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Batman: Arkham Origins - PlayStation 3

Model: 1000381348SKU: 8815563

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Familiar Territory, But a Fun Game Nonetheless

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    Ctron84
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    The Good: +A really good story +Good graphics +Strong voice acting brings it to life +Familiar free flowing combat is still satisfying +Lots of side missions to keep you busy +A strong multiplayer component The Bad: -Gotham City feels strangely lifeless -Some of it is just a little too familiar. There's nothing here that builds upon what Arkham City established before it. This isn't necessarily "bad" but the experience feels far too similar When Batman Arkham Asylum came out, it was a burst of fresh air and a relief. For the first time in a very long time the Batman license was put to good use. Arkham City then turned out to be a really good sequel in its own right with a fantastic story and a fantastic open world, building up on what Arkham Asylum established and managing to feel different just the same. Now we have Batman Arkham Origins. A prequel that is set in Gotham just two years after Wayne has dawned the cape and cowl. It's a good game in its own right, and is really only hindered by the fact that it does little (if anything) to set itself apart from the game that came before it. But then again... Arkham City is a hard act to follow. The criminal Black Mask has put a 50 million dollar bounty on Batman's head. As such, assassins from all over are coming to Gotham to take that bounty on. In conjunction with that, the police aren't sure if Batman is helping to escalate crime or if he's actually stopping them. Origins actually has a really good story. It doesn't reach the heights of Arkham City, but it's good nonetheless, establishing the relationships that Batman has with some criminals and with some of the characters we've come to know and love. The production values are as top notch as you'd expect. The voice acting, despite a different cast of voice actors for Batman and The Joker, is quite good in its own right. The game also has a good graphical presentation, making for a good looking game. Although the one problem I have with it is that the game gives a pitiful excuse as to why there are no citizens wandering the city--a curfew. In a way it sort of drains Gotham of life and more or less just makes Gotham seem like a bigger Arkham City. There are side missions but none of them ever really involve saving citizens. Usually just going around beating up criminals. Speaking of that, the free-flowing combat is exactly the same as you remember. This isn't such a bad thing. You'll be beating up thugs and have a chance to counter them just as you always have. You get weapons that help you in your beat downs, but aside from that this is the same familiar combat system you've always known. Which is fine and dandy, although this doesn't make boss fights exciting on any level. In the previous games some bosses there were very specific tasks that had to be done. The fight with characters like Mr. Freeze in Arkham City come to mind. But here it's mostly just like fighting another thug. The boss fights here just aren't that exciting to play. Like in previous games you'll find lots of gadgets for Batman to use. However, just like the combat, there's not really anything new here. At some point a lot of ground just feels too familiar. The new studio behind Batman Arkham Origins seems to have gotten caught in the trap that many developers get caught in. Certainly you don't need to fix what isn't broken, but there are times when Batman Arkham Origins feels like it's lifting far too much from the previous game without laying down any new track. It's not really building on the foundation set before it, This isn't quite as bothersome in many regards, but it makes the game feel like baby steps from the previous game as opposed to great strides. Many of the side missions you'll come to expect such as the Riddler trophies or just running around the city to beat up thugs. But there are some pretty cool side missions that actually do add to the story and give you the sense of the relationship that Batman has with his adversaries. That's not to say there is nothing new. You can actually access the Batcave here. You can get some advice from Alfred and you can change your suit and go train. It's nice to have a bit of a hub area this time around. What actually works out surprisingly well is the multiplayer. I never pictured the Arkham games as needing a multiplayer. And a lot of the times when there's a multiplayer component added to a game that was clearly not built up for one it's usually pretty poor (Tomb Raider comes to mind). Here it actually works. You play as either Batman and Robin or as thugs trying to take them down. It's actually really intense and quite fun. Batman and Robin employ various takedowns while thugs have guns at their disposal. It's surprisingly fun to play. Arkham Origins exceeds on a technical level, having some really good looking character models and good looking environments. As mentioned it doesn't feel as alive as it could be, but it's not a bad looking game by any means. The soundtrack is one of the biggest rewards here. It's a really good one. About what you'd expect from an Arkham game. The only thing that keeps Arkham Origins down is that so much of it feels like a retread of familiar territory. There's nothing here that really tries to build on the foundation of what was already established in the game before it. Arkham City did a good job of building up on what was established in Asylum despite having a lot of familiar gameplay. It feels like the developers here were playing it safe. The good news is that Origins isn't a step back. It's just not a big step forward. It does have it where it counts, though. A strong story and a good narrative to accompany it. If you liked the previous Arkham games then Origins is worth your time.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Batman Arkham Franchise - Nail Hammer SLAMMED

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    magis123
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    This game truly shows how far the Batman Arkham franchise has come. The visual effects of this game are stunning, it is set in Christmas in Gotham two years after Zero Year and the snow is a wonderful backdrop, the characters all have their breath visible, everything you would expect to see if you were watching an actual movie with real live actors. From the very first boss battle, I was hooked, it took me back to all the challenging boss battles I remember from the Nintendo/N64/Sony PS1 days where you cursed because it was actually a CHALLENGE to beat the boss. All the normal Arkham things are found here, Batarang, Detective Mode, Batwing, etc. Because it is set so early, Commissioner Gordon is Detective Gordon still (which I liked that little detail they stuck to, they could have screwed that one up). The cast of characters is phenomenal. So why did I give it 4 stars instead of 5 stars. Here is my opinion why it did not earn that last star from me. Roger Craig Smith voices Batman, and he just doesn't do it as well as Kevin Conroy has done Batman for so long. Mark Rolston as Deathstroke just doesn't pull it off, they should have recast Ron Perlman to reprise the role from The Flashpoint Paradox or Fred Tatasciore from Young Justice. I will say one casting that was well done, Nolan North as the Penguin was fantastic. The other reason I gave it 4 stars, they screwed up Copperhead and totally changed that character. This truly was a departure from DC cannon and it bothered me. Do not let those issues though dissuade you from buying what is possibly thus far the best game in the Batman Arkham franchise.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Start with arkham asylum and/or arkham city first

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    jonkeykong
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    Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are my top 2 favorite games... ever. City is my #1 and Asylum is #2. If you are new to these games, here is what you need to know... The Arkham series is the BEST superhero game series ever made to this day. These are openworld games and the main gameplay is divided into two categories. 1) brawling with groups of thugs and 2) predator challenges. The brawling is amazing... the combat system starts out very simple but as you progress through the game you learn new moves and you quickly discover that the combat system is very very deep and can be as complicated as you want it to be. The predator csequences are stealth based gameplay where you are confronted with between 5 and 10 armed thugs who roam about a large room who batman takes down one by one. Again, this system is very deep and there are countless ways to approach each situation. However... Arkham origins is the 3rd game in the series and this was made by a different video game developer than the first two games. Arkham Origins tries to improve on the first two games in several ways, some which work and some which dont. While I didnt find Arkham Origins as enjoyable as the first two games... I still did find it enjoyable. So in summary... if you have not played Asylum or City then go out and play those NOW. If you really enjoyed Asylum and City then go ahead and pick up Origins and Im sure you will be glad you did. But if you played Arkham cCity and did not like it too much then I'm sure that this title is not worth your time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game

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    DiscountDaablecheck
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    OK so this game gets mixed reviews but I really liked it and can 100% say it was better than Arkham City. Maybe or maybe not better than the first game but possibly because: There are a ton of things to do in this game! The story is great, the combat seems just fine to me, the action is more streamlined, and the boss fights are as good as others say. Now the game also has some decent replay potential. There's quite a few sidequests to finish including a lengthy most wanted list of enemies. So it isn't just "collect 4000 riddler marks" though there are plenty of those as well. There is a big bridge in the game that takes forever to get across that you may have read about. I will just say this. It is long and annoying but you basically only have to do it once. There's a fast travel system you can use to get around that works GREAT. You can get all over town no problem at any time. So if you like the series I think this game deserved better reviews than it got. The "Christmas" setting was great as well since I played it right before the holiday (as of this writing I guess you missed out on that opportunity - sorry)!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the "Batman: Arkham..." series

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    Jason1769
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    If you played the previous two entries in the "Batman: Arkham..." series you know what to expect in terms of gameplay: a mix of fighting with the need for well-timed attacks/counters, gadgetry, stealth and even some crime-solving/detective work. The gameplay feels mostly unchanged from previous iterations if a bit more refined. For those uninitiated, the hand to hand fighting and countering, I feel, is like a smoother and more pleasing version of the Assassin's Creed (clunky) fighting system. The main storyline is engaging with the Joker being MUCH more brutal and sinister than in the previous games. Some of the larger fights do tend to drag out with what seems like endless waves of enemies coming one after the other. Overall the gameplay remains solid with experience points allowing unlocks for new moves, gadgets and combos. Since this is a prequel, hence "Origins," the boss fights/story fit well in setting up the previous two games in the series. Worth purchasing for fans of the series or of Batman.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    3rd Installment of Arkham

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    YouthNasia
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    Batman is back with the 3rd installment of the "Arkham" Franchise. However when I play this game it feels like Im playing an extension of Arkham City (arguably the best in the series). which is why I waited until Black Friday to get it for $29.99. Many players will be frustrated with the Deathstroke boss fight early on. The game developers must have took in consideration that Deathstroke is a master fighter because is is tough. Honestly it took me over an hour to beat him. Mostly spend trying to time his attacks and time the counter attacks. Good new is it only gets easier from there. Overall its seems like they just recycled the engine from Arkham City and added new enemies. I can't wait for the new generation of Batman games. Maybe the new generation could be called Batman: Gotham City and so on with a new franchise because the Arkham franchise has ran its course.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Series Never Disappoints

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    Geldeth2
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    I haven't had as much time to play Origins as I did when I played the other two in the series, but when I do get to sit down to play it's nostalgic and refreshing. The game is full of action and the pacing seems to be solid throughout. Opportunities for exploration beyond the primary storyline are as abundant as they were in Arkham City (if not more so) and things work almost exactly like the other two, although the interface seems to be a bit less easy to get used to. I haven't finished the game yet, but I can already tell where things are headed just by the easter eggs--the creators of these games have really done a great job appealing to the hard core fans with those sorts of drops. Arkham Origins is a winner--I already feel as though I've gotten my money's worth, and I'm sure I'll replay it at least once.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but not groundbreaking

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    Mremote
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    What a great concept for the Arkham Universe. Take the caped crusader and his never ending list of friends and foes, and show the beginnings of how their relationships began. Batman is not as polished, not as beloved by the police, and still learning on the job of what it takes to be Gothams Dark Knight. Gameplay is tight as ever. Boss fights are fun. And the deeper, detective work is both clever and addictive. Now, a few of the poor points. Nothing much has changed. At times, this feels it could of been a $20 add on to Arkham City. Ice grenades have been replaced with glue grenades. Fighting mechanics haven't really evolved. And at times the story feels rushed and ends sooner than what a $60 standalone title should be. All in all, it's a fun play that brings back your chance to step into the black boots of the caped crusader.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great... BUT

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    samsung4evermine
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    I am a HUGE batman fan. This game was pretty amazing, they fixed a lot of the things i didn't like about Arkham City. Fast Travel is a valuable asset to have in this game, even though as of right now the audio is off when you grapple to the batwing (But I'm sure they will fix it in an update). I was however, a tad bit disappointed when I found out the mask behind black mask (Sorry didn't want to spoil it), I didn't want the story line to be about that particular character, I was PUMPED for the story line to be about black mask. Hopefully, when and if they decide to make another batman game, they choose wisely on the story line. Still, despite my disappointment I still thoroughly enjoyed playing the game. I would probably buy it again and again, just because I love Batman.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still love the Arkham games

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    aortiz58
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    I bought this to complete the first trilogy before I buy my PS4 and Arkham Knight. I still love these games although they feel repetitive by this point: find clues, beat up bad guys, confront bosses, although, the joker interview with Harley was pretty cool. I think they did a great job initiating joker's obsession for batman. I did feel that the story from the last two games was pretty short (if you don't do the side stories as soon as they become available). The new gadgets are cool. Was I the only one that felt awkward when trying to use the gadgets? Did they flip the L1 and L2 buttons on us? Oh well, after a while I got used to it. Overall I think it was a good game, but it would've been better with a longer storyline and maybe some more villains.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    More of the same for the Arkham franchise

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    Meximanly
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    I absolutely enjoyed both of the previous games in the Arkham series. They were groundbreaking entries and challenged gamer's preconceived notions of what a super-hero game should be like. Arkham Origins, however doesn't specifically ADD to the genre. It is an extension of the previous games (literally for Arkham City as half of the map for Origins is what was used in Arkham City). It does delve deeper into the relationship between Batman, Gordon, the Joker, and even Alfred, so it is definitely a story worth playing for. However, the multiplayer was very unstable. I was not able to find any games the times that I tried to log on. The few times I did play, the gameplay was enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I would recommend this for any fan of the series.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition for Arkham Series

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    KamenGam
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    This is overall a welcome addition to Arkham Series. All the gadgets from previous series are still there except for 1. However, that 1 is replaced with a very similar function gadget but more awesome (which is a plus). If you already played Arkham City, this feels like a huge DLC with 1 additional gadget or minor tweak. The combat system is not as smooth as the previous game, but still great. There're some game glitches, but a very minor one (such as map icon is still there even though you already complete the mission. The bad guys are still standing around and talking even though you already killed him). However, that doesn't kill the enjoyment of the game at all. Hopefully Rocksteady will take back the development of the next Arkham Game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great game but buggy and glitchy

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    Starwave617
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    Like many gamers that have posted reviews not just here but everywhere (forums, other online stores, etc.), this game was rushed and not properly checked for bugs, glitches and problems with one of them being the save file gets corrupted and you have to start all over again. Other than that, the graphics and environments are beautiful, engaging storyline and great musical score. Got this game a couple of weeks ago. This game was released several months since it first came out, very important to get the patches to fix the numerous bugs and glitches to save the frustration experienced by gamers who bought this game within 1st week of release. Hopefully WB will not rush Arkham Knight like they did with Arkham Origins.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Third time is the charm!

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    Zylus11
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    When Arkham Asylum came out, I gave a breath of fresh air to the gaming world. Solidified the notion that comic boook based video games could work and It showed that the Dark Knight could succeed in the movie world and in the game world as well. Then Arkham City came out and blew us away with it's scope and gameplay mechanics. Finally, taking the Dark Knight back to it's roots in Arkham Origins is a satisfying experience but starts to feel repetitive after a while. It's unfortunate that we have the previous 2 games in such high regard since it made this third entry a tough endeavor. Still, this is not saying that the game is bad, it is me saying that I hoped more everything that came before it and expected much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Classic

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    Droid1906
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    Another classic to add to your Batman collection. Great game all around. The story had several twists. I won't spoil it for those who haven't played it but the climax of the game will definitely surprise you. Met all my expectations and glad they made the Riddler portion a lot easier. It is still frustrating but not as much as the previous side missions. Love the new detective mode. Sum it all up: great story, side missions, etc etc etc. Only gets 4 stars due to a few audio problems in a couple of cut scenes (sound not syncing with mouth movement). But I purchased the game when it was first released and have read they have patches to rectify that. Game still awesome regardless

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    not it's predecessors but a worthy addition

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    rebelYUN
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    I think of this game as more of an "expansion" rather than a brand new game. It's fun to travel around Gotham before it was gotham city and the voice actors and WB did a great job replacing Rocksteady for this addition. I don't think the story was particularly compelling but it was definitely not boring and I think it is a worthy addition to the series. I play it on ps3. If you play the games in chronological order: origins, asylum, city, the bar is set higher and higher. Definitely loved the game play. But unfortunately there wasn't anything new in terms of gadgets or gameplay features, just more of the same. And like the games before it, it ain't all that bad.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing story but same gameplay

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    Rydall
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    Amazing story playing as young batman as he meets many of his famous villains for the first time. The plot is great and solving crimes with high tech devices as the worlds greatest detective is so much fun. The problem is if you have played Arkham city and Arkham Asylum to death like I have the game feels exactly the same with not much changed. As a younger batman it would have been nice to not have all the gadgets and the great fighting skills he has in the other games. It would be nice to see the origin of batman as rookie crime fighter to what he is in the other games as opposed to being super awesome or even better than he was in the last games .

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game for fans of the series

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    cjd1112
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    Similar game play to the first 2 games, which gives you a ton to do even after the main story mode ends. Several great references that fans of the comics and other Batman lore will enjoy. The multiplayer has been unsuccessful for me so far. I spent 20-30 minutes trying to get into a game without success and after getting into a few lobbies only to be kicked out, i gave up. Thanks to this and a few other extremely difficult trophies, I will not be attempting a platinum on this one. Get it for the single player and for your love of the Batman.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Story

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    Thatguy4
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    It is not a bad game but I really do not see anything new. I would be more impressed if they made a batman game where the main villain was different. I was hoping to see more variety but it seemed to be more of the same. The good news is the same isn't bad. Overall the story seemed kind of short but they offer an online multi-player that extends your play time. I can only hope they expand on their multi-player at this point as I have completed most of the game. They have also tied their web-site into the game so there are ways to get items outside of playing the console version.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent batman game

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    Kenny
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    I bought this game at a decent price. The storyline to this game is excellent. I usually skip through cutscenes but no need to skip through in this game. The fighting mechanisms are awesome. It would've been better if you could drive the bat mobile to the different locations. The bosses on this game are top notch especially when you get to the deathstroke level. That was one of the hardest levels I've played in any video game. I would recommend this game to anyone that liked the other batman games. This is a good game to play before the were batman game comes out.

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