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a great prequel
on 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.