It might be Batman: Arkham Knight which has fans of the series fizzing with excitement, but it could actually be the last entry, Arkham Origins, which likely holds the key to future games. With Rocksteady busying themselves with their next-gen game, the franchise was turned over to Warner Bros. Montreal to try and put their own stamp on. Chances are that we’ll see them having another crack at it in the coming years.
Taking the story back to the beginning of Batman’s career as Gotham’s top noggin knocker and criminal stopper, it featured a lot of the early interactions he had with a whole host of villainous rivals.
As WB Montreal’s first go of it, I thought they did a pretty solid job, as I wrote in my review:
There’s some great stuff to see here, but it doesn’t really push the franchise off in a new direction. For a new studio’s first attempt in the franchise, I think that’s really what it needed to be, so they can build their own legacy in the future.
On top of the solid foundations which they inherited from Rocksteady, the open world traversal and the excellent combat system, they created a new world to explore and added in the new Case File Investigations, to hunt for clues in a crime scene and track your way back to the culprit.
More revolutionary was the addition of a unique three-way multiplayer mode, which saw Batman and Robin interrupting a turf war between the Joker and Bane’s goons. It was an intriguing blend, and actually surprisingly tricky, but also a mode that highlighted the game’s flaws. It was buggy.
At launch it was difficult to get into a multiplayer match, and a lot of people suffered from frame rate issues and other bugs in the single player. The problem was that many of these didn’t get fixed, culminating in the recent news that WB Montreal would not even be considering a patch to fix the progression blocking bugs until after the upcoming DLC is released. Needless to say that people were not happy.
But what did you think of the title? Were you affected by bugs as you played, or was it all calm in the night as it was for me? Beyond that, did it do enough to justify handing the reigns over to WB Montreal and did it live up to Rocksteady’s legacy?
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