Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition Review – PlayStation 3
8 May 2014
Conclusion: It somehow makes mistakes that no game in its storied genre has ever made. It’s somewhat unfair to say this, given how few Metroidvania games there are outside of the legendary series that make up the portmanteau, but it’s plainly a flop. Avoid it.
Excerpt: Bruce Wayne has already been challenged with additional content to his latest outing, Arkham Origins, in a prequel episode called Initiation. The latest DLC, Cold Cold Heart, picks up at the end of Origins to tell the tragic tale of Victor Fries, or as the press chooses to call him, Mr. Freeze. The story is a bit too brief for the asking price, but anyone dedicated to the Dark Knight should have fun with the extra missions, outfits, and gadgets.
Summary: So far, the Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass has been a steaming pile of poop. Buyers have received some extremely underwhelming skin packs, and a piss-poor series of challenge maps for their cash, with the promise of another "story" addition down the line. When I heard that said story DLC would feature Mr. Freeze however, I couldn't help but at least get marginally excited.
Excerpt: In a move everyone saw coming, the previously 3DS/PS Vita exclusive side game to Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate, has been given an HD upgrade and moved to the PS3 and Xbox 360. On handhelds, the game was pretty good; a solid side-scrolling Metroid-vania adventure with some decent fights and the usual cast of Bat-villains.
Summary: Though it was dubbed the Deluxe Edition, its inclusions of extra costumes, a small graphical upgrade from the Vita version, and an increase in enemy encounters, can't help distinguish Blackgate from its handheld roots. Blackgate is an entertaining title that links well with where the overarching Arkham Origins story was going -- it's just a shame that the titles handheld origins weren't improved upon.
Pros: Great voice acting., Motion comic cutscenes., Combat still fun.
Cons: Various bugs and glitches., Frustrating boss fights., Story drags.
Summary: I was pretty disappointed with Arkham Origins . Maybe not as crushingly disappointed as Jim was , but I still felt like it was the weakest entry in the Arkham saga so far, and Warner Bros. Montreal didn't really do anything to make me confident in the future of the series. Sadly, the newest DLC doesn't do them any favors either.
Summary: The game does have its issues, but Arkham Origins is still an overall satisfying experience. The biggest drawbacks are really the slower combat and the glitches, which are unfortunate, but still not a deal breaker. The game still has a good amount to offer and is likely a good way to tide you over until Rocksteady returns with the true successor to Arkham City.