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'Batman: Arkham Origins' Review: Brilliance Outweighs Frustrations

In the latest 'Batman: Arkham' saga, Warner Bros. Montreal takes the reins for a prequel that allows you to develop as that character does.

Conclusion and specs

Conclusion

If you enjoyed the first two "Arkham" games, then "Batman: Arkham Origins" is quite simply a must-play. Forget the naysayers worried about leaving Rocksteady, Conroy, Hamill and Dini behind; Warner Bros. Montreal and the team it assembled proved more than ready to take on the mantle of the Bat. (For our comic book fans, they're more Dick Grayson after "Final Crisis" than Jean-Paul Valley after "Knightfall.") The game has its bumps and bruises, most of which are carried over from prior entries, but the engaging, twisty story, passionate and twisted performances, and boss battles that make you feel like you've conquered the world vastly outweigh those mild frustrations.

Warner Bros. Montreal wanted to show gamers what it was like to become Batman, and it delivered.

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Warner Bros. Montreal
Genre: Action/Adventure
Price: $59.99 – Console, $49.99 PC
Release Date: Oct. 25, 2013
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U (no Multiplayer on Wii U)
Minimum Requirements (PC):
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or equivalent
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800, AMD Radeon HD 3850
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows Vista Direct X 10 HD Space: 15 GB

Lucas Siegel is the Site Editor of Tom's Guide sister site Newsarama.com, the oldest and largest comic book-focused website on the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @LucasSiegel and on Google+. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.