Pretty sure most people don't play the games for the stories.AVP 2 the best game of the series wasn't great for it's story,it captured being a marine,xenomorph,and predator perfectly.It also had a good developer in Monolith making it.
Thats exactly the point I just made by saying "Yes, you could put in a pretty good story but its still just the same old thing". So thank you for agreeing with me on that.
And avp2 wasnt bad, but again, it was the same old thing. Marines get killed easy, have the same weapons, motion trackers blah blah blah. Avp is a very narrow window really because each race is tied to being a very narrow concept. And they are all generic, there is no central marine or predator because they are all just faceless groups with no singular identity among them.
So yes, monolith did a good job but they just did a good job at doing the same thing everyone else did because you were still going through same old human installations, same old tunnels, killing the same old things.
Batman AA restored my faith in gaming it all comes down to the developer
If there was an E3 announcement that Rockstar was making this game people would go nuts. I like that it's squad based co-op really tired of FPS.
But the thing about batman is, he isnt some generic marine and nameless predator. He is a character with a personality and story beyond just "I kill aliens" or "I hunt for sport". Plus he has a wide range of great characters to pull from in terms of friends and foes with a long and varied history. Even generic hencman in his universe are diverse.
What made arkahm asylum good is because for once a developer tried to play to batmans roots instead of just trying to make a shitty game and use the batman name as a hook. Up till AA all anyone ever did was try to cash in on the name of batman and made the games shallow. AVP on the other hand is shallow to begin with because it has no history, no long list of great characters and is always basically the exact same thing over and over again. Its basically monsters killing eachother and thats it, its one of those things once its good thats it for the series because you have no place left to go with it. Youll always be using that same motion tracker shooting that same pulse rifle, youll always be using heat vision with that same claw, youll always be running up walls using that same tail attack.
Once you play one avp game, you played them all.