This is as near perfect a Batman experience as you can get playing a game.
A visually stunning graphics engine provides the perfect platform for a wonderfully detailed setting, which provides the perfect backdrop to one of the most immersive stories you will find in any computer game ever made. If thats not enough of an inticement to get this game, then the outstanding gameplay has few rivals in any category you'd care to mention. You just never get bored. Even if most of the gameplay is a derivative of combat or using one of the Batman's gadgets to get past an obstacle to finishing the game. Combat is really implemented well, with end of section bosses bringing a whole new challenge at apt points in the game. When you overcome these baddies, you really know you've achieved something.
The key to this is the excellent game design. Layouts, environment, baddies types, numbers and behaviour are just some of the dynamics that contribute to such unparalleled diversity, as Ive seen in a huge number of games played. It doesnt stop there. A great attention to detail elevates an already immense game to that of must-
play. Sub-games such as the Riddlers hidden riddles, the info cards of the villans and friendly personnel you get to encounter throughout the course of the game, all add to enhance an already tremendous experience. Everything in the design is set out, placed and paced to drive you to want to keep on playing, to get to the next section and beat it.
Music, sounds and voiceovers are all first rate. With the distinctiveness of the main protagonists and antagonists all voiced by believeable actors. Every character sounds as you'd expect them to.
To top it all off, keeping track of progress and objectives is helped by a streamlined, yet well thought out and implemented interface - which doesnt detract in the slightest from playing the game.
Everything is oh so perfect - but there are a few niggles that stop this from being a perfect ten. The action does get repetitive towards the end of the game. Some riddles/puzzles cant be attempted in the order they are encountered and can be easily overlooked and forgotten about. Some of the set-pieces with Scarecrow are very well implemented, but the control method can be hit and miss - especially when the camera angle is fixed.
This is the first console port game that really worked for me on the PC. Its a true virtual adventure. And the ultimate Batman experience. Probably until the sequel comes out.