Hopefully now I can try actually enjoying this game.
Let me explain what I mean. The Batman Arkham games are beautiful graphically, and have pretty good plotlines, and (except for the forced Batmobile-tank parts of Arkham Knight) have great combat and exploration mechanics.
They really make you feel like you can play as Batman, but that's only AFTER you've actually completed the game.
|You gotta earn it, son.|
When you start a new Arkham game by Rocksteady (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, or Arkham Knight) the city is always is covered in a ridiculous number of Riddler trophies. Its the Riddler trophies that drag me out of these games the most, as most of them are so ridiculously placed around the city for no purpose that they totally detract from the versimilitude of Bat-gliding around Gotham. See, the Rocksteady designers have painstakingly-rendered fantastic facsimiles of Gotham, so you'll glide down into a random alleyway or sneak into the Penguin's Iceberg Lounge and are awed by what you see. Everywhere has little nods to the DC universe hidden in the background, like old posters put up for a traveling carnival featuring the mystical Zatanna or something, and maybe rain is pattering down on some chalk outlines of a recent murder. Great stuff.
|I am... the BAT!|
|There's that Riddler Trophy, just chillin' under the table for no good reason.|
|Mixed in around Poison Ivy's plants here, a giant green question mark that has no function. Sure, that makes sense.|
|...we are Legion...|
|Did you remember to bring your Bat-Crowbar Batman? No? Of course not.|
|Can't even take a brisk walk without needing to hack a drone in Gotham City.|
Fortunately, someone at Rocksteady must be aware of this issue, because these games unlock a "Story+" mode after you beat "Story" mode, which is supposed to be like "Hard" mode in most games (tougher enemies, etc), except for the wonderful fact that they don't replace any of the dumb Riddler trophies you've collected already and you get to start with all the gadgets from the get-go. So in Story+ mode you can actually start over in the game but feel like an actual well-prepared Batman who's in a realistic-looking Gotham City. It doesn't matter if the enemies are a little tougher and the tutorial pop-ups don't appear to help you in combat, Story+ mode is the only way to really feel like Batman.
So only 40 hours into the game, and now we can start enjoying it.
TO THE BATMOBILE!