Sorry, Jerykk, but it is possible. No, not for the "special" NPCs, but...2/3...1/2 of the fights? I have literally beating large groups of standard NPCs with only a single button (the block to counter action does not even require you to be facing the enemy or any other input in its direction.)
Even for the special NPCs, just do the disarm or the one magical ability you pick up the first time they appear and they, too, can be treated very much the same. Counter, counter, counter...oh wait, that dude is going for his weapons...attack...counter, counter, counter...
I'm not trying to bash the game - it's a generally good system and probably the best melee/comic book fighting system. It's definitely fun at first, it implies some skill by Batman, it's very cinematic, etc. But it's the system that was in the first game. I sincerely was looking to see how it had grown or increased in complexity in the second game...and then I found out it was basically the same thing. Toss in the other similar things, I still want to play the third game for a different story, particularly their telling of Joker's origin, but not right now. Cut the price some more, wait until the holiday season is over, or wait until the indie scene isn't exploding with all sorts of neat, unique features.
Also, you and I definitely approach games differently. By the end of both games, I found the combat to be an annoying distraction between puzzles, riddle hunting, new areas to explore, my next upgrade, story continuation, etc.
Outside of that, I think they have a great skeleton to a game, but I can think of all sorts of other things I would love to add - different characters, significant story progression, more player control and gadget integration, higher emphasis on stopping crime in progress, etc. It's a good game, just not a great game. For $60.00, is this the single game I would buy and play? Would I rather have this one game or a handful of neat/unique/quirky/emotional indie games?
As for the other games you mentioned, I offer no defense. AC is marketed to oblivion, but the sales reward the publisher for this. The series is frequently the same game over and over and over and over with very little actual gameplay, a bizarre focusing on pointless, tedious collectibles, designed around heavily restricting the player's movement, terrible combat, an inane story, etc. For AC in particular, it's interesting see the transition of opinions on AC3 go from "ZOMG!" to "Meh..." or that the new AC is more pirate game than assassin game. CoD and BF are really only online shooters and one can never underestimate the love people have for shooting one another over and over and over and over. I have certainly enjoyed that style of game when I was younger, but now it only amuses me for 20-30 minutes at a time. Does nobody want to see anything different, greater, or deeper?
I have no real intentions of buying those game until they are $5.00 whereas I do actually want to play B:AO.Give me a Lobo game or something.
Really wanting to play as a different comic book character at this point,
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