After such a successful experience with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, shifting development studios from Rocksteady to Warner Brother Games Montreal could have meant that Batman: Arkham Origins was on shaky ground.
However, fear not. As you burst into a vastly expanded Gotham City and lap up the rich prequel storyline set several years before the events of the aforementioned titles, it’s clear that where it wasn’t broke, it hasn’t been fixed.
Such a dark and brooding environment provides the perfect back-drop for another bout of comic-book carnage, as combat sequences are ramped up to the next level, thanks to a host of new moves and gadgets, not to mention some epic boss battles.
Graphically excellent, with impressive voice acting, the game manages to cement a sure footing ahead of the next generation of consoles, which will surely clamour for another dose of the Dark Knight sooner rather than later.
For now, Arkham Origins is more than enough to keep bat-fans entertained.