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 (318 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
1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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
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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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Blackgate does a good job of taking the mechanics from the Arkham games and translating them to a 2D perspective. A well-made Metroidvania, kinda like Shadow Complex. Worthwhile.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A surprisingly fun and addictive game, with fun gameplay and action.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
A spin-off of Batman: Arkham Origins, this is a 2.5D action platformer set in the same world as the other Arkham games. While the level design is fairly well done and the game does a good job of providing Metroidvania-esque exploration, it fails in almost every other way. First off, while the level design is good, the navigation is a pain. The "world" is split into three maps, which you have to enter/exit from the front door/back door, which are not easily accessible from most of the map, causing a large portion of backtracking to be for the sole purpose of leaving your current area. To complicate things further, the map is very poorly displayed, particularly in regards to areas with multiple height levels, which can make finding your way around extremely obnoxious.

The freeflow combat from the previous games is forced into the 2D perspective, which makes targeting enemies impossible, (you can only attack people directly in front or behind you) and often times they will strafe into the foreground or background which makes it difficult, sometimes literally impossible, to hit them. The predator aspect has almost been entirely removed for this game, and when it does show up, performs terribly, as without the three dimensional movement, there is no way to hide or sneak about other than running away.

In addition, blocks/counters don't seem to register half the time and there are no rebindable controls, with the default controls being incredibly odd, making controlling an issue on top of the gameplay issues. In regards to plot, it is extremely simple and is told in such a simple way that you'll get the same level of investment in the game from reading a paragraph long summary of the plot on Wikipedia. In short, I highly recommend that even avid Batman fans avoid this game, as you'll only be disappointed at best, absolutely infuriated at worst.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Only for batman fans or else you gonna hate it. Fighting is very stiff and doesn't responds very good (especially the counters)... Boss fights are the WORST (to easy if you now how to do them, repeditive, lame fights, quick time events). Gameplay is pretty fun. Minor things are that you have to scan things before you can interact with it...Too much level replay (like metroid). The upgrades (HP, DMG, items and suits) make it more fun to play.

The best parts are the comic cutscenes!

Not a bad game but not a very good one two........

6/10 rating.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The worst Arkham game by far. While the platforming and movement aren't too annoying, the combat is god awful. The 3D combat system of the larger Arkham games simply does not scale into 2D. When facing more than four enemies, it quickly becomes difficult to target specific enemies, and becomes even more annoying when enemies must be taken down in specific sequences (such as the knife, armored, or stun baton thugs). The camera does not help, and it becomes difficult to tell who is "first in the queue" in an offscreen fight.
There are better Metroidvania games, and certainly better Batman games. I picked it up for $2.50, and think that was too much.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A huge disappoinment. Apart from the crappy graphics, the fighting engine of the game is also a huge failure. Gladly, I bought it on a sale. 5 euros flushed down the toilet. Still hoping that Arkham Knight will be the revolutionary ending title. I give that copy of a game the score of 2 out of 5. I would pay 200 euros for Arkham Knight, if it costs the money.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Oh my God, this game sucks -- seriously, do not buy it, not even on sale. I got it on sale knowing that it was a crappy game and I'm *still* disappointed with it. It wasn't even my own money that was spent! I just... can't... so bad... I want to beat it but it's just so boring and bland and the controls suck and are often unresponsive in combat whether I use keyboard or gamepad... I guess it could be slightly better on the 3DS since that's what it was developed for... but no... don't buy this. I'm begging you. Get a LEGO Batman game if you already have all the other Arkham games... Lego Batman 3 & Batman: Arkham Knight are coming out soon, get one of those instead of this.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I bought the game cause i wanted to go back to arkham and learn a new story about the adventures of the Dark Knight.. The game is a big disappointment i bought it in the Halloween sales and i'm already regretting it cause i really want to play the game but it's so bad it's unforgivable..
+Graphics
-controls and combat
-voice acting and story
i give it a 4.5/10 on a good day..
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I all I can say is don't even waste your money on it. I caught this game on sale and I still through away more money than this game was worth. :(

It is a poorly done attempt at side scrolling a simple great game series...I could not even make it through an hour of it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It's mediocre. The game plays itself, and holds your hand. Play it if you really really like batman.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Good game, ♥♥♥♥ty port.
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12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
A pretty cool game if you can get past its frustrating lack of direction and the fact you have to constantly backtrack.
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37 of 46 people (80%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) 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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21 of 26 people (81%) 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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