Excerpt: As news of Batman: Arkham Knight lights up message boards, Twitter feeds and YouTube channels, you’d be forgiven for forgetting entirely about Warner Bros. Montreal’s somewhat tepid effort at breathing more life into the Bruce Wayne mythos.
Conclusion: All Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is (aside from a terrible name that feels super stitched together) is a boring game in a great franchise that reminds you how to not translate a game from 3D to 2D.
Excerpt: The original Batman Arkham: Origins was a solid entry in the beloved series, but also the weakest link in the chain so far due to glitches and a samey feel. It launched alongside Blackgate on the Vita – a Metroidvania-style game that marked Batman’s debut in that sub-genre.
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition is a mouthful for a reason. The is the console version of the portable version of the console version of the sequel to the sequel of a Batman game. That probably calls for a bit more explanation.
Excerpt: Batman: Arkham Origins takes us back before the beginning of the Arkham series of games, back before the reopening of Arkham, when Gotham's worst of the worst villains were kept in Blackgate Prison, a prison which, in the course of Arkham Origins proves to be less than adequate to that task.
Summary: It's difficult to play through Batman: Arkham Origins without being struck by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Not because Warner Bros. Montreal's first crack at the Bat does so little to separate itself from its superior predecessors -- though that's certainly the case -- but because it forms such...