Fired this bad boy up last night, and it is a lot more button mashy than I expected..but is it supposed to be?
I know a lot of people are PASSIONATE about this series, and I would enjoy some help, but PLEASE no spoilers or even almost-spoilers. We can use this, for the time being, for general questions and answers, that would be great.
Q: The Riddler trophy deals; how do I trigger them / get them? I see some discs on top of roofs, does that do ANYTHING? A: Discs are pressure pads, you activate them by standing on them. Riddler trophies are often locked up with little puzzles. Depending what gadgets/upgrades you have you may not be able to get some but that's the only way in which they are locked off.
Q: Where the heck am I going? Is there an easier way to figure this out? Do I just go towards the Green? A: You have one active waypoint at time. Bring up your map and you can set it to a specifc quest, or just a random spot if you like. The main story is progressed via the large green exclamation point within a hexagon icon IIRC.
Q: Am I REALLY just punching, kicking, and countering? Is there a better way to do combos? A: Initially, yes. Once you get to a combo of 8 you can initiate special moves which are activated by pressing 2 buttons at the same time. These include an instant KO move, an area of effect stun, and a disarm combo. You can also use gadgets by various button combos. The majority of your gadgets can be used in combat. Consult your upgrades screen to learn what abilities you have as well as your control diagram to see the gadget commands.
Q: Are there some shorthand commands that I can do better? I feel pretty clueless w/ my utility belt. A: I'm not sure on this. The touchscreen interface might change it up a bit but in other versions you could quickly switch between all of your gadgets. Nothing was ever more than 2 d pad presses away.
Q: What if I see a trophy I can't get? A: Scan it, and it will be marked on your map.
Q: Can you scan ALL the time? I've already scanned SOME stuff, but only when I was prompted. A: Early on you aren't able to scan at will but there comes a point where you are able to. It'll just sort of happen.
I'm pretty sure he killed Solomon Grundy, HAHA!! But can you really kill what is already dead? Hmm.
I THINK I'm gonna do a NewGame+ when I finish this thing. I was stumbling around early, and now every day I'm like "ohhh, I can use that for that? *SIGH*" Also, depending on when the other Launch Window games drop, this might be the only game I can REALLY play alone.
Nikki is WATCHING me play ZombiU; after turning on the flashlight for the first time yesterday, she got freaked out and said "...I can't play this." GIRLS.
Also, you can't break any riddles in the game. The actual trophies do not serve as dots for lining anything up. Sometimes the dots are in really clever or tricky positions, though. What at first seems like an obvious spot is later revealed to be completely off-base. I really loved all the Riddler stuff. But if you're ever trying to complete it all, don't feel bad for looking up a solution or two on GameFAQs. A couple things you might not figure out without some outside help, and that's totally fine. Do what you can!
Also, if you don't plan on playing Arkham Asylum, look up that game's secrets sometimes! And check out this game's secrets online when you're done with it! There's at least one that you're pretty much guaranteed to not get unless you're extremely lucky. It's not that it's a luck-based thing, it's just something you normally wouldn't do in a spot you wouldn't do it in.
Solution partially solved means you've only seen the squiggly part (or the dot) of the question mark. It's just letting you know that you're on the right track. Doesn't mean you only get partial credit. ;)
@GelatinousEncore COD is just fine. If anything it seems like the best port to me, and had a good amount of support put into it. Bummer that the touch wasn't used like I thought it would be for the menus, but it supports Off TV Play and Pointer Controls. Wish it had Gyro for kill streaks too, fuck knows why that wasn't thrown in there as it makes too much sense.
This thread inspired me to start up and finish my Arkham City NG+. Having a ton of fun. Now my PC is even more powerful than it was before, so I can run it maxed out in DX11 at 60FPS. No matter how it looks, or how many frames you get, though, the game is fucking great. I can see some people liking the first more, but to me the second one is basically just the first one but with a bigger hub world that I found a joy to explore. And the puzzles, for me, were ORGASMIC. I love solving that stuff! It really makes you use your items in creative ways that can always be applied to combat. The puzzles help you fight better! How cool is that!
I am seriously considering picking this up as an after-Christmas thought just because my son is a HUGE Bat-fan. Spiderman has crept up in his mind (because the last movie dealt with him as a high-schooler), but Batman is an every day obsession for him. He either wants to watch an old Batman circa-1960s version of him or Batman or Batman Beyond. It never ends.