Batman: Arkham Origins Gameplay Demo Breakdown
This year at E3, Warner Bros. Montreal took the PlayStation stage to show off gameplay from their new title, Batman: Arkham Origins. I’ll give you a full breakdown of the trailer.
WB representative Eric Holmes prefaces the demo by saying that Arkham Origins takes place on Christmas Eve, 2 years into Batman’s career. At this point, Batman is still kind of raw, so his fighting style and interrogation methods are more aggressive and primal than the Bats we know from Arkham City. Also, on the streets, Batman is more of an urban myth, as most people aren’t even sure he exists. He has no friends in the GCPD, since he’s a new vigilante, operating without consent of the law. This night, crime lord Black Mask has hired 8 of the DC Universe’s top assassins to take out the Batman so he can have his control over Gotham City.
The trailer starts with a cinematic showing some of the assassins, such as Deathstroke and Deadshot. Then, a scene of Batman dangling a man from the top of a clock as he interrogates him, and proceeds to drop him off the side of the tower as he receives a text with the info he needs.
The gameplay starts with Batman gliding and using his grapnel boost to traverse the city. He lands on the ledge of a building to see some thugs beating up a regular citizen. Batman uses his dive bomb to take them out and proceeds to beat up the rest of the guys.
When he’s finished, a “Crime in Progress” alert appears; these alerts at going to appear throughout the game as random encounters that represent some of the harder combat encounters in the game.
The alert takes him to a square where several bombs had been set up by the criminal Anarky. This highlights the Most Wanted questlines, similar to the side missions in Arkham City, where Batman tracks down some of the most wanted criminals in Gotham. After following the trail of the bomb’s detonator signal, Batman confronts several thugs on a rooftop in front of the detonator.
Here we get to see one of the game’s new enemies, the Martial Artist. This enemy can counter Batman’s attacks, which the player must counter again in order to avoid damage. WB Montreal threw these guys in to give a more varying take on the counter system, as well as show “how bad*ss Batman is.”
Now, Batman continues on the main quest. On the way to his objective, a helicopter rises in front of the building he’s on, only to get shot down by an unknown assailant.
Now, the demo highlights the new Crime Scene mode, where Batman uses his Detective mode to analyze, replay, and identify evidence to show what happened in a situation and give him a lead. For example, Batman slowed down the clip to see where the bullet came from, as well as deduce who shot it.
After this demonstration, Batman enters into the Gotham Royal Hotel, where some thugs are waiting for him. Here, the remote claw is highlighted. The remote claw allows Batman to tether two people or objects together to take down enemies, such as throwing two enemies together, or slamming a gas tank into a guy’s head.
After removing all the bad guys with the remote claw, Batman enters an elevator, engaging a cutscene where Bane confronts Batman in the elevator and begins throwing him around and slamming him against the walls. Eventually Batman ends up at the feet of the Joker, who squabbles for a second with Bane before he retreats. Joker playfully shows off his destructive capability by blowing up a nearly constructed building, prompting Batman’s rage. Batman throws him across the table, where Joker picks up a bomb, threatening that this one isn’t as harmless.
Fade to black.
So, this demo gave some insight as to some of the new gameplay features in the game, as well as plot elements and characters that players can expect to see in this title. The thing that most excites me is the new Crime Scene mode. I always thought Detective Mode in the other Arkham games was rather lackluster, but this is realizing some of the potential that it has.
What excites you most about Arkham Origins? Leave a comment, tell me what you think!
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