Having loved the previous two Arkham games, I’ve kept a keen eye on Arkham Origins, waiting for it to drop in price. That day finally came about a month ago when it dropped down to about a tenner on the PSN store, so dropped on it.
I know this game has been getting a lot of bad press, as you may or not know, this isn’t by the same developement team, or has the same voice actors from the previous two games, however it wasn’t quite as bad as people made out.
As the game name would suggest, this is a prequel to the previous two games, and I’d assumed by that, this would be a similar story to the Batman Begins film with Bruce Wayne starting out as Batman. However, without giving spoilers, at the start of the game, Batman already seems to be a well established vigilanty, and the story arc covers the initial relationship between a handful of key characters from the DC universe. These few relationships were interesting to see unfold, and being a big Batman fan had a few minor nerdgasms at some of the conversations had, knowing how they played out in the future. The story itself is quite linear, and if you’re a fan of the DC Universe, you’ll guess the plot twists well before they’re revealed.
Outside of the main story, there are a number of side quests all around specific villains. There includes, disabling bombs, beating up thugs and the likes, and taking out cameras. The riddler puzzles in this game have been replace by Edward Nigma data packs, similar concept as before. There is the addition in this game, that disabling disrupter towers in certain segments of the map will allow you to fast travel. Once unlocked, simply select it on the map, you’ll get dropped out of the Batwing and normally onto a bunch of thugs. Another addition to the game is the case file section, you essentially get to play at rewinding and fast forwarding time to work out a crime scene. Felt a little strange, not sure if it worked, and luckily you only had to do 2 of these as part of the main story.
The game itself looked and played ok, it felt very similar to the world in Arkham City, with the addition of being able to travel to the Bat Cave. Once again, being able to hang around in the bat cave chatting with Alfred caused a nerdgasm or two.
Arkham Origins did however feel….different, to the previous two game. Since completing the game I’ve tried to put my finger on what was wrong with it, and you know what…I still don’t know. Sure there were a couple of glitches with thugs walking into walls, and yeah it crashed on me twice, but neither of these are enough to make the game bad, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two games. Also, either my PS3 has gained a little input lag, or I’m getting old, but I struggled to get more than a ten hit combo. Seems every time I got close to double figures on the multiplier somebody would break the flow, and no matter how fast I hit the counter button, I would end up getting knocked back.
All in all, the game was ok, and think it was well worth the tenner I spent, however I’d have been quite annoyed paying full price for this. If they released this as a film, it would be a good watch
Approx Time taken to beat – 25 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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