Summary: Since before the release of the prequelesque ' Batman: Arkham Origins ' Warner Bros. has teased a single-player DLC episode, and before 2013 ended, the first details of 'Batman: Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart' became public. Set for the New Year's Eve following 'Origins' Christmas, the teasers showed what looked like a Wayne Manor awards ceremony crashed by Freeze and co.
Conclusion: More Batman is always good, and freeze rays change up brawls in an interesting way, but I’m disappointed that Cold, Cold Heart doesn’t do anything new with Mr. Freeze’s story or boss battle.
Pros: More Batman, Freeze-ray thugs, Predator fights
Excerpt: It wasn't the brawling or the stealth or the grappling and gliding around environments that held Batman: Arkham Origins back from being a good entry in the Arkham saga. These aspects are tried and true; they are necessary components of any Arkham game. Where Origins stumbled was in its pacing, trotting out its expected components in a meandering fashion rather than giving those components the supportive context they deserved.
Pros: Makes good use of Mr. Freeze's origin story, Has a few cool new locations, Good sense of momentum until you near the end
Cons: Loses focus near the end, Boss battle is a repeat of one from Arkham City
Excerpt: In 2009, expectations for Batman: Arkham Asylum were not high, since movie tie-in games have a pretty sketchy track record. Developer Rocksteady was also relatively unknown back then, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films had become landmark cinema, making them a hard act to follow even for celebrated game designers.
Pros: Continues a proven model of gratuitous face-kicking and high production values.
Cons: Feels like super-sized DLC; story not as tight; combat is less satisfying.
Conclusion: Even to those that don't know about it being a port, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is clearly a lesser game than it's bigger brothers. 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. The story seems like a phone-in, the environments are largely forgettable, and the villains don't really add anything new to the series.
Conclusion: Batman: Arkham Origins may tell a new prequel story to Asylum and City, but it doesn't bring that many new features in terms of gameplay or graphics. Sure, the multiplayer is a pretty fun experience but, besides that, there aren't enough new things to really impress players. Even so, it's a good game that will certainly fill the void until Rocksteady's mystery project finally appears in the near future.
Pros: +Impressive origins story for Batman, +Lots of interesting twists, +Multiplayer has potential
Cons: -Not enough new elements in terms of combat, -Some glitches are still present, -Multiplayer is a bit hard to understand
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham City is not an act anyone wants to follow. Rocksteady Games' engrossing, shocking tribute to the Dark Knight is one of the finest games ever made, and so is Arkham Asylum , the title that preceded it. With Rocksteady out of the spotlight, it's up to the newly christened Warner Bros. Games Montréal to steward this already strong franchise through the end of its infancy.
Summary: The third installment of the 'Batman: Arkham' series is upon us, and with the Unreal 3-powered series not ready to make the jump to the Xbox One and PS4, the next best thing is PC version. After 'Arkham Asylum' and 'Akrham City,' Rocksteady Studios has moved on for now to another likely related project leaving Warner Bros. Games Montréal to move the franchise forward.
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Conclusion: In recent years, Batman has been stealing the limelight in the entertainment world, specifically in the land of gaming. Originally debuting (successfully) in 2009 with Batman: Arkham Asylum, the world’s greatest detective won over gamers with a combination of unique combat encounters, with seriously fun stealth missions.