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Posted by k4tzm4n (34907 posts) 5 months, 19 days ago

Poll: Favorite Comic Book Video Games VOTING: 'Batman: Arkham Origins' vs. 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' (206 votes)

Batman: Arkham Origins 33%
Injustice: Gods Among Us 50%
I love both of them 13%
I'm not a fan of either game 4%
It brings me great shame to admit I haven't played both and won't be able to before Friday 4%

Every week, we here at Comic Vine ask our community about their favorite comic book runs, live-action and animated movies, and even TV shows. This week, we're going to ask you about something else: comic book video games! Seeing as Deathstroke has been selected as our latest Character of the Month, we're going to highlight two recent games which featured him: Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham Origins!

Now, let's get the obvious out of the way. Yes, these are two totally different genres. One is a third-person action/adventure game and the other is a fighting game. They're completely different experiences, but we want to know if you enjoy one more than the other. Did Arkham Origins impress you with its story and new content? Or perhaps Injustice had you addicted to its multiplayer and mastering combos with your favorite characters? Or maybe you can't choose and love them equally? Whatever your opinion may be, we want to hear from you!

Apologies to the Nightwing community.

You've got plenty of time to make up your mind, readers. The poll will remain open until early Friday (ET), so that should give you the opportunity to dive back into these games and really give this pairing some proper thought. How much of a role does the story play for you? What about the controls and combat? Replay value? Unlockables? Again, you have more than enough time to reflect on this one and chat with your peers about these two choices. And, in the unfortunate event that you haven't played either game yet, hopefully this will motivate you to finally check them out. So, what'll it be, Viners?

Check the homepage this Friday to see which video game wins and why. In the meantime, feel free to make future match-up suggestions in the comments below or tell us via Twitter.

#1 Posted by micah (2609 posts) - - Show Bio

If it was Arkham City or Asylum I would pick those. But personally I thought Origins was the weakest of the trio, It had numerous glitches and slowdowns and I was not pleased with the wasted character opportunities with the assassins. With that in mind I'm going with Injustice.

#2 Edited by Cloudguy (213 posts) - - Show Bio

Gonna have to pick Origins as I haven't played Injustice yet.

#3 Posted by HolySerpent (12805 posts) - - Show Bio
#4 Posted by Cloudguy (213 posts) - - Show Bio

@cloudguy: sorry but your not first

When I posted there was 0 comments then I refreshed the page...XD

#5 Edited by JakeN7 (13183 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice because it's actually good.

Also, we've got enough Batman. Injustice gave us a chance to play as the more neglected (as far as video game representation is concerned) members of DC's gallery of heroes, antiheroes, and villains.

Asylum and City both blow it out of the water though...

#6 Posted by GraniteSoldier (8877 posts) - - Show Bio

If it was Arkham City I'd go with that but between these two I give it to Injustice all the way. Not just the game being great but with the back story provided by the digital comic series makes it all a great entertainment experience. Green Arrow and Deathstroke ftw by the way in Injustice.

#7 Edited by Teerack (7420 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice was good and gave the impressive of effort on the developers part, so I vote Injustice.

#8 Posted by MrTummyTumms (884 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice, because of Deathstroke spam.

#9 Posted by PB023 (7 posts) - - Show Bio

Origins is easily the weakest of the 3 Arkham games, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it has an extremely compelling and well-told narrative that puts a new spin on the Dark Knight's first encounter with the Clown Prince of Crime. Joker is just as chaotically brilliant as he is in any of his best appearances, consistently pushing Batman to his limits, and Troy Baker manages to live up to Mark Hamill's legacy with ease. Admittedly, the assassins aspect fell through, but that's just a downside to the focus on Joker. The game also fails to be as polished as Rocksteady's previous games but it never ruined the game for me.

I really enjoyed Injustice as well, and it made me pick up a genre that I've never liked before. The game is fast, well balanced and has a great cast of fighters, but doesn't have the ability to tell a story as well crafted as Origins, with the Injustice comic doing a much better job of justifying why the world exists in the state it is in.

I'm voting for Arkham Origins (even though I really shouldn't measure a game based purely on it's story).

#10 Posted by AmazingWebHead (4319 posts) - - Show Bio

You can't ask me to choose. That year was packed with kick-ass games!

#11 Edited by TheDemoGoblin (660 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Origins. It was the clear and obvious choice - the game had me playing from 8 AM to 6 PM, and that's some serious gaming. Great graphics, great gameplay, great story and new gameplay elements. Not only is Arkham Origins an entertaining, great gameplay experience, but it surpasses Injustice in almost every aspect.

It managed to retell the early adventures of Batman rather well. The plot and execution were organic, a less experience Bruce Wayne was well depicted, without having the experience of being Batman detracted, and the game even managed to throw in several characters drawn from Batman lore, and it did it so naturally.

The boss battles were incredible, all unique in their own sense. Deathstroke and Copperhead. The player had to incorporate strategy and stealth well enough to complete and clear out areas. The characters were almost brought to life by great voice actors - Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker, respectively.

This shouldn't be compared to Injustice. Not because I dislike Injustice - I actually love it very much, but Arkham managed to craft well executed story and gameplay - and Injustice's story is very weak, and the Gameplay is the same as the formula found in other fighting games.

So, Arkham Origins for me.

#12 Posted by Outside_85 (10240 posts) - - Show Bio

@micah said:

If it was Arkham City or Asylum I would pick those. But personally I thought Origins was the weakest of the trio, It had numerous glitches and slowdowns and I was not pleased with the wasted character opportunities with the assassins. With that in mind I'm going with Injustice.


#13 Posted by Black_Arrow (3941 posts) - - Show Bio

@micah said:

If it was Arkham City or Asylum I would pick those. But personally I thought Origins was the weakest of the trio, It had numerous glitches and slowdowns and I was not pleased with the wasted character opportunities with the assassins. With that in mind I'm going with Injustice.

#14 Posted by TheCannon (19394 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice sucked and stole its storyline. Arkham Origins was a rushed game with no reason to exist other than to get another Arkham game out so people would mindlessly buy it while Rocksteady worked on the real next Arkham game. It shouldn't even be considered part of the same series.

I probably should have voted that I'm not a fan of either, but I voted for Origins. Gameplay was pretty good and the set up for the story was great (unfortunately they took a great set-up and ruined it), and I can't say either of those things about Injustice.

#15 Posted by averywetfrog (384 posts) - - Show Bio

I enjoyed playing both, but Origins easily beats Injustice for me. The plot was far more engaging, the gameplay was mostly on par with the previous versions of the series which is great because they have been praised and copied by other companies due to its fluidity and satisfying combat system. The main actors for Batman(Kevin Conroy) and Joker(Mark Hamill) were also replaced to make them sound younger, this caused many to worry, but the new voice actors Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker were perfect. I was surprised that the multiplayer mode that Origins had was actually good, but had a small player base and died quickly. I guess if thats not what you're looking for its down to if you like open world beat'em ups more or fighters.

#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (34966 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice is great

Arkham Origins is a broken mess

#17 Posted by SlamAdams (301 posts) - - Show Bio

Origins was definitely the weakest so far of the Arkham games, but the illusion of being Batman is so ingrained in the series that I can't help but love it. Meanwhile, Injustice Gods Among Us doesn't have the same complete hero experience. It's a fighting game, which I have always found to have diminishing returns.

#18 Posted by Jphu8414 (3877 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice because I have fighting games bias

#19 Posted by entropy_aegis (15438 posts) - - Show Bio

Origins,never gave a crap about fighting games.

#20 Posted by BigL (420 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice for me. I felt that Arkham Origins was the weakest of the series, having several bugs, not posing much of a challenge, and the twist made it seem like they can't have a game without you know who being the central villain, which wastes several of the characters included. Although, I did find Origins enjoyable, it is a low point for the Arkham series and I prefer Injustice. Injustice has a terrific story, several of our favorite DC characters with new looks and different costumes to use. The fights are fluid and easy to learn, the environment also playing a factor into fights also increases the over the top fun. Multiplayer is also fun, taking a page out of the most recent Mortal Kombat. The only problems I had with Injustice were the awful graphics in the campaign, as they really looked terrible and they didn't bother to improve them after porting the game over to next-gen consoles. The in-game graphics in fights however looked good. My other problem is the lack of stages to fight in, as the ones available are too similar and too many of them are from Batman's world. Other than that I loved Injustice, and it became one of my favorite fighting games, as I purchased it when it released on PS3 and then again when I got my PS4. Hopefully those rumors for an Injustice II turn out to be true

#21 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (6456 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice easy it had a better story and it wasn't full of glitches. Arkham Origins was a huge disappointment when compared to the first two Arkham games and a decent game when it stands alone. Injustice was awesome who doesn't want to pit their favorite superheroes against each other in a deathmatch?

#22 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18688 posts) - - Show Bio

Akrham Origins.

I was actually surprised at why it got so much negative reception considering it was much like the previous games. The only valid criticism Origins can have is the fact that it had some serious bugs and that some of the assassins were rendered as side missions, aside from that, the game was absolutely a blast. Characterization and story wise it was one of the most entertaining and fun games of the year. They really nocked it out of the park with how they handled some of the characters, such as bane, Batman and Joker. And just so you know my favorite game so far was asylum due to it's atmosphere and focus. Plus they really did a hell of a job with the boss battles, which were much more fun and cool this time around, especially the one with deathstroke. Besides they managed to keep the basic combat formula yet at the same time tweak the thugs so that more diversity was present. You could argue that Origins in some respects is the weakest of the Akrham games, but it's still a damn good one.

Now I'm not saying that Injustice was bad, not at all. I loved injustice, and it was a great fighting game, but speaking from a personal point of view I found the story to a bit...predictable and in some parts just a bit dull(though overall pretty awesome), plus it didn't manage to hold my focus for a very long time. Once I got really good with Joker I kind of stopped playing.

That being said, Both games are worth every penny.....Now if they could just fix the goddamn bugs on Origins...

#23 Posted by _Atomikill_ (4340 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice was more party fun. AO, I played through the story, finished the side things, and maybe was lucky to find 1 online match for it. Which was very fun. But overall Injustice.

#24 Posted by Krypton-115 (476 posts) - - Show Bio

Although I love both games to death, Injustice is the better game.

#25 Posted by G_leno (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

I like them both.

Arkham Origins Is indeed weaker than Arkham city, but lets face it, most games are weaker than Arkham City. Origins still has a great story, decent level design and good voice acting, despite the absence of Conroy and Hamill. The tales of glitches are bad, and I was the victim of one too, but I got around it and the rest of the game was very enjoyable.

One thing that Origins does have that is leagues ahead of Injustice is the online gameplay. Injustice has the standard online playability, with a couple of different modes like king of the hill, but it is still just fighting against other characters in the same way as the offline modes. Arkham Origins however has a great system of online play, where you play as a thug in either Joker's gang or Bane's gang, fighting both the opposing gang, and Batman and Robin at the same time. You get to play as Batman and Robin now and again, and you can chose the way your thug looks and the weapons he carries.

Origins also tries to increase the gameplay time by giving a 'new game +' like the previous games, but also 'I am the night' mode where you must complete the story without ever falling to an enemy. Obviously this is for compulsive 100% players (like me).

Injustice has a nice roster of characters that makes for some fun match ups and allows for your friends to prove their favourite character is the best. The characters have some very cool super moves and a lot of excellent intro and victory scenes. The combat system is clever and tactical with the use of the power meter allowing you to either boost your standard moves, initiate the wager system, or save it for the super move. Nice graphics and Voice acting from a great cast boost the fun, even Stephen Amell Voices Green Arrow!

Game play is increased with the S.T.A.R. labs missions, 10 for every character, and the archives allow you to unlock different skins and the endings. The only criticism I have of injustice the that some characters are extremely unbalanced and some win at all costs gamers exploit this so that they win if they hit you just twice which can ruin the fun of the online gameplay, especially that of the casual gamer, but this is fault of both the designer who put these possibilities in the game and the players who exploit it.

No one is going to pretend that either of these games are the perfect game, but they are both very fun to play. Bring on the sequels!

#26 Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18 (386 posts) - - Show Bio

INjustice was an awesome game Batman Arkham Origns was a crap game....so Injustice is the better video game

#27 Posted by Frozen (16201 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice is an insult to anyone who is a fan of the character Superman, so Origins is better.

#28 Posted by sagejonathan (2026 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't like this poll tbh. They are both great games but they are also incredibly different.

#29 Posted by Jayc1324 (13397 posts) - - Show Bio

I love both. Arkham Origins was a step down from the previous two Arkham games so it only got mixed to positive reviews, but it was still a great game with a good story. Same can be said about injustice, and the controls in injustice were nice and simple.

#30 Edited by DwightSpitz (567 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Origins is a pale re-hash of City, but that doesnt make it a bad game, far from it. If I had never played, seen or heard of City or Asylum before, Origins would've blown me away completely.

I like Injustice but the game has too repetitive animations & I was really disappointed in the lacking roster, some odd characters-choices (why did they choose Grundy & why did they exclude Darkseid) & of course, Batman's ridiculously ugly design.

Last but not least, its a little weird to compare the Arkham series to a pure old school fighting game... beyond the fact that there are superhero skins slapped over it, the games are nothing a like, kinda like comparing Gran Turismo to NB2K.

#31 Posted by RogueShadow (11899 posts) - - Show Bio

While Arkham Origins is beneath City and Asylum in terms of innovation and general enjoyabilty, it's still a very good game.

I have only played bits of IGAU and didn't enjoy it at all, though I'm not fond of fighting games, the plot is good though and I love the comic prequels.

Origins for me, very easily.

#32 Posted by Wardishy (923 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm afraid I voted "neither". I simply don't like either game enough to vote for them.

Arkham Origins was technically a good game, but it was lacking both originality and heart. The glitches really killed it for me especially.

Injustice had the potential for a good story, as shown by the comics. But I considered the game's actual writing to be poor, the graphics to be bad for the time it was released, and I hate nether realms fighting style. It's too jerky and unnatural looking for me.

#33 Edited by k4tzm4n (34907 posts) - - Show Bio
@sagejonathan said:

I don't like this poll tbh. They are both great games but they are also incredibly different.

A point which is discussed in the intro ;)

#34 Posted by Rev_Sulphur (1617 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved Origins great game but Injustice has a lot more awesome DC charterers and a kick ass story. It also has way more replay ability over Origins.

#35 Edited by KingAres109 (1327 posts) - - Show Bio

I was go read everyone comment but can't.Origins is horrible compared to the other 2 Arkham games.Its not even close.And why is Deathstroke depowered in every other media besides comics??Lol..The fight with Slade in Origins was so easy my 8 year old niece smashed him.Sorry but Origins dropped the ball..Injustice was a very good game,but they could've done better with the characters.

#36 Posted by Black_Claw (3086 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice hands down. Origins was a buggy piece of crap.

#37 Posted by spidershamrock (1373 posts) - - Show Bio

Origins is inferior to Asylum and City in every department except story, I think Origins had a better story

#38 Posted by TehStranger (874 posts) - - Show Bio


#39 Posted by SupBatz (1848 posts) - - Show Bio

Injustice moved far too quickly. I finished the story portion of the game within a day. And the fighting style did not offer enough originality to make for high replay/multiplayer value.

Arkham Origins, on the other hand, had me enthralled for days. It's a lot better than people give it credit for, in my book.

#40 Posted by Neon_Jackal (67 posts) - - Show Bio

Arkham Boregins

#41 Posted by force_echo (863 posts) - - Show Bio

These are not comparable games. Fail.

#42 Posted by JakeN7 (13183 posts) - - Show Bio

@thecannon: What did Injustice steal its plot from?

#43 Edited by JakeN7 (13183 posts) - - Show Bio

@supbatz: Of course you finished story mode within a day. It's a fighting game...

#44 Posted by k4tzm4n (34907 posts) - - Show Bio

These are not comparable games. Fail.

Thank you for reading the introduction!

#45 Posted by SupBatz (1848 posts) - - Show Bio

@jaken7 said:

@supbatz: Of course you finished story mode within a day. It's a fighting game...

It's a matter of preference. I'm not the fighting game type because I typically prefer games to be more story-driven than gameplay-driven. And in Injustice's case, I didn't feel that the gameplay was innovative or original enough to make up for the half-baked story.

#46 Edited by JakeN7 (13183 posts) - - Show Bio

@supbatz: As do I. I believe story is the most important aspect of most games. But I know what I'm getting into with a fighting game.

#47 Edited by IDontLikeBirds (424 posts) - - Show Bio

Easy pick, Injustice. I work at an after school program and Injustice is the game we play there all the time. I've managed to get kids who weren't into comics really, get interested. They'd play a character and ask things like "Who's Deathstroke?", "So what's the difference between a yellow lantern and green lantern?" and so on. The game also had a variety of costumes and characters, plus it made Aquaman into a total boss.

#48 Posted by RoTheKid (254 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to give this to Injustice. The game play was a lot of fun, the character designs were excellent, and the story mode really blew me away. My only gripe with the game is that I thought certain character's move sets could have been represented a whole lot better *cough*Green Lantern and The Flash*cough*.

Also, I will admit that I never played Arkham Origins and that was mainly because Rocksteady was not the developer of the game. I didn't have total faith in WB Games: Montreal. And it turned out that my concerns were right, especially since the game was marred with a lot of bugs. :-/

#49 Posted by vandinejd_1991 (345 posts) - - Show Bio

I only played kindle edition of Injustice. I imagine that regular console version is vastly superior but it is still fun.

#50 Posted by Spiderman1997 (793 posts) - - Show Bio

If it was City or Asylum I would have chosen them but I couldn't even bare to finish Origins. Injustice is also my favourite fighting game so Injustice.