Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel Arkham game, not developed by Rocksteady, but by Warner Bros. Games Montreal. I played the PlayStation 3 version.
I’m going to start off with the negatives for this game. The game menu, pause menu, and Waynetech interfaces are very rigid and irritating to navigate in, at least in comparison to Batman: Arkham City. This shouldn’t be much of a problem in the actual game play though. Coming to that, however, the game play was a little more limited than in previous Arkham games. I don’t mean this with the gadgets you have or anything, because that is natural in a prequel, but there are so many things that you can grapple on to, but the game won’t let you. In the previous games, you could latch on to anything, but in this it would get a little frustrating when you had to find the right one.
However, I need to talk about the positives, and I have an unpopular opinion. Despite what I’ve said earlier, this game is my favourite Arkham game. For one thing, it looks better than the previous two games. But that’s not all. Even though I feel like the story in Arkham City was better, the story in this is still spectacular. Black Mask – or seemingly Black Mask – has hired eight assassins to all compete for a fifty million dollar prize on Batman’s head, and through the night he has to face them all. It’s a great premise. It isn’t as simple as that, of course, because it gets complicated as time goes by, but for the better. It’s a great story, and the basis allows for some of the best boss fights in the franchise.
What was special about these boss fights was that they were all fresh. The one with Copperhead features a million of her, with Firefly it’s like an adventure in itself, and with Deathstroke, it’s pure one-on-one combat, which I really loved. All of them are masterfully thought out and a lot of fun to play through. It was pretty clear that the game was built around the boss fights, and that definitely isn’t a bad thing. My one complaint about this is that you have to face Bane three times – once as normal Bane, once as Venom Bane, and once as TN-1 Bane, which felt repetitive to be honest. But that’s it.
The Joker is in the game, and he has a big role, but I won’t reveal it because it’s potentially spoiler-filled.
In the end, however, after a really long game, I was more than satisfied. I was familiar that most people thought this wasn’t as good as the previous two games, but it’s even better than them for me, which is really saying something, considering Arkham City is probably my favourite game ever.
On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating: