To The Bat Trailer!

Grumble grumble grumble.

There’s a launch trailer appeared for Batman: Arkham Asylum. Launch, that is, for the console version of course. The PC version is being delayed until 15th September, so it can be filled with PhysX magic. In the meantime, of course, you can play the demo, and if you’re thinking of upgrading your graphics card for the occasion, NVidia has just announced they’re giving away a free digital download of the game with GTX 260, GTX 275 or GTX 285 cards. In the meantime, you can see the grumpy manbat in action below.

The reviews coming in for the console versions are pretty stellar, and the demo certainly packs a hefty punch (and spinning kick). Let’s just hope they remember to scrub those review quotes off the walls before the game comes out.


  1. Fumarole says:

    Free game you say? It is close to upgrade time…

  2. Alex says:

    I hope that Canadian retailers keep the discount they’re giving to the console versions. :I

  3. Vinraith says:

    Dammit all. I just bought a GTX 260 and you know what came with it? A free download of Terminator Salvation.

    I haven’t even bothered to claim the stupid thing.

  4. Byron_Black says:

    All i got was a second copy of far cry 2 with my GTX 260…

  5. Larington says:

    Ran afoul of the ‘no you can’t reconfigure your keyboard controls’ problem. Aside from some minor niggles in the control scheme I do rather like the combat system, feels heavy in a heavy punch/kick/etc way.

  6. pilouuuu says:

    Ta na na na na na na na… PhysX, Phyyyys X!

  7. Mortiphago says:

    all i got was this tshirt

  8. suibhne says:

    You can configure your controls in the PC demo, but only using a helper “Setup” app. (Or maybe it’s called “Configure” or some such; it’s a separate app that doubles as a launcher and sits in the game directory alongside the main .exe.) It’s a pain mostly because it’s not documented; the setup app itself works fine.

    The demo felt like total EZMode to me. As a friend put it, you basically click a single button and Batman does all this cool stuff; there’s pretty much no skill required even on the hardest difficulty. Otoh, I was impressed enough by the overall tone and production that I’m still inclined to pick it up, particularly after all the reviews being so damn glowy-like.

  9. Radiant says:

    I played the demo and was slightly underwhelmed.
    Maybe it was because it was the tutorial level but I just ended up running down corridors like any other 3rd person game [the old ps2 version of wolverine comes to mind], taking out weird chattering teeth to gain xp and using the grappling gun in a real limited way onto the same designated points.

    I expected a game where I travelled across Arkham from gargoyle to gargoyle like a pissed off Quasimodo but instead was presented with the same: run down a corridor and punch some guys “oooh powers” gameplay I’ve seen before.

  10. Karry says:

    “you basically click a single button and Batman does all this cool stuff”

    Do you realise how much work was put into it, to get art assets of that level of detail ? Thats pretty much all that will be there, presentation. How could it be anything else ?

    Oh, and graphics whores will get a new notch on their measuring stick, thanks Rocksteady Studios !

  11. pilouuuu says:

    I’m happy that even before it gets released we already have Batman custom mods to show why it is better to play it on the PC, just like happened with Street Fighter IV.

  12. JKjoker says:

    i tried the demo on my 9800gt and at 1680×1050 it works flawlessly with max settings (no physx), and it works ok with semi frecuent little slowdowns with physx on at high (i didnt really notice a difference between medium and high physx, same slowdowns for both)
    so its pointless to upgrade for this game, physx also might be nice to look at but no way in hell it justifies a gpu upgrade

  13. Paul S. says:

    Well thought out point there, Karry. Heavy with a deep understanding of the design process and the way games work. After all, when has there ever been a game that looked good and was also fun? NEVER, that’s when.

    Except Quake 3, of course. Oh, and BioShock. Full Throttle? TF2, as well. And Oblivion, and Fallout 3, and WoW, and dozens of others, but your point still stands, right?

    Preach it, brother.

  14. JKjoker says:

    the combat did look easy as hell but its very difficult to judge the difficulty of the game when we only got half a tutorial to work with, the guys with guns just [surprise] you so at least you have that

  15. JKjoker says:

    omg, my comment has been pg13ed, *shock*

  16. ulix says:

    It did get incredibly good reviews for console, even from outlets normally quite critical, so I’m really looking forward to this. Upgrade my graphics card?

    Money, where are you? *looks in his pockets*

  17. FlyingSquirrel says:

    I just picked up an XFX GTX 260 Core 216 (<a href="link to; title="newer one") And it came with aforementioned Batman: AA, plus Far Cry 2, Mirror's Edge, and Copy of 3dMark – pretty sweet card so far, isn't loud at all, but man can it push some pixels. Not bad for $170 w/ free shipping

  18. FlyingSquirrel says:

    Oh, and if you do pick up a card, make sure to dig through your box – the coupon for the downloadable is just a piece of paper, you could throw it away on accident really easily

  19. Whiskey Jak says:

    Been playing the game for a few hours now (yeah, a retailer in Montreal broke the street date) and it is effing great! Seriously, great presentation, proven addictive gameplay (freaking Riddler’s secrets!!) A+ voice acting, etc.

    And yeah the demo was easy, as it is supposed to be so that people won’t be put off by the difficulty. People complaining about that game clearly don’t want to enjoy video games.

  20. Soobe says:

    Hate to say it, but I’m looking forward to the PhysX crap. There’s one part in the demo where this thick smokes billowing up from the floor. It took me a few times to notice it, but if you watch closely you’ll see your body moving through the smoke causes it to accurately displace and waft about. That’s right bee-otch, soft particles : ) I love that sort of stuff.

  21. Warduke says:

    All I got was “Sorry we’re out of Farcry 2” with my GTX 260 :(

  22. jon_hill987 says:

    @ Vinraith: Same, I got download Terminator with my GTX275, if only I had waited.

    It also had an Assassin’s Creed disk in the Box, but I had picked that up in a Steam sale a month or so before.

  23. Katastrophe66 says:

    I am glad they have the voice actors from the “original” animated franchise (“Batman the Animated Series,” as opposed to this new “The Batman” thing).
    I thought the graphics in the demo were quite good, and I liked the lighting. Harley looks quite wonderfully insane, although I miss the unitard look from the Animated Series.
    @Soobe: *claps hands* Now I have to go look at the demo again! I love stuff like that! *runs off in giddy excitement*

  24. westyfield says:

    @ Vinraith, jon_hill987: yeah, I bought a 285 a few weeks ago and got Terminator Salvation. I haven’t even downloaded it yet, I’ve heard nothing good about it.

    On-topic: Arkham Asylum looks and feels (from the demo) awesome. I’m gonna preorder this one, some retailers have a bonus level (or something extra) if you preorder from them.

  25. Paul Moloney says:

    “I’m happy that even before it gets released we already have Batman custom mods”

    Ohh, linkies please.

    The PhysX stuff is only for nVidia card owners, correct?


  26. Paul Moloney says:

    “I am glad they have the voice actors from the “original” animated franchise (”Batman the Animated Series,” as opposed to this new “The Batman” thing).”

    I have to say, the Joker voice work in the demo is rather offputting; I never understood the praise that Mark Hammill gets for that particular gig (he was much better as Cock-Knocker).


  27. nabeel says:

    Great trailer. Can’t wait for the game, damn PC delay.

  28. Lars Westergren says:

    I liked the demo, though I hope the gameplay will emphasize sneakiness more than action. Maybe if I play on hard…

  29. Darthy says:


    I bought a 260 last month and got a copy of Terminator-fraking-Salvation with it. :/

  30. Paul Moloney says:

    To answer my own question somewhat, here’s a thread on how there’s already custom Bat Suits available for the PC version:

    link to

    Sweet; I’ll probably install the Dark Knight one before I even start playing.


  31. A Delicate Balance says:

    Not that I was that interested in this (although I might well check out the demo), but I bought a GTX260 from NCIX Canada (one of the participating retailers) about 2 months ago. I don’t know what game I got with it… something probably, but I really didn’t care about it. Howerver a free copy of BAA might have been a nice perk. Unless the demo is unexpectedly mind-blowing though, I won’t be buying the full game… DiRT2, L4D2 (both for PC) and Beatles Rock Band will probably be my only purchases this autumn.

  32. bookwormat says:

    “they’re giving away a free digital download of the game with GTX 260, GTX 275 or GTX 285 cards.”

    There get nothing “free” in a bundle offer. You still have to spend money to get the game, right?

  33. Psychopomp says:


    Not if they don’t jack up the price to compensate. That’s like saying all “buy 1, get 1 free,” sales are scams.

  34. Funky Badger says:

    Psychopomp: BOGOFs are a dodge, but not as out and out dishonest as several “Free Ringtone worth £5*” adverts I’ve seen dotted around.

    To mis-quote Lord Hicks, “If you’re in marketing; kill yourself”

    *when you buy a £10 pound subscription.