Prepare for an ice age in Batman: Arkham Origins DLC

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If there was one game that I was looking forward to in 2013, it had to be the prequel to Arkham Asulum and Arkham City. Unfortunately, a lack of originality and more bugs than a Starship Troopers movie meant that Arkham Origins felt less than stellar. Perhaps DLC for the game can sort things out.

Batman: Arkham Origins, which starred a violent sociopathic orphan who worked out his parental abandonment issues by dressing up as a flying rat mammal and administering fist-based vigilante justice and dental bills at night, also included the option for a season pass when it launched.

The first part of that DLC was the usual superfluous assortment of cosmetic upgrades, as well as the Bruce Wayne standalone story Initiation, which had players honing those violent skills as the young hero in training. And something with ninjas and no Liam Neeson. I think.

But come 2014, it looks like the caped crusader will be facing down an old foe, as the official Arkham Origins Twitter account hinted towards the return of Mr Freeze.




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Going back to Arkham City, the boss battle with Mr Freeze was one of my highlights of that game. It was tense, challenging and you needed to use various methods to stop the mad cryogenics genius, as he adapted quicker than the bastard lovechild of the Borg and a Cyberman to whatever you threw at him.

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That was a great fight that built on what the game had taught you so far, and something that was largely missing from Arkham Origins. That prequel had a golden chance to create several unique boss fight encounters, but it largely scuppered it for more generic fights that recycled themes from the previous games.


As for which version of Mr Freeze will be present in Arkham Origins, I’m putting easy money on it being the Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger Mr Freeze. You know the one, he had a rejected Power Rangers suit of armour that was magically powered by diamonds and he made awesome puns and holy hell I must have been higher than my Rastafarian neighbours when I watched that train wreck.

Last Updated: January 6, 2014

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  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    The hate for this game is unjust. Oh well. I enjoyed and played the guano out of that game!

    • VampyricSquirrel Monk

      Guano bowls… Collect the whole set…

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    So, he is back?

    • Hammersteyn

      Which is funny seeing how everyone is back today.

  • Hammersteyn

    WTF! We had Firefly,Copperhead and the Electrocutioner whose only purpose in the game if you ask me was to hand over his gauntlets. Seriously the worst boss fight ever though it was funny at the time.

    Now they are releasing one of the main villains as DLC. If this was an origins story (even though the part where Batman trains is DLC as well!) why isn’t Ra’s al Ghul in the game? Can we expect Scrarecrow, Clayface, Solomon Grundy or Two Face as DLC as well?

    The game left a bad taste in my mouth like last installment of most trilogies does. It felt a lot shorter than the previous two. Deathstroke who I was looking forward two was in and out faster than most teenagers first time. There was a nice part where you played as the Joker but that was over to quickly as well.

    Why the hell can’t the Joker have his own game?

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      Sounds like you would rather give this DLC the cold shoulder?

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL, I would love to see any DLC practice put on ice. Seriously. There’s no reason that the initiation story and Mr. Freeze should have been left out of the game. They purposefully leave it out for season pass and DLC. More and more we are buying 75% of a game at full price having to pay for the rest later.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          & the 25% you buy later costs the same as the initial purchase. No thanks.

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            And then they add additional %’s to try and keep a game alive while they try make the next game and end up killing the game completely by the time they hit 125%.

    • JHN

      100 bucks says there is a new one this year.

      • Batman8318

        Yep… Watch them turn this into an annual thing…

        • Wittman

          I honestly wouldn’t mind this especially since WB Montreal has the foundation built and can focus on bugs and such

          • Batman8318

            I agree with you but they really need to work on the bugs and glitches,,, From the look of Origins they still have a many bugs to fix. Some Achievements wont even unlock on the 360 particularly the initiation DLC…

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  • Jonah Cash

    I had this game early and it was very buggy… almost felt like it didn’t have enough power for all it wanted to show!! But after the second patch? it was fixed 100%!! The game was just as good as the two before it, and I don’t know what this new idea is that games have to try and be something it isn’t just to have a different sequel?!?!?!?

  • Avithar

    felt this game was rather short… but guess that’s cause of the great DLC

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