Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and batsuits, all with enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark...
User reviews: Mixed (334 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz; AMD Athlon X2, 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS; AMD Radeon HD 3850
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz; AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560; AMD Radeon HD 6950
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows XP and DirectX® 9.0b and below not supported
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Right lets start by saying that allthough this game is set in the same storyline as the "ARKHAM" games it doesnt really play out in the same way that the other games actually do (even though it still carries the "ARKHAM" tag).
Ok lets just say that having said that,that the actual fight mechanics,gadgets and all around atmosphere feels like it does in most "ARKHAM" games but thats where the similarities end,to be honest the way you play the actual game feels more like an oldschool "METROID" or "CASTLEVANIA" game and it plays out from that viewpoint.
Now this is no major problem as this only spoils your enjoyment of this well made game if you sit and think about it to much "HEY THIS DOESNT PLAY LIKE THE OTHER ARKHAM GAMES,ME UPSET AND WANT MY MONEY BACK",and to be honest once you get used to it the 2.5d way the game is put forward actually feels fresh and new (well as new and fresh as it can feel anyway).
Lets get onto the fundamentals of the game,the graphics really do their job and do it well of putting over the whole atmosphere of playing in a "BATMAN" game and the cutscenes look like they have been stolen straight out of a graphic novel.
The sound in game is top notch from music and sound effects to spoken dialogue,everything sounds just as it should and puts forward that vibe that you need to convice you that you are in fact playing a "BATMAN" game.Mention must go to the voice actors and in particular 3 people Troy Baker who plays the JOKER and does (in my humble opinion) a fantastic job as the clown prince of crime (must say though that i do like and miss Mark Hamil,but well everything changes-not allways for the best though),Roger Craig Smith who does an excellent job of capturing that sound and dark forboding feel of THE DARK KNIGHT and Grey DeLisle who does a great job as the sultry and allways intriguing CATWOMAN (heres a trivia fact for everyone Grey DeLisle had been playing a certain Daphne Blake since 2001).
Ok on to the story,well actually no as to tell even any details would spoil both your enjoyment and the sheer buzz you will get out of playing it lets just say that i can mention a few certain villians that appear in the game 1-JOKER,2-PENGUIN,3-CATWOMAN and 4-BLACKMASK,there are other villians in the game and they are there for you to discover for yourself as if i say anymore it would spoil the whole story.
I will say this though that the game and story take place in BLACKGATE and that the whole thing takes part in 4 distinct areas the Cell Block, the Industrial Area, and the Administration Offices (with each playing out slightly different from the others,with each needing certain upgrades in your epuipment to beat and master),and each area has its own BOSS and at the end its own BOSS battle (some are easy,some hard and a few border on SATANICALLY DIFFICULT-you know which fight i mean you game you)
Will you enjoy taking another journey into the DARK KNIGHTS world,well yes if you love BATMAN and have any interest in playing a well made and put together peice of entertainment then why are you still reading this review go and buy the game and if not "HOLY HECK BATMAN,WHY NOT THIS GAME IS STUPENDOUS" says ROBIN and how can you disagree with a man brave enough to wear tights and go out in public (well at least he was like that in the 1960s American live action television series,GOD it would take some nerve to do that today)
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
So at first, I didn't know what Arkham Origins - Blackgate was. I looked at some reviews and there a mix of good and bad. Alot of people said that the combat was bad, detective mode and visuals were horrible.

So the game takes place three monthes after Batman Arkham Origins.The basic story is you got a blackgate prison out break, and Batman is trying to stop this outbreak by gaining control of the 3 blocks the prison is divided in by bringing back power to each block. Each block is controlled by a villian. Arkham Wing - Penguin, Administration Building - The Joker, and Industrial Building - Black Mask. Note there is also Soloman Grundy, Deadshot and Catwoman in this game. The game offers a bit of a choice as you can kind of go after The Joker, Penguin or Black Mask in any order.This does give a new way an arkham game could work, as in all the other arkham games the order in which you chase your villians changes as the story goes on. (Side quests don't count.) There are side quests you can do in this game, but it feels a big task in doing them, and not very fun like in the other arkham games.

So let me tell you some things about the combat. Me personally, I didn't find the combat bad, at times I did like it. However, it could use quite a bit of work. First of all, it is a 2.5D game, as in its a 2D Sidescroller game Where you can only move left and right, but you're moving around in a 3D World. This already gives you a sense of why people are not liking the combat. The combat in the other arkham games were more free flow and fast paced, where as in arkham blackgate, its restricting, annoying and slow. By restricting I mean you can only fight enemies who are close to you, and fighting off other enemies requires you to jump over the one closest to you, and make your way more up with enemies farther.

The controls aren't good as they're are unresponsive and kind of dumb. It almost pains me to play the game as it more feels like a task. The map itself is very annoying as you can get lost so many times and you're basically spending hours just trying to get to your main point.On top of that, you need to find upgrades in this map which can also be a pain, as in if you don't the boss battles can be unbeatable.

So far for the boss battles, Penguin so far being the hardest as if one of his guards spot you, they litterly shoot you to death. This is hard as you're in a small area, and to get the guards away from penguin you have to give distractions which gets hard as they see you all most all the time, and there are drones.

Now keep in my mind, this game was originally designed to be on a 3DS/PS Vita. Armature Studies gave a port to give the arkham fans an original feel as all arkham games are for the console (originally made by rocksteady). However, if a game that is deisgned for the 3DS/PS Vita, a game shouldn't have the same design on console/pc versions. if you do, you get all of what I said before, annoying combat, bad maps, annoying controls, it works but is almost unenjoyable and a task to play.

I don't want to reccomend or not reccomend the game. As an arkham fan the story was decent. Nothing special. Explains a little of what happened between Batman Origins and arkham asylum. So, I will say this. Get this game when its on sale, as its worth the price of 5 bucks. The game itself isn't worth the 20, and that I can say right now even not having beating the game.

Overall, it deserves a

7/10
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Do you like Batman? Did you like Arkham Asylum? Do you enjoy Metroidvanias? Do you prefer not being in constant pain and suffering? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then don't play this game.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
now.. where to start...

- horrible combat
- terrible controls
- awful stealth
- a LOT of backtracking
- confusing and badly designed 2.5D layout
- horrible map
- abysmal detective mode (scan everything before interacting)
- lo-res graphics
- horrible visuals
- no controls options

+ story
+ comic book style cutscenes

3/10

no excuse it's a psvita port, still a pc game as sold. money wasted.
decide for yourself.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Comic book style animation/cut scenes, The story played out like a comic, It has its flaws but overall was a solid game. It doesn't live up to the Arkham name, but for true fans its a solid entry and a look into. Sadly you have to complete it three times to get the final 4 achievements, But the story doesn't take as long as the collectibles did. With that being said the collectibles were tedious and you have to use your analyzer/detective vision every square inch so you don't miss a hint. Also you have to analyze most areas that are destructible to use the proper gadget on in order to move on. You can't just use it right of the bat, which was a little aggravating. 7/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Only for bigger Batman fans, it's a side scrolling game meant for handhelds like the Nintendo 3DS. It had really cool comic book artwork for the cutscenes and a very interesting way of navigating from scene to scene sometimes, but most of the time you're only option is left or right. The combat is trickier as it's harder to counter attacks. Using the detective vision with the mouse is pretty cool. This game was fun but many people might only get a few minutes of enjoyment out of it.

The story involves Catwoman (first appearance of?), who is communicating with Batman and helping him navigate the prison.

Kevin Conroy voices Batman, worth it right there.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Can't get enough of Batman universe, tired of Arkham Origins, welcome to this little platformer, you wont regret it
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
If you love being physically and mentally sick, buy this. If you love wasting money, buy this. If you want a good game, buy Batman: Arkham City
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
This game starts off as a decent Metroidvania. The 2.5D graphics and gameplay actually work pretty well though not as good as the main Arkham titles. The fighting is also well done though simpler. The problem with the game is the boss battles that introduce new, one-time elements required to complete them. They are so confusing that the last 3 battles I was required to go online to a strategy guide to figure out what the heck I needed to do. Worth a purchase if under $5 though I see few people wanting to finish it completely.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
I shouldn't have given these guys money, but I was bored enough to.

Really slow, boring, hand-holdy game. The only fun of the game comes from the combat, but even it isn't very good: plays like a lesser version of the others. The artwork in cutscenes is nice. I can't recommend this to anyone, but if you have your expectations in check, y'know, buy at risk.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
NOTE -I have got all the 30 achievements forthe game.

This is the first 2.5D game I have Played, and This game is just awesome.

Not recommended if u dont like 2.5d games
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
As a Batman fan I have to say that I really enjoyed this game! :)
Yes, it's a handheld port and all, but even then it's a pretty decent game.
I read mixed reviews which said taht the game sucks because of poor graphics and bad gameplay. I wont comment on graphics, because I don't play games for graphics, and nobody should. About gameplay, well here were a bit of problems with controls and there were some stupid game mechanics that became very annoying after a while!

About controlls first:
The controlls are pretty responsive, but there were some times when you had to do/press a button multiple times for it to work, whch can get very annoying after a time, especially if you have to hury because a timer.
For example: When you do the bomb hunting/hostage rescuing at the end of the game and you have to enter a went by holding the A button on a 360 pad, and it wont register after a few times, not until you go away from the went hole and go back for it to show the (Hold A to Enter). This is very annoying!
Other problems I didn't encounter with the controlls, other than this, the controlls are great and very easy to learn.

Mechanics:
The only annoying mechanics in the game for me was the Scanner!
In the beginning I thought of it asa neat feature, but after a while it got so annoying that you had to do it almost every time for you to go on ahead! Even for things that were staright forward and didn't need any further explanation!
Other than this little annoying thing, haven't really got any more issues with the game.

The game itself is on the shorter side because you can beat it in 3 or 4 hours most IF you don't do any side content and exploring! Your very first playthrough may bea bit longer if you like to stop from the main story and do a bit of exploring.
Keep in mind that by exploring I don't mean to explore the entire map or anything like in the past games, because this ins't a full 3D game, it's just a 2.5D platformer, but believe me that you can get lost very easily.
I myself, when I did my first playthrough of this, it took me roughly 15hours, because I did collect everything and did all the side content, but my other playthrougs were only abput 3 or 4 hours as I said earlier because I just rushed from start to finish to get all the endings.

And yes, it's true that you'll have to do a bit of back tracking when you hunt for the collectibles, but it's not that bad!

From my experience and for Being a huge Batman fan, with all the little flaws that this game has, I'll give it a 7.5/10.
It's not a great game, but it's not bad either! If you like the Batman series or Batman in general, I think that you'll love this too!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I liked it - the story isnt that interesting, but I did like the metroidvania-lite atmosphere. Its hard to reccomend, I am a Batman nut so if it's a solid game I'll thumbs up anything. To a casual you probably wont find much to light - its on the light side, the puzzles and metroidvania elements are pretty basic and the combat can get very frustrating sometimes especially when you got 2-3 specials on the screen that need specific tactics to deal with. In traditional Batman Arkham games this wouldnt be an issue as its 3D - however being this is 2/2.5D it becomes a huge clutter at times trying to deal with multiple enemy types. A personal nitpick is that I was able to unlock a new suit before the end of the game, whcih also goes into New-Game+, that makes you invincible...kind of a game breaker.

More on the story - it's pretty bare bone. You are sent to Blackgate to rescue hostages, but there is no dialogue, no interaction with anyone really aside from the brief boss fights or conversation with Catwoman. To spoil a little even the motivations you find are pretty irrelevant, at the end you dont even know why the villian was doing what they were doing - if anything other than a paycheck. The three hub villians are really in it for screen time and to cause chaos. Its just an excuse to throw Batman into 3 hubworlds against typical thugs. I semi compared it to Indiana Jones' contribution to Raiders of the Lost Ark, courtesy of the Big Bang Theory. I left the game feeling the story did nothing to me, unaccomplished and quite possibly if I, or Batman, were not apart of it, the same result would have occured or nothing at all.

If I had to rate the game it would be a 3/5 - its above average, 20 dollars might be a little steep for what you're getting in the end especially with the actual content the game provides though. Bought it on sale for 5 dollars, 1 playthrough got me 8.5 hours. 21/30 achievements. I personally dont have an interest to revist the game again - at least not for awhile. It does quite literally nothing to advance the plot of Arkham Origins, or anything specific to Batman. There is an interesting ultra sidestory of Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad that anyone who watches Batman or DC Comics can call the second its on camera.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is a fun game, but nothing like the other Arkham games. My only criticisms are that I wish the controls and navigation were a bit better and that the Joker's writing/dialog was somewhat lame. Other than that, great game. Totally worth the money I spent on it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Holy Shmoly!
This game is freaking amazing.
The WB should concentrate the future Batman's side game with this team, and not the WB Montreal.
Batman Origins is a total disgrace for the series, while Batman Origins Blackgate is a true gem, like Rocksteady back at the days.

A very good metrodivania 2.5d. Plays smooth and nice with a gamepad.
Nice story and not so nice textures due of the portable console's port.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Considering the technical limitations 1) must be mostly 2D interactions, but not always 2) must have been able to run on a handheld and relatively easily upgraded to beefier platforms .... I have been extremely impressed in my first few hours with the game.

It's not as good as the other games (of course), but that's impossible with these limitations. However, the combat is fun if somewhat limited, there's lots of batclawing, exploding, detective moding, exploring and whatnot. There's not the open-world flying, but Arkham Asylum didn't really have that either. The odd thing is that this one has more of an explorative... mazelike... dungeon feel to it, which I thought was pretty cool/fun. It is closer to Arkham Asylum than the other, open-world game. Which I don't think is necessarily bad, just different.

I do see why people would not recommend it, since the other games are all better (because they didn't have to run on a handheld). However, if you've already played all the other ones (Asylum, City, and Origins), then this one should be next on your list to play IMO because it really is a good game. It's definitely a batman game :)



SIDE NOTE JUST IN CASE A DEV READS THIS: The main two things that would need changing (which I think would still let it run on a handheld) would be (A) fully rotatable map on all axis, and (B) minor tweaks to detective scan mode, (C) quicker restarts for boss fights.

(A) The map is set currently in an isometric locked view, which has limitations when showing the map from the perspective of the user, height of objects, and depth in complex situations (like a large sprawling map). I really like that the maps are huge and complex, and I don't really have that big of a problem reading the map (but probably because I use Computer Aided Drafting a lot), but I can see it being very difficult for many people to use.

(B) Currently, the detective mode only highlights main, mostly obvious items in the environment (switches, thugs, keypads, doors, stuff like that). To find explodables, blood, or some collectables, you have to hold down the detective button and it scans in a circle. There needs to be an upgrade somewhere in the game (and maybe there is) that enlargens the circle and speeds up the scanning speed by at least 2 times the speed. These are really my only two complaints about the game that would be fixable within the technical limitations. I think that's pretty good considering it ran on a handheld. Don't get me wrong, I do not want you to just change it to how the other games have it. I actually do not like having to be in detective mode so much, so that's why I like the scanning function, but it needs to be faster and more responsive is all (even if it's 33% into the game).

(C) For boss fights, when you have to try them multiple times, you are forced to not only skip the boss intro cinematic, but also watch the first part of the boss intro that is unskippable (which is not long). On normal fights with previously seen and predictable components, this is fine. However, all of the boss fights have a "figure it out" part to them (which I don't mind), but having to repeat much of the fight which I have already seen/dealt with does get frustrating since each of the bossfights have a "OH that's what I should do..." moment. At that point, the player just wants to dive back in quickly and try it again.

I'm only mentioning these things though, because I'm hopeful that there will be a sequel that incorporates these elements, because I would totally buy it for PC :) I was reluctant because of the bad PC reviews, but I was very glad I didn't skip this one.

Also I saw some videos of the handheld version, and you guys did a great job upgrading it to be closer to a PC gamer fidelity. I know some people complained about the graphics, but I thought they were fine for what you were working with (and I know they are just longing for the other Batman game's graphics).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
The game tries to stay true to its roots. This can be good for fans. Or bad in terms of game mechanics.
Side scrolling platform need a simple game mechanic. This game tries to implement all feature from Batman Arkham series (the gadgets) resulting a more complicated side scrolling mechanics. It's not hard, just take a little time getting used to.

And when you do, this game shines! It truly is... Stories and characters you've familiar with, sweet graphics, and great combat animations. The effort you put in learning the mechanics paid of.

Recommended for any player whether fans of Batman Arkham series or not.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate is a lot like playing a 2D Metroid game, but with Batman, which is awesome. It makes sense that it should have a bit of a Metroid flavor since many of the people who worked on this game also worked on the Metroid Prime games. You explore Blackgate Prison trying to take down Penguin, Black Mask, and The Joker while collecting gadgets, armor upgrades, and much more. The combat is a simplified version of the system from the other Arkham games. In this game you just punch,counter, and do takedowns and it feels surprisingly good. The combination of good combat, great exploration, and excellent setting have made for a fantastic game which I've had trouble putting down. The bottom-line is if you like Batman, Metroid, or both then buy it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The Controls are buggy The cutscenes are comic style like maxpayne its a ok game so far just takes abit to get into it relives the classics but its not my first choice i got it for 5.00 so i couldnt complain :)

5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Overall it is a good game. There are nice comic book style cut scenes, mostly decent boss battles and some replayability. They tried to incorporate the Arkham freeflow combat system which, given the 2.5D perspective, works well for the most part. That said, it is vastly inferior to that of the Arkham games. Since the game does have a lot of backtracking, the biggest source of frustration is the map. Navigating around the areas is the most challenging part of the game. The game is still quite enjoyable though and so I would recommend it.
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