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 (490 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
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Pros:
- Story is actually pretty good... not as good as previous arkham games, but good enough for a PSvita port.
- Comic style narration and ilustration.
- The concept art is awesome.
- Voice acting.
- It's Batman.

Cons:
- The map.
- The controls.
- Everything about combat. Trust me, you'll hate it.
- Fighting the bosses (except Grundy).
- Interaction with environment.
- Since the map sucks, finding all collectibles is a big no no. C'mon, even The Riddler gave us a map at some point before!
- Detective Cases are lame.
- You actually have to complete the game three times in order to unlock some skins and the achievement for getting them all. Thanks, but no, thanks.

I do recommend the game, but only if it's on sale... at least 75% (as I got it).

05/10
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
While a Batman metroidvania sounds really, really good in principle, this game is probably the worst implementation of it I could imagine? The 2.5D nature makes it really hard to tell what you can and can't interact with, given that you'll be going in and out of the background in various rooms, and the combat system being a stripped down, less-controllable version of the Arkham games' fighting means that enemy encounters are a slog rather than an easily skipped or shot target when traversing older rooms. The enemies can be in three dimensions, but you cannot move in them, so if someone is not quite in the melee yet, or is pushed aside somehow, well, enjoy dropping combos as you want to hit them. (Similarly, it makes targeting whoever has the assault rifle a real bear, because guess what the lock-on doesn't prioritize in this game like the others?)

Another thing that should be mentioned is that while they try really, really hard to make sure the controls keep continuity with the other games, this is adapted from a 3DS/Vita game, which means that some very, very strange controls are in place, and let's not even get into how Detective Mode is basically just "see vision cones because where enemies are looking is not always clear". To actually look at things, you need to turn on DM, then hold the button down to bring up a magnifying-glass reticle, then shift it with one stick while hoping anything at all on your screen is something Batman will interact with. These objects are, by and large, not highlighted (or sometimes even hinted at in any fashion), so just pull out the ol' magnifier whenever you hit a dead end and hope that's the right response, not "oops I needed to look at a grate two rooms back so I could open it".

Let me be fair to the game and give it some honest praise: it seems to be somewhat non-linear. There are three seperate wings of the prison you need to get into, and each is its own distinct area with a gadget that'll help you progress/an upgrade to pass more security clearance, which will also open up new secrets in the others, so that's cool. It's just that the actual traversal and exploration is a massive pain due to the environments being unclear in what's set dressing and what's interactable, and the combat being a large slog for back-and-forth travel. (It doesn't even give you XP or anything like in the other Arkham titles, so it is seriously just time-wasting filler. Your health regenerates slowly out of combat.)

I seriously can't recommend this game to anyone unless you really, really want to see Batman do the Samus thing, or finally want an Arkham game that lets you play dress-up without needing to NG+ it. It's not particularly fun and so, so many games on Steam scratch the gameplay itch for this genre better.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
atman arkham origins blackgate is a different style of batman but not necessarly in a bad way. The new anime style cutsceens are very well done by the artists. The fighting style is different and at a slower pace but that combo meter fills and fills. the non cutscene animation is fantastic with great attention to detail. The map however is not great, it takes time to understand where one is actually going in relation to the map.
Overall batman arkham origins is a great game with the only major letdown being the map. I give it a 7/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Despite all the complainers, I really enjoyed this game, it feels like an Arkham game, & I enjoyed it for what it was.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Pretty much like the other titles in the Arkham series, but smaller, clunkier and uglier.
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