I got tempted to attempt 100% completion on Arkham City, and, wow, not having the little squiggly lines coming off enemies when they're about to attack makes the game really, really hard. I'm up to the point of the Penguin mini-boss fight, and there's just no way for me to get through it. I can't even survive half-way through the first round.
Now, I realize that trends in gaming are such that harder and more-clever is all the rage, but this is just what I feared when I started this playthrough: hitting a point that's so hard that it simply stops me from playing the game any more. I'm trusting this isn't what the designers intended, and assuming that I'm just missing something about the mechanics of the game.
Is there some way to offset not having those indicators? Are there little cues that can tell me that someone's about to take a swing that I'm missing? I can tell sometimes by the way they "step up", but in a big crowd of people, it's easy to miss one doing this. Plus, the people wielding a weapon typically don't do this.
I can't seem to find ANY video of this fight on YouTube, which makes me wonder if it's even humanly possible to finish (without cheating).