One of the weakest aspects of the game is vehicle control. There are a ton of different vehicles that can be accessed throughout the game—from the obvious (Batmobile) to the obscure (Gotham Zoo animals). Many of these vehicles, while helpful for covering long stretches of streets while exploring, are clumsy and difficult to navigate with. Another frustration occurs whenever you discover a Gold Brick or engaging in a Citizens in Peril mission. Your character locks up while the game saves, but bad guys like the Riddler or Joker’s henchmen can continue to attack you! This honestly lasts about 20 seconds, long enough to “die” at the hand of villains (not die permanently, you pop right back, but you lose health points in the process).
This game can be played as a single player or in co-op mode with another player (locally, not online). Playing with someone else definitely enhances the fun of the game and is highly recommended. Players work together to solve the puzzles and figure out what to do. The characters also do not need to be toggled back and forth as much, since one player can complete the necessary tasks for Batman while the other handles Robin for example. When Superman (Travis Willingham, perfect while verbally sparring with Batman) is involved, either player can assume the role of Man of Steel.
Keep in mind, the AI in this game is rather lacking, and when you abandon your regular character, he won’t do much of anything. Often times the levels require tasks that can only be completed by a specific character, so switching back and forth is necessary, especially if you are playing alone. One detriment to co-op play is the split screen—necessary for allowing each player to explore the open world freely—constantly changes angles, which at times can make it hard to see what you are doing.
One downside to this game is the save feature. It does have an autosave, but I have encountered the game not going back to that point and having to replay a level. Also saving the game does not put you right back at the point it is saved. Instead, the characters go back to the Batcave and must then get to the right location for their mission. It can be more than a little confusing. Be sure to seek out every manual save point you can find.