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  • Summary: Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two games in the franchise. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most notoriousBatman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two games in the franchise. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most notorious criminals, the game showcases a young, unrefined Batman as he faces the defining moment of his early career and sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. Expand

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  1. Nov 27, 2013
    90
    There's definitely some re-tread going on with Batman: Arkham Origins, but the combat, the relatively good story (B-list villain aside), the powerful feeling of being Batman in video game form has only muted my enthusiasm for the franchise by the smallest of margins.
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    85
    The PC version of Batman: Arkham Origins is absolutely the best in terms of detail, smoothness, drawing distance and particle effects, though it suffers from a series of annoying glitches.
  3. Nov 6, 2013
    84
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    If you’re a Batman fan you should already have Batman: Arkham Origins, but anyone else might want to hold off a couple of weeks for some patches to come through.
  5. Nov 6, 2013
    74
    An OK effort for an Arkham game, Batman Arkham Origins feels too similar to Arkham City and there are a few game breaking bugs that prevent it from being worthy to stand with the other two.
  6. Nov 4, 2013
    70
    The story is the best in the series but, when it comes to gameplay, Warner Bros. Montreal seem to have taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra and done the exact opposite.
  7. Oct 31, 2013
    50
    Uninventive, but still enjoyable thanks to the quality of the basic mechanics on offer. Unfortunately, the PC version's bugs make it a much harder sell than it should be.

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  1. Negative: 43 out of 258
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    10
    Played 1.5 hours so far. There are a few minor glitches, but it doesn't detract from the game (if you use a controller and have Synergy it mayPlayed 1.5 hours so far. There are a few minor glitches, but it doesn't detract from the game (if you use a controller and have Synergy it may behave weirdly, just disable synergy or put the other computer to sleep my mouse only went off the left screen). Still set in Arkham City, plus a bit more across the bridge, and the Batcave is there. Still has the same combat. Thus far, they seem to have done well. It's very fun to play and has very good dialogue and story.

    I do find it weird having Batman ask who certain villains are, or anyone being like "who's the Batman? You made him up!" or "you're just seeing things!", since we obviously know who Batman is as well as several of the villains that Batman doesn't know yet...

    Very glad I got it. You won't be disappointed. Put your fears to rest, they didn't produce a half-assed game.
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  2. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Completes one of the best gaming trilogies of all time. If you like those two previous games, you will love this great addition to ArkhamCompletes one of the best gaming trilogies of all time. If you like those two previous games, you will love this great addition to Arkham series. All what makes Asylum and City so good, is back in Arkham Origins.

    Yes, it is more of the same (greatness), but I don't see any reviews whining about that when it's Battlefield or Call of Doodie series in question.
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  3. Feb 1, 2014
    9
    -This is supposed to be before Arkham asylum and you have gadgets and moves more than Arkham asylum?!
    -Gameplay is almost the same from
    -This is supposed to be before Arkham asylum and you have gadgets and moves more than Arkham asylum?!
    -Gameplay is almost the same from Arkham city with only new Ninjas and electric gloves.
    -Only the menu soundtrack is good but the other are not good enough,still Arkham asylum has the best soundtrack.
    -Graphics is almost the same and Batman's suit is not as good as the previous games,still Arkham asylum's Armored suit is the best suit.
    -Epic story that will keep you playing wanting to what's exactly going on with many Epic villains but there's the same mistake in Arkham city, i mean many viilains didn't take their chance and only appeared in one part of the game like Copperhead.
    -Awesome side missions with villains that could be included in the main story too.
    -City is almost the same with no citizens or people walking in steets, i mean they could make a city like this in grand theft auto with many citizens and cars.
    -i've seen some glitches and bugs like this grate that i couldn't pass through in the Burnley tower,so i couldn't complete the riddler mission.
    -Awesome and challenging Bossfights(damn that Bane bossfight...) and enemies.
    -Challenge mode is still Epic.
    Totally this game just added more fun but the developers didn't do anything to move the series forward,so you gonna play only just for the story and more challenge maps.
    the game took me about 16 hours
    Arkham asylum was something very new at its time so i gave it a 10.
    Arkham city did too many improvements so i gave it a 10.
    so this game takes a 9 for adding more fun and awesome villains
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  4. Mar 5, 2014
    8
    The game is very nicely made and fun to play. Trying to follow in the great footsteps of it's predecessor surely was not easy, but the gameThe game is very nicely made and fun to play. Trying to follow in the great footsteps of it's predecessor surely was not easy, but the game ended up well with a few surprising effects. For example, in one instance you fight a few thugs, you are seen from the perspective of a helicopter camera. Little tricks like that add more life to what it is a grand experience for fans of the previous Arkham games.
    However, the only thing holding it back from a higher rating is the bugs and glitches that plague the game. Luckily, it isn't so bad on PC version and the game can be played fine.
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  5. Nov 2, 2013
    7
    This game wasn't made by Rocksteady, but by WB's internal studio. In result it's not as good as it could be. From the first minutes it feelsThis game wasn't made by Rocksteady, but by WB's internal studio. In result it's not as good as it could be. From the first minutes it feels a bit unpolished. Later some serious bugs appeared. Combat somehow feels not as good as in previous game. Something was broken there. Navigating the city although not as fluid as it was. But still it's a very good game. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Spoilers are minor background facts that reveal which characters are in the game and what their motivation/methods are, not plot-twist spoilers.

    Have finished the story mode for Batman Arkham Origins. It's not that I'd say to avoid it when it hits the bargain bin, but on the whole it's a real disappointment for fans of the Arkham franchise.

    First, the good: There are a couple of fun new gadgets. The remote claw bring a little relief to Predator Encounters, and the shock gloves really do help in combat encounters. Everything else new is redundant. The idea of Riddler hiding blackmail information makes more sense than those dumb question marks from the first two games. Bringing in a lot more super-villains is a fun idea in story-planning if not perfectly executed in story-telling.

    Also, the combat objective xp system is really fun. There are three categories of 15 combat achievements each. Accomplishing each achievement results in xp and certain ones unlock new attacks or gadgets. A good idea and provides some fun new challenges.
    Now, the bad: The story is outlandish, and not in the accepted "super-villains are outlandish" way. The timeline, motivations, and responses from everyone but Bats don't make any sense.

    The game embarrassed me a little, because for three or four years I've bragged on the franchise never needing patches. It's always been ready to go right out of the box. Not this time. Every other time I played I'd hit some point where a line of code didn't respond as expected, keeping a fight scene from starting or ending or keeping an objective from being fulfilled (or recognizing that one had been fulfilled). There are also some graphics bugs, including a ridiculous hiccup that attacks Batman's gliding animation every so often.

    The combat engine has been tweaked (but I don’t think re-written entirely). NPCs strike MUCH more frequently and much faster than before, which makes sense. However you can't necessarily block their strikes if you're in mid-animation; of course other times you can block even if you're in the middle of an elaborate animation. Inconsistent. The increased attack frequencies make you re-think your approach to combat, and if you want those high multipliers (especially before you get the shock gloves), you'll need to get comfortable doing 3-4 blocks in a row, attacking a couple of times, and settling in for 3-4 more blocks before another set of attacks. Once you get ok with this, you can start getting 50+ multipliers without a problem. Fight it, though, and you'll actually get killed a lot more than you'd expect.

    The voice acting is definitely inferior to both original games. Gordon's may be the only voice that got the same actor. Bat's actor doesn't know how to deliver a menacing line at all (it doesn't help that Origin's writers weren't nearly as creative with his intimidation lines) and has a nasty habit of emphasizing words that neighbor the ones he should really punch. Joker's actor sounds more irritated than psychopathic. Bane's is forgettable. Barb's is that of a 16 year old girl.

    Riddler's, however, is still pretty decent, though the emergence story they try to tell doesn't make sense in the context of the character. Here he's driven by a desire to route out corruption (using corrupt methods, granted). This contrasts pretty strongly against his usual motivation--self-glorification and the need to pack a sucking chest wound of inferiority.

    Overall, across the spectrum of all video games you can buy at this point, I'd give it a B+/A-. On the spectrum of games we expect real quality from (COD, Battlefield, Arkham, Borderlands, Bioshock, etc, etc), I'd give it a D+/C-.
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  7. Apr 12, 2016
    0
    De tanto en tanto entro en el juego a ver si avanzo algo... Después de una determinada misión con un personaje rival clásico (no digo cual porDe tanto en tanto entro en el juego a ver si avanzo algo... Después de una determinada misión con un personaje rival clásico (no digo cual por no spoilear) el tema es que me he quedado LITERALMENTE ENCERRADO EN LA BATCUEVA CON ALFRED, sin poder salir de allínpara la siguiente misión.

    O yo soy muy torpe que no se como ir de un lugar a otro (en este caso entrar en la batala con un destino) o es un BUG como una casa que hace el juego injugable.

    Y eso que a nivel de gráficos, con una Nvidia GTX 660 o una GTX 970 como tengo ahora, visualmente es BRUTAL.

    Pero un juego roto no se puede permitir.
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