Gordon: Batman, they're all in there, from petty thieves to the worst of the worst. And almost every one of them has a grudge against you.
Batman: Then they're about to get their shot.Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
is a portable game for the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita set in the Batman: Arkham Series
Three months after the assassination attempt on Batman
, a mysterious explosion occurs at Blackgate Penitentiary. A riot breaks out as the inmates take control of the prison, with Joker, Penguin, and Black Mask each ruling different sections. Batman is called in to investigate the cause of the explosion and get Blackgate back under control.
This game has the examples of:
- Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: A staple of the Arkham series. Solomon Grundy is encountered in the one under Blackgate Prison.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The last hostage you rescue from Catwoman is sitting on a crate containing the belt you need to unlock a Batsuit. Along with her invitation for Batman to come by and model it for her some night.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Joker, Penguin and Black Mask. One of them ends up becoming the game's ultimate Big Bad depending on which ending you get.
- Bigger Bad: Amanda Waller is implied to be the true mastermind behind the uprising. She orchestrated everything in order to find the best candidates for her Suicide Squad, ultimately selecting Deadshot and Bronze Tiger.
- Broken Bridge: Despite the illusion on the map that there is a simple route to your destination, the Metroidvania and Disconnected Side Area nature of the prison means that you will spend a lot of time backtracking and going from level to level before you get there.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
- During the Penguin's boss fight, elite mooks will react instantly to any attack on them and relentlessly gun you down. With freakin' Gatling guns. They are also impossible to eliminate via silent takedown or standard glide kick attacks. But you can use the Batclaw to rip the ammo packs off their backs, causing them to explode and knocking them out.
- The only way to defeat Black Mask is in a cutscene takedown from below; any other approach results in Batman being spotted and gunned down instantly, even if the enemy was distracted and looking the other way the split second before. This also exemplifies Cutscene Power to the Max, since otherwise you can't touch this foe.
- And the Joker fight as well. Basically each boss is rigged so there is only one way to beat him, and deviating from that gets you killed.
- Inverted if you unlock and equip the Darkest Night Batsuit, which makes you immune to all damage, effectively making the player a cheating bastard. Some may find this the only way to defeat the Final Boss (see That One Boss in the YMMV page).
- Crazy-Prepared: Batman as usual, and all the major players display this to some degree. Special mention to Catwoman, who makes Batman part of her own plan, and almost pulls it off.
- Disconnected Side Area: Everywhere. This includes trophy and upgrade boxes that you are standing on top of according to the map, but which are frustratingly nowhere to be seen.
- Enemy Mine: Batman and Catwoman end up working together to quell the riot.
- Everything Sensor: This game's version of Detective Vision only points out crucial objects after you have rolled over them with the touchscreen. Holding on the item triggers an "Analyze" function, which can result in the Batcomputer giving you vital clues for beating enemies as well as solving navigation puzzles.
- Face Heel Revolving Door: Catwoman starts out as an enemy, but then helps Batman put down the riot. Then it turns out she was actually integral in staging it in the first place, since she was hired to release Bane from cold storage. To make sure she will escape, she has rigged hostages with time bombs scattered around the prison. But she has left flirtatious little notes on each of them, with map directions so you can find and save them all. Yeah. This is a special girl.
- Final Boss: After the Penguin, Black Mask, and the Joker have been overcome, you have to defeat Catwoman to complete the game.
- Forced Prize Fight: Penguin forces Bronze Tiger to fight Batman in a duel to the death, since they are both at his mercy.
- Gatling Good: Penguin's thugs break into the armory and come out equipped with Gatling guns, which you challenge at your peril. The goons guarding Catwoman's hostages carry them, too.
- Metroidvania: Unlike the other games in the series, this game hews closer to the Metroid formula. Players are encouraged to explore Blackgate and tackle bosses in any order, and items are collected as you go along. Several of the developers actually worked on the Metroid Prime series.
- Multiple Endings: Much like Arkham Asylum, a different scene is shown at the end depending on which of the major bosses you take down last.
- Penguin's ending results in him being freed by a corrupt cop, only for him to kill the man with his umbrella for failing to take down Batman over the course of the night.
- Black Mask's ending results in him getting free after his defeat, escaping in an explosion (that likely fuses his mask to his face) while plotting revenge on the Joker.
- Prison Riot: The main plot is that supervillains have taken over Blackgate.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: The basic premise is essentially Batman: Arkham Asylum AT BLACKGATE!
- Scripted Battle: All the boss fights.
- Wolverine Claws: Bronze Tiger uses these.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Catwoman flirts suggestively with the Batman throughout their interactions, even after her Face-Heel Turn.
Catwoman: What a lousy first date.