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Video Game Haiku Review – Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition

Published: April 14, 2014, 6:04 pm, by Terry Terrones

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Title: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition
Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U
Price: $19.99
Publisher: Armature Studios
Developer: 

Warner Bros.
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
The Grade: B

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Haiku Review

Port of handheld game

 Batman in 2.5D

Different but fun

Summary: “Blackgate” is a port of the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS game of the same name. The handheld version of “Blackgate,” set in the infamous Gotham prison in events that take place after “Batman: Arkham Origins,” sports tepid review scores (61/100 for the Vita and 68/100 for the 3DS version on Metacritic) and at first glance this port makes it easy to see why. The map is cumbersome, Batman has to do a lot of back tracking and players are forced to use Batman’s scanning abilities much more than they usually have to in a typical Arkham title. All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed “Blackgate Deluxe Edition.” Yes, some of the same nagging issues still exist in this console version but I found that the game’s new features (new maps, Batsuits, enhances visuals, different enemy encounters) made a big difference. I’ve played both the handheld and console versions of “Blackgate” and the console version is superior. Getting around the prison can be a chore but I still got a kick out of searching for clues, hunting for Wayne tech boxes to upgrade my gear and going after big time Batman canon villains. It also took some getting used to but the 2.5D environment is a clever way to add some challenge to the game, and combat, even though simplified, was still satisfying. If you have the patience to get used to this new style of Arkham game and are a big fan of the Dark Knight, there’s plenty of fun to be had in “Blackgate.”

Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones.