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Impressions: Mad Max

I’m trying to work out what I think of the early hours of Mad Max [official site] through a fog of flu and headaches, which is something I’d hoped might help enliven an interpretation of George Miller’s ultra-violent feverish post-apocalyptic peculiarity. Oddly, I’m increasingly convinced that my fever is the closest this massive open desert world will get to capturing that distinct tone of the films. But what about the rest? The driving, the punching, the quest for silence?

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Mad Max Roars Out, Dragging Movies To Steam Too

Mad Max [official site], the open-world apocalypse ‘em up from Just Cause devs Avalanche Studios has arrived on Steam, and so has Mad Max, the post-apocalyptic watch ‘em up series from Babe director George Miller.

Seeing the four Mad Max films on Steam is quite a surprise, given that Valve’s moving picture offerings so far have mostly been small indie films and documentaries about video games. It helps that Warner Bros. distributed the movies as well as publishing the game, but still, coo, Fury Road! More than ever, I wish Steam’s films were games.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Patch Looking Late

Remember when Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] was released? Yeah, the memory’s a bit hazy to me too. Warner Bros. pulled the game from sale two months ago due to its shoddy performance, and still have no clear idea when it might relaunch – though it seems it’ll be longer than expected (and planned).

Warner Bros. had planned to release an “interim” patch in August to improve performance for folks who managed to buy the game before it was yanked, but their latest community update makes that seem unlikely. That patch only entered testing last week, with WB saying they hope to launch it “in the next few weeks”.

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Viddy Well: Mad Max Gameplay Galore

Splosions imminent

At what point in the market-o-rama before a game’s release are you content you’ve seen enough and will skip over it until you can play yourself? I like to get a broad sense of a game, see an interesting facet or two, then ignore it so I can discover the game myself and be surprised. Sadly, this job rarely allows that. The sacrifices I make…

If your answer is “Everything all of it as much as I possibly can more give me more more!” then you’re in luck with Mad Max [official site], thanks to a new ‘choose your path’ trailery thing and eighty minutes of livestreamed gameplay.

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Mad Max Might Live Up To Fury Road

Lackluster Mad Max [official site] presentations at previous games shows had led me to believe Avalanche’s open world shooter might be empty, fussy, dull. Then I played it and was pleasantly surprised: my 20 minutes of car combat were fun, exciting, and I’m keen to return to it.

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Batman: Arkham Knight ‘Interim’ Batpatch Due In August

Do you know anything about how computers work, Batman? How is this supposed to help?

Zam! Biff! Pow! Bap! Awk! Boff! Flrbbbbb! Vronk! Zlott! Zlonk! Swa-a-p! Crunch-eth! These onomatopoeias and more are the sounds that have surely filled meeting rooms at Warner Bros. since the disastrous PC launch of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site]. Almost four weeks after pulling the game from sale until they’d fixed it up, it seems WB and Rocksteady are still a fair way off bringing it back.

The next patch for folks who bought Bats before he was sent to the Batcave’s naughty step will arrive in August, WB have announced. This is described as an “interim patch update”, which suggests that The Big One is still lurking in the future beyond.

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Have You Played… Batman: Arkham Asylum?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I grew quickly weary of Batman: Arkham City and initially had no interest in Batman: Arkham Knight, but that game being released and then unreleased left me thinking about and eventually longing for the Bat. Batman: Arkham Asylum [official site], the first in the series, is where I choose to return. It’s still a remarkable game.

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Batman: Arkham Knight BatDLC Batdelayed, Batobvs

Given that Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] is not yet back on sale, after publishers Warner Bros. pulled it from stores due to shonky performance, it’s no surprise that its DLC is being delayed. That is, however, now official. While next week will bring Batgirl and her own brand of Batbiffing to console versions in the Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC, it’s delayed indefinitely on PC.

Warner Bros. have apologised again for the game’s shoddy state. “We are taking full responsibility for releasing a product that did not meet our quality standards”, they say. “We are modifying the internal review process for all of our games,” they say. As they jolly well should.

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Rumour – WB Knew Batman Arkham: Knight PC Was Pants

Rumours are shifty things, and we should recognise that we’re more inclined to trust ones which support our existing opinions. That said, I TOLD YOU SO. A mate of Ian Video Games has told Kotaku that publishers Warner Bros. knew for ages that the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] was wonky – it’s bad enough that WB have pulled it from sale while it’s being fixed – but released it anyway.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Mod Unlocks Other Characters

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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Arkham Knight Batpatch Released, And Future Batplans

They don't seem overly impressed or relieved to see you, Bats.

I would have preferred it if Warner Bros. had decided not to release Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] in a wonky state rather than chuck it out then quickly pull it from sale and throw people who’ve just finished a game back to crunching. But they’re the publisher we need right now, not the one we deserve (and by “need” I mean “personally benefit from”).

Saturday brought the release of a small patch for the Batgame, along with a list of what developers Rocksteady (who’re leading patch development, not the folks who ported it) plan to tackle next. It’s a list of fairly important things.

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Holy Framerates, Batman: Arkham Knight Is A Mess

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

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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