A while back, I did reviews for the Batman: Arkham Series, (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight) but I didn’t include a review for this game. “Why not?” You might ask, well…there are a couple of reasons. The first and foremost is that Rocksteady didn’t actually make this game. It was made by Warner Brothers, and it might simply be semantics, but the variation in production companies DOES have a lot to do with it. It’s like…reading your favorite book series and seeing a spin off written by another author. The second reason is the storyline, which we’ll go into further detail on in a few moments. The game (Again, this could probably get lined up with semantics) can’t be part of the series because it’s a prequel to the games.
Bruce Wayne is young – Batman is still fresh-faced to Gotham and the GCPD is determined to take the Winged Vigilante down. Surprisingly, Captain James Gordon is spearheading the Anti-Batman takedown, uneasy with the police’s job. The main focus of Batman’s wrath is Black Mask, otherwise known as the major business mogul Roman Sionis.
He orders a hit on The Dark Knight and ends up with a slew of highly trained assassins for Batman to contend with. The list contains a number of vital future batman villains – from Killer Croc, to Bane, to Firefly. This game also shows Batman’s first encounter with The Joker, which is a big deal if you’ve played Arkham City and Arkham Knight. It ALSO includes the introduction of a fifteen year old Barbara Gordon. FYI, even in her teenage years she’s intelligent enough to hack The Bat’s communication systems, which is part of why she’s one of my favorite heroes.
While the game (Again, technically) isn’t considered part of the Arkham series, it’s still extremely fun to play and provides an interesting insight to this version of Batman. Now the controls and flow of gameplay are similar to the other games of its likeness, it does have its differences. For example, Arkham Origins implements the tried and true feature known as Fast Travel. Honestly, it’s a feature that probabl would’ve come in handy in Arkham Knight, considering how big the map is, but that’s another discussion entirely. Batman: Arkham Origins is available on Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows! I’m rating it at a great 4 out of 5 glasses! Thanks for reading!