A Dark Victory | Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Review
New Gamer Nation
3 November 2013
Conclusion: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a welcome addition to the Arkham franchise. While it’s flawed in many ways, its fun exploration and puzzles outshine the lackluster visuals and poor combat. Those that are fans of Metroidvania-style adventure games will likely find Blackgate appealing, even though it isn’t as polished as other games of the same genre.
Conclusion: Since portable versions and spin-offs of console games usually come up short, we went into Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate with low expectations and discovered a quality experience that favors brains just as much as brawn. If you need a Batman fix away from home (and also downloaded Arkham Origins for iPhone and iPad), it's time to make a return trip to Gotham City. Review copy provided by Warner Bros.
Pros: There's plenty to like about this game, starting with its visuals. Armature Studios did a great job capturing the dark side of Gotham, with dingy prison cells and ransacked offices. Of particular interest is the way the camera shifts perspective, as Batman moves between the foreground and background using his Grapnel. It's especially cool on Nintendo's system in glasses free 3D, though Sony's machine has a slight advantage when it comes to graphical detail and resolut...
Cons: Players should expect some backtracking. Not only does this limit the amount of action in the game, but this is where the drab-looking environments will begin to disappoint, as gamers stare at the same locations for an excessive amount of time, without a single enemy to engage. There's also a conspicuous lack of surprise. It almost feels like the developers were more concerned with taking a paint-by-numbers approach over producing a groundbreaking product. Not necessa...
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.
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
Excerpt: Rocksteady Studios ha sabido dar en la tecla correcta. Ha removido la industria con su saga ‘Batman: Arkham’ , dejándole casi todo hecho a Warner Bros. Games Montreal con el reciente ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ . Pero no solamente los sistemas de sobremesa han tenido su ración del Caballero Oscuro, ya que tanto Nintendo 3DS como PS Vita han contado con ‘Batman: Arkham Origins – Blackgate’ .
Conclusion: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate zählt nicht unbedingt zu den Titeln, die ihr auf jeden Fall gespielt haben solltet. Die Fledermaus macht in ihrem Einstand auf dem Nintendo 3DS durchaus eine solide Figur, hätte aber an allen Ecken und Kanten noch ein klein wenig mehr Feinschliff und mehr Tiefe vertragen können.