By Nathan Grayson on February 21st, 2014 at 9:00 am.
Batman: Arkham Origins‘ superheroic antics were supremely so-so (not to mention glitchy as all get-out), but it wasn’t the only game in its lineage. Comparing Arkham Origins to Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is like comparing apples to (Arkham) oranges. Blackgate is a sidescroller that originally debuted on handhelds, but it does manage to contain trace elements of previous Arkham standouts. There’s similar combat, light stealth, and detective vision, but it’s all wrapped up in a traditional Metroidvania-style package. It’s also – depending on whom you talk to – kinda alright? Sort of? I haven’t played it, but perhaps I will soon. Trailer of the PC-bound “Deluxe Edition” below.
Yep, sure does look like 2.5D Batman. But this time, the setting is a prison! Again. Without Rocksteady’s steady-as-something-very-firm-and-rigid grip on Batman’s bat-reins, I can’t help but be skeptical of new series entries. Oh well, though: at least we’re getting some new goodies to make our stay in Blackgate a hopefully pleasant-ish one.
“Previously available only for PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS handheld system, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition brings the content of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate to console and PC with enhanced high-definition 2.5-D graphics, a new map & hint system for improved navigation and objective tracking, 5.1 surround sound, a fully voiced narrative and a captivating storyline. In addition to all previous released suits, players will be able to unlock the exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin by registering for or signing into a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account.”
YEAR ZERO BATSUIT YEAH.
But seriously, a new map/hint system sounds nice, and upgraded graphics and sound never hurt anyone. Well, except that one time. Now let’s just hope it all, you know, runs. Developer Armature isn’t WB Montreal, but it’s hard not to worry about Warner Bros’ overall priority list.
It’ll be out on April 2nd for £15.99.