So, the demo was out today on XBL and apparently PSN users had it by yesterday already! *shakes fist at forgetting*. Has anyone DL'd and played it yet? I personally think the demo has just cost me £40-60... Anyhow, the combat system seems to work fairly well (although i did notice some clipping issues with Batman's cape lol) and is rather easy to pick up but i have reservations as to whether or not it's hard to master... especially since countering an opponent requires a simple button press when there's an indicator over the head of an enemy. Although i've heard that feature is disabled in the "Hard" difficulty so it could be rather fun . The combat didn't appear to be the focal point of the game which was good however the demo didn't really provide many opportunities for problem solving and the gist of it just seemed to be "go into detective mode, have a look around" which made it seem a bit basic/too easy. The main highlight of the game did appear to be when in a large room with multiple enemies, planning each takedown so as not to get caught/seen and promptly making an escape. The stealth aspect seems to work fairly well since the silent/instant take downs are most effective and whilst it *is* technically possible to rush in and use the freeflow combat, the enemies armed with guns can deal some serious damage. Another highlighted aspect of the stealth mechanic i took note of was that if you did the glide kick from the front, the enemy still notices you and guns into you as you take him down thus losing health. Obviously it's sounds expected but i remember quite a few other games essentially "locking in" a stealth kill so that enemies couldn't react to you and as such it appears as a nice touch imo. Another thing i guess i "liked" about it was the health system which, although unreal seemed to be rather fair. According to the little notes onscreen you get awarded health for finding secret areas and for taking down henchmen. Obviously not very realistic however it puts emphasis on doing things stealthily and not being noticed although even if you do rush in, if you're quick about it you can either break even, lose a small amount or even gain a small amount. IIRC Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) voiced the Joker and he appears to do a rather good job of it. A little less nutcase/anarchistic than Heath Ledger/Dark Knight but still rather good imo. Anyhow, i'd definitely recommend the demo and am currently trying to justify to myself the cost of the collector's edition... since who doesn't want that Batarang ?