A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an action-heavy game with a strong emphasis on hand-to-hand combat and third-person shooter mechanics in the multiplayer modes. Players also can assume the role of the bad guys on the online games. Batman uses fists and kicks as well as special weapons to beat up the baddies. Some blood can be seen in the environment, along with dead bodies. The Joker and other characters might scare younger gamers. Finally, there is one sexually suggestive scene (a villain grabbing someone's buttocks), some profanity, and representation of illegal narcotics.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Yes, it is, but those who played the last two games -- Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City -- might get a sense of deja vu. Oh, sure, the developer added a fresh story and a couple of new mechanics, not to mention the fun online multiplayer mode, but it won't take long to question whether this is essentially the same game as its two predecessors. Still, the free-flowing third-person combat feels great, the stealth and detective elements are deliciously tense, and the well-written story has a few exciting twists and turns. And boy, is it a good-looking game: playing the Xbox 360 version on a 60-inch LED TV helped elevate the overall experience.
Bottom line? As long as you go in knowing Batman: Arkham Origins is essentially the same kind of game as the two that came before it -- but with a new story and online multiplayer -- fans of the Caped Crusader will enjoy this deliciously dark action-adventure hybrid.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Science: electricity, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, strategy
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, time management
Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
Emotional Development: handling stress, persevering
- Price: $49.99 - $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Warner Bros. Games
- Release date: October 29, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures, Great Boy Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
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