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 (399 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
54 of 70 people (77%) 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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38 of 52 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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11 of 11 people (100%) 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 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
I liked it - the story isnt that interesting, but I did like the metroidvania-lite atmosphere. Its hard to reccomend, I am a Batman nut so if it's a solid game I'll thumbs up anything. To a casual you probably wont find much to light - its on the light side, the puzzles and metroidvania elements are pretty basic and the combat can get very frustrating sometimes especially when you got 2-3 specials on the screen that need specific tactics to deal with. In traditional Batman Arkham games this wouldnt be an issue as its 3D - however being this is 2/2.5D it becomes a huge clutter at times trying to deal with multiple enemy types. A personal nitpick is that I was able to unlock a new suit before the end of the game, whcih also goes into New-Game+, that makes you invincible...kind of a game breaker.

More on the story - it's pretty bare bone. You are sent to Blackgate to rescue hostages, but there is no dialogue, no interaction with anyone really aside from the brief boss fights or conversation with Catwoman. To spoil a little even the motivations you find are pretty irrelevant, at the end you dont even know why the villian was doing what they were doing - if anything other than a paycheck. The three hub villians are really in it for screen time and to cause chaos. Its just an excuse to throw Batman into 3 hubworlds against typical thugs. I semi compared it to Indiana Jones' contribution to Raiders of the Lost Ark, courtesy of the Big Bang Theory. I left the game feeling the story did nothing to me, unaccomplished and quite possibly if I, or Batman, were not apart of it, the same result would have occured or nothing at all.

If I had to rate the game it would be a 3/5 - its above average, 20 dollars might be a little steep for what you're getting in the end especially with the actual content the game provides though. Bought it on sale for 5 dollars, 1 playthrough got me 8.5 hours. 21/30 achievements. I personally dont have an interest to revist the game again - at least not for awhile. It does quite literally nothing to advance the plot of Arkham Origins, or anything specific to Batman. There is an interesting ultra sidestory of Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad that anyone who watches Batman or DC Comics can call the second its on camera.
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
I shouldn't have given these guys money, but I was bored enough to.

Really slow, boring, hand-holdy game. The only fun of the game comes from the combat, but even it isn't very good: plays like a lesser version of the others. The artwork in cutscenes is nice. I can't recommend this to anyone, but if you have your expectations in check, y'know, buy at risk.
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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.
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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I really don't understand all the hate for this game. It's not without its flaws, but this feels and plays very much like any of the Arkham games if you were to remove the open world aspect. Even the controls are the same as its AAA brothers. It's not going to win any awards for its graphics and the map is severly lacking. Those two issues aside, I find Blackgate to be a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
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.

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 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!
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Uninstall, terrible controls
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
Horrible little game, and this is speaking as someone who spent only 5 bucks on it, 5 bucks that I could have spent getting diarrhea from the dollar menu at Taco Bell. Tons of backtracking, then you finally beat the three bosses only to find out that there are 5 objectives hidden somewhere on the entire map, therefore you must once again backtrack all over the place to find them and their locations are based off of which boss you beat last. If that isn't enough, one of the variations requires you to find 3 junction boxes for each objective within a time limit, so guess what? More backtracking and seeing portions of the map you have seen many times before!!! As an extra bonus, sometimes the junction boxes may not register as being blown up with the explosive gel, so it may take two or more attempts for the game to realize that you have indeed blown them all up.

I swear, this game has more padding than a flat-chested girl's bra on prom night. Off to YouTube to see how it ends and ties into everything. Oh, and a pro-tip for Bats: Next time you plan on going into a maximum security prison that holds all of your major foes..... GRAB EVERY SINGLE ITEM IN YOUR ARSENAL BEFORE GOING IN! Don't go in half-♥♥♥♥♥!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
As a huge Batman Arkham fan, I thought $5 for a little mobile game seemed like a great price. I was wrong. The story was decent enough and a good epilogue to Arkham Origins, but sadly everything else is lacking.

The main problem is the combat. The game is just not fun to play. The Free Flow which works so well in the main series games is back, except in 2D it barely functions at all. Without freedom of movement, the combat is boring and badly executed. Also, the game's stealth mechanics are laughable--one wrong move and instant fail.

My main gripe with the game is the horrible, horrible mechanics. For instance, there is a hacking minigame which is decent enough until you get to the end of the game. Then, they make you backtrack around the entire facility using their terrible in-game map, tacking a totally unnecessary hour onto the game's length. And guess what happens if you fail this hacking minigame? You get sent back several minutes and have to do it all over again.

That's another problem I had with the game. All the boss fights are one-wrong-move-instant-fails with no mid-fight checkpoints and you have to listen to the terrible intro every single time for no reason. Most of the bosses are extremely repetitive and boring, as well.

Overall, even if you're a big Batman Arkham fan, this game just isn't worth the frustration. What could have been a unique, satisfying Metroidvania-style experience is ruined by bad controls, gameplay and combat. Even for a dollar, it just isn't worth playing.
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