Batman Arkham City is so fun!
I bought and played this game before I had played Arkham Asylum witch I wish I haven't. There were many references to Arkham Asylum and I just wasn't getting it. When I finally just put the references aside and just played the game, I fell in love! The "tutorial" at the beginning of the game is well integrated into the storyline in which you have to get out of the grasps of the Penguin by climbing, shimmying, and punching stuff.
Once I felt comfortable with the controls, I was zipping all over the vicinity beatin' up Joker's thugs. Then I got serious and started going with the story.
The story behind this is so well layered that I felt like I was in a cake! There are so many unexpected story turns that pop up that I would play until 2:00 in the morning, wake up and play again at 10:00! I was hooked.
Now lets talk about the side stories, side quests, whatever you call them. There were so many side quests that when you finished the story and thought it was over, you had only completed 40% of the game.
Also, the Riddler side quest (my favorite side quest) was really fun because it challenged your brain, ya it's almost like school, to figure out the exciting puzzles. I didn't understand what the trophies did until I Googled it.
The Riddler Challenge in the main menu where you get to be Batman,( if you bought them extra) Catwomen, Nightwing, or Robin did not impress me. I did not like where you just battled waves of different bad guys because it was just, boring. The other mode, I think it was something like Silent Stalker or something was better. It took skill to take out these bad guys in silence.
Overall, I would recommend this game to more casual gamers that will take their time on this game to beat it 110%. This was a great game!