As a long running Batman fan, of course, I had to play this entry from top to bottom. Admittedly, the series is starting to lose some of its freshness as this one feels a lot like the previous but with a focus on the origin story and some of the early villains in the rogues gallery more than anything else.
On a PC at high settings this game is beautifully designed and I found myself enjoying the depth of detail provided, literally, around every turn. This is one of the highlights of the series alongside, of course, the wonderful free-flowing fight sequences that you'll have.
As others have noted, some fights are a bit annoying especially Deathstroke early on and then a few of the latter segments where you are required to wide many and a wide variety of thugs at the same time. One finds themselves more in free-flowing counters than free-flowing fighting in some of these cases which means patience is the key to taking down a segment of baddies. Deathstroke alone is a massive counter-fest which requires some practice and good timing in order to finally defeat him. Honestly, he would have been better placed later in the game versus someone like Firefly who was quite easy to take down.
Overall this game still is fun to play though I wouldn't recommend paying full price for it. Other than the very clear origin story, much of the game simply feels like everything you've already done. While some might say it is a good idea to keep the formula going, it would be amazing if they started incorporating some of the vehicles in a more formal way to add to the adventure. This would have been a nice touch. Too, the crime scene stuff felt a bit like Remember Me but not as purposeful. As a crime fighter, these scenes could have been a bit more purposeful, again, to break up some of the monotony.
Still a good game and worth playing though if you're not a Batman fan you may get tired of it.
I can really enjoy games like this where you don't just run-and-gun through the whole game. Honestly, I just appreciate that there are options in how one proceeds in a game rather than being entirely forced down a track where you are tightly controlled by the game. This is one of those games though it's depth might considered less than one would hope for.
From the start of the game I did feel a bit like I was playing Bioshock. The gaming style and graphics hint at this series which, for most, isn't a bad thing. As the game wore on I came to enjoy the range of options I had in a given situation though, overall, the game is still quite straightforward and predictable. That is to say, while you have options per se, really it just comes down to fairly basic killing routines or quite common stealth mechanics. Neither fighting or stealth are of any unique quality and this game does not really push forward in either area. Quite simply, there are many games where both types of gaming style are done better and feel more polished.
Ultimately, it is clear that the developers did put in some effort to make this game. However, it just doesn't stand out as anything particularly exciting, new, or improved. The general concept is quite cool but it just isn't fleshed out as deeply as one might wish. For example, while it is the case that you have an array of tools/techniques at your disposal, you are never really required to explore these options. So, it is very easy to get in the groove of a particular technique and simply use it for the majority of the game. You really have to just make the choice to use everything that is available rather than feel that the various techniques are really required. In that way, the game is quite simplistic.
Graphically and as a story, this are also fairly basic. Graphics are nothing special and the story line is quite cliche. You really just don't get to any point in the game where you truly feel like this game is doing anything outstanding. Again, it's fun but a bit overrated.
If you're looking for a game to fill in your game time then it's certainly worth a play. However, don't expect to be overly wowed or have your jaw drop at any point in the game.
Openly, the concept of this game is entertaining as is the philosophical take on the power/control people often have over us. In relation to this, it is clear that this game is investigating the challenge often apparent in games where you feel forces down the narrative path. Like a book, you know there is a last page coming and you anticipate it as you move forward. However, this "game" hopes to remove some of that to give the sense that things are more open-ended.
Due to its very short run time, it does feel a bit more like a demo than a truly developed piece. One could imagine that 100s of different endings could be created over more massively lengthy story narratives which would provide a richer experience. As is, it's point is made very quickly in the multiple times you can quickly play and get to different endings.
One could imagine that has video game development happens that more and more reactive AI might come into the scene. Particularly, this game is still very scripted but simply offers multiple scripts. In reality, it is no different than any other game except that it gives the feeling you are free to do what you want. Still, the concept is a good one.
The video game industry is at a place where there is need for a more truly full experience. While some stories/narratives are great, there is something great about feeling truly free within a game. Games like Skryim and GTA provide some of this but there is still that massive sense that there is a goal the developer wants you to take due to story lines being in place and what not.
The question is, could a video game truly be open?
So, after many years of playing this series I have decided it is time to quit. Honestly, this is the first series I think I have ever officially chosen to quit. It's just gotten that bad. I am typically a committed game player but with this episode I just have to side with so many others and call it quits. Don't get me wrong, it has some "good" points but it so often feels like a rehash that you can't get too far in without feeling like you've played it all before.
This game continues to be such a cliché and so cut-and-paste that one can't in good conscience decide to keep playing it. Things have gotten so boring and the series' continuous failure to actually improve on past games makes this game no different than the constant rehashes of EA sports games. Yes, it has gotten that bad.
I really don't have much more to say other than what has already been said by others and by my other reviews. This series won't go away unless we stop playing it and stop paying money for drivel. It's time folks. Just stop.