Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Batman: Arkham Knight Mod Unlocks Other Characters

By Jem Alexander on June 29th, 2015.

Okay, so the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] was so shoddy that Warner Bros have temporarily removed it from sale. That doesn’t mean those of you playing despite the temperamental frame rate and occasional freeze can’t enjoy a little something not available on console, namely, a mod which allows you to play as ten characters other than Batman, from Harley Quinn to Jim Gordon. Even if Harley Quinn: Arkham Knight doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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Holy Framerates, Batman: Arkham Knight Is A Mess

By Adam Smith on June 23rd, 2015.

Edit: Further in-house RPS testing is inconclusive. I’ve rolled back my Nvidia drivers to the previous release and now have a steady framerate (with Gameworks switched on and settings maxed) until I hit a Batmobile sequence, at which point I’m experiencing dips seemingly at random. Alec, on similar hardware, is using the latest drivers and having a better experience., though still has Batmobile problems. John is on AMD – we’ll check back with him soon.

There was no pre-release PC code for Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] so I started the crusade through another long Halloween early this morning to bring you a full judgement as soon as possible. As I loaded the game, I spotted the “mostly negative” regarding Steam reviews and resolved to pay close attention to any stuttering, glitches or other technical issues. Close attention wasn’t necessary.

Even half an hour into the game, I’m seeing the framerate fluctuate wildly, even during cutscenes. The benchmark test (which reports highs of 47fps even though the game itself is locked to 30) reckons my average fps is 38 but with single digit lows. Once the game starts, the framerate is about as steady as Harvey Dent’s moodswings.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Out Today

By Jem Alexander on June 23rd, 2015.

Did you know that Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] is out today? You did? Then Warner Bros’ marketing budget has been vindicated. Did you you know that the early Steam reviews suggest that the PC port has serious bugs and performance issues? You did? Good.

Adam is playing it now and should have more detail shortly [Update: here is more detail]. In the meantime, here’s a launch trailer for the game with all its leather clad bombast.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer Feat. Explosions

By Philippa Warr on April 27th, 2015.

Batman and his posse of Robin and wait-didn't-that-guy-used-to-be-Robin

Hey, Batfans! It’s the Bat-official Bat-trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight [official site].

Bat-watch it after the Bat-jump:

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Batman Swings Into Wolfenstein 3D With New Mod

By Alice O'Connor on March 18th, 2015.

Some folks seem surprised that Doom levels and mods are still being made but, as Andrew Lloyd Webber taught us, love never dies. People are still making Wolfenstein 3D mods, you know. Why, just the other week, a new Wolfenstein total conversion came out!

I point out Batman: No Man’s Land [ModDB page] partially because I smiled seeing a new Wolf3D mod pop up in my feeds, and partially because I’ve been here almost a year and still not posted about Wolf3D (well, not properly). Sorry. I suppose I’ll mention a few other Wolfenstein bits too.

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A Roguelike Gallery: Batman – Arkham Knight

By Adam Smith on February 27th, 2015.

Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] won’t be released until June but I already feel like I’m involved in a turbulent relationship with Rocksteady’s latest. After the disappointment of Arkham’s Oranges, I was relieved to hear the makers of Asylum and City were back on the case. That relief was soon replaced by doubt – much as I liked City, I felt it went too big and the addition of the Batmobile seems like it’ll steer the game even further away from the original’s tight design. The Batmobile trailer seemed to confirm my worst fears, like one of Scarecrow’s guffs, but now there’s another trailer. And I’m happy. Happier. Conflicted.

I might end up filing divorce papers before the bloody thing has been released.

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In The Grump Tank: Arkham Knight

By Adam Smith on December 2nd, 2014.

Hardly any time has passed since the previous Arkham Knight trailer but I wanted to share this one for reasons that will become obvious. It’s all about the car, that being the big new feature and all, and it has managed to eradicate any enthusiasm I had about getting behind the wheel. The Batmobile looks more like a military fetishist’s wargasmic dream (never forget), and in the new clip we see more of its weaponry as it fights an army of tanks. Presumably they’re unmanned tank drones of some kind because Brucey does not seem concerned about the crew. Or collateral damage. It’s more Battlezone than Batman.

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Introducing The Brucemobile: Batman – Arkham Knight

By Adam Smith on November 24th, 2014.

Batman’s taste in cars has changed over the decades. The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight shows Rocksteady’s integration of the Batmobile into their particular brand of urban exploration and fisticuffs. The driving sections aren’t relegated to minigames or interludes, the vehicle is right there, in the thick of the action. In the scenes below, Batman uses his car to fight some tanks because, for reasons that I don’t understand, he is beating up a sci-fi army. It’s a good thing his car is the most advanced piece of military technology on the planet. He used to drive a Sedan.

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Moon Bruce: Lego Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham

By Adam Smith on May 27th, 2014.

I’m always slightly disappointed when a new Lego game announcement arrives and it doesn’t involve a fresh license. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham looks like a Justice League game rather than a simple spot of the moody Bruces, but I can’t help but feel something other than superheroes would make a pleasant change. Lego Hammer Horror maybe, or Lego Warhammer. It probably doesn’t help that I saw Days Of Future Past yesterday – so many superpowers all on one screen. Best bits? Blink doing the best portals since Portal and Quicksilver doing just about anything. The superheroes from the other place are below.

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Bruce Wanes: Batman Arkham Series Finale Leaked, Has Car

By Alec Meer on March 4th, 2014.

Update: official trailer released, and below, right at the very bottom of the post.

First there was Batman: Arkham Macguyver, then there was Batman: Arkham A Bit Of City, then Batman: Arkham Oranges, and now there is Batman: Arkham Nighty-Night. Oh, alright, just Arkham Knight. But I’m only calling it that this once.

And it has a driveable Batmobile! Jeez guys, why’d it take you four games to come up with that idea? But all jolly exciting – a car, and Rocksteady back at the helm, should mean a mite more sense of advancement than the solid but rinse’n’repeaty Arkham Oranges. (Though hopefully the returning dev has learned a thing or two about thug dialogue.)
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Batman: Arkham Allegations

By Alec Meer on February 12th, 2013.

Appropriate sequel news screenshot!

We may be in for a third Batscapade from the Arkhamverse, according to Warner suits in the company’s latest earnings call, and it’ll probably be this year too.

There’s almost nothing to go on, other than Warner’s Chief Financial Officer John K. Martin letting slip that “and we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise.” This means it’s up to us to let slip the dogs of speculation.
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To The Axed Cave! Gotham By Gaslight

By Alec Meer on February 28th, 2012.

also by moonlight, the cheats

Gotham by Gaslight - aka Victorian Batman vs Jack the Ripper – was a big deal for comics back in the early 1990s, what with it both transplanting Bats into a new setting and being a self-contained tale rather than the usual unending episodic fare. Sadly it’s been largely ignored in this modern age of ultra high-tech Batmen and Grant Morrison miring poor ol’ Bruce in endless, obtuse fantasy stories about nothing, but a few years ago Day 1 Studios were set to make a videogame based upon this 19th Century superhero. You’ll know Day 1 from FEThreeR, the Xbox MechAssault games and the upcoming PC multiplayer mech title Reign of Thunder, so their heritage perhaps isn’t really in the vein of the quiet, thoughtful oddness of GbG.

Whether or not they’d have pulled it off is something we’ll never know, as it was canned before development started in earnest – but a leaked proof-of-concept animation trailer does suggest it could have been an especially atmospheric steampunk odyssey.
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Gotham City Imposters Imposes On Feb 8th

By Craig Pearson on February 3rd, 2012.

He's the gnome we need.
This is what happens when you get busy. I did not know that Gotham City Imposters, Monolith’s inventive multiplayer FPS where players are copycats of Batman and his various villains, has a defensive gnome that tazers people. Where I was and what I was doing at the time to not know I don’t know, but I now begrudge whatever it was I don’t remember doing. I hopefully won’t begrudge playing the game on February the 8th, and peeping into the beta tactics video below, I don’t think I will.
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