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Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, 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, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.
Pros: * Deathstroke Fight -- absolutely awesome combat environment for that fight * The developers left the combat system / controls the same from the other games * The Graphics Rock * The storyline is incredibly detailed. When you enter an area on a mission it feels like the developers went further than previous Batman games with regard to story detail and all the little nuances that happen such as radio chatter, characters you encounter, things you deal with, it's not just a quick 5 minutes, you can spend ~20-30 minutes in one building on one mission just because of all the little details to the mission that add realism. * Crime Scene investigations and reconstruction -- very cool story-telling feature. * Copperhead Fight * All the different types of enemies you fight -- there is a lot of variety and different ways to fight each type of enemy that makes the combat fun. * The game is long and elaborate. I like this a lot. Most of my other games I play, the game is too short, but this game was about 15 hours with me doing some of the side missions as I went along. * The Joker is painted much more dark in this game than other Arkham games -- much like "The Dark Knight" movie -- I like it. It makes everything more realistic. * The Bane Fights are AWESOME just as the others were -- the developers did a great job with these fights. * Great optimizations of the game (credit goes to NVidia here as well for releasing a game-ready driver for this game about 3 days prior to release).
Cons: * Very limited interactions with women for Batman and that was always one of the fun parts of these Batman games -- seeing hot women like Harley Quinn wearing very little. :) I miss Catwoman as well -- I would love to see them get Batgirl or Catwoman involved again -- always enjoyed their flirty interactions with Batman in the animated series. * Different voice actor for Batman and The Joker from previous games. They didn't do bad or anything, but it was just weird not hearing the same voice for Batman that we've had in the other games and in the animated series. * Upgrade system for Batman is not as smooth and user-friendly as Arkham City's version.
Other Thoughts: * Hope they make more of these...by starting at the beginning of Batman's story, they can do so much more and love these games so much. I was able to play the game in 1920x1200 absolutely maxed to the hilt with very smooth gameplay -- rig specifications for reference:
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AMD FX 8350 8-Core CPU (4GHz) NVidia GTX 680 (Running 331.58 WHQL Drivers) 16GB DDR3 Silverstone 1000W PSU Vista 64-Bit.
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