"Batman: Arkham Asylum" remains one of the greatest games released on the 360 and probably ever.
Unfortunately the sequel doesn't seem to be living up to all the hype.
Despite the rave reviews this title is getting I'm finding it hard to have a good time with the Dark Knight.
Bigger doesn't always mean better. Batman looks like he's been hitting the steroids to the point that Bruce Wayne looks freakish and like he could probably bench press Superman.
The game is bigger too and seems to suffer for this at least at the beginning.
Instead of presenting me with an awesome story the game looks to be presenting me with a huge sandbox, littered with random challenges for me to complete to boost my Batman up but with little to chain together why I'm actually doing it.
Upgrades are awkwardly presented and don't always immediately seem to be working or are somewhat clumsy in their execution.
The Riddler Challenges in the first game were a great addition.
Here they seem to be immediately frustrating. Timed Riddler challenges are just kind of annoying, especially when Batman can reach the goal in time but the character fumbles about collecting the actual piece causing the timer to run out and the piece to be locked again and you to have to go back and rinse and repeat the same frustrating affair.
Combat seemed impressive in the first game. Here in the second it's blandly push X until you see someone about to strike you then hit Y to counter then go back to hitting X.
I know the internet is telling me I'm supposed to think this is the greatest game released this year but I don't and it's not.
I'll give it a fair go and keep at it to see if it gets any better but last game I felt like Batman. This game I feel like a guy running around a giant sandbox trying to do Batman type stuff.