Be the Bat in all of his Dark Glory
Avaliado nos Estados Unidos em 21 de maio de 2013
This game is actually, for all intents and purposes, quite good. Especially if you're a Batman fan, which I assume you are or else why would you bother buying this...unless it was FOR a Batman fan, which is very nice of you by the way? But truly, the game is definitely high on the charts for games. The gameplay is a seamlessly continuous line between stealth and action which, in a word, defines Batman. As the big, bad, Bat you can effortlessly remain hidden and then spring into an excellent action sequence wherein you take down the bad guys with moves that will get anyone jazzed up. The cinematic quality of the game during these sequences, alone, is something to die for, let alone throughout the rest of the game.
This lovely start to the Batman Arkham series provides realistic atmospheres and a playable map that is extensive, challenging, and altogether fun. But I cannot look past some of the nuances that drove me up the wall. Now, granted, keep in mind, the game is actually amazing, and these are minor complaints. As with most reviews, if there's something big to whine about, it overcomes the small things, if the game is superb the smaller complaints arise.
Detective Mode, for me, kills it. Detective mode is when you can use Batman's technology to analyze the environment at any time, allowing Batman to see through walls, see if enemies are up ahead and if they are armed, and whether or not there's an interactive environmental area you can destroy in order to get a Riddler trophy or find a way around or above the bad guys. Sounds great, right? Well, then why would you ever turn it off? When I started to flow in and out of the mode I realized just how beautifully rendered the environments are and how much amazing detail was delivered to the game. You don't see any of that in Detective mode.
The boss fights are redundantly annoying after a while. I was more excited for rooms where seven bad guys with guns awaited my stealthy take-down skills than the bosses which were, basically, just steroid powered baddies. There was, thankfully, some change here and there (Scarecrow and Killer Croc, for instance), but it wasn't enough to get me as excited as just going through the game stringing up Blackgate and Arkham prisoners.
It's also very difficult to tell where you're going or if someone is ahead/below you since the Bat takes up nearly a half of your screen at all times, sometimes more if you happen to like gliding down from high places. And who doesn't?! Your best bet is to run everywhere, which places the camera directly behind Batman instead of off to the side. And that's annoying in of itself since you have to hold down, in this case since it's PS3, the X button while pushing the analog stick forward. Now, I could be wrong, but I thought that we could turn analog sticks into pressure sensitive walk/run systems. Half way pushed forward, walk, all the way, run. It's not difficult.
I know this review seems rather negative, but when you break it down I'm just aggravated by too much Bat Butt in my screen, repetitiveness, and the fact that I think a sleight was performed to the developers of the game who struggled for a good portion of their lives to bring to you an environment that's stunning beyond words, but overtaken by a radioactive colored Detective Mode. Whereas the gameplay, story, writing, interactions, style, atmosphere, and juggernaut cinematics trump indefinitely. If you haven't played this game, you should, and if you have I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!