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2021.12.03 22:26 butterweedstrover Arkham Origins is the pinnacle of bad game design
More specifically while no being the worse game ever, it was certainly put through the worse development cycle ever.
And now the developer, WB Montreal, is responsible for the next batman game, an online grinder where you don't get to play as batman so I find there previous game worth revisiting.
Hot off the heels of the much celebrated Arkham City a new team from Canada was brought in to release the next title while we waited for the final game, Arkham Knight.
While initially the reaction was mixed, since then there has seemed to be a unanimous appraisal of this title as some secret masterpiece. Or at the very least criminally underrated, but to say I disagree would be to belittle how truly awful the game really is. So awful that it makes an interesting case study (and I in no way mean to bully the people who worked hard to make it reality. It was obvious they wanted to make Arkham Origins 'good' so they certainly didn't phone it in).
Referencing their hard work, it is also significant that such a game could be completed by a team allowed to produce a finished product. This isn't Cyberpunk 2077 or Godfall. The game was neither incomplete or a cheap knock off. It was an attempt at something great which fell flat on its face.
NOTE*: I didn't play the multiplayer so I am only commenting on the single player campaign.
Firstly WB Montreal decided to put the Menu Screen options into the Batcave. The Batcave is only accessible through fast travel which is already something you don't want. It is barebones and limiting; since this was an attempt at something new it could have been amazing, but instead it was underwhelming.
So what did they do with this new Batcave hub? They turned it into a menu screen where you activate quests, change your bat outfit, and play the challenge rooms. All that was streamlined into menu select in the previous games since it served no purpose in the world, but WB Montreal decided to hide this select screen as a supposed 'new' feature of the world.
So not only do they stuck players into fast traveling in-world to access these side options, they hide it behind something as iconic as the bat cave as to suggest there would be something more. All it does is break up the pacing by making players stop by every know and then to get important quest items rather than having it airdropped at your location like in the previous games.
So about that, what about fast travel? Well fast travel is bad game design, it only exists when it has to as a necessary evil. Yet a big portion of the game is structured around unlocking towers to gain access to the fast travel locations.
Well what, is the world a massive open world? No, but there is a long bridge... :(
The developers designed this world by slapping on the Arkham City map and then connecting it to a lesser inspired version of that map via a long bridge. A long bridge with nothing. To compensate they add wirings that allow you to grapple boost across but all the bridge does is force you to fast travel. Once you have unlocked the fast travel point in both Islands you don't need the rest, they are just filler.
Tower unlocks in games like Assassin's Creed, while annoying, are about scouting out new areas. But these aren't vantage point, just random areas you cross and recross, they serve no purpose besides being tedious and time consuming.
One aspect of the Arkham City map was wonder tower. You had to go around this walled off area and take longer routes. It has a story purpose to reinforce an idea that you are in a prison complex.
Well Arkham Origins take place before this part of the city was sectioned off so I guess this would be an opportunity to fix that problem. But no, the developers just slapped on a giant complex called "GOTHAM CITY LIGHT & POWER" that we can't glide over.
If the Montreal team had done more than just copy the successful city game they could have found obvious ways to improve it, but instead they thought all they needed was Arkham City again but with additional crap stuck on top.
So now we don't just have the wonder tower area, but several other large monoliths stuck in our way. And unlike in City it is not marked on our map, so we have no idea. We are given this illusion that we have this open area to explore but there are giant red blocks and invisible walls blocking our way. There is the Petroleum Facility were Enigma is headquartered, the Hotel, and the aforementioned energy complex.
So we have a team who designed an open world where watch towers were placed in random off location areas (like on a floating island) so that we can unlock fast travels to get across a very long bridge and glide around areas that we otherwise could go over. Worse, the purpose of the world is to glide over obstacles you would otherwise have to face on the ground, but Arkham Origins doesn't care about any of that.
It is trying to replicate Arkham City without understanding why its features were good (or bad). The Enigma trophies are just copied and pasted from the last game but with less context. We don't 'know' who enigma is at this point so we need an excuse for more puzzles and hacked cameras. They had an entire universe of alternatives to the riddler but instead we get nigma without the riddles.
The combat system was according to Rocksteady (the original developers) meant to replicate Guitar Hero. You get a rhyme and keep hitting the right buttons. But Origins wants to add more. It doesn't revitalize the combat system, it just brings the same things and thinks more is better.
Now enemies exist to break your combo which goes against the principle of the combat system. You are suppose to be having fun, not grinding to beat tough guys. Usually there would be one armored guy to mix up the gameplay. In Origins we are given several.
So now when thrown into a group of baddies we have to stop the flow to stun an enemy, hammer them, vault over another enemy, rinse repeat. It makes the encounters long and boring, not difficult. So what is their solution? They add the shock gloves which defeats the purpose of even having the stun move in the first place. Adding more shields and armor isn't fun when they aren't strategically placed and allowing us to cheat the system with shock gloves isn't the definition of fun. The Ninjas meant to break your combo with double counters are just lazy QTEs thrown into slow the pacing.
If batman flies across the room to hit them, we want a continuation of his chain of attack. But the ninja slows down time when you hit them so you have to counter their attack. This does the opposite of making the combat play to its strengths, it just reveals how shallow and empty the combat system was all along.
The Bane enemies are this but worse requiring TWO stun beat downs to knock out and Origins doesn't just throw one of them at a time, but several in a single encounter. They also have red shockwaves and charges which can only be resolved by vaulting away (breaking up the combat once again).
So what about new items? Same as before but less useful. The glue grenade is the ice grenade but it can't freeze water so it removes a primary traversal mechanic. The stun grenade is the glue grenade but does even less.
It is bad game design to even have repetitive items. The upgraded bat claw can be used to stun enemies together which is already pointless since we have two stun weapons. It also give three free KOs during predator mode which defeats the purpose of having predator mode. Just remove three of the enemies from the encounter and you will get a more fulfilling treatment.
Making bad level design and then giving players the tool to cheat the design isn't a solution, it is just a sign of how bad things are. The Predator maps are like whys very bad.
In the GCPD you have a bunch of offices cornered off but no roof so you can isolate enemies right next to each other with walls. So really there is no design besides drop down on enemies and zipping back up. The walls are just there to make things easy. No need to separate enemies, set traps, or find breakable walls.
Oh yeah, and they add MORE armored guys in predator who you CAN'T stealth kill (excuse me, knock unconscious). The best you can do is bat claw them off a ledge but even then that reveals your presence. So if you want to stealth the entire map without anyone knowing, you aren't allowed to. That is called bad game design.
Some of the other predator maps are so bizarre as to where the vantage points are set that I have no words. The map in Black Gate was also very much like the first Predator Map in Asylum. Asylum gets off for being a first try, but Origins is the third game, it should be held to higher standard.
Especially since the Black Gate predator arena is end game material while the one in Asylum is just an introduction to the stealth gameplay.
Visual design? 2-D fire sprites are painfully obvious in the End Game when emotions are running high. The soft art-design lets the game get away with lower textures and more washed out colors, but not with its broken frame rate.
This supposed blizzard also goes a long way in turning the world black and white. Colors don't pop out, everything is dry and depressing.
One more thing on world layout: The Mall area outside the Museum has its glass covering closed. This may show that the area is in less ruin than in Arkham City, but it defeats it own purpose by blocking players from gliding back down to the outlet. Instead we can only access it through specific areas.
The dungeons? Straight lines. No seriously, there is no obstacles at all. Every building is just a one way route to the boss fight. Areas like the Hotel are made to look open but you can only play them in one order. No backtracking either.
Why is this bad? It ruins the purpose of clever thinking and restricts the level to just a sequence of beat-em' ups. There are fake vents in multiple areas. And vents you can open serve no purpose. Supposedly Batman finds vents to get around certain obstacles, but in Arkham Origins the levels are perfectly linear so the only place to go is through a vent.
Again, they have fake vents and fake doors as set dressing to give the illusion that this is not a video game level, but instead it just makes it painfully obvious that it is just a video game. The Ship tries to replicate the Steel Mill in Arkham City. Same stuff happens. But while in City we reach a central room from which we branch out, the Ship has nothing of the sort. Even the water section is linear with no obstacles (just point and drag).
The Hotel is supposedly the magnum opus of the game, but even then it is just opening doors, fight more people, move forward. There is literally a roller coaster segment which if the developers had any sense of irony, would be gesture to how "on-the-rails" everything is.
Story? Oh this is the part people praise, some people even claim it is as good as a classic Batman graphic novel. What if I let you on a little secret? There is no story.
Someone else on YouTube mentioned this but apparently a lot of people were bamboozled into thinking there was one. Like the dungeons, there is set dressing to give the illusion there is a conflict, but that is all a lie.
Don't get me wrong, there is a premise. Black Mask, an old time mob boss puts out a hit on some vigilante nut job on Christmas. GREAT. Premise = story. But it is just a lie.
The assassins have nothing to do with the story. They appear at random times as detours and then get relegated to SIDE QUESTS. Do you know how insulting it is for the main premise that you sold the game on to be relegated to side materially? It shows how little WB Montreal was interested in their own plot.
So what did they replace that with? Nothing. No really, nothing.
So, it turns out Black Mask was actually the Joker. So why does the Joker care about Batman? Because Batman saved him from falling down a bui- wait, that hasn't happened yet.
Joker has no reason to care about Batman. He doesn't care about the profitability of his crime network. He is introduced as a nut job who wipes out half of the black mask thugs (somehow, never explained how) so he has zero reason to keep this hit going because he doesn't care.
He has a supposed meeting in the Hotel to discuss this issue pretending to be Black Mask but he has ZERO reason to pretend. He reveals himself openly and people just accept. So he has no conflict. He is just playing the role of Black Mask and stringing us along on this fake Assassin quest until surprise, Batman saves Joker.
So what about Bane, why is he working with the Joker? No reason at all. He doesn't want the money. He doesn't like the Joker. So why is he in this 'story'? Because there is no story, it is just a montage of character relationships with no central conflict.
Jim Gordan is in this and Batman builds a relationship with him. He builds a relationship with Joker. He builds a relationship with Alfred. But none have any reason for happening since they are all disconnected.
Batman isn't famous yet Bane is dedicated to killing him for some reason. And yet he works with Joker for no reason since Joker doesn't even want him dead. Joker wants to perform a messed up game to prove Batman can kill, so why does Bane care?
Why is Bane even here? Who cares, this story doesn't have to make sense because it is just an excuse to stick a bunch of characters together.
Arkham Asylum: Joker takes over the Asylum to help build his titan army
Arkham City: Hugo Strange wants to activate protocol ten while Batman is poisoned on a ticking time clock.
Arkham Origins: ahh....
Like the rest of the game it is set dressing with no substance. There are cool scenes that are completely disconnected and have nothing to do with the game (like the Joker sequence).
Arkham Origins plays it safe while doing nothing. It copies Arkham City yet reveals how shallow the core of this series is by making it without substance and added mind numbing filler like more armored foes, and long bridge, and pointless monologues.
The Boss Fights? Deathstroke is glorified QTE. Copperhead? Just another combat arena. Killer Croc? A less inspired version of the titan battles in Arkham Asylum with a QTE.
The final Boss? It was just like the drill battle in Arkham Knight. Sneak around and get Bane next to an electric fence but with no detective vision. Seriously, this series isn't known for its boss fights, but Arkham Origins does nothing with its own.
And for the supposed central piece of the game, they actual had a joke boss fight. That tells you how seriously this game takes itself.
It is bad not from a lack of effort, but misplaced effort. They copied Arkham City without understanding what made it good and ended with a souless game that plays it safe yet somehow fails on every level.
I don't have much hope for this new Batman game, but if WB Montreal wants to learn something, they should stop focusing on more and learn to try and improve features by finding out why they work.
And while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I suggest people who harp on the fact that Arkham Origins is underrated go back and actually play the game. Which is not in the end a worth while experience.
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2021.12.03 22:26 plshelp776 Should I (18M) take back cheating gf (20F)?
I have been dating this girl for almost 2 years now, I just recently found out she cheated on me with her coworker.
A year ago during Christmas/New Years, my girlfriend went on a family vacation to Florida. While she was there she ended up downloading tinder since she was “lonely” and just wanted to make some friends. I saw it as a red flag but I trusted her to not cheat on me. 2 months go by and says that she had something to tell me. She confessed that she hooked up with a guy she met on tinder while she was in Florida. She told me that she was having doubts about us due to relationship problems at the time, she realized that she still loves me but it was already to late. She didn’t tell me right away because she was scared of losing me but she felt really guilty and wanted to come clean. Nevertheless this crushed me and I told her I needed space.
After a few days I decided to give her another chance and we continued dating. During these past few months we ended up moving in together and overtime I started to trust her more but I still haven’t forget about her cheating. 2 months ago I noticed she started to get really close with one of her coworkers. They would text often and I felt like she paid more attention to him then she did me. I got suspicious of it but she’d always tell me I had nothing to worry about and that she loves me. A few days ago I got off work earlier than usual and I wanted to surprise my girlfriend. I walked into our apartment and saw her and the coworker on our coach, I saw an opened condom wrapper on the floor.
I told the dude to leave, she started crying and says she wants another chance to “restore my trust” I don’t know what to do at this point. I love her she’s a good person, she’s always been supportive and affectionate with me but what she did was disrespectful. At the same time I love this girl and can’t picture a life without her. We currently still live together. Any advice on what I should do?
TL;DR Gf cheated on me with tinder date while in Florida, I give her another chance, we move in together, I find out recently she cheated on me again with her coworker
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2021.12.03 22:26 basicsllyclarkkent96 Superman and Lois Needs More Love
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So I have a minor problem that doesn't inconvenience me too much, but the highlights I make from the content share in the browser are different from the highlights I make from the desktop app. Is this intentional? I would like them to be the same, but if that's not possible I'll likely just use the web interface for everything.
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