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 (515 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

    • 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
    • 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
46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

The Bork Knight
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate made a fairly rapid transition to the PC and console space after initially debuting on the PS Vita handheld as an accompaniment to the original AAA release of Batman: Arkham Origins. Having received incredibly tepid reviews when debuting on the handheld one can only imagine that the game hardly sold a dozen on the Vita which is probably why Warner Bros. commissioned a port onto every known conceivable device to man in order to probably recuperate costs. Not that they should have bothered to be honest since Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate can't quite make up its mind whether it wants to be a metroidvania sidescroller or 2.5D version of its 3D cousins and somewhere along the line fails miserably at being either.
Now that Batman is a bona-fide video game star it was only a matter of time before publishing house Warner Bros. was going to slip up and unfortunately Blackgate does nothing to erase the mediocrity that was birthed throughout the entire Origins saga (the original console and PC release of Origins was plagued by a host of issues, was the lowest rated Batman game for the franchise and still to this day remains the least favorite amongst fans). I don't believe all the fault lies with Armature Studios - who developed Blackgate - since they probably had a vision for the game but trying to tie it so closely to its 3D brothers ends up doing the game no favors. I can only imagine that this was the idea of some suit at central headquarters.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate's story unfolds through the use of some budget comic book sequences that appear to be in place thanks to the limitations of the original system and don't really help dispel the notion that the game was probably more of an afterthought to further milk fans of some of their hard-earned dosh. Once again escaped convicts are running amok in Arkham's most famous penitentiary and it's up to the world greatest detective to put things right. While Armature studios have opted to retain as much of the combat mechanics from the core franchise as possible, the problem is that they just don't transition very well into the 2.5D space and feel sluggish and cumbersome and nowhere near as fluid as what can be found in the core series. Stealth also comes off second best in this iteration and is often too unpredictable, not to mention broken, to be of any worth to the actual gameplay. It ends up being more of a hindrance that only further hobbles this ill-conceived project. Blackgate also involves a lot of backtracking and possibly comes with one of the most confounding and useless maps I have ever seen in a game. Just opening up the map each time to see where I was and what my objective in the game was gave me a constant headache. There is also very little reward to exploring these corridors of Blackgate as each area feels endlessly familiar. Even though the game is not a long one and can be completed in just over 6 hrs, one can't shake that nagging feeling that even at 6 hrs the game feels about 4 hrs too long.

At the end of the day Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is nothing more than a cheap knock-off and you would be better off putting your money elsewhere or just grabbing the core franchise and bypassing this dud entirely.

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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
- 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.

- 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).

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27 of 37 people (73%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Like Mirror of Fate, this game is a 2.5D Metroidvania portable spinoff. It's decent, although the level design is confusing and it's easy to get lost.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10

I am a lover of the batman series, although I haven't yet perfected a game, I have completed (with this one), now 3 in the Arkham series.
-Arkham Origins *
-Arkham Asylum **
-Arkham Origins Blackgate ***

Enjoying what there is in the market Deadpool, Amazing Spiderman 1+2, Injustice, & now with us Arkham Knight,
in my review for Injustice, I submitted a plea to dev's to give us a full game of say Hawkgirl or even Aquaman, I am echoing that plea now. When this game was released I was excited to see it available. I am satisfied to welcome more from Gotham. I say that because this game was pulled from PSVITA, and brought to us.

It is a 2.5 dimension game, so other than a few options Batman's path is set in very strict linear routes. Don't forget to use your detective vision :-) OFTEN.

The story is canon and where the playable DLC of Arkham Origins, Cold, cold heart ends, this game continues on as a sequel to that.

Are the graphics good or what? They are grainy. Not unclear.
Yes, if you're wanting more batman, it should suffice.

The Steam version of this game is Deluxe, including various batman suits with different gasp!working abilities connected to each one, THOUGH THEY MUST BE UNLOCKED.

I recommend,

Game On..

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