Atmosphere -- There's something so distinctive and fantastical about Gotham City, and Rocksteady have done a fine job immersing you into it. Spiderman is set in New York, and while the city looks fantastic, it doesn't share the same amount of charm that Gotham has. Gotham feels like it's own character, and evokes such a sense of morbid dread. Verdict Arkham
I disagree. Gotham feels empty because it is. NYC in spiderman feels like a living breathing city. Also NYC in Spiderman is not supposed to feel like morbid dread, its supposed to feel like NYC and they nail that where as Gotham is a made up city so they could give its own charm.
I had way more fun in SM NYC than Arkham Gotham.
Graphics -- I don't think that it's arguable, Spiderman is the prettier game. There's a level of polish to the city that Arkham doesn't quite pull off. The night / day cycles add a great deal to the visual polish. Verdict Spiderman
Yeah SM is one of the best looking games on PS4, and it's pretty much seamless going from cutscenes to gameplay.
World design -- Going with Arkham. While the graphical quality might take a hit, the actual design of the set-pieces look fantastic. Spiderman has a very "samey" look to a lot of it compared to Arkham. Verdict Arkham
It's unfair to compare the two since SM is based on a real place NYC, where Arkham is, could make up whatever they wanted to. But id still give the nod to SM since seeing all the landmarks and marvel locations in the game is pretty awesome. Gotham was pretty boring to walk around in where as in SM, every few minutes are you like OMG that is the avengers tower, or OMG that is....fill in the blank....dont want to spoil the easteregg land marks.
Gameplay mechanics -- This one is tough. Arkham games pretty much popularised the rhymthic fighting mechanics and did it so well, but I feel like Spiderman expands on the system even further and offers more unique perks. The web-slinging mechanics is a no contest. FAR more fun than using the batrope. The Batmobile is cool, but poorly designed. The driving feels clunky as all hell. Verdict Spiderman
This was easily a no-brainer for SM. SM improved upon the Arkham controls plus the style is well more suited for SM and in SM, you can actually get your ass handed to you if you dont pay attention where as with Batman you can easily fight by just hitting one button
Story -- Again, tough. I'll say that it's a tie. Both have fantastically-told stories. Arkham goes in very bizarre places with it's story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Verdit Tie
I have not beaten the story yet in SM and I thought the last Arkham was crap so I didn't even finish the story.
Mission variety -- While Spiderman has redundant side missions, it doesn't quite suffer from the tediously forced Batmobile missions, or the forced stealth missions of Arkham. They both have their handful of interesting quests, but I felt like Spiderman did a better job at keeping things balanced while not forcing you into playstyles that get too old too fast. Arkham certainly has better side missions, though. Verdit Spiderman (main quests) and Arkham (side quests)
For me its easily SM for both, the side missions are by far better in SM and way more varied. I can barely remember any of the side missions in Arkham. The joker ones were pretty cool but that is about it. In SM you have random peopel walking up to you on the street asking for help which is awesome. In SM you actualy feel like a friendly neighborhood spiderman because fo teh side quests. It Batman most of the side quests were forgettable.
Cast of characters -- I'll say Batman, because I generally prefer the rogue of villains. There's a generous amount in Arkham Knight. Verdict Arkham
For two those games, I agree its probably batman arkham knight since spiderman is holding back a lot of their bigger rogues for future games.
Upgradable gear -- Spiderman, and it's not even close. The game not only offers a ton of free suits, but also unique abilities and mods for each of them. In Arkham it's mostly aesthetics and mostly DLC. Verdict Spiderman
I agree SM and its not close. One thing I wish with the SM suits is that each had their own stats (like defense, power, speed etc), not just the one power you can put on each suit.
Pace -- Both games are very well paced with a decent completion time. I'll give this a tie. Vertict Tie
Pacing is all how you play, but with Akrham Knight I found the game to be sooo boring where as I have so much more fun in batman. The batmobile parts ruined the game for me so much so, it made me quit.
Also being Peter in SM is pretty fun, I could do with out the MJ parts though.
Soundtrack -- Felt like the Arkham game dropped the ball here. Batman movies are notorious for having great soundtracks, but this game's music just falls dead into the background. Spiderman's soundtrack isn't anything special, but it feels more lively. Verdict Spiderman
yeah SM soundtrack is very movie like, where as BM was pretty forgettable
For me it's very tough. I'll say that both games are extremely close in quality, but Spiderman felt slightly less redundant due to not forcing me into unwanted gameplay mechanics. The game is also more fun when you're web-slinging across the city. Batman had better atmosphere and more interesting side missions with a better cast of characters. If I was forced to choose, I'd probably go with Spiderman, but I really don't know for sure.
For me it's not even close, SM is the best superhero game I have ever played, Arkham Knight was one of the worst. IMO the first Arkham game is way better than Arkham knight and stacks up much better against SM. SM is also great with their side quests because once you start to get bored with one of that style, you are finished with them and new types start to pop up.