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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
by Ian Bonds

Batman: Arkham Origins tries to tell the tale of how the Dark Knight was first introduced to many of his iconic foes. It was built on the groundwork of previous games in the series, and while the story may have faltered a bit the gameplay remained mostly the same, taking Batman to various locations around Gotham City as he gathered intel and weapons to take down the villains who held the city in their clutches. Say what you will about this prequel, but the formula is there for a decent "Metroidvania"-style adventure.

Blackgate seeks to do the same on handhelds, albeit with more of a 2.5D perspective, and a bite-sized story set just a few months after Origins. While in theory this plan sounds good enough, its execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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Review: Batman: Arkham Origins photo
Review: Batman: Arkham Origins
by Jim Sterling

Batman: Arkham Origins had to endure a lot of cynicism from the peanut gallery as it rushed headlong from sudden announcement to pre-Christmas release. It's hardly surprising, too -- after the Arkham series earned high critical acclaim, the third installment appeared to be little more than a hollow cash-in. 

It was set to be a contentious prequel, Warner Bros. announced downloadable content in tandem with the reveal of the full game, a pointless multiplayer mode was added, and it had switched developers from the beloved Rocksteady to the less lauded Warner Bros. Games Montréal and Splash Damage. Most people had come to expect little more than a stopgap release -- a bit of filler, made to scrape a quick buck off the Arkham name simply because that's what could be done. 

Guess what. Arkham Origins is exactly what most people expected. Except slightly worse.

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11:45 AM on 10.23.2013

Everyone wants Batman dead in this Arkham Origins trailer

Much like Washington and his famous trip across the Delaware River, Batman doesn't care much for taking the holidays off. Well, to be fair, he can't. Not when the entirety of Gotham City's underground is trying to kill him. ...

Brett Makedonski

3:15 PM on 10.21.2013

Enjoy 17 minutes of Batman: Arkham Origins gameplay

Want the jump on Batman: Arkham Origins ahead of its launch this week? Watch this video, which gives you 17 minutes of hot Bat action, courtesy of game producer Ben Mattis and director Michael McIntire.  It's a nice lon...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 10.18.2013

Deal: 25% off Batman Arkham Origins, XCOM expansion, more

Deals! Green Man Gaming is currently offering a 25% off voucher that is good for just under a week. With it, you can get a host of titles at 25% off, from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins to the XCOM expansion Enemy Within...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 10.17.2013

In the Arkhams of an angel: Batman Arkham Origins TV spot

It's like I can hear Sarah McLachlan pressing me to donate money to sadfaced baby Bruce Wayne. Except for the fact that he could buy me a million times over.  You see what you're missing out on when you don't watch tele...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 10.17.2013

Batman: Arkham games drop Games for Windows Live

I had long wanted to play Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins on PC for the prettier graphics and improved physics, but the Games for Windows Live requirement pushed me into playing both titles on console. That's no long...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 10.14.2013

Shocking: New Batman: Arkham Origins villain announced

Proper naughty. Batman Arkham Origins is out in less than two weeks, but Batfans at New York Comic-Con were treated to what should be one last surprise: Electrocutioner was announced as one of the assassins targeting Batman ...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 10.14.2013

Troy Baker KILLS it as the new voice of The Joker

Troy Baker is one of the biggest voice actors in gaming these days. He's been the main voices in Saints Row IV, The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, and will soon play Revolver Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. A...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





10:30 AM on 10.14.2013

Batman: Arkam Origins coming to iOS

NetherRealm Studios announced yesterday at New York Comic-Con that will be bringing upcoming game Batman: Arkham Origins to iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) sometime close to the console version's launch. That's soon, as the P...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Batman: Arkham Origins has permadeath mode, ninja DLC

Batman: Arkham Origins has a season pass. Boo, hiss. One of the pieces it contains is the previously discussed "Initiation" DLC. In it, you play as a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. It's like an origin to Arkham Origins, which is Bru...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 09.27.2013

Batman: Arkham Origins is cheaper on Wii U

No, there likely wouldn't have been a large multiplayer audience for Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U if the performance of prior multiplatform games on the platform is any indication. Since WB Games has decided against includ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 09.26.2013

Bleh: Batman: Arkham Origins has a season pass

Batman: Arkham Origins will have a season pass. Yawn. For $19.99, you'll get these five downloadable content items: Gotham by Gaslight Batman skin plus Brightest Day Batman skin, new millennium skins pack, Infinite Earths ski...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 09.26.2013

Seems fair: 1 vs. 100 in Batman: Arkham Origins

There's a survival mode in Batman: Arkham Origins where you take on 100 foes. I tried it back at E3 and got my ass handed to me. Granted, I was rusty -- it'd been quite a while since I last touched an Arkham game which meant...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.24.2013

This Batman: Arkham Origins Knightfall costume rocks

The Arkham series is no stranger to offering extra costumes, but this Knightfall skin -- which is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version of Batman: Arkham Origins -- is so damn cool. There's also the Classic TV Series charac...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 09.16.2013

Batman Arkham Bundle brings together the first two games

Just in time for Batman: Arkham Origins, the Batman Arkham Bundle collects the first two games with most of the downloadable content packs and garbage that were released. For Batman: Arkham Asylum, you'll be getting the Game ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz