E3 2013 – Batman: Arkham Origins impressions

BatmanArkhamOrigins-LogoI have to admit that I’m a bit of a Batman fanatic (many people are), so getting to play Batman: Arkham Origins at E3 just made my day. Warner Bros was kind enough to give us a live demo of the game, showing off new gadgets and game play.

Arkham Origins takes place about year two into Batman’s crime fighting carrier. Black Mask has put a contract for the death of Batman. He has called upon all the top assassins, including Deadshot and Deathstroke, to take out the Dark Knight in one night. In the demo, the game takes place in the south part of Gotham City.

In this new game, you get a rating with every fight you engage in to get experience points, working toward your next upgrade. You also have a live crime scanner that is always detecting crimes in progress. Nevertheless, the tech is what just blew me away in this game. Batman has more gadgets than you could ever wish for, including a cool new gadget, the remote claw. Batman has everything from hacking tools and crime reconstruction tech that would make all the CSI TV shows look like they were still solving crime with tools from in the 1800s.

After the live demo presentation, I had my first hands-on with the game. At first, it was a bit odd to play, the crime scanner is always going off and you find yourself swooping down on bad guys scattered all over the city. While you could just play out the main story, you also have numerous criminals that you can take down as side quests for more experience points.

Batman is known as the world’s greatest detective, and as such, he uses every possible resource available to help him solve a crime scene. The new crime investigation mode in this game, however, is insanely over the top. I had mixed feelings about this. It looks amazing as you use it, but I feel like it may make parts of the game a bit too easy for the player. It’s less detective work and more of letting the tech do the work for you.

Feel free to look at the live demo below and judge for yourself. Batman Arkham Origins comes out this October for PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360.

[Editor’s Note: I’d like to point out that there aren’t many pedestrians walking on the streets of Gotham. Perhaps everybody is hiding in their homes, but for a big and lively city like Gotham, you’d think the streets would be filled with them.]

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