04-12-2013 07:09 AM - edited 07-20-2013 06:32 AM
^ How does she not fall out of her clothes?
Deathstroke is a playable character. He'll be unlocked in the game's challenge mode, and all who pre-order will enjoy some exclusive maps and character skins associated with him.
Batman mainstay Kevin Conroy is reportedly not voicing the caped crusader in this game. According to a South African magazine, Warner Bros. Montreal passed on Conroy, who played Batman in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, as well as most of the hero's animated adventures across the last 20 years. NAG says the developer wanted another actor to portray Origins' younger version of the dark knight.
^ No Conroy, no Hamill, no Rocksteady. I’m not exactly sold on this.
^ The moon is HUGE!
Origins takes place on Christmas Eve early in Batman’s career, before the events of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The tale is inspired by Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight.
Supervillain Black Mask places a hit on Batman’s head, offering a fortune to whoever can off the caped crusader. Assassins and supervillains from across the DC Universe come to Gotham to take their shot at Batman.
Batman must take on all comers, solve the mystery of why Black Mask wants him dead, and prove to the GCPD that he’s on their side.
Warner Bros. Montreal used Batman Arkham City Armored Edition for the Wii U to familiarise itself with Rocksteady’s codebase.
Eric Holmes, who served as lead designer of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and has experience writing Transformers: Megatron Origins for IDW, was selected to drive the creative vision. He also worked at Epic Games, and so is familiar with the Unreal Engine.
Rocksteady offered guidance on tech, mechanics and engine, but WB Montreal was left to handle story entirely
Going with a younger Batman lets the developer “refresh characters, refresh ideas, refresh the dynamic between Batman and other characters, and refresh the world”
Batman isn’t the character fans know yet
GameInformer’s demo starts about an hour into the game, with Batman perched on Jezebel Plaza watch an arms deal.
Gotham is blanketed by snow and Christmas lights decorate the city. It’s Christmas eve.
Black Mask’s assassins have stirred up criminal activity
“Old Gotham” hasn’t been turned into an urban prison yet
The most obvious difference cited between the two period is Amusement Mile, which hasn’t flooded yet
Batman is trying to figure out why Black Mask wants him dead, and is aiming to use Penguin to get information
WB Montreal hasn’t tinkered with the free-flow combat: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” says senior producer Ben Mattes.
It has, however, introduced “new layers, new opportunities, and new tactics”
New enemy types will force Batman to use new moves
Batman hasn’t honed his skills yet, so his interrogation ends with an unconscious thug. Batman is still unrefined and sometimes pushes things too far.
Batman scans the thugs phone to get the information he needs
He summons Batwing to get to the northeast coast, where Penguin’s base of operations is. Players don’t pilot Batwing directly, but it is part of the story sequences and a form of fast travel.
Glides, ledge takedowns and sleeper holds are back
Inside Final Offer, an old ship The Penguin has taken over, Batman uses his predator mode.
Batman can swing from perches and do upside down strikes, like in previous games.
A new gadget, the Remote Claw, functions much like the grappler in Just Cause 2. Batman can target two objects and pull them together. It can be used to knock enemies together, launch objects at enemies or string up enemies.
An example combat situation involves stringing an explosive barrel to a perch, luring enemies over, then cutting the rope using a batarang.
Batman eventually find Penguin talking to a tied up Alberto Falcone, trying to convince him to leave the weapons business, he agrees to tell his father.
Batman enters and fights Penguin, before interrogating him by lifting him up and smashing into a mirror. Before he can get the information out of him a grapple claw latches onto his ankle and pulls him out of the room. Batman’s tries to get a hold of a door frame, but his arm is stomped on. The mysterious assailant is revealed to be Deathstroke.
WB Montreal wants to tell a story “within the detective environment”, it mentioned BBC series Sherlock as an inspiration
In a later segment Batman is in a room and uses his first-person detective vision to figure out the events that occurred in it. Bullet paths and holograms act out his theories as he mutters information and scans points of interest.
The Batcomputer in the cave runs simulations, players can watch these as much as they want from multiple angles, in slow motion, pause and scrub it. They must find clues to further the investigation
Small and large cases are spread out over Gotham City, they serve to provide a break from combat scenarios
Old Gotham district is only half of the game world, another area called New Gotham also exists. It doubles the size of the game world in Arkham City.
To access content in the city players must dismantle the hacked tower network. These tower emit a jamming signal that stops Batwing from flying there and prevents sensors from placing points of interest. They’re likened to Far Cry 3′s towers.
Dynamic events dubbed “Crime in Progress” occur in the city. The example given is of saving cops from a group of thugs, or stopped a snitch from being thrown off a roof. Completing these impact Batman’s notoriety.
A “Most Wanted System” lets players pursue villains outside of the core assassin story
The Dark Knight system offers tasks that escalate in difficulty. They’re not tutorials, but do train players to be better at combat and stealth. Completing challenges grants XP or upgrades for a particular skillset.
The system doesn’t replace Challenge mode, which will be included “in one form”
Batman: Arkham Origins is coming this October 25th.
04-12-2013 10:51 AM
I do love how the pictures look. Black Mask looks surprisingly evil in a good comic book way. I am kinda of disappointed that they are not doing a sequel to Arkham City. They left out some story plots hanging. Like the Identity Thief side mission. I was thinking they would release some sort of DLC for that? They didn't.
I can't understand why they think they need to refresh the series? There are only two games out? Plus AC expanded alot on what AA did in the first game, so this logic of making things seem fresh is somewhat stupid. So Batman starts off wearing a black cape and decides to wear a blue cape in the latter games? Also the reason they decided to use the blue is because of the color scheme of the games. When against the night sky, it would be reflected as a dark blue anyways.
Also how can Batman be the character that fans don't know about? Batman has been around for decades. If fans don't know Batman by now than how will this game make Batman any different than what we all ready know?Sounds like hype talk. Batman will remain Batman. You would have to rewrite the whole story of Batman to get a new character of Batman. So no killing of parents. No Bruce Wayne or the millions or billions of Dollars for his extensive training. I loved in AC when Bruce said "Its billionaire, millionaire is so last year" or something of that effect.
I really hope they have some characters like Catwoman and Poison Ivy; I really enjoy playing some portions of AC as Catwoman. I hope they can have another character to some extent that you can play as.
Things that I like is that they are not messing with the free flow combat. Finally someone understands the phase "If it isn't broken, don't fix it! I hate when developers take something that works and try to revamp and alter it to make things feel new. It begins to feel broken at that point.
Not sure if this was mentioned but is detective mode coming back? Is Batman able to survey his surroundings and see heat signatures and the such? Never mind I just read it. I have the digital subscription to game informer.
From one of the screen shots, it looks like they are using some of the locations from AC? The shot that has the pharmacy looks like the area near the museum. The one mission that you had to fly around under the glass structure and not hit the ground.
Well it looks like they are keeping a lot of the gameplay they we all have come to enjoy, so that is a good sign.
05-25-2013 08:35 PM
05-26-2013 10:14 AM
i have one simple request in this game. please make Batmans cape close all the way when standing still or give me a skin that does that. he is sooo much more meanacing imo when that cape is all the way closed then he flings it open to run or do any action. you have no idea what he is doing with that cape closed or what his next move is. love it.
06-12-2013 07:16 AM