Batman: Arkham Origins review

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  • cricket0 - October 25, 2013 12:34 a.m.

    I like the scrolling pictures thing you guys had going in this review, looks as polished as you say this game is!
  • Shinn - October 25, 2013 12:27 a.m.

    As much as I miss Conroy, I thought Smith was good as Batman. Honestly I think he did a great job, he as a lot of experience taking on roles that he can define, and he has even more experience taking roles that people are already attached to (anime). I've only played for a couple of hours, but I felt like his performance was the perfect line between impersonation and personal vision. If he were more like Conroy it would have felt too wrong, too foreign. Doing an acceptable impersonation and being known as the fill-in is better than running with the role and having fans demand your predecessor. Hamill is finished with the Joker, now hes Baker's Joker. Smith is perfectly aware that it's still Conroy's Batman.
  • Fox_Mulder - October 25, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Don't have the game yet, but when watching trailers I would say to myself "I thought Mark Hamill was done with the Joker?" Just a testament to how talented Troy Baker is.
  • larkan - October 25, 2013 12:24 a.m.

    Biggest improvement here is that the devs fixed the broken DX11. The game maxed out looks amazing, would probably make next gen jealous, and there are no hiccups or framerate drops. I would've skipped AC altogether if I would've known this game would take that idea and do it better in a couple years. There's not much to look at in the city because you're too busy collecting things or fighting thugs. If you have time to stand around and look for things you wish were there, you're not playing the game right.
  • kenshinxx - October 25, 2013 3:56 a.m.

    Thanks for this comment larkan! This is exactly what I was worried about with the PC version. The constant stuttering and framerate issues in PC Arkham City damn near ruined the game altogether (thankfully my initial playthrough was on Xbox360, the PC version was a Steam sale purchase, natch). But for Origins I took the risk and pre-purchased the PC version, so this makes me happy! Can't wait to play after work! And I agree with you about the empty city...I understand the criticism, to an extent, but it's a little confusing seeing as how neither one of the previous games had any citizens on the streets either...just lots of thugs to fight and puzzles to solve. Not sure why IGN and GR are making such a big deal about it in their reviews. This isn't's not about creative a living, breathing world, like San's about feeling like Batman and having lots of thugs to beat up and use your toys on. Even if there WERE citizens on the streets, what would the point be? Surely the devs wouldn't have allowed Bats to grief them anyway...and unless they invested considerable effort in some believable AI for the NPCs, it would just be a waste of resources anyway. And often are you even walking through the streets? I'm always gliding, grappling, and perching...only going down to street level to kick some butt and enter buildings.

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Release date: Oct 25 2013 - Wii U, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Wii U, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developed by: Warner Bros. Montreal
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes