7 Things We Want From Batman: Arkham Origins
Driving the Batmobile and Other Vehicles
Every Batman movie has a chase, and those chases generally involve driving the Batmobile around. While Arkham Asylum had the Batmobile in it, you never had a chance to drive around—your only interaction with the car was defending it from a bunch of thugs who tried to scratch it. What’s an open world without the ability to drive around in it?
The Batmobile aside, the Batwing has been confirmed to have a presence in Arkham: Origins. Would players be able to pilot the aircraft and use it as more than just a fast travel mechanic? We certainly hope so.
Interactive Environments in Combat
Arkham Asylum and its sequel have been good at depicting Batman’s mastery in martial arts, but the one thing that’s been sorely missing from his repertoire is his ability to use the environment to his advantage during combat.
In this regard, Arkham Origins could stand to borrow from another open world game, Sleeping Dogs. For example, Batman should be able to throw bad guys into walls to knock them out, smash their heads into glass windows, or even knock them out with a chair. There’s little reason for Batman not to use every available item at his disposal to take out a large group of enemies. Beyond simply beating his opponents with his fists, Batman could even use the environment in combination with his gear. Shocking his enemies with a stun gun as they stand in a puddle of water could instantly knock them out.
Less of Joker, More of Everyone Else
The Batman universe contains a pantheon of interesting villains whose stories are enough to fill entire volumes of comic books. The Joker is regarded by many as Batman’s primary nemesis, but given the amount of attention he’s gotten in the two previous games, it’s high time other villains had the spotlight. Batman has many enemies—almost too numerous to count, and each of them could beef up the roster of villains he has to deal with throughout the game. How about an appearance by The Condiment King?
While it’s true that the previous Batman games gave plenty of love to lesser-known characters, much of the spotlight was dominated by the Joker. Give someone else the lead this time around.
Put it on a Next-Gen Console
Batman: Arkham Origins has only been confirmed for release on current-gen consoles and the PC thus far. As such, the game is both graphically and technically hamstrung by the limitations of existing platforms. Why not leverage its capabilities on the PC by maxing it out, and carry it forward to one, if not both of the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft? It would even give PC gamers a better game.
The best thing about comic books is the way they’re paced. Chapters are essentially divided by issues, and multiple stories can take place within a single timeframe by splitting them into several different series of comics. If the game is to differentiate main quests from side stories, why not make it more evident? The game’s comic book origins should be used to its advantage.
The main campaign aside, the developers could extend the length of Arkham Origins by adding episodic missions, providing players with the opportunity to explore the origins of villains not part of the main storyline. It’d also give fans a lot more to chew on with DLC.
What would you like to see in Batman: Arkham Origins?