My initial response to this game when I started playing it was "why the hell did I waste money on this game? Why to people think this is good? This is the worse piece of crp I have played since PDZ." However, I did pay full price for it so I figured I better dam well play it, and I had vacation already scheduled. So I am playing along and thinking that compared to crackdown or assassins creed this is lacking. There is no trying to figure out how to climb...just running up buildings *yawn* what is the effort in this.
But then I got the air dash and the glide and by the time I finished story mode some 50 hours later (yes I spent a lot of time just running around the city destroying crp and looking for orbs [have all but 13 of them] and getting the destroy stuff achievements) I think I actually had more fun with this game then I did with Batman.
Sure Batman has better graphics, better sound, better voice acting, better (ok standard comic bookie) story. But this game had, to me, the better fun. The boss battles were better because you could figure out how YOU wanted to approach them. You could do them as quickly or as tactically (aka slow grind) as you wanted (well except one). You had an entire city of doing wicked takedowns and were not limited to waiting for a guy to walk under your gargoyle. Sure you didnt have the cool karate fighting but there were plenty of different moves to master if you like that sort of stuff instead of just pounding X or Y. I just had more fun.
To me the first 20 min - hour were aweful. Having all the power and trying to figure out what the hell is going on and trying to read the tips as your getting pounded on all sides within the terrible red environment. Then having no power and just running up buildings which requires no skill at all. But then the game really REALLY comes into its own. If you like cool massive distruction that can be as mindless or as tatical as you want then this is a good game for you. If Spiderman and Hulk were like this I may have to go back for them, but I will miss Mercers cool powers.