Batman: Arkham Origins
features a defining tale set in a snowy Gotham City on Christmas Day, when Batman is hunted by eight deadliy assassins.
In the game Batman has new lethal enemies like the armoured enforcer and the martial artist. Batman has a few new moves too, as well as some new gadgets. Players can use the remote claw to directly attack enemies by stringing them up from vantage points or they can shoot using the concussion detonator which is more like a stun gun which disorients opponents in close combat. Jumping down on foes from building rooftops never gets tiring.
The simple controls make for an enjoyable game, with dodgings and counters being as important as always. And there is a new online mode that lets you play online with friends. You could chose to be on the side of the good guys, Batman and Robin, or take a walk on the dark side with super villain Elite and the Joker's or Bane's gang.
The graphics are good, but the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions do witness low frame rates at times. Whether or not you're a Batman fan, Origins will ignite a fire in the belly of every close combat gamer with its exciting campaign and online play.