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I had high hopes, but...
on December 14, 2014
This is Susan's son posting, first off; we bought the game for me over the Black Friday weekend of 2014. After the initial installation and all that, the game ran pretty well except for a few lagging spots during a cutscene or two. Then, during play, seemingly out of nowhere, the screen froze, forcing me to restart the console. I figured, every game likely has at least one bug and, after reading about the nightmares that have been occurring recently with Assassin's Creed: Unity, I was thankful it wasn't any worse. Following this, the game ran near perfect until a few days ago when the screen froze on me a second time. Again, I restarted the console and started the game up again... Only to be presented with a black screen. I ejected the disc and tried to restart the console, but after holding the power button for a couple seconds and getting the standard beeps... The console didn't turn off; it kept running and wouldn't turn off no matter how many times I tried shutting it off at the power button, so eventually I was forced to turn it off at the power switch at the back of the console.
After turning the power back on and turning the console on once more, I was presented with a message about how I had improperly turned the console off and how doing so could have corrupted files; it went and restored everything in a jiffy, no problems. Then I tried to start up Arkham Origins once more to get the same black screen as before. I started looking around at fixes online and found that WB Montreal had announced last year that they would no longer be patching the numerous bugs in the game. Fully pissed off and wishing I'd never bought the game (but, at the same time, glad I'd only paid 15$ for it), I eventually stumbled across a guy who had experienced the same issues and how it was screwing with his entire PS3 system to the point where he could only play most games for an hour or so before they would crash; after uninstalling Arkham Origins, everything worked fine once again (he specifically listed Elder Scrolls V: Skyim as his test game, which is known for its fair share of bugs). He then tried to reinstall Arkham Origins and got the same issues of black screen and a console that wouldn't turn off. Upon reading that, I declared myself done with this game and immediately went to uninstall both game and save data in the hopes that it would plague me no longer. However, just to check, I popped in Arkham City about a half hour ago and found out I couldn't play from my most recent save file because my last save file was during a Catwoman mission and the DLC was missing. Apparently, as a final "screw you", Arkham Origins got rid of all my DLC, so I'm currently in the process of re-downloading everything.
Lastly, when I started writing this review, I had planned on giving the game 2 stars because, while I only got about halfway through the game, I liked what I saw of the story, even if the reveal that Joker is, yet again, the big bad of the game made me roll my eyes in annoyance and Deathstroke made me grit my teeth in frustration at times. On the other hand, it was nice seeing what would become Arkham City in its prime, before all the flood damage and the crooks getting their hands on it; but, at the same time, it didn't really feel different enough to be exciting. Traversing the city was mildly annoying at times on account of the only real way to get from south to north was an immense bridge that forced an over reliance on the grapnel boost, instead of letting you climb all the way to the top and then being able to glide all the way across on sheer momentum. THAT would have been something. It was also pretty cool to be able to freely travel back to the Batcave and speak with Alfred, as was seeing a young Barbara Gordon.
However, all things considered, the good of this game is nowhere near significant enough to outweigh the innumerable things wrong with it, so it gets a 1 star. After this fiasco, I doubt I'll ever buy another game produced by WB Montreal again and I'd strongly recommend that others do the same.