Further along in Arkham Knight.
OH MY GOSH IS THIS GAME AWESOME. YOU MEET THIS GUY AND THAT GUY AND THIS GUY SHOWS UP AND THERE’S THIS THING AND NOW YOU CAN SHORT OUT TAZERS AND IT’S AWESOME. Seriously, when I met (mumble mumble) I startled and had to yell to Maribou “DUDE THEY PUT (so and so) IN THIS GAME!!!”
(The other mumble mumble. Not the obvious mumble mumble.)
Anyway, the new thing in this style of game is to give approximately one kabillion things to do. Sure, you’ve got the overarching mission where you have to take on The Scarecrow and his fiendish plan to destroy Gotham and sure there’s the million little Riddler things that you have to find and break and take pictures of. The Riddler has a racetrack that you can get really good times on! And there’s a paramilitary organization setting up little bases and you have to stop those! And there are landmines being dropped in the city and you have to blow them up! And there are firemen who have been kidnapped and you have to find them! And there’s a serial killer on the loose!
So if you wanted to just power through the game and play the main missions, that’d be an option for you. Hey, you have to save the world, after all. You can’t necessarily waste time finding every little dang Riddler Trophy.
But if you wanted to find every little dang Riddler Trophy? That’s *TOTALLY* an option. It’s also what Batman would do.
Now, I know that this was one of the things that drove everybody nuts about Assassin’s Creed 2 (and its many sequels). You spend as much time opening fabric stores and saving up cash to buy every single sword (even though you went out of your way to make sure that you had the best one, like, halfway through the game) because 100% is 100%.
I can totally see how someone would argue that this Assassin’s Creedification of Batman is nothing but padding.
My take is that there is more of it to love.
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)