Review · Batman: Arkham Origins (PC)


Another game beaten, another review. I finally completed Batman: Arkham Origins. I picked it up at launch and been slowly but surely played through the game. Like every year, October through to the end of November is the “blockbuster” window where a lot of video games that I want to get come out in this period. It doesn’t help that I picked up an Xbox One…

Please note this isn’t a review for you if you don’t appreciate the occasional f-bomb and you don’t want to read something that may spoil the game for you.

Overall I found that the game’s cinematics and graphics were breath taken for the most part on my PC. I  also found the story tiresome. I realize the game focuses more on Arkham Asylum’s origins more than Batman’s. I don’t think there’s ever been a triple-A title video game that has gone through the whole story, which I found pretty disappointing in Arkham Origins

When the game was first introduced to the world, I was really hoping that it would have gone through Batman’s origin story along with the darkness that Arkham Asylum beholds and the dark sinister force it possess. I didn’t want the Joker to return as the primary antagonist  since I am a big fan of Mark Hamill’s portrayal. With that, I wasn’t too thrilled that they went with a different voice actor for Bruce Wayne/Batman and given Kevin Conroy the boot. Although, I wasn’t disappointed with Roger Craig Smith as the Cape Crusader’s voice. I wasn’t too fond of Troy Baker’s Joker.

While I didn’t want the Joker to be the primary antagonist in Arkham Origins even if it made sense due to the darkness that Arkham Asylum and the Joker share. But I was really hoping they would have used the note from Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke‘s back story for the Joker. I think it would have been a lot more funner game if you were up against The Joker as the Red Hood. You did see it in a high on drugs flashback but it wasn’t the same. I also wish that the Black Mask had a much larger role. I think his death was pretty premature, unnecessary and disappointing. Of course it wasn’t meant to be so they came up with this story.

I found the ending to be somewhat satisfactory but I wonder what the new developer Warner Bros. Games Montreal will do next. While I was disappointed that Rocksteady Studios isn’t behind the development of these games, I really really hope they are working on a Justice League game that centers on Superman and Wonder Woman. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Like it’s predecessors Arkham Origins has quite a lot of secondary objects like capture the Most Wanted fellows and collectathons. If you complete the game you unlock a bunch of different Batman suits. There’s multiplayer that I have no interest in playing nor the challenges. I may check out I Am the Night mode or whatever they call it but I’m in no rush.

The breakdown for Arkham Origins are:

Story: 3 out of 5
Graphics: 5 out of 5
Gameplay: 2.5 out of 5
Playability: 4 of 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5

Man of Steel 2, Squared


I blogged last year on my two cents about Ben Affleck being casted as the iconic Bruce Wayne/Batman character in the Man of Steel sequel. They were so wrong.  The only casting news I was pleased for this feature so far was Gal Gadot being casted as Wonder Woman. Out of the three women in the running, the Director made the right call.

They’ve casted Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Lex Luthor

I realize that Director Zac Synder’s envision for Superman vs Batman that Lex Luthor and Clark Kent/Superman are of the relative same age and possibly grew up together in Smallville, Kansas. I’ve always viewed him more of a much older man who’s hellbent on ruling the World.

If I was directing I would have actually chosen Jeremy Irons for this role. I’ve always loved it when Irons plays a baddie.

Alfred Pennyworth

I really wanted to see Patrick Stewart as Alfred Pennyworth it’s been so long since I heard Jeremy Irons speak in his native English accent.

Man of Steel


For me this summer blockbusters began with Iron Man 3 then Star Trek Into Darkness (which I’ve seen three times in theaters and planning on seeing it for the fourth time). Now the third blockbuster of the summer on my list is hitting theaters in over a week, Man of Steel.

Here is the most recent trailer!

Who wants to go see it with me?