Posted: May 21
I enjoyed the little time I was able to explore this game. Compared to Arkham City I noticed better lighting effects, finer texture and graphic details, a more immersive environment with greater architectural scale and a convincingly snowy atmosphere.
I was less impressed by the voice acting. In previous games Thug dialogue was very entertaining in part because the tone sounded genuine. Here it fell flat.
Then there were the glitches and choppy animation quirks. I ran into a number of issues within a very small amount of playing time. Most frequently I would experience interruptions in the flow from brawling to a final finishing move. Finishing a foe that was dazed on the ground would have Batman's character model swiped from one position to the next in a bizarre sliding levitation move. It seems the game would reconcile where it wanted Batman to be for a new animation, and where Batman actually was by just moving his model rapidly into place. Simply put, there are times when there is no animation between the movement A -> B. Usually the effect is quick but it is jarring, just visually wrong.
Aside from the choppy animation, on one occasion I bugged through a railing I wasnt supposed to pass. Luckily I was able to recover.
About 2 hours in I entered a room where two people were fighting off in the distance. The entire environment quickly disappeared leaving only some Thugs cheering and the two people fighting off in the distance on top of a pitch black void. I restarted the game, and when it loaded batman was falling through the void. At a great distance below me I saw there was a tiny little square. I dive bombed toward it, and kept falling for maybe a minute before the tiny square finally grew larger and appeared as a single light blue platform suspended in total emptiness.
Well I missed the platform - didn't quite land on it. And that's how the game will end for me. Restarting from the last checkpoint doesn't work. I see no way to load earlier saves.
TLDR ; Every time I try to play this game I just get Batman falling through an eternal abyss.