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- Journey back in time and put on the cape and cowl of a young and unrefined Batman as you face a defining moment in your early career as a crime fighter that sets your path to becoming the Dark Knight
- Encounter a variety of important characters for the first time and forge key relationships that will shape Batman's destiny
- Explore an expanded Gotham City before the rise of its most dangerous criminals and vile villains came to pass as you delve into an original prequel storyline
- Experience the thrilling 2.5D visuals on your PS Vita that let you continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Caped Crusader's past
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The problem is that people have started to expect Arkham City level quality from all Batman games now (see the mediocre reviews of Origin on the consoles as an example of this bias), and Blackgate, like Origin, just can't really live up to Arkham City's towering shadow.
That combined with some issues with the game itself (slightly buggy and a pretty terrible map) gave people the impression that it wasn't a very good game. A shame really, because any Vita owner who likes Batman games will almost certainly find something to enjoy about this game. Keep expectations tempered, and you'll find a thoroughly enjoyable 8-10 hour Batman beat-em-up.
Admittedly this game won't be for everybody; its emphasis is definitely on the "explore, search and find" puzzle-solving angle rather than epic battles or gun fights, but as a more casual gamer that's exactly the kind of thing I personally enjoy most. Not that there isn't some hand to hand combat with the typical array of thugs and goons, but they are few and far between and even then you very rarely encounter more than a couple at any one time. They somewhat tried to emulate the combat of the bigger Arkham games made on the consoles, but it's on such a small scale that these instances are pretty much over and done before you really have an opportunity to get too fancy. Still, it works well for what it is and isn't supposed to be the focal point of the game anyway. I thought the boss fights were cleverly done without being overly tedious, and I was happy to see Catwoman play a major role since she's always been one of my favorite Batman rogues. (Don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything. She's literally the first thing you see when you start up the game.) It seems opinions are mixed on the graphics, though I think they look pretty snazzy, and are actually fairly fluid for a handheld. If I absolutely had to make a complaint it would be that the in-game maps can be confusing, since they only have flat, one dimensional layouts representing buildings with multiple levels which can lead to some unnecessary running around in circles, but trial and error will eventually pay off.Read more ›
What impresses me the most about this game is the way Armature transformed the side-scroller and gave it so much depth. There are a lot of "Wow, I can do this too??" moments throughout the game as the gameplay gets deeper and deeper. The combat is great as you would expect from the Arkham series. Maybe not as silky smooth as the PS3 version but not far off.
The story is good so far (like I said, I'm just 6 hours in) and the motion comic cutscenes are really charming.
The only gripe I could possibly throw out is that this game was obviously made to run on both the 3DS and the Vita, which can only hurt the Vita version. You hardly ever use the right stick (because the 3DS doesn't have one) and the touchscreen implementation is sometimes not used when you would expect it like on the map (because the 3DS uses capacitive touch and pinching to zoom in and out on that would be problematic).
So outside of the Vita being a far superior system than the only other one that this game was released on, I love this game. I really think the Vita has the chops to run a game like Arkham Asylum but I'm grateful this game exists and I've had a lot of fun playing it.
While it might be easy to cut Arkham Origins: Blackgate some slack for being on a limited hardware platform, other games do a better job of the "2.5D" style. Blackgate tries to be faithful to the spirit and gameplay of the Arkham games but ultimately has too many gameplay problems to make it a worthy entry in the series.
The Full Review:
As a fan of the Arkham series of games, I was excited at the idea of a game that ties the Arkham Origins prequel to the Arkham Asylum storyline. The idea was that Arkham Origins: Blackgate would explain the story behind the fire at Blackgate prison and capture of The Joker that begin the game Arkham Asylum. The way this game plays is called "2.5D" - it's a side-scrolling game with a bit of depth to it and there are times when you move to another part of the room and the camera swings around with you so that your point of view is still from the side--this is similar to the later "Castlevania" games. The graphics really do rival the console games, but the nature of 2.5D is problematic on the Vita: sometimes you're not sure if you can get to a location you can see on the screen, and sometimes when Batman moves to a spot that's further back, you're controlling a tiny, hard-to-see Batman and can't easily tell what you're doing, or even which direction you're facing. There are also places where you have to scoot around to find the magic pixel that lets you continue forward. Worse, there are times you want to sneak up on the enemy, and the environment would easily let you do so, but you can't enter the room without dropping into the middle of the action and giving yourself away.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good considering what it is. A Metroidvania-style game set in the Batman Arkham universe.Published 2 months ago by Tom Stopsign
It pretty much meant my expectations, it's not like your original arkham games but it'll do when you're road trips or flights. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alejandro flores
Thought it would be more like console version it was ok ended up selling itPublished 3 months ago by Amr Ahmed
There are plenty of things that are right about this game, but there are also many things that bring it down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jordan