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Batman Arkham Origins Stays True to Arkham Aslyum Franchise

/ Aug 5th, 2013 No Comments

Batman Arkham Origins

[adsense250itp]Batman Arkham  Origins, developed by Warner Brothers Games Montreal, features a Batman story that stays true to the Arkham Asylum story as well as the Batman franchise as a whole.  Batman Arkham Origins takes place an estimated five years before the violent events of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. In this universe, Batman is younger and has not had the time to refine truly who he is or establish himself fully as the Dark Knight. Old Gotham is still open and filled with slums, not having been walled off or turned into Arkham Asylum just yet. Batman has drawn serious attention to himself in Old Gotham, ending up with a $50 million bounty on his head from the skull-wearing crime lord Black Mask. This bounty draws eight of the deadliest assassins Gotham has ever known to gun after the fledgling cape crusader. These assassins arrive on Christmas Eve and try their hand at taking out Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman, as always, is granted a league of high tech weapons to assist him in his protection of Gotham. Items from previous games, such as the Cryptograpic Sequencer, Batarang and explosive gel are all tapped to make a comeback in this game. In addition to the familiar weaponry are a few new items. The Remote Claw allows Batman to target two objects at the same time and then pull them together. This is an excellent tool to grab two enemies and knock their heads together or hit them with surrounding objects to incapacitate them. Should the player choose to use the Remote Claw for travel means, it can be used to choose two wall points and create a tightrope for Batman to cross and avoid his enemies.

The Remote Claw is not the only new assist for Batman’s travel needs. Batman Arkham  Origins introduces a fast travel system by allowing Batman to summon the Batwing, his stealth plane, remotely. The Batwing allows the caped crusader to move to certain areas of the game faster than using his basic gliding and grappling methods. However, the Batwing is not a savior in all realms. Enemy towers exist in the game that will prevent Batman from accessing the Batwing in certain areas. These towers can only be disabled with special equipment that the player needs to obtains in the game.

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham  Origins is being released for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PC gaming systems, with this being the first game in the Arkham series to have multiplayer gameplay. However, Wii U players will be lacking the competitive multiplayer abilities being released for PC, 360 and PS3. This competitive mode features a stand off featuring Batman and Robin against the Joker and his thugs as they battle Bane and his boys. This three way standoff is a creation from the studio Splash Damage. In addition, another version of the game, Batman: Arkham  Origins: Blackgate has been specifically designed for the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita handheld systems. Blackgate will be released alongside Batman Arkham  Origins to allow players to use these portable consoles and continue enjoying the Batman universe on the go.

Batman Arkham Origins is scheduled for release worldwide on October 25, and is available for pre-order with a special bonus allowing gamers to play as the assassin Deathstroke featured in the official game trailer.

 

 

Victoria Irwin

Victoria Irwin

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Victoria Irwin is a freelance writer living and working in Orange County. As a newcomer to Gaming Illustrated, she is part of the Editorials team.
Victoria Irwin
Victoria Irwin

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