Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate BIFFZOTTING-ing PC

By Nathan Grayson on February 21st, 2014 at 9:00 am.

We expect to somehow fare better than this near-lifeless pile of our brethren that we are currently standing on!

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.

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    thekeats1999 says:

    Played this on the Vita and I would have to say you should wait for a sale on it. It wasn’t a good Metroid clone and it wasn’t a good Batman game either.

    Although my main problem SHOULD be fixed on this version. The predator missions on the Vita pulled too far back so it was almost microscopic in trying to see what was going on.

    Personally I would recommend Strider for all of your Ninja gameplay in a Metroid style. Although that has no stealth in it.

  2. Zekiel says:

    Its very odd watching the trailer. It looks EXACTLY like Arkham City gameplay, except sort-of 2D and thus with weird limitations on what you can do.

    Also – the prison is under new management? The Joker is in charge? WHERE DO THEY GET THEIR AMAZING IDEAS?

  3. kdz says:

    Make fun of the Zero Year Batsuit all you want, Nathan, but it is the most badass of batsuits ever: http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/06/BM21_1.jpg

  4. Low Life says:

    I was having trouble imagining Batman in Samus’ Zero Suit, but then I realized that’s pretty much what the George Clooney version of the batsuit was.

  5. afarrell says:

    Robin’s DLC for Arkham City had a 2.5d combat level – it really wasn’t great.

    • jonahcutter says:

      The subway-train challenge map. It was alright as a bit of a novelty.

      This also looks very similar to the Scarecrow/Poison Ivy levels in Asylum. They were all 2.5D I think. It was just the same engine and mechanics as the regular game, but with a fixed camera and a limited area to maneuver through.

      The plot looks like a complete rehash of Asylum, but with the villians from all three games. Zero effort there.

  6. Frank says:

    From the video, I have no idea how playing this works, but I’m sold on pretty much any “traditional Metroidvania-style package” that leans more towards Metroid. I must have half a dozen of them in my queue on Desura.

  7. MkMax says:

    they sort of set the franchise on fire with the “no patch but more DLC incomming, LOLZ!” announcement, its hard to have any expectations for this, i guess if it shows up in any humble bundle