Should you get excited about Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer?
We break down our fears and concerns about Batman Arkham Origins multiplayer
Yesterday WB Games dropped a bomb and revealed that Batman Arkham Originis will have a multiplayer mode. They released a trailer with some gameplay on it, where you could see Joker and Bane fight three other random clown guys and then Batman and Robin join the fun and start kicking some ass too. In the trailer there was also 3v3v2 which means that the multiplayer will have 8 players, 3 to play as Joker and his crew, 3 to play as Bane and his crew and 2 play as either Batman or Robin.
Twitter exploded and many people were excited, but also many other were confused and concerned about it. I too am concerned about this multiplayer mode for a good number of reasons. The first thing is that this mode is not developed by WB Games Montreal, the guys who took the reigns of the franchise from Rocksteady to develop the singleplayer, but it is done by Splash Damage the creators of Brink (yuck). Now many of you might say “Why you b*tchin about? This is good cause it means one team is totally focused on bringing the best singleplayer and the other the best multiplayer.” You see, that is the problem. Tell me what game that had two different devs working separately on singleplayer and multiplayer, had actually good multiplayer modes? Medal of Honor 2010, anyone? Modern Warfare 3, anyone? Tomb Raider, anyone? And there are many other examples. That is the first thing why I am concerned about the MP of Arkham Origins.
Second thing is that it really doesn’t make any f*cking sense. Now before you go on hating, hear me out. Mass Effect 3 had a fantastic multiplayer mode that expanded the universe and was fun to play. Assassins Creed Brotherhood had also fantastic multiplayer modes that really worked and felt right in place within the AC universe. The Last of US has probably one of the best multiplayer ever created (it’s f*cking awesome!). Now something that the multiplayer of all these games have in common which I really like, is that in none of them you can play as the main character of the singleplayer story. Imagine if you played as Joel in every match, killed 5 times and respawned 6 times. Or imagine playing as Commander Shepard and getting your ass kicked by enemies? Or play as Ezio or Connor and getting assassinated more than you can count? See, you don’t like that and that is good. We connected to these characters and we don’t want to see them fail. Now here comes Arkham Origins multiplayer. You can play as Batman, Robin, Joker, Bane and maybe all of the other assassins in the game and at the same time you can play as totally random Joker’s clowns or as Bane’s henchmen with shotguns, pistols, AR, rockets etc. Do you really want to play as Batman or Robin and get annihilated by a random shotgun dude and then puff, respawn? Well, I don’t and this doesn’t make any sense!