Wife picked up Arkham City for me on Valentine's about a month ago. I know, I know...I've waited a month to get started. Sue me. I had to wait nearly two years to play Asylum and beat it just after the first of the year. Oh well, at least I was able to play.
I gotta say - Asylum was one of the best games I've played in 5 years. Now, I don't play nearly as much as the wife - but whatever she plays (damn near everything) I watch her do so. In terms of its graphics,physical gameplay, story and overall gee whiz factors - truly I cannot equate it to anything I've played in a long damn time.
The best parallel I've been able to summon is akin to a super-hero esque Resident Evil. The first one. The suspense which is built in to the surroundings was tangible. Only back on the fist Resident Evil did I have that sense of anticipation which comes from the horror genre. I could truly gush about Asylum for days, however as it has been something which I'm sure folks have worn the wheels off of lately - I'll just leave it by saying that while only 10 % into City, I am very pleased to see the level of excellence in all aspects continue. Review to follow !