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.
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: Stepping back from my time with the Bat, I am left with mixed, but mostly positive, feelings. Here is a game which does almost everything right. The combat is tightly brutal, the story is interesting and well paced, and the city of Gotham is as darkly compelling as it ever was. And yet something is missing. Arkham Origins is a very good but very familiar game. It lacks the spice of originality that made the previous two games great. Is it worth playing? Absolutely.
Pros: Same great combat and mission structure, larger world, well evolving story
Cons: Slightly less polish, can feel very familiar
Conclusion: 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. Even with the bugs though I enjoyed the game all the way through for the 15-20 hours it took me to finish (without having done all the side missions yet), and will once again be combing back-alleys and rooftops for those hidden Riddler/Enigma goodies before tackling the Challenge Maps and New Game Plus.
Excerpt: The fighting interface is kludgy and complicated. There isn’t enough control, and because of that you are trapped in the same monotonous type of combat the entire game. This is a problem because the majority of the game is spent fighting (it’s Batman).
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham Origins is a game firmly set within the cannon established by the two previous games in the franchise. This may seem incredibly vague, but it's one of the most telling statements I can make about The Dark Knight's latest interactive adventure. It builds itself on the formula established by the previous games in the series, but new developer Warner Bros Games Montreal doesn't take many chances here and the result is a fun but often uninspired game that...
Excerpt: Jingle bells, Batman smells. Video games have become so chock-full of conceits that anyone without experience in the medium would be forgiven for laughing in the face of even the most blockbuster, AAA releases. When Mario doubles in size, we shrug it off as a tenet of Nintendo gospel, but the more rationally minded player would dismiss this in the face of perceived impossibilities.