Rebecca G

Platform: Windows, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii-U
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: 3D, Action-Adventure, Open World
Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 3

Batman: Arkham Origins Image courtesy: Warner Bros

Batman: Arkham Origins
Image courtesy: Warner Bros

Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The entire story takes place on a Christmas Eve when there is an explosion in the prison, setting lose a horde of thugs. Eight of the deadliest villains are on a mission to take down Batman. The reason: the one-night-deadline bounty placed on Batman by Black Mask which is $50,000,000.

Most of these major criminals don’t know who Batman is since it’s a prequel and many show up during the quest instead of attacking at once. This makes for an interesting story with quite a few missions.

But by the time Joker shows up, Batman goes into beast mode and you never, go into a beast mode. Batman also has to earn the trust of the police captain, James Gordon.

In terms of story, Batmans: Arkham Origins has a very interesting story line which is as good as Batman: Knightfall and Batman: The Long Halloween. It is an interactive power fantasy game and this is a story that you will not want to miss. Players would notice a few similarities in the map – it is the same old Gotham City, only covered with snow.

There are few different building structures in the game play and it has the creepy Gotham colors which add to the appeal. The city structures also help to use the game mechanics mostly in combat and gadgets.


The Batmobile in action
Courtesy: Warner Bros

Combat is pretty much the same with few new enemy types. The game throws the term new enemy types as a feature but it’s just to introduce one new combo with a double combo type, which is not that appealing.

The new gadgets are excellent especially the shock gloves which makes the fight thrilling. The boss levels are interesting –  each boss is defeated with a different technique such as (*Spoiler Alert*) Death Stroke is defeated using very quick moves and combos but the Killer Croc who is heavily built is defeated using lots of gadgets and powerful blows.

On the whole, the game mechanics are similar to Batman: Arkham City, but there is a really cool point which makes the game fresh from other parts; the thugs don’t know who the Batman really is, yet.

All one has to do now is experience the adrenaline rush when you sneakily string up one of the bad guys upside down from the roof which makes the other thugs run around for a while not knowing what’s happening. This move, among many others shall make for hours of great gaming.