Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

Batman: Arkham Knight October Re-Release Performance Update

Introduction


Yawn! Seriously, the third time we’ve returned to a game. Maybe it was my fault being a bit hasty on the last large update, but that update was the serious graphical update that everyone on the PC was waiting for and it seemed to have worked for a large proportion of gamers. Some still found issues with this update, but because it wasn’t a re-release, it sort of got swept under the carpet.

The re-release was put back onto the Steam store at approximately 5pm on October 28th and it hasn’t got off to the best of starts either. The performance is still not what people expected and Warner Bros even make the ridiculous claim that Windows 10 users would require 12GB of RAM to get the best possible experience. I’m not one for giving up, but I would have gone home and cried by now if this was one of my games.

Again, we are setting ourselves up with the task of testing all of the latest graphics cards from the NVIDIA GTX 900 series and AMD R9 300 and Fury range against the latest update. This time around there will be a comparison compared to the original launch, the re-test that was completed a few weeks ago and the newest results to see how far the performance and playability has come.

Let’s begin shall we?

Batman Arkham Knight PC Update Coming August

Batman Arkham Knight was released almost a month ago and by this time there has only been one tiny patch that was released for the PC version which didn’t fix a lot, however PC fans have been angrily voicing their opinions demanding fixes and patches.

Thankfully a patch is on its way in August, which aims to eliminate framerate issues and improve the overall performance of the game. Here is a list of following features that will be added in the upcoming patch for august

  • Support for frame rates above 30FPS in the graphics settings menu
  • Improve overall performance and framerate hitches
  • Fix for low resolution texture bug
  • Improve overall performance and framrate hitches
  • Add more options to the graphics settings menu
  • Improvements to hard drive streaming and hitches
  • Adds full screen rendering bug on gaming laptops
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usages
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDA and AMD updated drivers

So far the list of items for the following patch sound very promising and should hopefully clear up most of the issues PC gamers have been experiencing since launch of the game. While it has been almost a full month since release and PC has only had a minor patch update, it is very good news for those that are still playing batman on PC as recently Warner Bros announced that the game would go back on sale for PC with every issue addressed in the fall, which may have left those still playing annoyed.

Are you looking forward to playing Batman Arkham Knight the way it was meant to be played?

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Arkham Knight PC Won’t Be Fixed Until Fall 2015

Kotaku Australia has reported that it got its hands on an internal email from EB Games, in which Warner Bros claimed that Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC will not be fixed until the Australian Spring or Fall for everyone else.

As that email reads:

“As previously advised, we have stopped sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC while Warner and Rocksteady work on addressing performance issues with the game. The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring. Due to this we have made the difficult decision to recall all PC stock from stores to return to the vendor until an acceptable solution is released.”

Only a few days ago Warner Bros claimed that Rockstready is hard at work on the fixing process of Batman Arkham Knight and while the game’s Steam entry has been recently updated with various fixed it seems very unlikely that we will see any performance patch to be released this summer.

Although it’s nice to know their working on a fix for Batman it just seems rather late to be releasing it in fall with so many other games coming out in that time such as Battlefront and Fallout 4, many of those may be left sour from the bad experience of the games poor performance and probably won’t be very interested in buying or playing when this fix drops in November, it doesn’t help that this game was delayed from October to June; that’s 8 months of waiting and now another 3+ months!

While for those that are still playing Batman: Arkham Knight the Steam community is full of guides and tutorials to improve performance and to get the best experience with the poor optimization. What do you think are the developers leaving this too late?

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Batman Arkham Knight Mod Adds More Playable Characters

Batman: Arkham Knight has only been out for a short time and while the PC port has a had a really shaky start that isn’t stopping modders from tinkering with the game. A modder has gone out of his way to make more playable characters for the free roaming parts of the game ranging from Joker to Harley Quin and a very wide selection of characters; the mod seems to cover just about every other major character in the game allowing batman fans to soar the Gotham skies as their favourite hero or villain.

The video showcases all the available characters to play with and to show off that they work with the animations and have all their correct move sets.

This is possibly one the most awesome first mods to be added to the game as the vanilla game lacks riddler challenges; a mode where you select a character and skin and choose a map to fight enemies till you drop or to stealthily take out foes. This can definitely add more life to the game once the player has beaten the main campaign; a must for those that wish to fight crime as the boy wonder or for those that wish to play the role of a villain and decimate enemies in the streets.

Hopefully, we can see some classic bat mobiles imported into the game next! Are you going to try this mod out?

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Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Analysis

Introduction


Finally, Batman: Arkham Knight has been released to the world after many years of agonising wait. The next instalment of the franchise has been 2 years in the making and is set to top all of the previous games by adding amazing detail and unparalleled performance.

Following suit of our previous game performance analysis articles, we will take nine of the most up to date graphics cards available and pitch them against the game at three of the most popular resolutions.

As with all games at release, they have issues and setbacks; however, this particular game had more than a rough road to release and the developers have decided to remove it from the consumer purchase until it is fully optimised. Reasons behind this are still unclear, maybe it was a poor optimisation team or maybe the drivers didn’t support the game as expected, but we believe our copy and testing procedure demonstrates what the developers had hoped for originally.

Let’s begin shall we?

New Arkham Knight Trailer Encourages You to ‘Be the Batman’

The latest Batman title developed by Rocksteady Studios is almost here and it looks like they are making a final push on the advertisement side, just to be sure everybody is as excited as ever.

By advertisement, I mean that a new trailer for the title just got released and it’s as epic as ever! It looks like the main focus in it is upon the actual player himself and getting him hyped with real life examples of what sums up to be ‘the Batman’.

The trailer follows with a few in-game footage snippets that displays some of the content and characters the user will encounter in the game. However, the main features that makes the Batman game unique are Detective Mode, a variety of gadgets available at the user’s disposal, the combat and let’s not forget about gliding!

Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth title of the Batman: Arkham series and it is the first title to introduce the Batmobile as a playable vehicle which can be used for both transportation and combat.

The title will arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms next month on June 23rd, so don’t go out spending all your money after next month’s payday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR_I5QLdS3o

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Batman: Arkham Knight System Requirements Revealed

The latest Batman title is almost here! To celebrate the impending release of this gaming juggernaut, Nvidia has just revealed the games specifications and they’re a little more demanding than most other games that launch these days, but that’s to be expected from the graphical powerhouse that is the Batman series.

The game will require the use of at least a GTX 660, not the most powerful card in the world, but still pretty fast for 1080p gaming. Those wanting the recommended will need a GTX 760, but going up to ultra, you’re going to have to invest in a much more powerful card; the GTX 980.

The next kick in the butt is the storage requirements, a staggering 55GB for recommended/ultra, something that may put a strain on many consumer SSDs after the  60GB+ that is being used by Grand Theft Auto fans!

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 45 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

ULTRA System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

Are you ready for the new Batman game and if so, what graphics settings do you think you’ll be applying, low, medium, high or ultra!

Batman: Arkham Knight Will Not Have a Physical Release for Windows in the UK

Rocksteady Studio’s latest Batman: Arkham franchise title has been announced not to have a physical release for the Windows platform outside of North America. This means that Windows users in the UK will not have an option to buy the game as a physical copy.

After being delayed twice now, the game is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of June in the UK. Warner Bros. confirmed that a physical release is in the books for North America, but the UK will only see Xbox One and PlayStation 4 physical copies on shelves; Windows fans will have to stick to purchasing a digital download with no option for a physical disk.

Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have yet to comment on why the UK market is being restricted to digital download, but one guess is that it would serve as a test market for the future withdrawal from physical distribution. Previous Warner Bros. titles, including those in the Batman: Arkham franchise, have come with in-box redemption codes designed to restrict second-hand sales, pointing to a shift from resellable physical copies to account-locked downloads is a logical next step.

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Sony Demoes Batman: Arkham Knight on PC

Rocksteady appears to have confirmed that the Batman: Arkham Knight demo was run on a PC. This is quite interesting, since everyone would have expected it to be demoed on a console, such as Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

However, the “This is a PC build.” sign apparently answered everyone’s questions about the platform on which it was running on. This is quite some good news for the PC gamers out there, since it would appear that the demo did not suffer from former Batman-related issues gamers have faced, such as stuttering side-effect.

Also, the Unreal Engine 3 version seems to have done the trick in terms of performance and graphical appeal. Since the demo was on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users should see similar if not the same type of graphics and feel for the game as well, given that the next-fen consoles are fairly similar to PC as announced some time ago.

Batman: Arkham Knight is said to be released worldwide on both Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC next year. Until then, fans can watch the demo presented in the video below.

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Batman Arkham Collection Edition Revealed

Batman: Arkham Collection Edition unites Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins in one seriously awesome trilogy boxset of gaming goodness. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Batman: Arkham Collection Edition this week and The blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise has been united into one staggering package. The new bundle will be made available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and of course PC.

The Batman: Arkham Collection Edition will be available in the UK from 22nd November 2013. Developed by WB Games Montréal and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Collection Edition brings together the full collection of Arkham Games:

  •  Batman: Arkham Asylum
  •  Batman: Arkham City
  •  Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be available as digital downloads, while the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins is obtainable as a physical disc. So I guess it would be fair to call this a special release of Arkham Origins rather than a true trilogy boxset as you only get one physical copy, but it still marks a great value for money collection none the less and it is perfect for those who have yet to dive into the series.

The Windows PC versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be Game of the Year editions. Included in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be the Knightfall DLC pack.

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Batman Arkham Origins To Release Mobile Edition This Holiday Season

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced at New York’s Comic Con that a mobile version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be arriving this holiday season for Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

Players take up the mantle of Batman as you fight your way through Gotham’s most dangerous areas and fight against some of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins. As you progress, you’ll be able to upgrade your character’s skills and fighting tactics. Also, you will be able to unlock a number of unique Batsuits by earning in-game currency and rewards.

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The mobile game will have some elements of storyline, but the main focus is on punching and kicking foes. Players will tap and swipe the screen, on a variation of the mobile Injustice game control scheme that NeatherRealm also developed, to dish out justice. Naturally, the mobile title will feature a range of iconic Batman locations along with several of the cast that will pose a threat in the console title.

Fans who also own a console version of the Batman: Arkham Origins game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account, will be able to get access to exclusive bonus content that is not available elsewhere. Check out the announcement trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins Mobile Edition below.

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Image and video courtesy of NextPowerUp.