8 Original Multiplayer Modes For Arkham Origins To Beat
No more TDM tedium
Like a rubber-clad billionaire pouncing from a hidden rafter, Batman: Arkham Origins' new multiplayer mode took us by surprise. Also like the Dark Knight himself, this multiplayer mode is an odd fish: an asymmetric affair in which Joker's gang battles Bane's gang while being stalked by Batman and Robin. But Arkham Origins' is a multiplayer concept I can get behind because it's more than your usual team deathmatch. There's nothing more disheartening than a cheap multiplayer mode tacked onto a great single-player game.
Other games experiment with non-standard multiplayer modes and produce fresh, fun experiences. So in honour of Batman: Arkham Origins' 3 vs 3 vs 2 effort, here are the eight multiplayer modes with a twist we hope Origins can stand up to come October.
The bar for asymmetric multiplayer is set by Splinter Cell's Spies vs Mercs mode, as found in Splinter Cells: Pandora Tomorrow, Chaos Theory, Double Agent and Blacklist. The same Ubisoft bods that created Spies vs Mercs gave us Assassin's Creed's fine take on multiplayer: a game of hide and seek based on social stealth and neck stabbing.
Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, on the other hand, gave us previously unimagined ways of dicking people over online - with perfect combos of special infected creatures in versus and scavenge modes. For that, Valve, we salute you.
Even some so-so games that would be otherwise consigned to the scrap heap of history (or at least the trade-ins shelf) are rescued by ingenious multiplayer conceits. There's Kane & Lynch 2's backstabbing fragile alliance mode, for one, and The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena's pitch black mode, in which you hunt heavily beweaponed grunts in the dark with no more than Riddick's night vision.
Twists on the usual formula for online competitive action give games such as these a spot in our hearts and in our long-term game collections. Until the multiplayer servers get shut down, at any rate.
Watch the video above for the eight original multiplayer modes for Batman: Arkham Origins to match, and hit us up in the comments with your favourite offbeat multiplayer experiences.