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Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC Review

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The final (and only real Single Player story based) DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins has finally been released on Xbox Live. Cold, Cold Heart is available at £7.99 À la carte, or free as part of the Season Pass for the game.

Cold, Cold Heart is set on New Year’s Eve, just 6 days following the events of Batman: Arkham Origins which took place on Christmas Eve. It opens with us watching the Gotham City Humanitarian Award being given to Ferris Boyle, owner of Gothcorp. It is being hosted by Bruce Wayne at Wayne Manor who is being a lot more jovial than how he is portrayed in Batman: Arkham Origins considering the short time of the events of Origins ending, and a story that has Bruce Wayne a very surly, grumpy man only interested in “his work”.

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The DLC serves as the introduction of Mr Freeze to the Arkham universe. He attacks the event to kidnap Ferris Boyle using his cryogenic weapons to freeze security and guests. Once the cut scene is over its time to take over; and to begin with you will play as Bruce, fighting his way to get to the Batcave to “suit up”. Considering this is DLC released quite some time after the main game’s release, making the first ten minutes of the DLC nothing more then a tutorial for the combat and predator challenge elements felt a little pointless. No one playing this DLC would need such a basic tutorial and it felt like yet again, WB Montreal simply reusing another element that Rocksteady used in Arkham City, the opening sequence which sees you as Bruce Wayne fighting Penguin and his goons after being captured by Hugo Strange.

The DLC moves through Wayne Manor as you fight your way to get to the Batcave where you are quite clumsily told that the XE Batsuit, designed to deal with extreme frozen conditions, is not quite ready to be used just yet. So in a week since the events of Origins, Bruce and Alfred decide to build this Batsuit, which would be perfect to take on an enemy that uses Cryogenic weaponry but had no knowledge of the villain Mr Freeze before this DLC Story. Well Batman does like to be prepared, but it is just as lazy a way of introducing it into the story as much as Alfred telling you that for no reason whatsoever, the Glue grenades which worked just fine all through Batman: Arkham Origins, was suddenly unstable and all turned to dust so you wont be able to use them. Shame, they had been working a week ago.

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Gameplay wise the DLC has a lot to offer really. From the combat and predator challenges that being inside Wayne Manor and later on Gothcorp as you work to free Ferris Boyle from the clutches of Mr Freeze, to the open world nature once you get to explore the cornered off area of Gotham City, thanks to somehow Mr Freeze finding the time to send his goons to freeze the great Gotham bridge. The city allows you the freedom to explore the area as you would in the main game and it provides plenty of criminal activity to keep you busy.

Other than the main story-line mission, you also have plenty of optional side missions to complete. Some will rely on you having put on the XE suit which happens mid way, as 20 civilians have been frozen and require Batman to thaw them out using the XE suit’s thermal gloves which replace the Electrocutioner’s gloves you confiscated during Origins main story. Despite dealing with the character Anarchy in Origins story, his followers are still hell bent on continuing his work and Bats will encounter them spraying the Anarchy symbol around the city, or starting riots at arranged meeting points planning to set off the same bombs that Anarchy tried to in the main game. Both of which are optional for you as the player to complete during the main story mission and all serve to give you extra things to do, but also come across as filler to expand the gameplay.

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Using the XE suit was also fun at times. It has a great look, but like so much of Batman: Arkham Origins style of borrowing from Arkham City, the design is very similar to the Bat Armour used in the comic book story and animation ‘Dark Knight Returns’ to take on Superman in their big showdown fight. Thermal Batarangs are used to thaw controls that you will need to hack and the thermal gloves give Bats a more firey attack style much as the electricity gauntlets does. It does feel strange for Batman to be quite happy beating up thugs using fire punches, but then its no more improbable than Batman having been making this suit “just in case” he ran into a villain like Mr Freeze without knowing that Mr Freeze existed!

For me, this DLC is good but not great – much like the main game itself which scored just 60% on thisisxbox.com. Cold, Cold heart tells a good Origin story and introduction to the character of Mr Freeze, but it never really grabbed me with its gameplay which felt very “samey” to the main game which is my least favourite to have Arkham in its title. For the price of £7.99 you do get enough to do and a decent story to justify picking it up but only if you actually enjoyed Batman: Arkham Origins. If like me you had put the game down a long time ago and never felt the need to revisit it, then this DLC will give you some enjoyment as you play, but probably short-lived!

The cutscenes tell the main story well enough and its a nice way to round off the Origins of the Arkham series which this game was designed to do as Rocksteady worked on the final chapter of their own Arkham Trilogy (of which they do not include Origins or really even acknowledge its existence to be fair). For £7.99 its ok as DLC but it’s not a massive wow factor for me as an Arkham fan.

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Batman Arkham: Origins – ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ DLC Releasing April 22nd

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Warner Brothers Games and WB Montreal have finally revealed the Single Player DLC expansion story for Arkham: Origins which had been teased up until now. The DLC Called ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ will tell the origin story of Mr.Freeze and players will learn how he earned his role as one of Batman’s arch nemeses. This DLC will be available to players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass from the in game store and can be bought as standalone on April 22nd from Xbox LIVE Store

Unfolding across iconic Gotham City locations, including Wayne Manor, Cold, Cold Heart equips players with the powerful Batman Extreme Environment (XE) suit and new gadgets including the Thermal Gloves and Thermocharged Batarangs. The game introduces several hours of all-new content in which players will battle through punishing, icy landscapes to witness Mr. Freeze’s heart-pumping first encounter with the Dark Knight.

Outed – Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition is heading for the Xbox LIVE Arcade as information of its release was put on Xbox.com a little too early, so expect “official” announcements in due course. Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate, is already available on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. When it has been dated, we’ll keep you posted.

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Here is a brief of the description:

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.

As soon as pricing and dates have been announced, expect us to be all over it!

Batman Arkham: Origins – New Behind The Scenes Video Looks at Copperhead

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled a new video for Batman: Arkham Origins – a special behind-the-scenes look at the introduction of Copperhead in the game.

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One of the assassins out to collect the bounty on Batman’s head, Copperhead is agile, venomous, and ultimately one of the biggest threats to the Dark Knight. This video shows off the elaborate motion capture process that brings Copperhead to life in Batman: Arkham Origins and includes commentary from the game’s Cinematic Director and Stunt Coordinator.

Batman: Arkham Collection Edition

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Warner Bros and DC Entertainment has announced (we all saw this coming) the Batman: Arkham Collection Edition. Within it the blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise has been united into one staggering package available on the Xbox 360 and other platforms.

Developed by WB Games Montréal and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Collection Edition brings together the full collection of Arkham Games:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be available as digital downloads, while the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins is obtainable as a physical disc.

The Batman: Arkham Collection Edition will be available in the UK from 22nd November 2013.

Batman Arkham: Origins – WB Support Finally Address Technical Issues

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Since Arkham Origins was released last Friday, players have been reporting multiple issues with the prequel story by first time developer WB Montreal. Today for the first time since the release, WB Support have responded to those reports and have listed which problems they believe they are able to solve and explanations for why they happened. Posted on the WB support forums, WB Posted the following Statement:

“Hello, 

We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who has joined us since the launch of the game.  We appreciate the fan support and also want to thank all the people in the field who have sent us their saved games as they have been invaluable in helping us identify the problems. 

It has come to our attention that there are issues that are negatively impacting the experience for some players.  The team has been working around the clock to review, validate and pinpoint the problems that have been reported and we have identified three main issues which we are tackling first, and are listed below.  For these issues, we expect the software update to be available within the next week.  Rest assured, we are continuing to monitor all channels for other issues that players are experiencing and will release additional updates as they become available.

 

1)             Infinite Falling/Falling Out Of World – All platforms

 

Some players have been stuck in an endless loop of falling, making it impossible to complete certain missions and progress through the single-player campaign.  We believe we have identified the issue and are currently testing the software update, which will push most players back to their previous save so that they will not be stuck in an infinite loop.

 

2)             Unable To Continue Story – All Platforms

 

Some players can see their story progress in the main menu, but once they choose the story slot they don’t see an option to “Continue” and only “New Game” shows up. This issue should be resolved and the “Continue” option will once again be available.  

 

3)             FreeFlow Focus mode not unlocking upon reaching “Shadow Vigilante” rank 3 will be fixed – All Platforms

 

 

Specific to the PC, an update that addresses the above issues, as well as the following, recently went live:

 

1)             Fix for progression blocker keeping some players from navigating through the vent in the Burnley tower.

 

We have not yet solved the following rare issues and are continuing to investigate.

 

1)             Corrupted Saves – Xbox 360 only

 

Players have reported losing their saved game to data corruption.  Specifically, when you try to choose a story slot to continue, it says “Corrupted” and if you select it, an error message appears which says, “The save is corrupt. Please delete it.”  We believe we know what is causing this and need a few more days to validate before pushing a patch through.

 

2)             Ongoing Crashing/Freezing Issues – Xbox 360 only

 

Players have reported recurring crashing and freezing while playing the game. We have been working hard to track down and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.  We believe we know what is causing these issues and need a few more days to validate before pushing this patch through. In the meantime, some players have managed to avoid the freezing by disconnecting their console from the Internet while playing.

Hopefully this indicated that a title update is due to land on Xbox 360 soon.

Batman Arkham Origins – Launch Trailer

With just two days left before the much-anticipated release of the Batman’s intense new adventure, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the Batman: Arkham Origins – “Personal Mission” Launch Trailer.

The launch trailer sets the tone for visceral combat, an expansive Gotham City and action-packed story players can expect to see as they suit up as the young hero known as Batman to take on Black Mask and eight deadly assassins. 

Batman Arkham Origins is released Friday October 25th on Xbox 360.

Batman Arkham Origins – 17 Minute Gameplay Video

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today has unveiled a comprehensive 17 minute gameplay walkthrough video for Batman: Arkham Origins.

The Batman: Arkham Origins Official 17 Minute Gameplay walkthrough video features Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre at WB Games Montréal as they guide viewers through the mechanics of the new title, highlighting the game’s deep combat system and engrossing narrative.

Over the span of 17 minutes, you’ll see the Dark Knight explore the Batcave, beat down on thugs and infiltrate a corrupt Gotham City Police Department.

Batman Arkham Origins is released this Friday, October 25th for Xbox 360.

Batman: Arkham Origins – Nowhere to Run Trailer

Kicking things off for gamescom 2013, today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment unveiled a new trailer for Batman™: Arkham Origins titled “Nowhere to Run.” The trailer showcases the indomitable super villains hell-bent on taking down the Bat and gives a first look at Firefly, one of the eight assassins featured in Batman: Arkham Origins, capable of raining fire from above.

You can watch the Batman: Arkham Origins – Nowhere to Run – gameplay trailer above.

WB Games Montréal Announces Batman: Arkham Origins

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Warner Bros and DC Entertainment has announced a prequel title to the Arkham games already well-loved on the Xbox 360. A new game titled Batman: Arkham Origins is scheduled to be released worldwide 25th October, 2013.

Currently in development by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.

Martin Tremblay, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment added that “WB Games Montréal has an incredibly talented team building upon Rocksteady’s award-winning gameplay and technology to deliver a deep, immersive, quality experience fans will love.” What we don’t know is what Rocksteady are up to now if WB Games Montréal is taking the reign in Arkham from likely hereon in?

Look out for more information in the lead up to release.