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Enjoyable enough, but not as immersive as before
on 4 March 2014
I adored the previous two games in this series. After finishing the main plot I thoroughly enjoyed carrying on to find all the Riddler trophies and other extras, not so much for completionist reasons (not into trophies etc), but just because I was enjoying "being" Batman.
However, this time around it feels different. I didn't feel immersed in the story, which seemed somewhat fragmented. It's been a good while since I played this, and struggle now to remember much about the story at all. The sidequests often felt like a distraction rather than an addition. Once the main plot was finished I really felt no impulse to carry on as I had before. Even dressing up in Adam West's costume got old fast (note - I think that costume was a pre-order bonus)..
To be fair, the game is enjoyable enough, but it had big shoes to fill. This one may be more open world than "Arkham City" (although I'm not sure about that, it seems pretty similar just without the big walls), but it doesn't really feel any different. There's little in the world to interact with outside of missions and groups of thugs, so it doesn't really matter how big the playing area is anyway. Activities which should be challenging but fun are now often tedious. For example, in "City" swooping around the city was a joyous experience for me. Here it's often little more than a pain in the neck (the tediously long bridge being a case in point).
Where the game improved on it's predecessors was in the implementation of the "detective vision". Batman occasionally investigates crimes using a scrubbable timeline to recreate the incident. Not everyone is a fan of this, but I found it to be one of the more enjoyable aspects of gameplay.
In summary - lacks the "Wow" factor of the previous games, and most of what's here was done better before. However for (currently) £14 you won't feel hard done by and will have some fun I'm sure.