Batman Arkham Origins: BLACKGATE Deluxe Edition

by: Mitchell Cole
mcole@myfanaticsgaming.com


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No. of Players: (1)
Category:Action, Adventure
Publisher: WB Games
Developer: Armature Studio

Blackgate Prison Is Under New Management!

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.

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Batman is in need of help rounding up the usual suspects. Set three months after the events of Arkham Origins, a mysterious explosion at Blackgate will allow classic villains as The Joker, Penguin and Blackmask to “take over” sections of Blackgate Prison. If you are a fan of the Arkham series then this will be a nice story to keep you entertained for hours uncovering the plot and finding all the items. For those who are not fans, then this game will simply be one more that could be passed on. Developer Armature Studios was tasked with a huge responsibility in delivering a quality albeit scaled-down Arkham series for portable gaming systems Nintendo 3DS and Sony Playstation Vita and what they came up with was a bag of mixed results. Blackgate Prison – Deluxe Edition features an engaging story with refreshing cutscenes that were a pleasant and welcomed surprise to a seasoned Arkham fan from the console versions. While there are not as many gadgets from its older brothers, one feature that is a plus is the cryptograph puzzles which were new to me and therefore pretty refreshing. Fans of the series will find ways to enjoy the title regardless of the lack of open-world from previous entries. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition suffers from limitations of the original game.  Occassional hit-detection problems and scenarios requiring a button action that would seem to trigger the required action forced me more than once to abandon the attempt and return to my last checkpoint. This became a minor distraction but the most glaring omission or lack of effort was not to include a jumping action. This is BATMAN remember? I will never understand the decision as there were many times I wanted to jump behind my opponent to get the upper edge.This title will certainly feel the wrath of critics and in some cases it may be warranted but overall the game is a good piece of Arkham lore. If you are a fan check out the game for yourself.

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(reviewed on Nintendo Wii U version.)

 

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