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Batman: Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart DLC | game review

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Batman wears a special cold-resistant suit to take on Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart DLC
 

Game summary: When the CEO of GothCorp is kidnapped by Mr. Freeze, Batman sets out to bring him to justice. (Steam)


I'm not the biggest fan of Batman: Arkham Origins anyway, so a shorter story with all the same ups and downs when it comes to gameplay seems like a double-edged sword: on one hand, it doesn't really stick around long enough for the negatives to frustrate all that much, but that shorter length means there's as much time as needed for the positives to shine through either.


And make no mistake, Cold, Cold Heart really feels more like an extension of the base game that offers very little new and a missed opportunity to try out ideas that were cut from the main story. In case the title didn't make it obvious, Mr. Freeze is the bad guy this time and yet is somehow far less memorable here than his appearance in Arkham City, which I thought did well to capture the tragic side of his character.


How you view this DLC will depend on how you viewed the base game, so it really is impossible to recommend or warn people off - if you liked Arkham Origins, then you'll like this too. If you weren't a fan of the base game - like me - then you might end up just trudging through it just to know you'd fully done all the story elements of the game.


Batman: Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart is more of the same really, which isn't great when the base game wasn't anything to write home about in the first place. If anything, the shorter story means that the positives don't really have the time outweigh the negatives, leaving everything feeling kind of 'meh'. One for the completionists, but if you get a deal on Arkham Origins that includes this, you might as well try it out.

[5/10 - Average]

 

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