Batman: Arkham Origins
What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- time management
- achieving goals
- handling stress
- meeting challenges together
- group projects
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
Engagement, Approach, Support
The game is engaging as players will be attracted to the intense gameplay, dark atmosphere and various game modes. It's fun to be the good guy, fighting evil and protecting the city.
The game's detective elements challenge gamers to use their head -- when analyzing a scene and collecting evidence -- instead of just fighting abilities. It's also social because of its multiplayer options.
A tutorial helps players familiarize themselves with the controls and mission structure. Data is given after each mission.
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.
Families can talk about...
Do gamers want more of the same with these kinds of superhero games, or do they expect a brand-new experience when they throw down up to $60 for the disc? How does a developer know what's desirable by gamers?
Do you play games for the action or the story?
|Platforms:||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows|
|Price:||$49.99 - $59.99|
|Available online?||Available online|
|Developer:||Warner Bros. Games|
|Release date:||October 29, 2013|
|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 (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360) |