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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...
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
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WBID Verification Email Workaround

April 2nd, 2014

It appears that many of you are enjoying Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, but are having trouble getting WBID verification emails on PS3 and PC. Logging in to WBID will get you the Zero Year batsuit.

While a fix is being prepared, we have a workaround for one of the WBID failure cases. This workaround is only if you have successfully created a new WBID, are awaiting the verification email, and are told, when logging in, that you have logged in but need the verification to succeed.

If the above describes your situation, please go here:
https://batmanarkhamorigins.com/wbid

Log in with your WBID and create a community account. This will trigger the verification email to be sent to you. After you click the verification link, you’ll be able to log into your WBID account from within the game, and unlock the Zero Year batsuit.

Thanks for playing!

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About the Game

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
211 of 254 people (83%) found this review helpful
337 products in account
47 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
If you're looking for a fun addition to the Batman franchise, I'd recommend it. If you're looking for a good platformer, hold off on it. For now. Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate adds a good story upon Arkham Origins' original one that will keep any Batman-fan interrested to the end. However, in terms of gameplay, it's not too good. Not for a Batman game nor a platformer.

The Good:
· An interresting story that takes place after Arkham Origins and before Arkham Asylum, set mostly in Blackgate Prison.
· Fun and different take on the Arkham storyline. With drawn comicbook-esque cinematics and 2.5D gameplay it offers an entirely different way of playing as Batman. Using Batman's gadgets in 2D is surprisingly entertaining.
· Collectibles give fans a reason to return to the game after completion, albeit very linear. That being said...

The Bad:
· ... the game plays a bit too linear for an Arkham game. The combat and platforming feel a bit too stiff and at points even forced. The series is known for, among others, its Free Flow combat system. Don't expect to see Free Flow combat here. There is combat in the game that looks a little bit like the combat in Arkham Asylum, but it plays stiff and clunky.
· Confusing and overly-guided platforming combined with reasonably frustrating stealth gameplay will definately take some getting used to (for example, Batman will switch from one platform in the foreground to another platform in the background using the Batclaw and there is no option to look around while in vents).

The Ugly:
· For a port its pretty reasonable, with smoothened egdes and overall a slightly better quality but characters will still feel stiff and the environments at times a bit repetetive or downright boring.

Final Verdict:
Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a fun game to play through if you're a big Batman fan, but platformer-lovers won't really find anything new or surprisingly interresting. Are you interrested in the game for its story, or are you looking for the series' innovative gameplay? That question is one this review answers.
7/10.
Posted: April 1st, 2014
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118 of 143 people (83%) found this review helpful
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37 reviews
3.7 hrs on record
Don't expect a game like the previous Batmans. This one is very different. It's a 2.5D platformer game and a port of the PS Vita version. So it's a big change. But it's a very interesting and original version. New look, same gameplay though. Graphics still beautiful (for a platformer!) Fights are easy, there's no real challenge in it. The story is amazing, the map is kinda pretty, kinematics look like a comic book. At this price, it's worth playing as long as you consider it as a little Batman game that will help you to wait for the next AAA Batman ^^ Fans wouldn't be able to resist! :P
7/10.
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
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66 reviews
20.4 hrs on record
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)
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
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62 of 95 people (65%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
When I saw this on the new releases page I though, "oh cool, a 2D platformer with Batman. It's probably not gonna be amazing, but it won't be terrible."

It is.

I've been trying to think of a single positive thing to say about the game, and I'm stumped. Both as a cut down version of the AAA series and as a platformer in its own right, it falls short in every way. The story is what you'd expect: people in Blackgate are escaping and you have to stop them. While that's not great anyway, the voice acting by people who weren't in the other games is god awful. The cutscenes are also done as a motion comic, to try and get around the fact that the graphics look terrible compared to Arkham Asylum even (which is 5 years old now).

The gameplay is the mix of combat and stealth that the series has done so well, but they try to use all the same mechanics for a 2D game. So combat never works very well, as you can't get combos going. It turns into a series of quick time events (the first boss fight was literally just that). The stealth is crap too because you have a very limited sight range, so you can get seen and attacked by people on the other side of the room you are in.

The puzzle solving and collectible hunting has had all of the fun stripped out of it too. Detective vision no longer does anything useful. Instead you have to use an unnecessary scanner to hover over things for 5 seconds before you can interact with them. So instead of exploring and figuring things out for yourself, you're running a scanner over every object in the room, trying to figure out the dumb way that you're supposed to leave it.

I have no clue why they didn't release this as a third person game like the others. It uses a lot of the same assets (just lower quality because the game came out on the PS Vita and 3DS originally), and they try to use most of the same gameplay features. Most of the levels wouldn't require a lot of work to change. I managed to get this for $8, but I would have happily paid $20 or more for the same game, but with updated maps and graphics to make the most of the PC platform.

In short, both Arkham Origins Blackgate is lacking in both quality platforming and puzzle solving, fun gameplay, and a worthwhile story. If you like Batman a little, get this when it's 75% off and won't feel like a waste of your money. Until then, just replay the other 3 games, which are better in every way (and have been cheaper too).
Posted: April 4th, 2014
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
19.4 hrs on record
I finished up Arkham Origins and lucked into a really cheap copy of AO: Blackgate at roughly the same time. Blackgate is a 2.5D side-scrolling beat-'em-up with a few puzzles thrown in. The story is told through motion-comic-style cutscenes with full voice-acting and it revolves around riots that take place at Blackgate sometime apparently not long after the events of Origins. Black Mask, Penguin, and Joker have all taken control of a section of the prison and Batman has to go in and rescue hostages and take down the bad guys in his inimitable Batman way.

Sadly, the gameplay itself is sorely lacking. Armature Studios made an effort to translate the Arkham series' signature free-flow combat to a 2.5D game but it doesn't quite work. As you see from the image below, the game is fond of tossing upwards of 5-8 opponents at Batman simultaneously; this level of opposition is non-problematic in the regular Arkham games because Batman is free to move around at will and target any of his opponents at any time. Here, the Darkknight Detective's movements are restricted to left and right and the game determines his target based on which enemy happens to be closest and in the direction he's currently facing. This makes tactically targeting specific enemies needlessly difficult, especially when facing knife- or stun-baton-wielding foes, which require certain actions to eliminate. In small groups the regular villains aren't too difficult to handle, but when the game presents you with multiple groups of antagonists at once, things can get hairy.

However, the boss fights are the epitome of everything that you hate about the concept of "boss fight" in a game. Some of them, like Black Mask and Bronze Tiger, are pretty straightforward, but the Penguin, Joker, and Catwoman battles get progressively more irritating as you fight through multiple stages that require very specific attack strategies to defeat. I actually quit the game before finishing the Catwoman fight because for some absurd reason the counters don't work the same way in this conflict as they do in the rest of the game; the second and third stages of this fight require you to counter her attacks before you can go on the offensive, and because the controls for countering appear to be virtually unresponsive in this fight, I gave up after 9-10 attempts. Maybe if you're more dexterous than me, you'll have better luck.

The other aspects of the game are merely okay. The game includes a detective mode, like its big brothers, so Batman can scan the environment for ways to get around and collectibles. There are suit pieces that can be collected and different Batsuits can confer bonuses. For example, the "Beware the Batman" suit that you get by having an Arkham Origins save on your computer provides a 50% armor bonus against gunfire. A Blackest Night suit (grants invulnerability to most forms of damage) is available by collecting the pieces in-game (you'll have to get about 95% of the way through the game to get all of the pieces so it's not game-breaking) and another (Zero Year) that you get from having a WBID login. You can only collect one of the other suits per playthrough, depending on the order in which you defeat the game's bosses. There are also detective cases to solve, which essentially involves going everywhere it's possible to go and scanning all areas with your Detective Vision until you find all of the clues associated with a specific case (these just basically provide a minimal amount of additional insight into the villains' activities just before or during the events of the game). You'll spend a lot of time doing Armature's version of the crypto-sequencer, which means matching a sequence of three numbers until you get the correct combination to unlock a door or device.

You won't be able to get every collectible in each area the first time you go through it because, as in the other Arkham games, some require you to have access to gadgets that you have to acquire as you progress through the story. That's not so unusual, but navigating through the different areas of the prison using the in-game map is quite a chore because it often appears that you can head in a particular direction, only to come across a dead end or switchback and the maps are really just cleverly-constructed labyrinths. At least a few hours of my playtime I can probably chalk up to wandering around the cell blocks and industrial areas, trying to reach an exit or some other specific landmark that was gratuitously problematic to locate.

Everything looks good here and the voice-acting is first-rate, so there are no issues on the presentation side, but in the final analysis, this game is remarkably inferior to its full-fledged, 3D brethren. The action is mediocre, the puzzles aren't really puzzles at all, the boss fights are infuriating, and the story is really the only interesting thing about it. I spent about 19 hours playing but if you're the kind of OCD person who needs to get every achievement, you'll have to play three times so you could easily get the same amount of mileage out of this as you did from Arkham Origins. By then you'll probably wish you'd never heard of Batman, let alone this particular game.
Posted: May 14th, 2014
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