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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Batman Arkham Origins is an action-adventure game, the third main entry in Warner Brothers’ Batman: Arkham series. Concerning story, Origins is the prequel to the first game in the franchise, Batman: Arkham Asylum. It takes place in Gotham City on Christmas Eve. The notorious crime lord Black Mask places $50 million bounties on Batman and hires eight of the world’s deadliest assassins including Bane, Deathstroke, Killer Croc and others. The story covers some events important for the other installments in the series, like Batman’s first encounter with Joker and incidents that lead to the reopening of Arkham Asylum.
The gameplay of Origins is very similar to the previous two installments. It mostly consists of beat-em-up sequences, stealth sequences, and investigations. Like in Arkham City player can freely explore an open world, but this time it is not just Arkham Asylum, but the whole of Gotham City.

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Warner Bros. Interactive
WB Games Montreal
WB Games Montréal
Warner Bros. Interactive
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System requirements for PC

  • OS:32-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
  • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2, 2.8 GHz
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS / AMD Radeon HD 3850 or better with 512 MB of VRAM
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive Space:20 GB
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional Notes:Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported
  • OS:64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
  • Processor:Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 6950 or better with 768 MB+ of VRAM (DirectX 11 Compatible)
  • DirectX®:11
  • Hard Drive Space:20 GB
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional Notes:Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported
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Batman: Arkham Origins reviews and comments

Batman Arkham Origins is a good Batman game, but a terrible Batman: Arkham game. Strip away all of the trappings and you have a game that is trying desperately to copy and ride on the coat tails of one of the best entries in the Batman: Arkham games: (and in my eyes one of the best comic book video games ever made) Batman: Arkham City. The game is set on Christmas Eve five years before the events in Arkham Asylum. Batman has only been active for two years and has already upset the criminal element in the city. In response to this, Black Mask puts a bounty on Batman’s head attracting the attention of nine assassins. Batman must survive the night and stop the reign of terror that the assassins have decided to unleash on Gotham to lure him out and kill him. This sounds like a simple premise, but the game quickly decides to go “all out” and doesn’t try to do anything different with the established Arkham formula. The story shines when Corey May (Assassin’s Creed) and the other writers get creative and focus on the game. But when they decide to try and explain things that occur in future games….well they break canon…..seriously….Arkham Origins diminishes if not outright contradicts the story in Arkham Asylum on so many levels. The dialogue is good, and there is a progression to the game, but the game also sloppily sidelines many of the main players in the game and either confine them to cameos (the Penguin), side missions (Deadshot, Shiva, and others), or outright forgets about them until the end of the game (Firefly). The game also attempts to depict the first time many of these characters interact with Batman and each other. Some work (Barbara Gordon, Jim Gordon) some don’t (the Joker, Bane, and others). The game shoe horns the Joker into the game and does absolutely nothing with him of significance. Bane is clearly inspired by his depiction in The Dark Knight Rises, which isn’t bad, but is so uncreative to me. And what is done with the character in the game is outright pathetic, pandering petulant writing. There are some emotional beats that just don’t stick. If the game would have tried to stay within its means and tell an authentic Batman story first instead of trying desperately to tie everything into the Arkhamverse then maybe the game would be more enjoyable. The side missions are okay, but there are too many objectives in them and not enough satisfying payoffs (the Enigma mission is best to be skipped…the end result simply isn’t worth it).There is also a scene that hints at a future game not necessarily involving Batman that will probably never see the light of day. The voice acting is okay. Nolan North returns as the Penguin. Roger Craig Smith (Ezio Auditore) voices Bruce Wayne/Batman and does a good job. He’s no Kevin Conroy, but he’s not bad. Many veteran voice actors fill out the cast rather well. Troy Baker delivers an uninspired, kind of pathetic, impression of Mark Hamill’s Joker. Sorry, Baker did nothing with this role and as I suggested….the Joker was not needed in the film. Now I would have thoroughly enjoyed the game if the Red Hood (the Joker before his fall into the chemicals) was in the game and you witness his fall into the chemicals and the ending of the game hints at the Joker to come. The game didn’t use that distance to hint and set up these relationships that emerged in future games. No, it just hit the ground running and sloppily tried to explain parts of the Arkham universe that didn’t necessarily need to be explained. The graphics are very dated to 2013. There is a bland dullness to textures and the environment that lacks that gothic unique design that Rocksteady put into their games. I will praise the Christmas setting and what is done with it aesthetically, musically and otherwise. But like most of the game, it is very uninspired in regard to graphics and design. Character designs are kind of dull and are taken from other things besides the art department being creative. Batman’s costume is a hodgepodge of various influences from the Nolan Batman films to the New 52 costume. I don’t have an issue with it….but seriously…..be creative. Cutscene graphics are good, however I experienced a lot of lag and desynchronized sound both when I played the hard copy of this game and when I played it on Playstation Now (it was actually better to play the game on Playstation Now, and I know the difference between buffering or lagging connection to the content on Playstation Now and lagging sound that is in the game itself). I do remember that this game was/is plagued with bugs so there is that to acknowledge. Lastly, the gameplay is so dull and routine that it’s both frustrating and familiar. Batman is too agile for his antics and its difficult to see this Batman doing the things he does and seeing Batman being more contained in Arkham Asylum. The gadgets and abilities that Batman does in this game seem to contradict with the other entries in the franchise and once again, it seems like a retooled, repurposed, unimaginative version of Arkham City.Ultimately Arkham Origins is a competent game, but it is so offbrand and outright insulting to the Arkham series that it diminishes the fantastic games that Rocksteady made. I know that this game is considered to be canon….but I just ignore it.
Rating: 3/5
«I could make it better»
Finished on April 27, 2019

+Crime reconstruction is a welcome addition.
+Challenge content.
+DLC Chapter.
-Dead shot and Shiva should’ve part of the main story, not side quests.
-Deathstroke is basically a combination of Nightwing/Robin. 
-Inaccurate map locations.
-Lots of game breaking bugs. (Especially in DLC).
-Occasional place sticking bugs. -Port optimization.
-Side quests in the form on Most Wanted list is unappealing.
 Subtitles sometimes does not proper synchronization.
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The first meeting between Joker and Batman. Of course, the Joker again leads foul in The Shields The Story: Arkham Origins is about the Time when Gotham becomes aware of the Exsistence Of her Savior Batman. In terms of Time, the whole thing still takes place before Arkham Asylum. The Joker takes over the Gangs in Gotham through foul Intrigue, giving Gotham the worst Christmas ever. Of course, Batman can't just Sit there in such Machinations. It is up to us to free the City from the Clutches of the Joker. Personally, I have always been a Fan of the Arkham Series and feel it is a nice Change to learn how everything was regulated without the Asylum and Arkham City. Some Passages, however, seem a bit exaggerated for everything to have played out in one Night. Therefore, only 8/10 Points. The Graphics: Graphically, a clear distinction can be observed from the Predecessors, the characters have been designed in much more detail, the Environment responds significantly better to the Presence of People through PhysX effects and the Weather plays a great game in this Game Role. In itself, a real Treat for the Eye, however, the Game literally eats the Hardware when you turn up the settings to the Maximum. Therefore, only 9/10 Points. The Gameplay: The Gameplay is both Nourishing As in the preceding Parts: Soft camera guidance, a variety of moves, And the Ways to combine them, but this Part has more than failed to hide the Default Settings for Mouse and Keyboard. By the Patzer in Mouse and Keyboard therefore only 8/10 points. # My Rating: Pro: Many Side missions Important historical Content from the Time before Arkham Asylum Kontra: Multiplayer and DLC Achievements (100% almost impossible) Technique of Batman More advanced than in The chronologically Later Parts Ingame Challenges tied to Story Additional info: Game related: Game Time 50 Hours for the possible Achievements 60 collectible cards 9 Controller support * Bugs: 2 Occurred Bugs: Killer Croc is used in The first Kamp F-Invisible Interrogation Victims become immune (Gamebreaking) System-related: Mainboard Gigabyte GA-H170-HD3 CPU Intel Core i5-6500 (Skylake) @ 3.2GHZ GPU PNY NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX760 Random Access Memory 8GB @ 1333MHz Drug-average Framrate 80 Frames per Second Operating System Windows 10 My Conclusion: For both Newcomers and experienced Batman players, this Part is only recommended. Since he plays Temporal Parts even before the older Parts, you don't miss anything as a Newcomer and as an experienced player this Game is a successful Flashback at the Time before Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Due to the many contra points unfortunately only 7/10 Points. This Review was written as a Standings within one's own Genre. If you liked this Review, follow our Review Program on German _ Gamer _ Community. You Can also check out my other Reviews. Click here for my Reviews.
Compared to the other Arkham games, this one was lacking. Really, they just got worse as they went on... But we all know why this was the worst one. If you don't just google it. But I did not enjoy this game, and the multiplayer trophies were such a pain in the neck. Why make MP trophies in a Batman Arkham game? No thank you. Never again.
«Game over at last!»
Not as good as Rocksteady's Arkham series but it was completely playable. I ws waiting for the next Rocksteady Arkham game and this came up. I enjoyed while I was playing it. I would love to play this again in PS4 with a definitive edition.
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