Batman games used to be a fool's errand. No development team could ever quite nail down the feeling of being the world's greatest detective while also showing the Dark Knight's amazing combat skills and the unique darkness of his world. Then Rocksteady Studios
stepped up to the plate with their masterpiece, Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360)
which was heralded as the Best Batman Game Ever. Two years later, they outdid themselves by making Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)
, a game which expanded the world, the gadgets, brought in more fanboy service, and launched thousands of "which game is better?" and "best sequel ever?" conversations.
Next week, WB Games Montreal is set to throw their cape and cowl into the ring with Batman: Arkham Origins
. We'll have our official review coming in the following weeks, but there is no game better suited for a thorough achievement examination in this week's Achievement Preview Spotlight.
Much like the Dark Knight himself, I had to do a bit of detective work on this achievement list because, at the time of writing, many of the achievements are "Secret" and/or "unconfirmed" on the site. I'm sure all of our magical Game Info elves are working around the clock to get all of the juicy details, but in the meantime, let's take a peek at the achievements as they stand.
I'm going to kick things off with an achievement that will have Arkham
vets cringing at the potential time sink.
Easy there, gamer. Find a stick to bite down on. It's going to be OK. Riddler Trophies/Challenges started back in Arkham Asylum
with several pops that were awarded incrementally at percentage complete points. Arkham City
kicked things up a notch with Riddler Trophies and Hostages. It appears as if WB Games Montreal is picking up where Rocksteady left off.
The next achievement (series of achievements, actually) has a bit of mystery surrounding it that I'm sure will come to greater light in the coming days.
In addition to the Shadow Vigilante track, there are also achievements attached to the Gotham Protector
, Worst Nightmare
, and World's Greatest Detective
tracks. Can you get all of these achievements in one playthrough? We'll probably find out together.
The next achievement is all but expected at this point. It is also still very welcome in my eyes.
There are few things that feel better than taking out every enemy in a Predator Challenge without having them see you. If there is one thing that really encapsulates the Dark Knight experience, it's being one with the shadows like this.
Let's hear it for button-mashers!
In our recent Podcast Achievement Challenge
, Rich, M, and I all struggled with remembering and remastering the combat system from Arkham Asylum
. The presence of this achievement gives me a chance to do a public service message to all gamers: Do not put off these achievements and come back to them after a few months, you will have completely lost your rhythm and timing.
With the new presence of multiplayer (on top of what are sure to be some tough single player achievements) it's really hard to pick the one that will be the toughest one/the one with the highest ratio. I'm going to enter Detective Mode and try to find the culprit, though.
Really, this is a shot in the dark, but I'm going to try and back this up. Arkham Origins
is the first Arkham
game to include multiplayer
. While I was skeptical initially, what WB Games Montreal is doing does sound pretty cool. All the coolness in the world, however, isn't going to shield Origins
' new mode from the big shooters (and their huge multiplayer communities) that will eat away at less-popular multiplayer games in the next few weeks (not to mention new consoles launching). With that in mind, I wonder how long the multiplayer community will stick with this new venture and, inside of that community, how many will stick with it long enough to prestige.
Aside from the Legend achievement, there are ten other multiplayer achievements, meaning that completionists will be spending a good deal of time grinding through Gotham... in addition to grinding through the single player.
Fortunately, if you're going to be spending a lot of time in a game world, you can do a lot worse than Gotham... as Batman.Batman: Arkham Origins
is set for release next Friday.
If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!