. I also think that this game has very little actual connection to the next games in the timeline. I mean it there is an establishment of some of the villains for future games, as well as Batman's relationship with his allies, but the story hardly ties in to Arkham Asylum, which was what I expected from a game thats name is 'Arkham Origins'. As I stated above, you could easily skip over this game whilst still being able to follow the story in the followup games, because there weren't really any holes in the story that are filled in by Origins.
Overall though, I would definitely recommend playing Batman: Arkham Origins. It may be very similar to Arkham City and the story might seem quite irrelevant, but it's a great game nonetheless.
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