Batman Arkham Origins on Playstation 3 – The DVDfever Review

Batman Arkham Origins

When it comes to Batman Arkham Origins, I haven’t played the previous two games in this series.

In fact, I’m not massively familiar with all of Batman’s back story. Sure, I’ve seen all the films that have been made in the last 25 years, but I don’t read the comics or check out the animated movies, so I just take each Batman entry on its own merits as a source of entertainment and fun.

As this is ‘Origins’, Alfred is comparatively young, while Batman is in the prime of his life – and not hobbling about a la Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, the game starts off with you having to defeat Black Mask, but he’s a slippery character and you seem to spend more time coming across various other baddies in the Batman universe by getting from A to B to sort them out, usually by skippng from one roof-top to another as if you’re Spiderman. The enemies you’ll encounter include The Penguin, Deathstroke, Firefly, Copperhead, Deadshot, Shiva, Bane and The Electrocutioner – a baddie who can, inexplicably, be beaten by a single punch .

I thought I’d hit a lucky strike, but unfortunately not: this is built into the game.

Batman Arkham Origins – Levels 1-8 Walkthrough (720p HD)

At the time of writing my review, I’m 1/3 of the way through the game and rather enjoying it, but here are some of my thoughts about it as you make it from stage to stage – each stage being quite similar to the last one gone by:

  • Fighting: This is quite repetitive, using a limited combination of buttons with which to floor an opponent, but it’s quite engaging the way it’s done, so repetitiveness is not a major issue. In fact, I quite like using a combo of circle and square – i.e. a “Beatdown” – to beat someone to the ground when they’re wearing armour. Of course, you can block their punches, but it’s more satisfying to strike at them instead! That said, the boss battles do require the occasional block, as and when it tells you. There are other combos that it brings up during fights from time to time, but they end up being a bit of a faff and, quite frankly, it’s more satisfying – and easier – to just continue to punch seven bells out of them.

  • Use explosive gel to blast through poorly-constructed walls: If you’re in an apparent dead-end, this might be the answer.

  • Batarangs: Shoot these at the bad guys to stun them for a brief time or, for example, fire them at Killer Croc’s fuel tank when he’s about to throw one at you, in order to make him think twice! (and it reduces his strength bar)

  • Detective Vision: Pressing L1 spots if there’s anyone hiding behind a wall and whether they’re armed – useful to know if you need to get from A to B and want to know if you’re still going to survive.

Go to page 2 for the next part of my review.

Batman Arkham Origins Part 1: Blackgate Prison Intro (720p HD)


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