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?

What Happens When Batman Meets A Imperial Scout?

We’ve all wondered about the what if’s, what if your favourite superhero teamed up with someone from a different series, what if someone hadn’t been killed off so early in a series. The questions tend to plague us, but there is now one you don’t need to worry about. What happens when Batman meets an imperial scout from Star Wars, the answer is he creates an awesome looking helmet!

As part of a charity auction, artists are creating unique pieces of art based on the iconic Imperial Scout Helmet from the Star wars franchise. One of the first results was inspired by none other than the caped vigilante Batman. Creator Julian Checkley calls it the “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet” and the design does nothing but pay tribute and honour both franchises.

With the piece set to be one of forty auctioned off in July this year, the proceeds of which will go towards the charity Star Wars: Forces Of Change. The charity is a global project to help groups like Unicef and supplying food to countries in need and should be recognised for the support and work they do.

For a full 360 tour of the helmet, you can check out the video below.

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for one day, you can watch Batman fight off against Darth Vader in the Super Power Beatdown below and the alternative ending here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj23dwWHukY

Batman V Superman’s Bad Reviews Might Upset You

With superheroes taking over everything from our hearts to the big screens, the public thinking and their reviews impact people. It would seem though that bad reviews may affect the actors more than you originally review.

In its opening weekend Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has started its universe with a whopping $245m internationally and $170 million in the US alone, coming in the top 10 openings of all time in North America at number 6. The film has been received quite mixed, though, with initial “you must see this!” and “it’s amazing” comments being shadowed by the publics “overhyped” comments that have come out since its release.

One thing people don’t think about when writing a review is the feeling of the actors and the people who put their effort into creating the final project, and it would seem that Ben Affleck during an interview with Yahoo was unable to hide his emotions and upset at the reviews as well as others. In the below video someone had made sure that we notice the upset that Affleck seems to have regarding the reviews that were part of a “mixed response”.

If you were interested in what Henry Carville was saying during the emotional music, you can find a full snippet of this interview below.

With DC’s hopes that this will start off their Justice League franchise, have they done enough to win over the audience or are the negative reviews showing that our expectations for superhero films are a little higher than they had hoped? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, but please no spoilers!

Lego Batman Is Back In His Own Trailer – Beat Box and All

It has now been two years since The Lego Movie graced our screens, with a mix of comedy and moral lessons making it perfect who anyone who enjoyed playing with the bricks when they were a child. Of all the characters in the film, a few stood out for their “unique” takes on people, with the rage controlling UniKitty (shown here in the Lego Dimensions trailer) and probably the most notable character Batman. Lego Batman is back and this time, he is starring in the trailer for his own film.

The Lego Batman Movie will feature Batman voiced by Will Arnett, alongside some jokes that seem perfect for the new version of the caped crusader. The films confirmed to include Lego versions of Robin, Batgirl and Joker alongside some other characters you may recognize if you pause at 1:23.

If you are as excited as we are to see this film, it comes out on February 10th, 2017, so you will have to settle for playing as Lego Batman in any of his games, which are on sale this weekend on Steam for 75% off, or you could grab the Lego Movie game, also for 75% off.

Beatboxing? Check. Awesome new Batcave? Check. Batman eating Lobster Thermidor? Check?

Critics React to Batman v Superman Première

Hotly-anticipated comic book movie spectacular Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice held its world première in New York last night, and the critical reaction to the film has been vociferous, to say the least. It seems that, despite much apprehension, last night’s audience thinks it’s… good. Really good. Standing ovation and tears good. I know. I’m a surprised as you, especially after that last trailer:

The consensus following the movie’s first screening is that it Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman steals the show, Ben Affleck makes a fine Batman, and that the whole affair is infinitely better than Man of Steel (though hardly a tough act to follow), making it possibly the best superhero movie ever made.

Heartfelt reactions, or hyperbole resulting from low expectations? You decide:

https://twitter.com/comissionerleon/status/711722198394912768

Before the première, director Zack Snyder revealed that the movie nearly featured two of Batman’s most famous adversaries, Joker and The Riddler. During the press junket, Snyder said (via Collider):

“The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict.”

Official reviews for Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice are still under embargo, so we’re still waiting for more nuanced examinations of its merits, but the film goes on general release in cinemas across the world on 25th March.

Telltale’s Batman Game Will Be Launched in Summer

Remember when we told you that Telltale was working on its own Batman game? Well, sources now indicate that the game is nearly completed and that it will be launched officially this summer, which is just a few months away. According to Telltale, this is going to be one of the company’s best games so far, not just from a storytelling point of view but also graphics-wise. Apparently, this title will benefit from new visual technology, including new rendering techniques and other eye-candy. As far as the story is concerned, the action will take place in its own universe, which means that the writing staff was free to create its own version of the Caped Crusader.

What’s also interesting is the fact that the player will be able to approach certain situations as either Bruce Wayne or Batman himself, and this will obviously change the available dialogue options and outcomes. Moreover, gamers will spend just as much time as Bruce Wayne as they will as Batman, which sounds great to me because I’ve always wanted to learn more about the man behind the mask and his motivations, his personality and his maybe even his fears.

Are you excited about Telltale’s Batman series?

Batmobile Coming to Rocket League

Come March, you can be the hero that Rocket League deserves with the release of the new Batmobile DLC. The new vehicle is an official tie-in with the forthcoming DC sequel – and Justice League precursor – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which pits Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight against the Henry Cavill’s reprised Man of Steel, a battle that eventually unites them with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash against emergent antagonists Lex Luthor and Doomsday.

“Fans of Rocket League will soon take control of the iconic Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!” the Rocket League blog reads. “Available Tuesday, March 8, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack will put players behind the wheel of the world-famous crime-fighting vehicle, which has been faithfully re-created in Rocket League, to mirror Batman’s ride in the upcoming film.”

“In addition to the Batmobile itself, the Car Pack will also include three exclusive Antenna Flags enabling players to show their allegiance to World’s Finest Trinity: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman,” it adds. “Priced at $1.99 USD (or regional equivalent), the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam, on March 8!”

Home-made And Working Batarangs Are Now A Thing

We all love when people get that little bit creative. So far we’ve seen a 3D printed railgun and even someone who made boomerangs based on your favourite fantasy weapons. While it was cool to see a diamond pickaxe (disclaimer: it was made of wood) fly and come back to us the classics really got to us in the form of giant wooden Batarang. Apparently this wasn’t good enough for LaserGadgets who went one step further and made a working Batarang.

LaserGadgets is a youtube channel dedicated to bringing that fictional superhero gear that we’ve all dreamed about to life. Their creations have included a Death Star style laser and even a functional Iron Man gauntlet (minus repulsor technology).

The Batarangs in question are made out of metal and at the press of a button deploy the two wings ready to help take out the Joker. If this wasn’t enough the video even explains how to make your own Batarangs! We recommend that if you do make some, you don’t start wearing black spandex and prowling the streets at night, instead enjoying what is, without a doubt, one of the coolest creations we have ever seen.

We now have a Batarang and you can even get a Batmobile golf cart. What piece of fantasy technology would you like to see made and why?

The Final Batman V Superman Trailer Drops

With the premiere of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice only a month away, the final trailer for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster has been released, and unofficially, it seems. The trailer shows that, despite his superior strength and power, Superman might have a tougher time going toe-to-toe with Batman that he may have expected. Either way, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor seems to be enjoying the spectacle:

In a recent interview with Playboy, Eisenberg was full of praise for film’s two leads, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, who play Batman and Superman, respectively.

“They were wonderful to work with because we were all sort of adjusting things to make the scenes as good as they could be,” Eisenberg said. “Henry has already played Superman in another movie so he has such a strong idea of his character. That was fun for me because I could play with that. Ben Affleck is also very sharp. Doing this was a lot of fun because the three of us like to improvise, changing dialogue and all. But it was also strange for me: I have a lot of respect for both of them and yet my character mocks them both a lot in the movie. But that was just the nature of the thing.”

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on 25th March.

Batmobile’s and Titanic Unleashed in GTA V

Grand Theft Auto is easily one of the greatest games in the series so far, the stories are fun, the graphics are great and the game world massive! However, no matter how much fun the game was at release, the PC modding community aren’t going to just take a day off and leave this one alone. While ripping around in the stock vehicles is a lot of fun, modded cars are where the real action is at, especially when those vehicles are eight of the most iconic Batmobiles!

This incredible mod adds the Batmobile 1966, Batmobile 1989, Batmobile MK2, The Tumbler, The Batwing, Batmobile 2016, The Batpod and the Batmobile Asylum; that’s a lot of potential Batman action right there! These are really detailed too, with interiors on the vehicles, weapons systems where appropriate and even the jet boosters for when you really need to get out there quickly and fight crime… or cause crime, no one said you had to be Batman.

Check out the videos below for a look at the new cars, as well as a flight in the Batwing. If that doesn’t have you reaching for the nearest mod download site, nothing will.

Just when you thought you had seen it all in terms of vehicle packs, there’s one that’s just a little bit bigger than the Batmobile, ok, it’s a LOT bigger. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking the Titanic on a cruise around the islands in GTA V, then today is your lucky day, as one modder has brought the iconic ship back for you to cruise around in.

I must admit, nothing says ultimate billionaire adventure pack like a luxury cruise ship and a Batmobile, so what are you waiting for. Download the Batman Vehicles mod here, and the Titanic mod here.

Which iconic vehicles would you like to see modded into GTA V?

Entire Batman v Superman Trailer Recreated in GTA V!

Grand Theft Auto has proven a popular game for video editors, with seemingly hundreds, if not thousands of trailers and movie scenes being remade using the in-game editing features. Then we’ve got the fantastic Batman v Superman trailer, which is no stranger to remakes either, as we’ve already seen it recreated using Lego! Now it’s time to put the two together, in what has to be one of the best Grand Theft Auto V trailer remakes to date, so sit back and enjoy the next three minutes of internet awesomeness.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Recreated In GTA 5. In this GTA 5 Machinima parody, the Batman v Superman trailer was recreated completely from scratch by the very talented Merfish! Make sure to check out his channel below for a side by side comparison! ” reads the video description.

It’s a fantastic video and a great example of why PC gaming is so freaking awesome. Just a few mods, and no doubt quite a lot of spare time is all it takes to win some internet points. If you want to see how closely it matches up, you can check out the side by side comparison video below.

Want to see what happens when it all goes wrong? As just like real life actors, video game characters don’t always do as they’re told! Check out the outtakes video below.

What’s your favourite GTA V remake so far? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments section below.

Fictional Weapons Come To Life As Boomerangs

You load up that new game or sit down to the latest movie and suddenly all you notice is the high-tech gadgets and weapons they seem to pull out of every nook and crevice. From Batmans Batarang to the pickaxe from Minecraft, you’ve seen them all. You’ve never seen them in real life, which is about to change as Victor Poulin has created a series of fictional weapons as boomerangs.

Poulin is from the group Boomerangs by Vic. Not only did he dream it but he has created not just one or two but six boomerangs based on film and video game weapons. If that wasn’t cool enough, he has a little video to show you that no only do they look awesome they also all work.

From the Batarang to the Pickaxe Poulin has used “the best 10inch birch on the market” to create six weapons that if someone throws at you, you should really have started running away a long time ago.

Showing honour to not only the classic boomerang designs, like Sokka’s boomerang from Avatar the Last Airbender but the more uniquely shaped weapons like Minecraft’s pickaxe and even the tomahawk from Black Op’s 2 Zombies.

I know that if push ever comes to shove, these weapons are something I’d rather be using than facing. If you could see one weapon from a video game or movie come alive as a boomerang, what would you choose?

Batman Arkham Knight Will Never Have Multi-GPU Support

It looks like fans and owners of Warner Bros Batman Arkham Knight will be dealing with more unwelcome news. According to a statement given out via Steam, the developers have given up on ever implementing multi-GPU support like Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire. This means for PC gamers with the highest end rigs, they will never be able to fully enjoy the game. This is especially true of those with multiple displays or 4K  which require multiple GPUs to run games at high fps.

According to the developer, even if there were gains from implementing SLI or Crossfire support, there would be a high chance that adding such support would cause more bugs. This really speaks to the buggy nature of the game that launched buggy, stayed buggy, and finally became decent. With WB offering full refunds to customers, it looks like the developers have given up on implementing new features and are just focusing on bugs. The biggest hope is that the gaming industry as a whole will have learned a lesson when not to ship games.

You can read the full statement below:

We’ve been working with our development and graphics driver partners over the last few months to investigate utilizing multi-GPU support within Batman: Arkham Knight. The result was that even the best case estimates for performance improvements turned out to be relatively small given the high risk of creating new issues for all players. As a result we’ve had to make the difficult decision to stop work on further multi-GPU support. We are disappointed that this was not practical and apologize to those who have been waiting for this feature.

Green Man Gaming Refunding Batman: Arkham Knight Until End of 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight is still a colossal mess on PC and Warner Brothers have admitted they might not be able to rectify a whole host of issues. As a result, the studio decided to offer widespread refunds even if you’ve logged a significant amount of time playing the game. However, this has to be completed through the Steam refund policy, and only applies to purchases directly on Steam. In reality, a large proposition of customers acquire keys from third-party sellers and only use Steam to activate their license.

This means, anyone who purchased the game through other retailers, or received it with an NVIDIA graphics card cannot ask for a full refund. Thankfully, Green Man Gaming has acknowledged this and released a statement which reads:

“Hi folks. Just a quick little update to let you know that in accordance with WBIE’s statement on October 31st regarding Batman: Arkham Knight, we’ll be honouring refunds on the title until the end of 2015.”

I have to applaud Green Man Gaming for once again offering refunds to Batman: Arkham Knight. This premium level of customer service makes people feel more inclined to purchase games from Green Man Gaming in the near future. I only hope other retailers will follow suit, although I’m not sure if Green Man Gaming are covering the entire costs for these refunds. Therefore, some resellers might be unwilling to do this.

If you wish to initiate a refund, please visit this link.

Warner Brothers Issuing Refunds For Disgruntled Batman: Arkham Knight Customers

Batman: Arkham Knight will go down in history as one of the worst PC releases ever to grace the platform, and continues to suffer from a plethora of performance issues. This is astonishing given the game’s budget and shockingly, Warner Brothers outsourced the port to Iron Galaxy, a studio with a terrible reputation. As a result, the PC version was produced on the cheap and ended up being removed from Steam. Once Batman: Arkham Knight had been removed, Warner Brothers attempted to rectify the performance problems and re-launch the game when it was fit for purpose. However, some users are reporting the game is somehow running worse and a huge amount of bugs haven’t been fixed.

In lieu of this information, Warner Brothers have released a post which reads:

“We are very sorry that many our customers continue to be unhappy with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. We worked hard to get the game to live up to the standard you deserve but understand that many of you are still experiencing issues.

Until the end of 2015, we will be offering a full refund on Batman: Arkham Knight PC, regardless of how long you have played the product. You can also return the Season Pass along with the main game (but not separately). For those of you that hold onto the game, we are going to continue to address the issues that we can fix and talk to you about the issues that we cannot fix.

Thank you,

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment”

This is a sorry state of affairs, but at least some customers can receive a full refund. However, I’m almost certain this only applies to those who purchased the game through Steam. As a result, if you want a refund and simply entered a code from a 3rd party reseller, it looks like you’re out of luck. The same applies to people who received the game with an NVIDIA graphics card.

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?

Ditch Batman – Enjoy This Epic GTA V Batmobile Mod Instead

Batman has been facing his toughest enemy to date this year, poor gaming performance! The devs may be working overtime to fix their mistakes, but if you’re wanting to enjoy a batman experience that is free from the issues of Arkham Knight, then you’ll want to fire up this awesome Grand Theft Auto V mod.

Tailtigolt has uploaded the following video to YouTube, showing off just how much chaos you can cause in GTA V with a missile equipped Bat Mobile.

The video is pretty cool, but if you want a better view, you’ll want to download the mod by esrohraw here, the textures from LUISDACOS and the nitro mod by xmod.

Now all we need is a decent Batman mod and you can bring a whole new world of crime fighting to the city.

What is your favourite Grand Theft Auto V mod so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

Batman: Arkham Knight Re-Release Still Broken

Warner Bros. re-released Batman: Arkham Knight for PC yesterday (28th October), after an initial launch back in June saw the release of a broken, buggy game that angered many customers. Despite numerous delays to the game’s release at the insistence of developer Rocksteady, Warner Bros. still went ahead with the release of a game it knew was broken, and has had to do a lot of work to make the PC version playable, but reports from gamers suggests those efforts were for naught.

Hours after the game hit Steam again, Warner Bros. were forced to issue a statement via its Steam page warning that Windows 7 users may hit hard drive paging issues after playing for long periods – resolved by “simply re-launching the game” – and that Windows 10 users require 12GB of RAM for a playable experience.

The statement reads:

“Hi everyone! I’m going to jump in and help out Yorick as a second pair of eyes and ears for you all. 

With the game now available for sale, I wanted to provide a status update since the release of the September patch. 

As we confirmed earlier today, the PC version of the game now supports all add-on content that has been released thus far for console. The configurations for this content are being updated now and we expect everything to be available in the next few hours. We’ll confirm when this process is completed. 

We are still working with our GPU partners to add full support for SLI and Crossfire. In addition, we are working with these partners to address stability issues on certain cards related to the latest drivers. 

After extensive testing, a hard drive paging issue with some GPUs on Windows 7 may occur after extended gameplay sessions. If you encounter this, simply re-launching the game will resolve the issue. 

For Windows 10 users, we’ve found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience. 

UPDATE: We became aware of an issue with the Season Pass DLC content where it was not being downloaded automatically. We’ve recently resolved this issue with help from Valve, and everyone should be receiving their Season Pass content now.”

Image courtesy of Nerdist.

Warner Brothers Offer Entire Batman Collection to Arkham Knight Early Adopters

Batman: Arkham Knight was released in a shambolic state on PC and riddled with bugs, poor optimization and widespread instability issues. This resulted in many consumers using the Steam Refund policy and voicing their disgust at Warner Brothers’ technical blunders. Eventually, the game was removed from sale to allow the developer to properly fix these unacceptable flaws.

Finally, Batman: Arkham Knight has been re-released on Steam and Warner Brothers decided to offer compensation to early adopters. Instead of handing out a season pass which most people expected, Warner Brothers is providing free copies of the previous Arkham titles. Some critics have argued this isn’t a good move as those games have been heavily discounted and most Batman fans already own them. Although, at least it’s something.

Here is the official statement in full:

“Greetings Batman: Arkham Fans!

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is back up and available today! We are genuinely thankful to the Batman: Arkham fans, the Steam Batman: Arkham Community, and the PC Players who have patiently waited for this day. As a show of our appreciation to our fans in this process, we are pleased to announce three community focused programs to help us commemorate the re-launch of the game.

To kick things off, we will be giving away FREE digital copies of games from the Batman: Arkham library. This means we will be giving away copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY, Batman: Arkham City GOTY, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The Batman: Arkham library of games will be given to everyone who has already purchased or will purchase Batman: Arkham Knight for PC prior to 11:59 pm PDT, November 16, 2015. We’re actively working with our partners at Valve to make this happen as soon as we can, so watch your Steam Library. We are aiming to deliver all of the games by December.

Seeing as our community was a great help in getting the game up and running, Rocksteady will be creating a new “Community Challenge Pack” that will be given free to owners of the Batman: Arkham Knight game in January 2016. As thanks to the Steam Community, PC players will have access to the maps for a week before they hit the consoles. Stay tuned for more details on this in the Batman: Arkham Community and Social Channels.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we are working with Valve and the Team Fortress 2 team for a special cross-game promotion. Through November 16, 2015, Valve will be running a contest for the Steam community to create Batman: Arkham themed cosmetic items for Team Fortress 2. The winning items will be given out to those who purchased Batman: Arkham Knight on Steam before the end of the contest. You can check out the official TF2 blog[www.teamfortress.com] for all the contest details!

To recap, if you own Batman: Arkham Knight for PC or purchase it before November 16, 2015, you will get:
Free digital copies of games from the Batman: Arkham library.
The “Community Challenge Pack” DLC.
The Batman: Arkham inspired Team Fortress 2 items created by the Batman: Arkham community.

Thanks again for your feedback and support.

– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment”

Is Batman: Arkham Knight running well on your setup?

Official Re-Release Date for Batman: Arkham Knight Has Been Revealed

There’s no use sugar-coating it: the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight has been a complete disaster, with numerous users reporting massive performance issues even on high-end hardware. The relatively good news is that Warner has acknowledged these issues and decided to pull the game from Steam in order to give its team time to fix it, and after many months of waiting with bated breath, it looks like October 28 will bring with it the re-release of the fourth installment in the Batman: Arkham series.

Those who already own the title will receive a new update that will bring the game to its latest version. Moreover, they will also be able to access Big Head Mode, Photo Mode, and the Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Skin, while season pass holders will also enjoy access to all of the content that has been released since launch. Obviously, we’re all quite eager to see how the game will perform after this major update, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on this subject. I know that some of you have probably lost faith in the game completely, but I don’t think that you should lose hope just yet. Warner might still surprise us after all, this time in a positive way.

Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Analysis Update

Introduction


It’s not very often that we return to a game, but in this case, we couldn’t say no. Batman AK was one of the most anticipated of early 2015 and the final game in the Batman: Arkham series, so the hype surrounding it meant the game had to hit the top marks from launch. Sadly we all know that Batman AK had a very rough start to life with PC performance being the major issue. Users complained of the lack of graphical settings and the 30FPS cap. While we brought Batman AK performance figures in this state; it wasn’t always going to be as reliable with the game undergoing major work.

Developers decided to pull the game from Steam and other outlets to prevent more consumers purchasing a digital copy. This worked for a while and developers have managed to implement a good amount of updates to improve stability, graphics, and overall player enjoyment.

With the overhaul to the graphics portion, we have decided to return to the game and re-test all of our current generation graphics cards on the newest drivers available. To maintain consistency with our previous Gaming performance articles, these graphics cards will be pitted against the game at the highest optimal settings across three of the most popular resolutions.

Let’s begin shall we?

Batman: Arkham Knight is Returning to Steam

Batman: Arkham Knight launched in a horrific state on PC and marred by terrible optimization, buggy textures and instability issues. The technical bumbling forced Warner Brothers to remove the game from digital distribution channels and consumers used the Steam Refund policy to voice their dissatisfaction. Warner Brothers promised to work tirelessly on the PC version and make it their number one priority. The publisher announced, earlier than expected, a re-release date on Steam via a community post:

“As many of you know, we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago. While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase. In addition, support for all DLC that has been released for the console versions will be in place.” 

“Thanks again for your continued patience and support. We’ll be sure to update everyone as soon as the update is live.”

If the current schedule continues as planned, Batman: Arkham Knight could return before the end of October. However, I feel Warner Brothers’ response isn’t very apologetic and they should have offered the season pass or another title for free to disgruntled users. Clearly, the studio tried to produce the PC port on the cheap, and didn’t respect the PC audience. Any kind of token gesture would have helped to restore their reputation.

Once the game is properly updated, we should be able to re-asses the game’s performance across various graphics cards.

WB Will Make More Batman Games without Rocksteady

Rocksteady, the developer responsible for the lauded Arkham trilogy (pale imitation Batman: Arkham Origin was made by Warner Bros. Games Montréal), might have called time on its Batman series after the recent release of Batman: Arkham Knight, but publisher Warner Bros. insists that it will continue to utilise the Dark Knight in future games, beyond the Traveller’s Tale’s LEGO Batman games and NetherRealm’s Injustice: Gods Among Us.

In an interview with the PlayStation blog, Warner Bros. Vice President of Product Development Ames Kirshen reaffirmed its commitment to delivering further games involving the Caped Crusader. “Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros,” Kirshen said. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realise the full potential of the character. We don’t have anything to talk about at this time, but the possibilities are endless with a character as dynamic and beloved as Batman.”

Batman: Arkham Origins was likely a test-run for when Rocksteady hung up its proverbial cowl after Batman: Arkham Knight, with future Arkham games a distinct possibility, delivered by either Warner Bros. Games Montréal or even Avalanche Studios, fresh of its sojourn into another IP, Mad Max.

Kirshen also suggests that other DC Comics properties could be ripe for game adaptations. “When choosing what DC Entertainment IP we might focus on for any game, it boils down to honing in on the IPs that map the strongest, genre-wise, to what fans are interested in seeing and playing. From there, it’s about getting the development studios with the strongest passion for those IPs to make the games,” Kirshen added.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Receives an Interim PC Patch

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight has been a complete fiasco since launch, with countless players complaining about the game’s incredible performance issues with both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. The game was so unplayable that Warner Bros eventually decided to pull it off Steam altogether while a dedicated team started to work on some serious patches. Even though the game’s major patch was expected to arrive in August, an interim patch for Arkham Knight has only just been released a few days ago in September. The patch is currently available on Steam for those who already purchased the new Batman game before it was removed from the digital distribution platform. Opinions regarding the patch’s usefulness seem to be divided, but most users seem to agree on one fact: the game still uses too much VRAM.

You can find the patch’s changelog below:

  • Reduced frame rate hitches.
  • Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage.
  • Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers).
  • More Comprehensive In-Game Settings.
  • Fixed low resolution texture bugs.
  • Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD).

In addition to the above, we’re continuing to work on the following for future updates:

  • Adding support for SLI and Crossfire.
  • Adding support for the latest DLC & Season Pass content.
  • Adding support for additional updates such as Photo Mode.
  • Continued improvements and bug fixing for a Windows 7 specific memory issue that occurs on configurations with 8GB of system RAM and some NVIDIA GPUs during extended game play.
  • Continued improvements for Windows 10 specific issues on systems with some AMD GPUs.

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AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Driver Released

AMD has released the Catalyst 15.8 driver which includes a number of hotfixes and enhanced performance in Batman: Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity. Here is the full list of optimizations:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Windows Driver

    • This driver provides support for the Oculus 0.7 SDK on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. More information on the Oculus 0.7 SDK can be found at the following link on the Oculus Developer site:

Performance Optimizations

    • Batman: Arkham Knight – Performance and quality/stability updates
    • Ashes of the Singularity – Performance optimizations for DirectX® 12

Resolved Issues:

    • [424009] Adobe® Lightroom may crash if GPU rendering is enabled
    • [423336] Mouse cursor coordinates may be swapped on some 3×1 Eyefinity configurations
    • [421110] The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt – Corruption may be observed when AA is enabled in AMD CrossFire mode
    • [424127] The Firefox browser may crash while opening multiple tabs (2 or more)
    • [425168] Anti Aliasing settings are not retained after Applying in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
    • [425156] System hangs when launching Call of Duty® – Modern Warfare 3 or Diablo III
    • [424776] Metal Gear Solid® : Ground Zero may crash when launched
    • [425421] Call Of Duty®: Black Ops III – texture corruption observed when launched in DirectX® 11 mode
    • [425452] Sword Coast Legends – FRTC settings are not activated in the game
    • [411945] Project CARS may experience corruption when AA is set to D2SM
    • [425382] A green screen may be observed on some “Llano”/”Ontario” APU’s when playing video under Windows 10
    • [424330] Watch Dogs may experience flickering / corruption after changing game resolution
    • [425440] AMD HDMI® Audio is disabled after driver installation
    • [423013] F1 2015 may experience flickering during gameplay or in game benchmarking
    • [422551] Call of Duty® – Advanced Warfare may freeze randomly when run in Quad CrossFire mode
    • [424168] Text corruption observed when using Windows 10 Mapp application
    • [424222] System may hang when installing the driver on a Windows 10 system with 2 or more GPUs
    • [424710] “Device being used by another application” error is displayed when attempting audio playback on Windows 7 systems

Known Issues:

    • [423924] Unable to create an Eyefinity SLS if one of the displays is a MST display device
    • [423759] Unable to apply Fill mode in Eyefinity if 2560×1600 and 2560×1440 resolutions are used together
    • [425484] DiRT Rally crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX 11® mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors
    • [425496] Mad Max – Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key
    • [422806] Battlefield Hardline crashes on pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del while running in AMD Mantle mode
    • [422674] Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire mode enabled
    • [425417] Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire enabled
      • As a temporary workaround, please uninstall the existing driver before installing the AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta driver
    • [425432] Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
    • [425659] Assassin’s Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire mode is enabled

Please note, the driver is still in a Beta stage meaning there could be instability issues, or undocumented bugs. Nevertheless, it’s promising to see updates for Batman: Arkham Knight which is not only a terrible PC port, but also prone to crashing on AMD graphics cards. On another note, it will be interesting to see the effect optimizations will have in the Ashes of the Singularity DirectX 12 patch. Will the trend of significant gains on AMD cards continue?

Do you download Beta drivers or patiently wait for the final release?

NVIDIA Working With Warner Bros. To Fix Arkham Knight on PC

Warner Bros. had a very disappointing release of Batman: Arkham Knight, having the title not playable on PC due to performance issues. The game has reportedly been withdrawn from the market, with retailers stating that it will start putting it back on shelves again once it is properly fixed.

As for NVIDIA, we know it had switched from selling their GeForce cards bundled with the latest Batman title to having the company now selling them bundled with Metal Gear Solid V. However, NVIDIA also plans to make up for it by helping Warner Bros. developers fix their game.

From what we know so far, Warner Bros. is working on a patch to address the performance issues that is due in August. In addition to that, Nvidia Gameworks engineer Tom Peterson said that their team is also focusing on helping the devs at Warner Bros. as a ‘goodwill gesture’.

“We have 200 to 300 engineers that are actually visual scientists,” Peterson stated. “They’re the very best out there. We’ve taken the strategy that says let’s record exactly what they’ve got in their minds, convert it to algorithms … test it and QA it, and then supply it as middleware effectively to game developers”

The question is, why didn’t they get on it before it was launched? If you are to bundle a game with graphics cards that promote gaming, don’t you have to first see how it runs before you actually launch or even think of bundling it? My thoughts are that NVIDIA is also partially guilty here and now they are trying to make up for their mistake. What do you think?

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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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