posted by 3rd_St_Saint (PORTLAND, OR) Jan 11, 2014
Member since Nov 2011
I actually bought the game on its first day (after getting beaten by several Deathstrokes on Injustice) and, though this game gets a lot of criticisms, it's quite nearly as good as you were hoping.
I had problems with my game freezing during auto-saves (which predictably led to corrupt saves), but then they fixed it. During that time, I would have given the game half this score. But - I digress.
The game is fun - almost as fun as Arkham City in terms of combat and travel, but new players to the game will be frustrated with the sudden (but sensical) shift of "getting jumped" actually feels right this time; one missed counter will have you eating two or three punches at times consecutively. Gotham is a little too big for the lack of interactivity, the Riddler data packs are easier to acquire than in Arkham City (which was right, given the Story), combat is initially hard to adjust to, and there are realistically less Predator encounters than in the previous two installments.
Now that the bad is out of the way, let's look at the good. The boss battles (namely against the female, Deathstroke and the pyro) are fun, interesting and nice to look at, Multiplayer is only for the die-hard fans who are patient enough for it, but feels nearly as fun as Assassin's Creed's Multiplayer (the Gunmen have limited X-Ray vision), the Story is more than compelling (and in my opinion, less hokie than Joker's blood almost killing Bruce in >24 hrs.) as well as being the primary motivator to play this game. Things really get moving in this game, and you can watch it all unfold as your Batsuit gets ridiculously damaged during the adventure.
Whereas, it's not much different from Arkham City, Warner Brothers was playing it safe by doing that, and it could have been a lot worse if they hadn't stuck to the tried-and-true. It's definitely worth the rent for the story. If you're gutsy, Online is decent too - just remember that these are thugs and not trained U.S. military.
Really good game about the beginning of Batman. The visuals were really impressive and the story about Assassins hired by Black Mask interesting. I also liked the new part where Batman uses his Detective Vision to capture Criminals after the Crime was committed. Hope they keep with this, it would be nice to do the whole story this way....
The Enigma Data Pack thing really is too, too much after getting all 200 you get a new batsuit, okay, cool but I still don't think that it was worth it... can't Batman just bring down the Riddler (Enigma) without all this running around...