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May. 20, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As someone who owns neither a PS3 or Xbox, I came late to the Arkham games. When I purchased a Wii U, I purchased BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Finally, my eyes were opened to the cinematic awesomeness of the games. By far the best superhero experience I have ever had on a console, ARKHAM CITY was worthy of carrying the name BATMAN.

I am now extremely excited for the prequel game, BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS. Each game builds on the quality of the previous title and this looks like it will carry on the awesome backbone set up by both ARKHAM CITY and ARKHAM ASYLUM. Here is a brief synopsis:

The events of ARKHAM ORIGINS are set several years before BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM, in the middle of winter in fictional Gotham City. Batman is an experienced crime-fighter, but has not yet become the veteran superhero portrayed in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. He remains a mysterious force with even the police unsure if he is a vigilante, a myth or supernatural. Batman has battled with normal criminals and gangsters and is used to being stronger and faster than his targets, but on a snowy Christmas eve he is confronted with far more dangerous enemies: super villains tasked with killing Batman. The sadistic and brutal Black Mask has placed a bounty on the superhero, and Batman must discover why the villain harbors a deep hatred for him. Black Mask is the most powerful man in the city, possessing vast wealth and resources, and controls Gotham's criminal underworld, having eliminated his opposition and begun consolidating his power. His mask conceals his identity, allowing him to operate publicly as Roman Sionis, head of Janus Cosmetics. Black Mask's henchmen help instigate a rise in crime and gang activity in the city. The Gotham City Police Department, led by Commissioner Loeb, and Captain James Gordon are wary of the new superhero in their midst, and are not his allies with corrupt cops actively working against him. Old Gotham, the segment of Gotham City which will become the Arkham City prison, is not yet walled off or ravaged by flood, and contains slums, lower buildings, a large shopping mall, and docks where Penguin's ship The Final Offer is stationed. Across the bridge from Old Gotham is New Gotham, the more modern metropolitan area of the city filled with towering skyscrapers.

Since I am more of a casual gamer, I am fine with assuming the gameplay will be on par with the first two titles in the series. I am more interested in how the game will look cinematically. With that in mind, WB Games released a five minute trailer that puts some of the best superhero movies to shame. Everyone is here from Batman, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and new villains including Black Mask and Deadshot. This game looks amazing and I cannot wait to play it. Even if it takes years before we get a new BATMAN movie or even JUSTICE LEAGUE, it will be nice to know these games are out there.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS will hit Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.

Source: YouTube

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2:27PM on 05/23/2013
Brilliant stuff. I would watch a feature-length animation of that quality for sure.
Brilliant stuff. I would watch a feature-length animation of that quality for sure.
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7:56AM on 05/22/2013

see Nolan ?

THIS is how you do action scenes !
THIS is how you do action scenes !
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4:20PM on 05/21/2013
I actually prefer the suit in this game than the former one. I do think there is a time and place for long, pointy, Kelley Jones-esque ears and a cloth-like armor. But the Arkham series in terms of combat and style was rather rooted in an action-packed realistic setting than a gothic-noir one. Here it looks like a mix of The Dark Knight suit, the Arkham suit and the great Batman Noel comic book suit.

Also, I love their approach to the game, opening more of Gotham for us to explore, good
I actually prefer the suit in this game than the former one. I do think there is a time and place for long, pointy, Kelley Jones-esque ears and a cloth-like armor. But the Arkham series in terms of combat and style was rather rooted in an action-packed realistic setting than a gothic-noir one. Here it looks like a mix of The Dark Knight suit, the Arkham suit and the great Batman Noel comic book suit.

Also, I love their approach to the game, opening more of Gotham for us to explore, good choices of villians so far - Black Mask, Joker, Penguin, Bane, Anarky, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Falcone. Actually everything I heard sounds good so far so I have my hopes high, this trailer only enhances my anticipation. Sure, there's no gameplay, I don't think they're trying to fool anyone into thinking it shows any, but it does show new takedowns (from under the floor) and some story. I also appreciated the subtle hints at Queen Industries for example. All in all, it was a very good trailer!

Also I couldn't care less that Conroy isn't returning. These games aren't great because of him but because of the story and gameplay. There were many great Batman voice actors so take a chill pill people and give the new guy a shot. It is a shame that Hamill isn't coming back though.
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3:45PM on 05/21/2013

@smooveluv

Thats why they carefully wrote "Story Trailer"..... NOT gameplay trailer. You're whining falls on blind eyes my friend. Go find something else to complain about, because that trailer was Tits $$$
Thats why they carefully wrote "Story Trailer"..... NOT gameplay trailer. You're whining falls on blind eyes my friend. Go find something else to complain about, because that trailer was Tits $$$
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7:11PM on 05/21/2013
We're not friends, you're confusing your idioms, and it wasn't a complaint.
We're not friends, you're confusing your idioms, and it wasn't a complaint.
10:13PM on 05/22/2013
Us not being friends implies you actually have friends to compare me to you assfuck loser. Nice "idiom" usage though.... douchebag.
Us not being friends implies you actually have friends to compare me to you assfuck loser. Nice "idiom" usage though.... douchebag.
2:54PM on 05/21/2013
Double post.
Balls.
Double post.
Balls.
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2:53PM on 05/21/2013
Apparently Kevin Conroy is NOT the voice of Batman in Arkham Origins. But he did let slip that he's providing his voice in a future Arkham game (most likely a true sequel to Arkham City developed by Rocksteady).
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Apparently Kevin Conroy is NOT the voice of Batman in Arkham Origins. But he did let slip that he's providing his voice in a future Arkham game (most likely a true sequel to Arkham City developed by Rocksteady).
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9:09AM on 05/21/2013

That's not really a game trailer

You guys can pile on the thumbs down - but that's not a real gameplay trailer. It's not even the same graphic you'll probably get in cut scenes. People who've played the first two know that they are using the same Unreal engine for the cut-scenes as the gameplay. This tells you nothing of what the game is going to be like at all, except that Deathstroke, Deadshot and Black Mask are going to be in it - which I'm pretty sure they were in Arkham City. As far as being a trailer - a trailer should
You guys can pile on the thumbs down - but that's not a real gameplay trailer. It's not even the same graphic you'll probably get in cut scenes. People who've played the first two know that they are using the same Unreal engine for the cut-scenes as the gameplay. This tells you nothing of what the game is going to be like at all, except that Deathstroke, Deadshot and Black Mask are going to be in it - which I'm pretty sure they were in Arkham City. As far as being a trailer - a trailer should at show something to expect - this was like a trailer clip to a scene that won't actually make it into the film. Format wise - it's almost identical to trailer clips that come out right before a movie is released. I don't think it's somehow better than any trailer clip for the top-shelf superhero movies that have come out over the past several years. Actually - if you force a comparison to a movie trailer, it's worse, because you get a clip of a action scene, with an artificially tacked on expository scene of Black Mask kvetching over Batman's escape.

Sure, it's cool, and I trust the franchise to stay strong in this third entry - but play enough games and you'll know that video game trailers like this have nothing to do with the actual game.
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1:17AM on 05/22/2013
... you do realize he said nothing about it being a "gameplay" trailer because he knows that it isn't, right?
... you do realize he said nothing about it being a "gameplay" trailer because he knows that it isn't, right?
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12:07AM on 05/21/2013

WHY...

...can't the live action Batman live up to this--I would be willing to bet that if they just made future Batman theatrical movies with the teams that put together the Arkham games, it would break the bank.
...can't the live action Batman live up to this--I would be willing to bet that if they just made future Batman theatrical movies with the teams that put together the Arkham games, it would break the bank.
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11:35PM on 05/20/2013
@Bob Loblaw: Agree with you on not getting back Paul Dini, makes me nervous about how the story will play out. Kevin Conroy, however, is back. In fact he was always on board but was mum about it.

Though, is it me or does Batman look a bit older in this game then he looks in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City?
@Bob Loblaw: Agree with you on not getting back Paul Dini, makes me nervous about how the story will play out. Kevin Conroy, however, is back. In fact he was always on board but was mum about it.

Though, is it me or does Batman look a bit older in this game then he looks in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City?
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11:33PM on 05/20/2013
Double post
Double post
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11:30PM on 05/20/2013
Triple post
Triple post
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11:29PM on 05/20/2013
Damn, this is posted four times!
Damn, this is posted four times!
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9:37PM on 05/20/2013
I'm sceptical about this coming from a different developer (WB Games Montreal and not Rocksteady) and from a different creative team, but I'm definitely not writing it off, especially not after that gorgeously-animated, dynamic and attention-grabbing trailer. I really like the design elements in this, Deathstroke in particular looks like a total badass. I do want to hear how Roger Craig Smith voices Batman. Yeah, everyone would prefer if Conroy did it, but that's not a deal-breaker.
I'm sceptical about this coming from a different developer (WB Games Montreal and not Rocksteady) and from a different creative team, but I'm definitely not writing it off, especially not after that gorgeously-animated, dynamic and attention-grabbing trailer. I really like the design elements in this, Deathstroke in particular looks like a total badass. I do want to hear how Roger Craig Smith voices Batman. Yeah, everyone would prefer if Conroy did it, but that's not a deal-breaker.
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9:33PM on 05/20/2013
This looks unbelievable! Any reservations I might have had about a new studio doing this are gone. Can't wait!!
This looks unbelievable! Any reservations I might have had about a new studio doing this are gone. Can't wait!!
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9:18PM on 05/20/2013

hey, a joke

What's the difference between batman and a black man? Batman can go out at night without robbin" Wakka Wakka Wakka. Relax, I'm not racist, I a black
What's the difference between batman and a black man? Batman can go out at night without robbin" Wakka Wakka Wakka. Relax, I'm not racist, I a black
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9:21PM on 05/20/2013
I am black, that's what that last line is suppose to say
I am black, that's what that last line is suppose to say
7:40PM on 05/20/2013
Cool cinematic, but not bringing back Kevin Conroy for this game kills my interest. They also didn't bring back Paul Dini as writer. Both Dini & Conroy are the reason the Arkham games were so much more than the typical superhero game. Not bringing them back is a mistake.
Cool cinematic, but not bringing back Kevin Conroy for this game kills my interest. They also didn't bring back Paul Dini as writer. Both Dini & Conroy are the reason the Arkham games were so much more than the typical superhero game. Not bringing them back is a mistake.
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6:56PM on 05/20/2013
Such a well put trailer. But am I the only one who didn't like the suit this time? Those grey areas seem a bit off.
Such a well put trailer. But am I the only one who didn't like the suit this time? Those grey areas seem a bit off.
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11:35PM on 05/20/2013
Yep, the suit looks a bit off. But then he's still evolving right so it'll take him some time to perfect the suit.
Yep, the suit looks a bit off. But then he's still evolving right so it'll take him some time to perfect the suit.
5:48PM on 05/20/2013

nice

excellent cinematics, great choreography and voice work. Deathstroke was always one of my favorites and the inspiration for one of my Marvel favs, Deadpool. Hope DC's film division is taking notes.
excellent cinematics, great choreography and voice work. Deathstroke was always one of my favorites and the inspiration for one of my Marvel favs, Deadpool. Hope DC's film division is taking notes.
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5:45PM on 05/20/2013
This looks stunning.. I'm a big fan of the first two Arkham games because I played them with my son and we both enjoyed. I hope the keep close to the same button layouts and keep adding more detective work to do. Cant wait.
This looks stunning.. I'm a big fan of the first two Arkham games because I played them with my son and we both enjoyed. I hope the keep close to the same button layouts and keep adding more detective work to do. Cant wait.
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5:37PM on 05/20/2013

I want a comic version

THIS is what a movie should be like! Not the Nolan "real" garbage. I want a comic book version of Batman on film. I think Deathstroke's voice was better in young justice though.
THIS is what a movie should be like! Not the Nolan "real" garbage. I want a comic book version of Batman on film. I think Deathstroke's voice was better in young justice though.
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8:12PM on 05/20/2013
I enjoyed the first two Nolan films, but I agree 100%. Batman Begins hinted at a movie like this, but Nolan just couldn't accept Batman for what he is. Nolan eventually turned him into emo James Bond.
I enjoyed the first two Nolan films, but I agree 100%. Batman Begins hinted at a movie like this, but Nolan just couldn't accept Batman for what he is. Nolan eventually turned him into emo James Bond.
11:32PM on 05/20/2013
Would you rather Batman and Robin or Batman Forever?
Would you rather Batman and Robin or Batman Forever?
11:33PM on 05/20/2013
@spike.45 and @Bobloblaw, agree with both of you on this. The batman movies could have been great had they been done in "comic book" style but instead we got "realistic" movies which look more like "me too Batman" movies.
@spike.45 and @Bobloblaw, agree with both of you on this. The batman movies could have been great had they been done in "comic book" style but instead we got "realistic" movies which look more like "me too Batman" movies.
5:30PM on 05/20/2013
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5:23PM on 05/20/2013
I hope Catwoman is in it again. Really fun in Arkham City, and nice to play as a different character. Would be awesome if you got to play as an early version as a thief.
I hope Catwoman is in it again. Really fun in Arkham City, and nice to play as a different character. Would be awesome if you got to play as an early version as a thief.
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11:30PM on 05/20/2013
Not sure about Catwoman but you do get Deathstroke as a playable character.
Not sure about Catwoman but you do get Deathstroke as a playable character.