Reviews and Problems with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Hands-On: Bringing the console experience to handhelds
14 November 2013
Excerpt: Having already found success on consoles, Warner Bros. is bringing its Batman: Arkham franchise to handhelds with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate , a handheld spin-off that takes place approximately three weeks after its console cousin Arkham Origins . Despite the perception caused by a handheld game launching alongside a console counterpart, there’s nothing second-rate about Origins Blackgate .
Excerpt: Home consoles aren't the only place you'll be able to get your Bat-freak on this October. For the first time in the current game series, WB Games is bringing the Arkham adventures to handhelds, with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate set to arrive at the same time as the Origins ports. The company recently invited us to its booth at San Diego Comic-Con to go hands-on with the portable wonder.
NYCC 2013 Preview: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate 3DS vs. Vita comparison
14 November 2013
Excerpt: Arkham Origins isn’t the only new Batman game around the corner. Arkham Origins Blackgate will be blowing up handhelds in similar fashion to its console counterpart on the same day. This follow-up game, which takes place three months after the events of Arkham Origins , is set in Blackgate prison, where an explosion allows psychopaths like The Joker, Penguin, and Black Mask to take over.
Excerpt: Superhero games continue to impress, especially titles starring Batman. The Dark Knight captivated audiences on consoles, and now the world's greatest detective brings his crime-fighting ways to 3DS and Vita in the portable adventure, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. This 2.5D game compliments Arkham Origins for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a Super Metroid-style adventure that sends players through Blackgate Prison to thwart three iconic crime bosses.
Conclusion: Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate is a good extension of the Arkham franchise to handhelds, but it lacks the specialness or inspiration that would make it stand out as a great Metroidvania-style game - or a great Batman game, for that matter. Without any real surprises, engaging settings, or interesting story, Blackgate feels more like a retread of bullet points than the handheld Batman we truly deserve.
Summary: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a game that is brimming with great ideas that are, sadly, poorly executed. As a detective and crime fighter, it makes sense to have Batman star in a game that insists on exploration and backtracking. Regardless of how fitting the subject matter may be, as a Metroidvania title, this one tends to fall flat on some of the more crucial elements.
Conclusion: Despite some nice cutscene work, this Batman occasionally feels closer to Frank Miller’s abusive arsehole Batman than the conflicted Dark Knight he’s most commonly depicted as these days, which would be fine if the game didn’t lack nuance in its portrayal of the character. This won’t be a big issue for everyone, but the sheer effectiveness of intimidation and torture in this game wore me down.
Pros: Stays faithful to the series it is building on., It may be an obvious standby product, but it’s fleshed out and enjoyable., Some great combat scenarios., Plenty of secrets to hunt down., A few neat nods to comic fans.
Cons: Even by Batman standards, the game glorifies intimidation and torture a bit heavily., Wasted opportunities with Gotham., Lacks the design consistency of Rocksteady’s work.
Conclusion: "Blackgate" consegue transferir o ótimo sistema de combate de "Batman: Arkham" para os portáteis PS Vita e 3DS, mesmo com a movimentação lateral imposta pelo jogo. Também é uma boa adaptação do universo do Homem-Morcego para o gênero "Metroidvania". Porém, o game logo se mostra pouco inspirado em durante os confrontos com os chefes de fase.
Pros: Pontos Positivos, Boa adaptação, Exploração "Metroidvania"
Cons: Pontos Negativos, Pausado demais, Chefões pouco inspirados
Conclusion: Tobias Kujawa meint: Grafisch und akustisch überzeugt Blackgate mit stabiler Bildrate, guter (englischer) Sprachausgabe, einem passenden Soundtrack und flüssigen Animationen. Leider ist der Trip durch das Gefängnis aber genauso oft öde wie spannend. Das Spiel schickt Euch sehr oft in fernab gelegene Bereiche, die Navigation dorthin fällt durch die verwirrende Karte schwer.