(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Batman Arkham Origins received its highly anticipated debut on Friday, providing game fans with the latest in a popular series that experienced its last release with Arkham City in 2011.
Unlike previous versions, however, Arkham Origins was developed by Warner Bros Montreal, a company which took over previous development of the serious from Rocksteady Studios.
Arkham Origins lets players experience Bruce Wayne’s early days as he begins to take on the Batman persona.
Upon its release, the title received mixed reviews as a report from USA Today’s Brett Molina noted the game lacked “thrills of early games.” “Frankly, Arkham Origins may simply have faced the difficult task of following up two extraordinary superhero video games. Arkham Asylum set the bar with an intense battle against The Joker, not to mention that memorable faceoff with Scarecrow. Arkham City went to another level by opening up Gotham and delivering every noteworthy Batman villain fans can imagine. By comparison, Arkham Origins feels like a game that’s staying the course, trying not to do anything too risky,” Molina stated.
Meanwhile, a review from Ars Technica’s Kyle Orland praised Arkham Origins for being “everything good from Arkham City,” while criticizing that it did “very little to differentiate itself” from its predecessor.
Arkham Origins is available for platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Windows.