Right lets start by saying that allthough this game is set in the same storyline as the "ARKHAM" games it doesnt really play out in the same way that the other games actually do (even though it still carries the "ARKHAM" tag).
Ok lets just say that having said that,that the actual fight mechanics,gadgets and all around atmosphere feels like it does in most "ARKHAM" games but thats where the similarities end,to be honest the way you play the actual game feels more like an oldschool "METROID" or "CASTLEVANIA" game and it plays out from that viewpoint.
Now this is no major problem as this only spoils your enjoyment of this well made game if you sit and think about it to much "HEY THIS DOESNT PLAY LIKE THE OTHER ARKHAM GAMES,ME UPSET AND WANT MY MONEY BACK",and to be honest once you get used to it the 2.5d way the game is put forward actually feels fresh and new (well as new and fresh as it can feel anyway).
Lets get onto the fundamentals of the game,the graphics really do their job and do it well of putting over the whole atmosphere of playing in a "BATMAN" game and the cutscenes look like they have been stolen straight out of a graphic novel.
The sound in game is top notch from music and sound effects to spoken dialogue,everything sounds just as it should and puts forward that vibe that you need to convice you that you are in fact playing a "BATMAN" game.Mention must go to the voice actors and in particular 3 people Troy Baker who plays the JOKER and does (in my humble opinion) a fantastic job as the clown prince of crime (must say though that i do like and miss Mark Hamil,but well everything changes-not allways for the best though),Roger Craig Smith who does an excellent job of capturing that sound and dark forboding feel of THE DARK KNIGHT and Grey DeLisle who does a great job as the sultry and allways intriguing CATWOMAN (heres a trivia fact for everyone Grey DeLisle had been playing a certain Daphne Blake since 2001).
Ok on to the story,well actually no as to tell even any details would spoil both your enjoyment and the sheer buzz you will get out of playing it lets just say that i can mention a few certain villians that appear in the game 1-JOKER,2-PENGUIN,3-CATWOMAN and 4-BLACKMASK,there are other villians in the game and they are there for you to discover for yourself as if i say anymore it would spoil the whole story.
I will say this though that the game and story take place in BLACKGATE and that the whole thing takes part in 4 distinct areas the Cell Block, the Industrial Area, and the Administration Offices (with each playing out slightly different from the others,with each needing certain upgrades in your epuipment to beat and master),and each area has its own BOSS and at the end its own BOSS battle (some are easy,some hard and a few border on SATANICALLY DIFFICULT-you know which fight i mean you game you)
Will you enjoy taking another journey into the DARK KNIGHTS world,well yes if you love BATMAN and have any interest in playing a well made and put together peice of entertainment then why are you still reading this review go and buy the game and if not "HOLY HECK BATMAN,WHY NOT THIS GAME IS STUPENDOUS" says ROBIN and how can you disagree with a man brave enough to wear tights and go out in public (well at least he was like that in the 1960s American live action television series,GOD it would take some nerve to do that today)