A Reflection On Batman Arkham Origins... / by Swifty EL

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Hey People of interweb Swifty El here you know the one that brings you anything comic book related… the one that brought you comic review 52 WEEK ONE and T.V. series ARROW. I’ve not reviewed for a couple of weeks now due to it being my Birthday and spent some time in a hotter country away from gloomy ‘Blighty’. I am a huge fan of this series and Love the Batman Character for those who don’t know much about Batman (where have you been) but he is a fictional character brought to you by the mighty DC Comics. Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). The character is also known as "the Caped Crusader or the Dark Knight and The World's Greatest Detective" among other aliases. Batman secrete identity is Bruce Wayne an American billionaire playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, and pledged that he will bring criminal to Justice. He strikes fear in the Criminals by using his Bat like costume, trained skills in several kinds of Martial arts, intellectually and gadget inventory to bring them to there End. Batman is unlike most super hero’s in which he has no super powers just bottomless pockets and several allies including his crime-fighting partner, Robin, his butler Alfred Pennyworth, the police commissioner Jim Gordon, and occasionally the heroine Batgirl. Batman enemies are which includes the Joker, the Penguin, Bane the Riddler, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman, among others.

 

Batman: Arkham Origins is a 2013 action adventure video game developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the successor to the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the third installment to the previous successful Batman: Arkham series (which also have several successful comics that have spun off the games story lines).

 

The events of Arkham Origins are set approximately five years before Batman: Arkham Asylum the 1st game follows a younger and less refined Batman who has a bounty placed on his head by crime lord Black Mask, attracting eight of the world's greatest assassins to Gotham City on Christmas Eve to claim there Prize. The game is set as a third person perspective with a primary focus on Batman's combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration.

 

Plot,

On Christmas Eve, Batman intervenes in a breakout at Blackgate penitentiary led by Black Mask. There, Black Mask executes police commissioner Loeb and then escapes while Batman confronts Black Mask's hired assassin Killer Croc. After defeating Croc, Batman learns that some of the world's deadliest assassins are in Gotham City to claim the $50 million bounty put on Batman's head by Black Mask. Batman tracks down the Penguin aboard his ship, believing he knows Black Mask's location. After arriving, Batman is forced to overcome the assassins Deathstroke and Electrocutioner, before learning from Penguin that Black Mask has been murdered in Lacey Towers. Batman travels to the towers and investigates the murder scene, piecing together that the victim was not Black Mask, and the murder may have involved a new criminal known as "the Joker".

Needing more information to solve the case, Batman infiltrates the GCPD to access the National Criminal Database. In the midst of his escape, Batman encounters Captain James Gordon, and the corrupt SWAT team who hope to eradicate Gordon and collect Black Mask's bounty money for themselves. With advice from Gordon's daughter Barbara, Batman enters the sewers beneath the GCPD to secure permanent access to the database. There, he finds Black Mask's crew planting explosives. The database helps Batman uncover that Black Mask was kidnapped by the Joker, who Batman believes intends to use Black Mask to access the Gotham Merchants Bank. At the bank, Batman encounters Black Mask, who is revealed to be the Joker in disguise: the Joker had replaced Black Mask days earlier, seizing his criminal empire and placing the bounty on Batman. Batman then pursues the Joker to the Sionis Steelmill, where he frees Black Mask, and defeats the poisonous assassin Copperhead.

Tracking the Joker to the Royal Hotel, Batman finds that he and his men have taken control of the building, filled it with explosives, murdered the staff, and taken the guests hostage. Joker gathers the assassins about their failure to kill Batman, and throws Electrocutioner out of a window to his death: Batman recovers his electric gloves. The assassins depart except for Bane who believes Batman is coming for the Joker. Batman works his way through the building, eventually encountering Joker and fighting Bane. Concerned Batman is outmatched, Alfred alerts the GCPD for help, who arrive and interrupt the fight. As Bane escapes by helicopter he fires a rocket at Joker, and the concussive force sends Joker falling from the hotel. Batman leaps after and saves the Joker before leaving him with the GCPD. The Joker is left intrigued by the events as he is imprisoned in Blackgate, and placed in the care of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Talking to Quinzel, he explains that he now believes it was fate for him and Batman to meet.

In the Batcave, Alfred implores Batman to abandon his crusade, fearing he will die, but Batman refuses to listen. Batman locates Bane's headquarters and discovers that Bane knows Batman is Bruce Wayne. Firefly launches an assault on the Pioneer Bridge, forcing Batman and Gordon to work together to overcome the assassin and his bombs. Meanwhile, Bane breaks into the Batcave and beats Alfred nearly to death. Batman returns to find the Batcave in ruins: Alfred dies after requesting that Batman not feel guilty over him. Batman manages to resuscitate Alfred using Electrocutioner's gloves. Elsewhere, the Joker has taken over Blackgate after launching a riot.

Finally accepting that he needs allies, Batman works with Gordon and the GCPD to retake the prison. Batman is forced to fight Bane to the death when Joker places himself in an electric chair that will automatically kill him unless Bane dies: Batman uses the electric gloves to stop Bane's heart. Satisfied, the Joker leaves, intending to detonate the bombs placed around the city. Batman resuscitates Bane, but he becomes enraged and injects himself with a potent steroid which transforms him into a hulking beast: Batman manages to defeat him, and the steroid's side effects damage Bane's memory. With Gordon's help, Batman fights his way to the Joker in the prison chapel. Dismayed to learn that Batman saved Bane, the Joker tries to goad Batman into killing him, but Batman subdues him. Gordon decides to let Batman go, believing he can help the city.

 

My Thoughts,

The game has several level of difficulty I played in normal mode just as well cause some of the main villains you faced was very difficult 1st of which is Deathstroke this evolved having to use the grappling hook a lot and very quick fingers after a few attempts I did get a lil frustrated but beat him after a few more. Electrocutioner only required 1 punch but don’t be dis-heartened you do face him again later. Copperhead she was fun and trippy to fight I used the explosive gel on this mainly to beat her. Now shortly later after you do some investigating you Fight Bane this was extremely annoying he was so difficult to beat this took me a couple of hours to beat him even then he gets away so which means you have to face him again later and he becomes even harder to beat.

The game has some awesome cut sheens my only criticisms is that when doing certain activities during the game like exiting the grilled air vents Batman would use his foot to break the vent but the grill would still be attached in front of you but you can walk through it still hmmm glitch I think and other bits like not being able to grapple on some buildings not like the previous games.

Roger Craig Smith voices Batman in the game, replacing Kevin Conroy from the previous Arkham games in my opinion he voiced him very well though the guy who played the Joker Troy Baker I though was OK he played a more camp version in my opinion but this isn’t Baker 1st role into the arkaham series he also played Nightwing and others, but he is no Mark Hamill who played the Joker in the other games as well ass some animated serious, and yes people he was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I wasn’t impressed with the voice of Bane give me the mighty Tom Hardy any day of the week lol.

 

I received this game for my birthday and it had me engrossed, as soon as I got back from work or the gym I was on it, my wife got so annoyed but hey ‘it had to be done’. I played the XBOX 360 special edition version, which comes with a very cool statuette of Batman gripping the Joker by the throat. This game didn’t take me long to complete the story mode it was around 2hrs a night for 5 nights.  It leads you in a mix of emotions from excitement to frustration. The art work is amazing though the map doesn’t feel as big as it previous games it certainly doesn’t is disappoint. If you’re a Gamer, a film buff or a comic book freak (like me) then this is the game you want to purchase.

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Batman: Arkham Origins gets...

★★★★★

5 out of 5

 

Signing Off

 Swifty El