Batman: Arkham Origins is one of the big releases this month, but in a period full of giant sequels, new IPs, and the excitement of next-gen, can the Dark Knight’s latest adventure shine bright enough to stand out?
The reviews are in, and as you’d expect, it’s looking pretty good for the caped crusader – but how good?
It’s definitely not as positive as the series’ peak, Arkham City, but the game sits on Metascores of 78 and 74 for Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively, while the PC edition is still awaiting an aggregate.
Let’s check out some of the scores and comments:
“Next to Arkham City, Arkham Origins is a bit of a disappointment in its lack of new ideas and use of win buttons, making it the least interesting of the trilogy”
“Batman: Arkham Origins is a deeply predictable game. It gives you exactly what you’d expect in another Arkham game, without doing anything to push the series forward.”
“Batman: Arkham Origins is a wonderful version of somebody else’s game. While a return to the Arkham series is welcome – and if you take only one thing away from this review, it should be that Origins is a worthy entry – there’s no denying that Warner Bros. Montreal has taken Rocksteady’s tremendous template and crafted a similar experience.”
Game Informer: 8.5/10
“Batman: Arkham Origins delivers more of what made Rocksteady’s games great, but doesn’t break new ground. Like a youthful Bruce Wayne, it isn’t as crafty, and it takes its dings during combat, but still puts on a hell of a show when it needs to. Once Joker steps into the spotlight, it becomes a hard game to put down.”
“Arkham Origins has a lot to live up to. I think it gets close but sadly not close enough. You still feel like Batman, but it’s missing… something. Perhaps Batman isn’t just a man with a bunch of extraordinary gadgets, maybe he needs that creepy weirdness as well.”
“A brilliant prequel story that retains the high standards of the series to date, Batman: Arkham Origins is a superlative third instalment that perfectly embodies the spirit of DC’s darkest and most enduring hero. The Dark Knight rises once again, and he kicks ass.”
“It doesn’t bring many new tricks to the table, but Origins is still thoroughly entertaining.”
“Batman: Arkham Origins is a massive step back from Rocksteady’s Arkham efforts due to countless technical problems, poor gadget balancing, and a needless addition of versus multiplayer.”
“A good but underwhelming entry in the Arkham series that often feels more like an update than a true sequel.”