Release Date: 25/10/13
Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive
Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed games of the franchise.
Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
OK, so those following me on FB know that I was bad and was throwing cardboard batarangs around the house a few weeks back to get ready for Batman: Arkham Origins, and to be honest I had a hell of a lot of fun doing that. So when the new title landed I couldn’t wait to get started. Grabbing my utility belt (OK so its an army belt with a canteen on it as well as pouches for snackages) I was ready to start the latest (or from Batmans Perspective First, outing.)
It definitely was something that really catches the gamers attention from the wonderfully huge landscape to sound that just bursts forth with each thing that you do. The story is rich, has some great twists all following what many would think of as a simple premise of Batman Vs Assassins. It’s definitely something that I had a lot of fun relearning the skills for, loved the wicked little twists with also a tip of the proverbial hat to the origin of Joker.
It was rich, full of DC magic and to be honest its huge (so huge I’m still playing with over 60 hours logged.) Add to this cracking voice acting, a revamp of the Bat Cave as well as the chance to fly around the city with your grapnel, all round made this a lot of fun to sit back with. Add to the mix a good solid learning curve, some puzzles that will take lateral thinking to solve as well as the chance to savour it on the build-up to your own celebrations and it’s a title that I really do recommend to others. Can’t wait to see what Gotham has in store for me next. Great stuff.
Lady Eleanor is Falcata Times Mistress of Mayhem, be it in the Horror Genre or on the console, she gives it her all and loves to blow the hell out of anyone who gets in her way. You can often find her perusing the game sites to get the latest gossip on what’s arriving next or checking out the latest movie/book releases to see what grabs her attention.
In addition to this Lady Eleanor is a lifelong fan of pin up and in particular the Fetish Queen of the 50’s Bettie Page and whilst the name is an alias, its due more to her love of a song by the same title by the group Lindisfarne rather than her dominating presence when she lays down the law.
(Artwork by Isis Sousa for Falcata Times)