Posted: June 30
Batman: Arkham Origins is a very welcome addition to the series. While it is true that it's almost the same as Arkham City in terms of gameplay, Arkham City was amazing, a very good game. That being said, the game does have some things you won't find in Arkham City, some better, some worse. Gameplay
+ Everything is the same as Arkham City in regards to combat and stealth with a few new, but very welcome animations.
+ Boss battles are improved greatly, with lots of different bosses to fight and ways to fight them. No 2 boss battles are the same.
+ Several new additions of gadgets make puzzles and combat more fun and varied,
+ New ways to achieve gadgets and upgrades aside from the upgrade tree by completing certain challenges make the game more interesting and more fun to reach 100%.
- The fact that the gameplay is like Arkham City, however, will make fans of the series dissapointed, and it just feels like laziness on the devs' part.
- Added "Shock Gloves" can be activated during combat to deal increased damage to enemies and basically ignore any armored enemies, shielded or taser enemies. Also makes leaderboards a bit hard to beat without using these gloves.
- The beloved challenge mode doesn't feature any maps outside the story unlike previous Arkham games. Challenge maps are the same maps you've already played with challenges to complete. World
+ The open world is double the size from Arkham City.
+ Lots of brand names and logos etc. from the DC Universe, feels like I'm still part of Gotham and not just a city.
+ Lots of things to do while outside the main story. You can go ahead and help the police with crimes in progress, solve casefiles, or go capture villains (all have very fun and unique capture missions).
- World feels very dull and empty aside from a few landmarks.
- The Pioneer bridge connecting the 2 sections of Gotham is very boring to fly through, it's too big to just glide through with your cape.
- Half of the world is just Arkham City before it was Arkham City with a lot of reused assets. I was promised Gotham, not one half what I've already been through in the previous game. Story
+ Story features a TON of villains from the comics.
+ Lots of relationships forming in the story (Bats/Gordon/Oracle, Joker/Harley, Bats/Joker etc.)
+The struggle of both the police and the criminals against Batman is very interesting.
+ Alfred plays a very big techincal and emotional part.
- Story itself has a pretty dumb premise, 8 assassins vs. Batman.
- The story likes to use "Because corrupt cops." as an excuse for a lot of things.
- Villains have very short time on screen. Audio and Video
+ Graphics have been improved from last game, lots more detail.
+ Art style is a LITTLE bit cartoony, fits the theme of the game and comics.
+ Voice acting is SUPERB, especially Troy Baker voicing the Joker does an amazing job.
- Textures get kind of blurry the closer you get to them.
- Most sounds are reused from previous games.
- Font is horrible. What is that, Arial? Are you kidding me? Just look at the "Critical Strike" text, looks very unproffesional.
I recommend this game to anyone. It's got fun combat and stealth, and some interesting parts of the story. Fans of the Arkham series might be a bit dissapointed, as it doesn't bring a lot of new things to the table, but I, as one, appreciated seeing a lot of the relationships that I saw in previous games form. If it's on sale, buy it.