Since completing this last week, had a bit of time to digest my thoughts.
The game itself is more or less Arkham City on a brand new machine. Just bigger game with a few refinements here and there.
Overall, it's a fantastically made game. All of the elements work and the story telling and portryal of the Batman universe is great.
My main problem with it now, after Arkham City\Origins...there just wasn't enough to keep my satisfied. There's nothing also now that the story is over, wanting me to carry on exploring the world as I'm pretty sure outside of a few Riddler scans, I've seen everything that needs to be seen.
The main missions which can be accessed through the wheel can just be grinded out. You don't stumble across them, most of them missions are exact copies but slightly more complex. Some of the missions are just lack luster such as Manbat and other's are just repetitive such as the mines and hunting down the APC. The best missions were taking out the checkpoints as each one had a different and increasing level of difficulty.
The villains associated with some of these mission just does not provide a satisfying ending to the missions. Two Face, Penguin, Scarecrow, Hush...all wasted.
I enjoyed the main story, but it's just a variation on a Batman tale that's already been told
It's a great Batman game, but not the game I've been waiting since 2011\2012 as I'm already done with it!
I knew they were not going to mess around with the formula too much as why mess around with something that works. I just think that a bit of exploration and freedom would have allowed the game to slowly evolve and branch out, rather then it being another open world checklist.
Playing some of the more advanced challenges, I'm even bored of the combat. There's a few challenges where you have electric baton wielders, car door dudes, electrified dudes, knife wielders, Ninjas, base ball bat dudes and large berseker dudes. Each of these type of enemies needs to either be hopped over, stunned with the cape, thrown or their weapons broken. It used to be a gradual thing, but there's just rooms of every type of dude you can imagine and they just go..."Deal with it". So you have this annoying dance of thinking about what counters who and making sure you don't do the wrong thing. This was great when Arkham Asylum came out, I think after all the different challenge rooms over the years...i'm done.
I've not tried the DLC yet, but I think I'm just gonna wait for the GOTY Edition and catch up with everything I missed.
I am intrigued about the getting all the trophies for a showdown with The Riddler, but I'm sure I'm setting myself up for disappointment.