Batman Arkham Origins
So is it good? Yes. Better then AC and AA? No.
Story is good at end but at beginning, it's boring. Nothing great happens and you're just gliding around Gotham City. It get better though and voice acting is pretty good. Sure Conroy and Hamill are better, but remember, they've done this for 20 years. For a first time, Smith and Baker do a good job. Story takes about 10 hours and side missions makes it +3. Batwing is good, and unlocking towers was good idea.
But what I don't like, is underused villains and again, the Joker. Black Mask was hyped for several months but we don't see him at all. Or Deathstroke. Story focuses mainly in Bane and Joker.
What about bosses?
Shiva was disappointment. HUGE ONE. Only one battle and she was combination of ninja and martial artist. She's one the greatest fighter in DC Universe. Not in this game.
Deathstroke too. Only one boss battle and cutscene at end?
And Bane has 3? Why? Good voice-acting, and wasn't copycat of Titans, but last one was disappointment.
Electrocutioner is joke.
Black Mask is underused. Good voice-acting from him too.
Joker is Joker, nothing bad at that.
Mad Hatter was good, voice-acting excellent, but was too short.
Copperhead decent, but copied too much from Ra's Al Ghul.
Deadshot too short and stupid ending.
Killer Croc? Was pretty ok.
Firefly? Awesome. He had his own place and good voice-acting but whydid he fell on same tactic over and over again?
But developers said they liked Freeze boss battle and wanted that players must use different tactics to defeat bosses, nope. Deathstroke: press counter button at right time, Killer Croc: use beatdown, Bane: use shock gloves, Copperhead: evade and strike. Seriously?
Gotham City is empty and lifeless, exactly opposity what developers said. Sure I understand why there isn't so much civilians because of winter storm, but I saw more civilians in E3-demo then in actual game. Also too many thugs in there. Seriously, this isn't Arkham City!
Side missions are usually just copy of AC. Anarky=Zsasz. Black Mask=Bane. Riddler=Riddler. Mad Hatter was something new.
Gameplay is actually easier then in AC and AA. In predator you have Remote Claw, which makes them easier and Shock Gloves in combat. Besides Remote Claw and Shock Gloves for non-Wii U owners, there isn't other new gadgets. Also I though they would at least change special moves. Well they didn't. It's good like in Arkham City, but that doesn't make it better.
Deathstroke DLC was also HUGE disappointment. Just copy of Robin in moves and copy of Batman in special moves. Why?
Multiplayer is solid but not like in CoD, or other multiplayer-based games. Batman and Robin move too slow and stupid. Thugs have terrible condition. But fresh idea there is though, but how they did it wasn't that good. Also there is only one mode.
At release date there were numerous bugs and glitches. My PS3 froze 5 times in 1 day. 5! And many others... I experienced more bugs and glitches in 2 days in this game, then year in Batman Arkham City.
This game isn't bad, but it's greatest weakness is that it's always compared to AC. And it's not better then AC.
+: Good story, good voice-acting, good combat, Mad Hatter side-missions, solid multiplayer, Batwing.
-: Empty Gotham City, not much new, not much character evolution like developers said, unused villains, Deathstroke DLC.
So 6/10. For AA and AC fans buy it, but think price first. And besides story, you won't find much new.
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