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  • Summary: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio that brings the Batman Arkham experience for the first time to Nintendo and Sony handheld systems. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discoverBatman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio that brings the Batman Arkham experience for the first time to Nintendo and Sony handheld systems. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more detalis of the Dark Knight's past. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 7, 2014
    78
    It’s got some rough edges visually, but also has some striking shots that will dazzle thanks to impressive lighting effects and features the same kind of music that made the other Arkham games so atmospheric.
  2. Apr 10, 2014
    70
    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate combines the series’ trademark combat and exploration and tosses them into a sidescrolling platformer with surprisingly pleasant results.
  3. May 1, 2014
    70
    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition can be a fun game if you're able to get past the stumbling blocks.
  4. 65
    Blackgate succeeds in channeling Arkham's open-world structure into a 2.5D format, but runs into pacing issues and hackneyed dialogue along the way. [July 2014, p.70]
  5. 60
    Not so much a misfire as misplaced. [June 2014, p.76]
  6. 60
    The move to a 2.5D style isn’t exactly sloppy so much as unimaginative and while it entertains in bursts, it’s too often a dull addition to the series.
  7. Apr 21, 2014
    30
    All Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is (aside from a terrible name that feels super stitched together) is a boring game in a great franchise that reminds you how to not translate a game from 3D to 2D.

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  1. Apr 29, 2014
    7
    Better than expected, this has a lot of cool ideas and some really bad ones. It is a very different game that focuses on different things thanBetter than expected, this has a lot of cool ideas and some really bad ones. It is a very different game that focuses on different things than the other games of the series. The exploration is the big protagonist here. The first playthrough is frustrating because of the bad map design that doesn't help much. On the second and third playthroughs I managed to acknowledge the path of the designers' choice and felt much better. Actually, when you learn the ropes and the paths of the prison, it becomes a quite satisfying game.

    The graphics are below average, though some of the character designs resemble the other games. It does quite well though on some of the gameplay aspects. The exploration when you learn the prison can be fun since you have to memorize each location. The secrets are quite well hidden requiring one, some all of your gadgets making it true to the genre and finally the bossfights beside the few that rely on actual fist-fighting are intuitive. Much more than the fights in AC or Origins. True to the first game, you have to discover the method you have to use to beat each boss and that is the one thing that this game does great.

    I also liked its pacing and the freedom to choose which path (villain) to take first. As I did the ending and the whole game structure. Sadly, some of its worst aspects are the fighting (freeflow combat) and the predator segments. They are nothing like in the main games.

    If this game had better presentation (better graphics and real cutscenes) and better combat it could have had a place between its bigger brothers as a different take on the franchise as the genre gameplay fits the hero well. As it is, it has its ups and downs (very bad combat...) making it a quite mediocre game.
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  2. Apr 12, 2014
    6
    Average attempt at reviving the buggy game that still has not been fixed.I would suggest only buying this game and DLC if you are a trueAverage attempt at reviving the buggy game that still has not been fixed.I would suggest only buying this game and DLC if you are a true batman fan.The story seems to change tone and pace too much for me to get REALLY into it,I have always liked Batman but have found myself to like Superman better,if that negates my opinion for you so be it. Expand
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    6
    just good...graphics..eeh..good enough..sound ok..voice acting good...gameplay not good..the story its ok...anyway the game is notjust good...graphics..eeh..good enough..sound ok..voice acting good...gameplay not good..the story its ok...anyway the game is not worthless...i give a 6 because am a truly batman series fan ;) Expand