Review: Does 'Batman: Arkham Origins' top 'Arkham City'?
Is it better than... ..."Batman: Arkham Asylum"? Yes. "Arkham Origins" mirrors most of the improvements that Rocksteady brought to "Arkham City," which gives it an edge on "Arkham Asylum" in almost every way. Not being shackled to the Asylum grounds is a huge plus in "Origins'" favor.
..."Batman: Arkham City"? No. "Arkham City" is superior to "Arkham Origins" in nearly every way, from story to utilization of mythology and the way characters are portrayed. Plus, it allowed players to play as Catwoman for story significant portions of the game, bringing a breath of fresh air to break up some of the more tedious segments. In fact, one of Catwoman's missions heavily impacts the ending of the game. A lot of the charm of "Arkham City" was lost in "Arkham Origins" and it shows.
..."Saints Row IV"? No. "Saints Row IV" embraced the ridiculousness of repetitive open-world gameplay in a way that pokes fun at the genre as a whole, which made it all the more compelling. It also allowed players to really feel like they were becoming super heroes by forcing them to earn powers via challenges, something that "Batman: Arkham Origins" never quite figures out.
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