Excerpt: "The third game in the Arkham trilogy has arrived, and the events actually take place two years into the career of Batman after Bruce Wayne returned from his self-imposed exile. Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, is young, naive, and learning about himself while dealing with pent up frustration, anger, grief, and loss. Arkham Origins sets the stage for what’s to come while introducing interesting characters, but with stale gameplay.
Over the course of the game, you’ll see where the Origins name comes into play, as you’ll learn of character’s humble beginnings: What a toll the venom that Bane uses takes on him, how the Joker becomes infatuated with Batman, and how Batman ensures how he’ll never take a life - and how doing so will haunt him even more. There are stark similarities between the struggles going on here as seen in The Dark Knight movie series. Inspiration is even drawn from the bat-suit design as well.
There’s a lot of familiarity when playing Arkham Origins, especially coming from off the last game just two years ago, and not many improvements or significant changes were made. But what you’ll find is a competent game with strong fighting mechanics, a forgettable and out of place multiplayer mode, with a great story to be told that sets up for Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. It’s just a shame Warner Brothers Montreal couldn’t create a Gotham City that steps out of Rocksteady’s bat-shadow."