When I tried the Batman: Arkham Asylum
Demo, I liked the game. But what I didn't like was the demo itself. It seems the developers packaged it quite a bit under stress because of all the bugs in it. Not in the game itself but in the menu, installer and intro:
- After I had installed the game, there was no game starting shortcut. There was the readme shortcut, a link to the website of Eidos, and a shortcut for technical support. But no link for starting the game. Hm. So I had to start it from C:\ProgramData\Eidos\Batman\Bin myself. Don't know if the average windows user likes this.
- When starting the game, you are shown some movie sequences where a lot of people are talking and explaining the player what is happening now. But for me, they didn't. The characters were there, the movie was played and even nice background music could be heard, but no speech reached the speakers of my PC. Which left me a bit in the dark what the game is all about.
- But the best part was this: No way to exit the game. Pressing Escape in the Main menu started a promotional video which after it finished went to the main menu again. Then, after thinking and clicking around a bit, I tried ALT-F4, the standard windows combination that even still some C++ developers don't know (trust me), a 'Do you really want to exit the game' menu appeared. Didn't they want people to exit their wonderful game? Strange.
Maybe I've overlooked something, but this was a weired experience. Making it hard to start the game and after you finally managed to start it anyway making it hard to exit it again appears a bit schizophrenic to me. But at least it fits the setting of that game :)