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I've played these Arkham games a thousand times each but it's been a little while so I was kinda taken off guard by how great this game still is! The advancements made by Rocksteady from Arkham Asylum to this are still impressive. I know these days a lot of people with open-world fatigue have a fondness for the single location precision of the first game but it's a more complete Batman experience to have him scrambling across rooftops. The traversal is fun, the gadgets are great, the combat throws exciting variations at you without overcomplicating the core mechanics. Character designs are great and the animation is still pretty smooth despite being over a decade old. Do I even have to mention the story? This is easily the best of the 3. more dynamic and nuanced than the first game and way less overly edgy and predictable than the third one. I could make some nitpicks (female characters are still comically sexualized) but it all works a lot better than I expected it to in 2024.
I'm curious to see how Arkham Knight will hit me. I've gone back and forth about whether City or Knight is my favorite of the trilogy. In situations like this I usually favor the more modern choice but I think I generally have more major complaints about Knight and City still works remarkably well so maybe playing Knight after this will put a pin in that internal debate for me.
With Insomniac's commitment to Marvel, It's a shame that we're probably not gonna get a new Ratchet & Clank game for another 60 years or whatever (if we get one at all) because this game really injected a ton of life into this series and its world. Maybe it's not super sustainable to make more of these (this one looks and feels VERY expensive and I know it didn't exactly do Spider-Man numbers) but I'd love to see the new characters like Rivet and Kitt, who they clearly worked so hard to create, have more adventures. In the meantime, I'm so glad this game exists as this gorgeous blockbuster story I can revisit whenever I want.