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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 April 2016
‘Arkham Origins’ is a prequel to the videogame ‘Arkham Origins’, and the story takes place about 5 years prior to the events of that latter game. It forms part of the wider ‘Arkham’ universe – although is made by a different studio. In many respects, ‘Origins’ is similar in layout, design and objective to the other games in this series – although it adds a couple of new things, and offers an original storyline. Overall, if you have enjoyed the other entries in this series, you’ll probably like ‘Origins’.

The game allows you to play as Batman, from a third-person perspective (‘over-the-shoulder’) and you exist in a large open-world environment within Gotham City. The story takes place quite early on in Batman’s career as a heroic crime-fighter – and, while many hoodlums are aware of “The Bat”, many don’t yet fear him. And yet Batman is making in-roads into the criminal underworld, and so the gangsters want him out of the way. With this in mind, the Black Mask places a $50 million bounty on Batman … leading many gangs, crooks and hitmen to try and kill Batman. So we see the likes of Killer Croc, Bane, Copperhead and Deathstroke enter the fray – all intent on Batman’s downfall. And, taking advantage of the mayhem, a new super-villain makes his presence known: as the Joker.

It’s a very good game – and lots of fun to play. While there’s lots of fighting (which could get somewhat repetitive), there’s plenty of detective work involved. Visually, the game looks superb. And the music is excellent. The voice-work is good (although, using different actors than in the other games in the series, it takes a while to get accustomed to who’s speaking). Even though this game was made a different studio, it does really interconnect in so many ways – in terms of story development – with the Rocksteady games. As for me, I consider this a quadrilogy of Batman adventures.

This is the standard edition of the game (which, at the time of reviewing, costs only £5 - so a bargain). Yet there is additional content, and unfortunately these DLC's have to be paid for. If you buy the 'Complete Edition' you get all the extras included.
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on 12 March 2017
Had it for a while only opened it yesterday,Was impressed with it`s graphics,The plot,The open Gotham City,The upgrades and many a small touch.But there`s a lot of button combinations i mean a lot(you can get through that though),Also it`s stupidly hard!(you get thrown straight in with really no experience to fight a boss basically straight away and only 7% into the game there`s a boss where you`re gonna spend 20 mins on the winning fight that`s after the time ? spent figuring it out and getting lucky,a lot of people complain about that part of the game)And i`ll never play a game on easy never!But when i`ve completed it i`ll certainly get the next one.(i`m a little late with these games,I know there`s another three so)Well the headline started and finish`s,"Good But Stupidly Hard...."
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I loved both of the previous Batman games, and Arkham City provided a significant step up in terms of both quality and variety over Arkham Asylum. Does the latest installment, Arkham Origins, keep up the pace though?

First of all its a great idea for a game. Origins is set back near the beginning of Batmans career, in only his second year of crime fighting, therefore he's meeting alot of allies and enemies for the first time in this game. Corrupt Police Commissioner Loeb is still in charge of the city, Jim Gordon is a relatively young man yet to assume the mantel of authority, Batman is still a raw, inexperienced hero and is still something of an enigma around the city - many do not believe he exists, others think stories of his exploits are exagerrated, the Police do not yet trust him and some people even believe the legend of a giant bat monster stalking the streets!

The storyline centres primarily around a bounty of $50 million put on Batman which has enticed some of the worlds greatest assassins to try and claim it, Deathstroke, Electrocutioner, Deadshot, Copperhead and Bane amongst them. This occurs in Gotham on Christmas Eve which is when the hit must take place. Batman, being aware that the villains will likely cause civillian casualties if he just lay low and let the day pass, decides to meet the threat head on. There are plenty of sub-plots along the way, which involve confronting other enemies such as The Riddler, Joker, Anarky and Penguin - many of whom are only just establishing their criminal careers.

So whats new? Well theres some new gadgets, including shock-gauntlets which will allow you to break through the guard of pretty much any enemy, and some subtle changes to some of the older gadgets. Theres new enemies, including new 'brute' henchman types and henchmen wearing body armour. You have the batwing availible, which cannot be piloted directly but can provide quick-travel to locations you have unlocked, and you can return to and utilise the batcave (this is where training is accessed). Also, as anticipated, you can run, climb, glide and zip-line around a much larger section of Gotham City than that which was cordoned off in the last game. There is also the opportunity to assist the local Police by responding to calls for assistance, rescuing people from muggers, foiling ATM robberies, saving Police officers etc.

Theres alot thats old here too. The same tried and tested 360 degree combat system that allows you to battle a dozen plus villains - striking, countering, deploying gadgets, and moving seemlessly through them as only Batman could - is still used faithfully here and never gets tiresome. Detective mode also makes a return, although with some new features that not only allow you to examine crime scenes but also reconstruct and replay them in order to discover more clues. As before there are plenty of challenge maps availible, Riddler challenges and other easter eggs that can be found around the city.

So why no five star review?

First of all this game wasnt produced by Rocksteady who made the two previous games and to be frank it shows - only a tiny amount, but enough to be something of an annoyance. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hammill who have provided the voice talent for Batman and Joker respectively as far back as the late 80's/early 90's animated series, as well as providing the voices in the two previous games, are not used here (I can only speculate that this was some kind of legal issue), and whilst the new talent does an almost perfect job of filling in for these two, its exactly that - *almost* perfect - and it just lacks that edge of authenticity. Its kind of like losing two familiar friends, or like when the network replaces the actor who plays your favourite TV character in a show.

Then theres the city. Really Gotham City should be the star of the show, but despite the fact that you have an impressive chunk of it to navigate around, its all just kind of samey. You can only walk along so many railings, climb so many chimneys and dive off so many bridges before it all becomes a little bit boring. The city isnt interactive at all and theres literally *nothing* to do around it that makes it interesting once you get fed up of all the jumping, swooshing and zipping. Very few of the buildings can be entered, and those that can are usually dependent upon you being at a certain point of the game before you do. What I wouldnt have given for the ability to be able to walk into a local dive bar and beat up the occupants, or walk into a bank to bust up a robbery! In addition there are lots of buildings that look like they can be scaled or bypassed but cannot, and you frequently come up against invisible 'barriers' preventing you from going further with no obvious explanation. Its pretty annoying.

Also, its Christmas Eve yet theres not a single soul about other than sporadically spaced gangs of thugs! The story tries to explain this away with various radio broadcasts about it being the coldest day for years and advising citizens to stay indoors, but hell, no one listens to that in real life so why would they in Gotham?

I have heard many complaints of bugs in the game and have also found the game to be very glitchy. My game froze three times in the first couple of hours of playing, forcing me to turn the console off and reload. It performed a little better after installing the game and running it off the hard drive, but it still continued to freeze or crash on occasion.

I feel like I'm being a little harsh to Arkham Origins, but in truth theres not enough new here, whats old is just (only just) getting a little tired and boring, and theres so much more that could have been done that wasnt. Its still a hugely entertaining game in small doses, and the story does just enough to keep you playing, but I think weve reached the end of the road with this installment and I sincerely hope for a new direction should another sequal be planned.
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on 2 November 2014
Whereas I personally prefer Arkham City, Origins was still a solid installment in the Arkham franchise. It looks stunning, the game play is still as smooth and satisfying as ever with some of the best boss battles I've played in a while and the story was decent too. The large variety of alternate costumes is an amusing implementation and the new voice actors are great. There are some downsides though. The game can be buggy, for example, fast travel will not always work and buttons occasionally won't register. In addition, the enemy placement can feel cheap especially during new game plus where the developers just choose to place armored thugs repeatedly. However, with all things considered, I enjoyed Arkham Origins and it's well worth the money especially since it's quite cheap now.
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on 26 March 2016
I have to say this is personally my favourite Arkham game in the series, including Arkham Knight. It has the best atmosphere and music in the series and easily the best boss battles, of which there is a fair few. It also has the best art style and character design, as well as in my opinion the better voice actor for Batman. If you like Batman or the other Arkham games, i can't recommend this game enough, because as i say, for me, its the best of the bunch.
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on 13 November 2013
The first two games in this series were probably the most exciting, fun and beautifully crafted games i've had the pleasure to play.
With Rocksteady handing over the reins I had my worries about the direction the game would take. Fortunately WBIE know a good thing when they see at and didn't meddle. But that decision comes with a downside, there is little innovation in this game compared to the previous episodes.

Yes there is a revamped detective mode (which you are mostly a spectator through and takes little skill no matter how much it's dressed up) and some new gadgets, although the super power mittens tip the balance way in your favour and removes the challenge.

I find Gotham is beautifully rendered but a bit unsatisfying as it's unpopulated, like an empty shell. Coming from a couple of months of the living world of GTA V, this was a bit of a downer.

The game is still brilliantly fun to play and you still get that "i'm the dark knight" feeling and thrill. It just doesn't move things along as the previous games did. The voice acting is still second to none and the story remains as strong as ever. It just feels like an add on to Arkham City-2.5 if you will.

Worth playing,was always going to find it hard to live up to parts 1+2. Just get that niggling feeling Rocksteady may have been more adventurous and the product may have been more polished as well.
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on 3 April 2017
I was never a Batman fan until I bought this. Friend recommended it and saw gameplay and wanted to try it. It was one of my first Batman games and is still interesting to this day.
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on 25 February 2017
Brilliant product. Great game. Brilliant price.
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on 31 July 2016
Fantastic game, but the combat doesn't seem to flow quite so easily as the previous 2 games. Best cityscape to explore yet though.
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on 16 May 2017
Great purchase arrived soon and just as described, no problem
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