Finished the story. Overall, I really enjoyed the game. For sure my favorite in the Arkham series now. Sefton Hill is a genius. Shame Rocksteady is done with Batman games. They got better with each new Arkham game (not including Origins). I got the normal/regular ending. I didn't do ANY of the side quests, so I wasn't able to activate the Knightfall protocol and see the extended ending and I sure as hell didn't 100% the game and get the "true" ending. Which I always find that to be lame... in order for you to get the best ending, you have to do absolutely everything in the game. That takes up way too much time and would be way too frustrating knowing how hard some of those Riddler secrets will be. I did play all 6 of the Arkham episodes. They were OK/decent. None of them really blew me away. The Batgirl DLC was the best, simply because it was the longest.
That final act of Arkham Knight though... That was different. There was a lot going on and I was a little lost at some times. But, that was the best ending out of the 3 games (I forget how Origins ends). I'll have to play through it again to really understand everything I guess. Because I had to do some reading after I finished the game to understand what was going on. It definitely was unique and cool though. The part where Joker tells Batman, "But, I need you..." Man, that was actually a bit emotional. Joker is obviously a terrible person, but I almost wish he could stay in my head and not be forgotten. Super cool how it all came full circle though. Going back to Arkham Asylum. That was a great touch.
I read a lot of criticism regarding the Batmobile being overused. Never once did I think that the Batmobile was being forced into my hands too many times. Plus, being able to drive crazy fast through the streets of Gotham in the Batmobile definitely makes you truly feel like you're the Batman. Another criticism was the Joker showing up again. Now, if they somehow said the Joker was still alive, that he somehow didn't die at the end of Arkham City, THEN I would be pissed. Because that would be stupid. But, the way they implemented him into the game was really cool. Joker being inside Batman's head was awesome. Hearing Joker's dialogue and his opinions on the situations you're in was always hilarious and so much fun to listen to. After playing Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and now Arkham Knight back to back to back, I really do feel Batman and Joker are inseparable and they both need each other. So, I was perfectly fine with Joker being in the game.
The one problem I did have was the Arkham Knight and the reveal. Before the game came out, I was so excited that Scarecrow (one of my favorite Batman villains and LOVED him in Arkham Asylum) was going to be the main villain in Arkham Knight. Only to find out Arkham Knight had far more screen time than Scarecrow did. Scarecrow didn't really have any screen time besides the ACE Chemicals incident towards the beginning and then the final act. And then the game makes it so obvious who the Arkham Knight is. So, it wasn't even a "OMG!" moment during the reveal. It's funny... even when the Arkham Knight had his robotic voice, I could tell it was Troy Baker. So, that also gave it away. I really just don't know if the Arkham Knight really needed to be in this game. Scarecrow easily could have been the main villain and one of Batman's other biggest villains could have been the 2nd big villain in the game.
I also don't know how I felt about the new Scarecrow voice actor. The one they had for Arkham Asylum was great. But, I could also see how Rocksteady doesn't think his voice would work with this version of Scarecrow they had in mind. Nevertheless, I still preferred the more insane sounding voice actor from Arkham Asylum. I was also really hoping the Scarecrow challenge maps would come into play during Arkham Knight. But, unless I missed it, there weren't any. I also thought the new voice actor for Gordon was poor. There was one line in particular at the end where Scarecrow shoots Robin and Gordon goes, "You bastard!". But, it was without any emotion and just came off so dry and without any effort. I just shook my head at that moment. Really? They didn't hear that and ask the voice actor to do another take? And no audio logs for the characters? There was one audio log for Joker, but that was it! I really enjoyed those as it helps with the character development.
As I said, I really enjoyed the game. I didn't notice much technical issues. Some frame rate drops here and there, nothing atrocious though. Most of the drops were when I was driving of course. But, surprisingly, most of the time I was driving, the frame rate seemed fine. Which surprised me, since there is so much happening at such a quick speed. Didn't really notice any big bugs or glitches. I'd give the game a 9/10. It might have gotten a 10/10 if Scarecrow was really the main villain and had much more screen time and Arkham Knight wasn't included in the game or was an actual new/better character. Maybe when I do the side missions on the second playthrough, if those end up being really strong, the 9 might become a 9.5 or something.