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 (419 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
59 of 78 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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. As an arkham fan, playing arkham asylym first and enjoying it very so, I decided to give blackgate a chance and see for myself how it was after beating arkham origins.

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 the game, and you interact with them along the way. 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. Prefferably its better to play with a control for this game as the controls are better. 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. The map you get to navigate your way around blackgate is confusing as it tries to put a 3D like map in flat like form. 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 being the hardest as in one of his guards spot you, they litterly shoot you to death which takes about 2 seconds resulting in you dieing in the process. Not only is that hard, but its even harder as you're in a small area, and to get the guards away from penguin you have to give distractions, and they see you constantly. On top of that, there are drones that scout out the area and shoot on sight which results in a automatic death.

The Catwoman boss battle was a bit challenging as you have to time your countering and attacks 100% accuatley and perfectly. Gettingn hit twice results in a automatic death, and there isn't a checkpoint or anything in the battle as its constant dodging every second for like two minutes. It may not seem that hard, but once you get there I wouldn't be surpirsed if you saw some people did it on youtube.

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 is deisgned for the 3DS/PS Vita, that same 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 it's 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 I thought this as soon as I actually got into the game.

What I suggest Rocksteady to do is make a game that is actually, a sequel to Arkham Origins after they conclude the arkham series with Arkham knight. This game was supposed to be designed to be like that, hence, why it has the name "origins" in the title. However, i think its honnestly a bad idea to do this and design the game itself to be on hand-held consoles, and then to be later ported on to regualr consoles. In my opnion, its a bad idea.

Lets hope rocksteady can correct this mistake and give us a real arkham game like blackgate, but redesigned for consoles.

Overall, the game deserves a

7/10
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
As a huge fan of the batman arkham series, I have to say wow this was a really huge disappointment.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure this game would be fantastic on the original PS vita version. But this port was just plain boring, had no moments it just has a story to listen to. Now the graphics are fantastic for a port but honestly the lack of gameplay is really boring.

Honestly I was so bored playing with my mouse I had to remap my buttons to the keyboard just to even make it "remotely fun"

**CONTROLS**

You're seriously hitting either space or 'F' about 80% of the time, the other 20% would be combat. The combat is very inadequate. It isn't as responsive as any of the arkham games. I would hit one guy and then the avoid icon would appear and if I tried to avoid his attack to attack him back it'd glitch out and then miss.

**GRAPHICS**

Just a little heads up on this *I was very disappointed* with the fact that there's no graphics option. Only 2 options + change resolution.

The game was promising, but failed to deliver. I honestly would not recommend this even to a die hard batman fan (I'd only recommend getting the PS Vita version) if you want a good experience.

Score : 6/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I´m a huge Batman fan but even if you mind the fact that this is a Handheld-Console-Port it still seems crappy. Spending 4,99€ for the game at autumn sale was a mistake in my opinion because it bored me for two hours until I had the impression it won´t get better and deinstalled it.
All in all:
-gameplay 2/10 (there always exists a game that´s even worse)
-style of graphics and design of the game 8/10 (actually looks nice... looks)
-story ?/10 (didn´t finish it)
-atmosphere 3/10 (only the short, comic-styled cutscenes)

If you want a 10/10 for all aspects play Arkham City.
Rocksteady can do better... Rocksteady fckng rocks.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game feels like something that was made by a group of people from whom only one had seen Batman Arkham Asylum being played by his grandmother back in 2009 for five minutes. Then this person described what he had seen to the rest of the team by only using body language. They worked on it for about a week or so when suddenly, two days before release the mane dude decided that it has to be 2.5D. So after googling the term '2.5D' for a day the team gave up and Stanley was left alone to finish the game. And now you can buy it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This game is rather poorly thought out. I'm sorry but a predator map that carries the theme of the entire game of "You can only use one tool to solve the problem" The bad guys can see behind themselves. So it doen't matter which way they're looking or their "spotlight beam" is pointing. And on top of that its 2.5D which means movment paths is severly limited. This is after of course having to remap the counter/evade button because the default one does NOT work. Glad I got this on sale because 20 for this pile of ♥♥♥♥ is a ripoff.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Finally a DC game where its focused around Catwoman as the main antagonist
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
A poor addition to the Arkham franchise. If you played the other Arkham games (and completed it 100%) only then I would recommend this game. This game is boring and lackluster ... but I just can't give a thumbs down to an Arkham game :) I just can't!

Unlocked all achievements!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
The map and locations are very bad. There's no hint or something that should help you.
Only one I like is the graphic. It looks cool. The combat system was satisfactory, but the counter attack is not continuous.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Uninstall, terrible controls
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Can't get enough of Batman universe, tired of Arkham Origins, welcome to this little platformer, you wont regret it
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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.

EDIT: Kevin Conroy doesn't voice Batman in the two "Origins" games, but it sure sounds like him. Both Batman and Joker (who is not played by Mark Hamill anymore), use the same voice actor as in Arkham Origins, Roger Craig Smith, but I couldn't tell the difference until i found out it wasn't him.

Kevin Conroy does return for "Arkham Knight" however!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I wasn't sure if I should buy this game or not because I had heard quite a few negative things about it, but I'm glad I did. The game is a bit short and requires you complete it 3 times to get everything, which I think is a cheap way to add time to the game. Bodies dissapear after a few seconds, which I think is pretty awful, they should have removed that when they ported it to PC. While I never had problems navigating with the map, I can understand why some people would. There's no XP system, so defeating enemies doesn't have any reward.

The game isn't challenging in the slightest, and I realise I've mentioned a few negatives, but it's just fun and enjoyable so it's a recommendation. Its Metroid-lite with Batman and that's a winning combination with me.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Arkham Origins : Blackgate is an acceptable stand-alone with no claim and serves to bring Batman back for more adventure after Arkham Origins. The game is not complete and he does nothing for the character and his universe, nothing for the player but if you're a batfan and if you like the franchise you might like.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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