Batman has become a real powerhouse as a gaming franchise and the critically acclaimed series have a new studio at the helm. So for anyone doubting whether Warner Bros-Games Montreal could top Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Aslyum and Akrham City, E3 would be the perfect place to put the cynics to rest.
Warner Bros to a certain extent played it safe yet still managed to excite fans. During E3 they gave a run down of the game, which in principal still mimics much of it’s predecessors in terms of gameplay, characterisation and drama. This is much of what fans will be wanting to see, after all no one wants to annoy their key fanbase this early in the game. However it’s the improvements and extra features that have gamers excited. Batman Arkham Origins scale seems to be infinitely bigger than Arkham City. Even though only a small section of the map was revealed at E3 the introduction of Gotham South showed hundreds of more places to explore and investigate. The map is in fact twice the size of Arkham City.
The story is a prequel to the previous games and sees a younger more aggressive and perhaps naive Batman take to the stage. This will hopefully give Warner Bros the opportunity to create something fans have never seen and introduce new depths to the much loved character.
Other exciting features included a new and improved combat systems because not only are Batman’s combo’s more varied the enemy AI is much more intuitive to your fighting style and will often attempt to counter your attacks. New enemy types are present too and challenge the player to use different tactics to disarm and takedown their opponent.
There is also a new XP system, which can see players level up all the way from average to vigilante status. A new randomise crime in progress scenario has also been introduced. These are randomly created events that you can stumble across such as a bank robbery. Players have the option whether to stop the crime in progress or move on to the main mission. Details of how this effects the overall story and character are slim but you’ll definitely benefit XP wise if you chose to take part in these missions.
Finally and perhaps the most exciting new feature will be the crime investigation reconstruction events. Batman will come across various crimes that have already happened and have to piece together all of the clues to establish what happened. This was something that was barely touched upon in previous games but this time it looks set to be an integral part of several missions.
For hardcore Batman fans there was some sad news as regular Batman voice over actor Kevin Conroy has been replaced by Last of Us and Bioshock voice actor Troy Baker. Rumours are now rife that Rocksteady are working on the all new Silver Age Batman, which may see the return of Kevin Conroy.
Other confirmations were that Black Mask, Riddler, Penguin, Deadshot, Deathstroke and the infamous Joker will feature. Yes Joker will be making a return and will be voiced by Roger Craig Smith who played Ezio in the Assassin’s Creed series.
Batman Arkham Origins will be hitting our shelves on October the 25th and will be available on 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. A alternative edition called Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available on the PS Vita and 3DS.
But the real excitement will be focused on whether the latest Batman will make it’s way to Next Gen consoles. Many online retailers seem to be in the know as several have made Batman Arkham Origins available to order on the PS4 and Xbox One. However this could just be ignorance on their part. But here at Twinstick we are hopeful of the dark nights ahead.
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