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  • Summary: Blackgate Prison Is Under New Management

    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the
    Blackgate Prison Is Under New Management

    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knights past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batmans famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 7, 2014
    73
    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition is still an interesting metroidvania action platformer, though we expected a little more from the HD treatment.
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    71
    Not a vast improvement over the Vita version, but it plays better on the PC and looks a little crisper too. Deluxe oder not, Blackgate is a fairly solid metroidvania experience that never reaches its full potential.
  3. Apr 2, 2014
    68
    Created as a complement for Arkham Origins more than a unique game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is an experience that really hit the point with its Metroidvania gameplay, although it has as much lights as shadows. Final Bosses are great in its conception, but the execution isn't good; Exploration is fun, but the constantly use of the Detective's Vision cut the flow of the experience. The truth is Blackgate may not be the Arkham we wanted to see in portables, but as a game is really entertaining. And kudos to the PC port, with its 60fps almost constant, something than home consoles cannot inexplicable presume about it.
  4. A game that will only appease to Batman fans. While it isn't offering anything new, the story compensates for that disadvantage. 2.5D graphics and comic book influenced cinematics seems interesting but not satisfying enough for a PC game.
  5. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    While it does some things well, namely its exploring and parts of its combat, almost everything seems like the “lite” version of what they should be.
  6. Apr 7, 2014
    58
    A game that was born just six month ago as a portable adaptation of the original Arkham gameplay mechanics comes back on home consoles and PC in the form of a cheap Deluxe Edition. A commercial short circuit with no added value that should not be encouraged.
  7. Apr 11, 2014
    41
    It has its moments. But there are too few and they are not spectacular enough. The one-dimensional action seems even more inappropriate on the big screen. It just is not interesting.
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  1. Jun 11, 2014
    9
    Quite a god game in all regards. Not quite as good as the main entries in the series, but the game looks good and plays well. Hours of fun,Quite a god game in all regards. Not quite as good as the main entries in the series, but the game looks good and plays well. Hours of fun, highly recommended. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2014
    7
    Good Is:
    Graphics is awesome
    Brilliant 2.5d platform free to play add new dimension to arkham games Boss fights are also good Story will
    Good Is:
    Graphics is awesome
    Brilliant 2.5d platform free to play add new dimension to arkham games
    Boss fights are also good
    Story will keep us going
    But Bad is:
    Gameplay some time gets too linear
    not free flow combat like previous arkham games
    conclusion is:
    All the way this game is satisfying treat for Batman fans
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  3. May 11, 2014
    7
    Arkham Origins: Blacgate is a different yet enjoyable expansion of the acclaimed Arkham series. It’s set in a closed prison where Batman goesArkham Origins: Blacgate is a different yet enjoyable expansion of the acclaimed Arkham series. It’s set in a closed prison where Batman goes against his old time nemeses The Joker, Blackmask and The Penguin. The gameplay suits well for the portable game machines, but PC gamers, who want to try the detective work of Batman, can have fun with it too.

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    + Blackgate is a welcome addition to the Arkham family. It has a distinctively different game play than its big brothers. Detective work takes over melee fights and this change really suits the handheld gaming environment.
    + It’s different, and we must emphasize this. Batman isn’t called the world’s greatest detective for his gadgets and toys. In this game he relies on his problem solving skills. The game includes some great puzzles that can’t be found in other Arkham games.
    + Blackgate isn’t a PC game on the first place. It’s a handheld game with an existing PC port. Based on this it’s looks absolutely great on the PC too. It gets close to early PS3/Xbox360 titles. Batman and the main characters are detailed. There are some blurry textures here and there, but the overall visual experience is very good.
    + With good game design come good boss fights. There is only a handful in the game, but those are very distinguishable. You have to approach every one of them differently. In one you have to rely on you gadgets, but in the next may be locked in a melee fight.

    ~ 6 hours. That long will take to beat the campaign of the game. It isn’t much, but given the handheld nature of the game we can’t hold grudges against it.
    ~ While most of the bosses of the game are fun in one way or another, the final challenge can be extremely annoying due to the flaws in the combat mechanics. It’s very challenging, but not necessarily in a good way. The fight is great but it’s spoiled by the mechanics.
    ~ The game does include some collectibles in forms of upgrades or clues for crimes, but one can’t help but wonder, that in a game which focuses on the detective aspect of Batman, they could’ve done much more. Maybe characters that could be unlocked by solving crimes or finding clues to extend the length of the game? It’s a missed opportunity.

    - Arkham games are immediately recognized by their excellent audios and music tracks. Blackgate is a disappointment in that regard. There aren’t any original tracks to speak of and the sounds feel weak and uninspiring.
    - It’s a real disappointment that in such a high profile game, devs can’t get some basic things get done. Lip movement is missing in the game. This very minor detail is very disheartening about a 2014 game.
    - The greatest thing in all Arkham games is the superb fighting mechanics that allow everybody to be The Batman. It’s fast, responsive, powerful and most of all satisfying. Not in Blackgate. Simply this pseudo 2D environment and the unresponsive combat don’t support this type of gameplay. Those sections when you have to clear a room – great sections in the big brothers – are awful. The only good thing about the combat is that the devs might have recognized it’s flaws and they don’t force the gamer into too many fighting scenarios.
    - Forget pre-rendered or in-game cutscenes. Boring hand drawn still images represent the game’s cutscenes that introduce most of the important story elements.

    Time to beat: 6 hours
    Replay Value: 2/5
    In one word: Detective
    On P’n’C scale: Fun Time
    Must give points: 72

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