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Gamers return to the crime-addled streets of Gotham City to witness the Caped Crusader's formative years as a vigilante in Batman: Arkham Origins. Set five years before the acclaimed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, Arkham Origins stars a raw, unrefined Batman who is still an enigma to the police, but enough of a menace to the underworld that crime boss Black Mask has put a $50-million bounty on his head. The action finds players using detective skills, gadgets, and brute force to fend off eight would-be assassins, including Deadshot, Firefly, and Deathstroke.
Though developmental duties have been transferred from Rocksteady Studios to WB Games Montreal, the gameplay in Arkham Origins remains similar to the previous titles, with players exploring open environments, using new gadgets to access previously unavailable areas, and employing a mix of stealth and direct assaults to take down foes. Gamers earn experience points as they advance through the story, allowing them to upgrade Batman's gadgets and combat abilities. The game does feature new kinds of enemies, including martial arts specialists who are adept at blocking and countering attacks, and powerful enforcers who can't be harmed until stripped of their armor.
Arkham Origins also features new gadgets, including the Remote Claw, which lets Batman pull two objects or characters together at a high rate of speed, and the Shock Gloves, which can be used to block electrical attacks, stun foes, and short-circuit some objects in the environment. The game places a greater emphasis on Batman's detective skills, with players analyzing crime scenes all over the city, and in addition to numerous side missions and collectibles, gamers can head to the Batcave to take on combat challenge maps. And for the first time in the series, Arkham Origins includes a multiplayer component, with three playable factions consisting of Joker and his minions, Bane and his gang, and the team of Batman and Robin.