The Batman Arkham Origins Official Strategy Guide (Limited Edition) from BradyGames is a comprehensive companion to the popular action-adventure game developed by WB Games Montréal. In this review, we will delve into the key features, design, organization, clarity, and additional extras of the guide, providing an overall assessment of its value for gamers. This guide is a must-have for fans of the game, as it offers a wealth of information to help players navigate the complex world of Gotham City and master the game’s mechanics.
|Publication Date||25th Oct. 2013|
|Author||Michael Owen, Joe Epstein|
|ISBN-13||978-0744015164 – Standard Edition | 978-0744015171 – Limited Edition|
|Price (RRP)||UK £12.99 – Standard Edition |UK £19.99 – Limited Edition|
- Comprehensive walkthrough for the entire game, including main story missions, side missions, and collectibles
- Detailed area maps with important landmarks, such as Riddler trophies, data packs, and Anarky tags
- In-depth strategies for combat and stealth, including enemy takedown techniques and gadget usage
- Extensive information on gadgets and upgrades, with tips on how to best utilize them in various situations
- Exclusive lithographs and collectibles, adding a unique touch for collectors and fans of the game
- Bonus coverage of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, providing additional insights into the companion game
Batman: Arkham Origins was released worldwide on October 25, 2013, for PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, and Xbox 360. Developed by WB Games Montréal and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game is the third main instalment in the Batman: Arkham series. The game serves as a prequel to the previous titles, featuring a younger Batman facing off against numerous iconic villains for the first time.
The game received mixed reviews, with some critics praising the combat system and story, while others criticized the lack of innovation and polish compared to previous instalments. IGN gave the game a score of 7.8/10, stating that “Arkham Origins is a bit of a disappointment in its lack of new ideas and use of win buttons, making it the least interesting of the trilogy”. On the other hand, GameSpot awarded the game an 6/10 saying there were “No surprises or innovations to liven up the gameplay”.
The visual design of the Limited Edition Strategy Guide is impressive, featuring high-quality images, detailed maps, and an attractive layout. The guide also includes a set of four exclusive lithographs, making it a must-have for collectors (…although I’m missing these in my copy). The premium hardcover and foil-stamped dust jacket add a touch of elegance, making the guide a worthy addition to any gaming library.
The guide’s design is visually appealing and informative, with only minor room for improvement. The use of high-quality images and detailed maps enhances the overall experience, while the exclusive lithographs and premium hardcover make the Limited Edition a standout choice.
Design Score: 9/10
Organization and Structure
The guide is well-organized and easy to navigate, with a clear structure that allows readers to quickly find the information they need. The comprehensive walkthrough is divided into sections, with area maps and strategies for combat and stealth clearly presented. Side missions and collectibles are also well-documented, ensuring that players can find everything they need to complete the game 100%.
The guide’s organization and structure make it easy for readers to find the information they need quickly and efficiently. The clear division of sections and thorough documentation of all aspects of the game ensure that players can make the most of their time in Gotham City.
Organization and Structure Score: 9/10
Clarity and Explanation
The guide does an excellent job of explaining game mechanics and strategies in a clear and concise manner. It provides in-depth information on gadgets, upgrades, and combat techniques, allowing players to make the most of their gaming experience. The guide also offers tips and tricks for mastering the game’s stealth mechanics, ensuring that players can approach each situation with confidence.
The guide’s clarity and explanation of game mechanics and strategies are top-notch, providing valuable insights for players. The in-depth coverage of gadgets, upgrades, and combat techniques ensures that players can fully understand and utilise all aspects of the game.
Clarity and Explanation Score: 9/10
Additional Features and Extras
The Limited Edition Strategy Guide offers several additional features and extras, including exclusive lithographs, a premium hardcover, and bonus coverage of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. These extras add value to the guide and make it a worthwhile investment for fans of the game. The bonus coverage of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate provides additional insights into the companion game, ensuring that players can fully enjoy both titles.
The guide’s additional features and extras enhance its overall value, although they may not be essential for all players. The exclusive lithographs and premium hardcover make the Limited Edition a standout choice, while the bonus coverage of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate adds further depth to the guide.
Additional Features and Extras Score: 8/10
Overall Score and Recommendation
The Batman Arkham Origins Limited Edition Strategy Guide is a valuable resource for fans of the game, offering comprehensive information, clear explanations, and attractive design. We recommend this guide to players looking to enhance their gaming experience and explore the secrets of Gotham City. Whether you’re a completionist seeking to find every collectible or a casual player looking for guidance through the main story, this guide is an excellent companion to the game.
Overall Score: 8.8/10