Posts Tagged ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’

Have You Played… Batman: Arkham Knight?

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

Maybe it’s the E3 scent in the air or maybe it’s just that I’m craving some big budget biffing, but I’m missing my favourite Multiple-A franchises right now. The Arkham games in particular. Oh, to be the bat-like man once more. Read the rest of this entry »

The Joy Of Arkham Asylum’s broken Batman

A few hours into Arkham Asylum [official site], I thought Batman’s cape was glitching. It does occasionally catch on railings if you brood-squat at an odd angle, but this was different; an occasional flash of colour in the gloom of the garment* caught my eye and I thought Bats’ big old utility belt was glitching through the cape. But, no, the cape had been torn and as the long night in Arkham continued, Batman’s beatings would make marks all over his suit.

More importantly, he gets a heck of a five o’clock shadow.

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Cyberbam! Cyberbif! Batman: Arkham VR swinging to PC

After leaving goggheads mumbling “Na na na na na na na nah really mate, thanks for giving us a go on your goggs” on PlayStation, Batman: Arkham VR [official site] is coming to PC. Arkham VR will be on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive cybergoggles on April 25th, Warner Bros. announced today. It lets players see through Batman’s Bateyes and engage in Batdetective work using Batgadgets to solve Batmysteries – all in a Batnight’s work. Batpeep this Batrailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Batman Foils Penguin: Arkham Knight Scraps Linux, Mac

Oh dear. It’s a shame that Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] has been such a mess on PC because it is a pretty fun game. But it was pulled from sale the day after launching due to its awful performance, took five months to relaunch, and was still a bit wonky after that. That’ll sour impressions a touch. Now Arkham Knight’s planned Mac and Linux versions are cancelled. Even though Batman himself digs *nix! Oh dear.

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Oh: No Mortal Kombat X Alien DLC On PC

There was much confused rejoicing earlier this month at news that the honest-to-God Alien (and also Leatherface, but whatever) was becoming a fighter in Mortal Kombat X [official site], but now there is even more confused snarling. It turns out that only the konsole I’m so sorry, console versions of the game will be receiving the Kombat Pack 2 DLC which contains the new chaps. The PC will also be denied the Mortal Kombat XL bundle-o-pack. It’s an as-yet unexplained and perhaps unwise move from Warner, the publisher already accused of unduly mucking PC-folk around with that very messy Arkham Knight port.

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Batman: Arkham Knight DLC Wrapped Up

Merry Batmas!

Even Batman wants to simply kick back at Wayne Manor over Christmas in his Batdressing gown and Batslippers (they’re just hollowed-out flying foxes, I hear), so Rocksteady Studios have wrapped up Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] with a few days to spare. The final load of DLC is out today – and I do mean load. The core of it all is the ‘Season of Infamy: Most Wanted’ gubbins, four new missions starring big ole Batvillains, but there are also new gobs of challenge maps and costumes from movies and comics and things. Merry Batchristmas!

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Batman: Arkham Knight Drops New Batpatch

Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] returned to sale in October, after months of work fixing the poor performance that saw it pulled from sale. It was still wonky. That’s a shame, becase it’s a pretty good game according to our Adam. Work still continues, and this week has brought another patch which fixes more things but, apparently, still has issues.

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Arkham Knight Officially Abandons Multi-GPU Support

I’ve long felt that multi-GPU systems are playing with expensive fire, and even worse can, like audiophilia, lead to an anxious, ongoing preoccupation with whether you have the ‘best’ at the expense of actually enjoying what you’re playing/hearing. Even so, I sympathise with people who invested both money and time into their SLI or Crossfire setups, only to now be told that one of the biggest games of the year will effectively never support ’em. Warners/Rocksteady have officially thrown in the towel for Batman: Arkham Knight [official site]’s errant multi-GPU performance.
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Batman: Arkham Knight – Warner Bros Offer Full Refunds For Steam PC Version

UPDATE: Green Man Gaming will also be honouring full refunds until the end of 2015. I’ve updated the article to reflect this.

Warner Bros have announced they will offer a full refund to Steam owners of their troubled PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site].

“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,” announced the company on the game’s Steam page. I’m flagging up the Steam stuff because it looks like this is an offer or an attempt at damage limitation which relies on Steam’s refund system.

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Wot I Think: Batman – Arkham Knight

There’s been so much talk about Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] but one question has been left unanswered, at least round these parts. Is it any good? While the game was unavailable, there seemed little point in telling you Wot I Think but I did in fact play this latest Batventure in its entirety when it first released. I was mid-way through my introductory review paragraph when Warner pulled the game from digital shelves. It’d be dishonest to pretend that my thinking about the game hasn’t changed in the months since – I enjoyed it much more in the moment than my memory allows me to believe – but on one point I still stand against the critical tide.

I love Rocksteady’s Batmobile.

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The Arkham Knight Re-Release Isn’t Going Down Well

Last night’s re-release of the troubled PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] tries to fix two things: one is the misbehaving technology, and the other is the reputation. The game was pulled off Steam in June after a torrent of complaints, refund requests and negative customer reviews. No doubt its makers had hoped the Steam reviews would turn positive come this much-anticipated update, but it seems the opposite is happening – the new version has new problems, and the negative reviews are pouring in once again.

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The Red-Faced Knight Returns: Batman’s Back On Steam

So, let’s try this again. After a three and a half month hiatus, Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] is now available on Steam again. It was pulled off sale in July after criticisms of the PC version’s poor performance reached fever pitch, but I don’t think any of us really expected it would take this long to return. But now it has, along with all the DLC released for the untroubled console versions in the meantime. Warner are also offering all previous Arkham games for free to folk who purchased Arkham Knight between its initial release and November 16, along with a forthcoming Community Challenge Pack DLC and “Batman: Arkham inspired Team Fortress 2 items created by the Batman: Arkham community.”

The re-release hasn’t gone completely smoothly, however. SLI and Crossfire aren’t playing nice, and some folk with single GPUs are even reporting issues on newer drivers. Meanwhile, “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.” Holy high disposable incomes, Batman – 12 Gigabytes?
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Batman Returns: Arkham Knight Re-Released Next Week

Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] will be re-released on October 28th, just over four months after it was pulled from sale for launching with big performance problems, publishers Warner Bros. announced today. After months of interim patches fixing it up for folks who bought it while it was available, they’re planning one big final patch including extra content that has since arrived for console versions.

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Batman Returns: Arkham Knight Due End Of October

Bam! Bif! Pow! Those noises and more may finally emerge from your computer at the end of this month when Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] finally really for real reals will be fixed enough to be re-released. Its delayed DLC will arrive then too.

This isn’t much more specific than the last update from Warner Bros. on their broken game, but it’s at least a relatively firm time. Just in time for folks to be distracted by shiny new end-of-year mega-franchise releases like Fallout 4, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Cod Blops 3, and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Maybe Back Out In A Few Weeks

“Coo-ee! Is that the Batcar from the Batfilms?” you might wonder. “That’ll be more Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] DLC, I’m sure,” you’ll intuit, and I’ll be both impressed and a bit weirded out by your adherence to RPS formatting. “But what does this matter to us when the game still isn’t back on sale on PC?” I’m glad you asked!

The announcement of yet more Batknight DLC has also brought the clearest indication we’ve had of when the game’s performance woes will be fixed and it’ll be released again: “in the coming weeks.”

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Are Open World Games Living Up To Their Potential?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, off the back of most of us being obsessed with Metal Gear Solid V, we’re talking about open world, or sandbox games. Big map, go where you please, kill or don’t kill – the GTA, Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry formula. And it’s very much a formula now. How do we feel about that? Has the promise of earlier open world games such as the first few Elder Scrolls been lost? And just why are we apparently giving MGSV a free pass given we often roll our eyes as Assassin’s Creed?
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Batman: Arkham Knight’s New Batperformance Batpatch

The thing about Batman, people have repeatedly told me in pubs, is that he can overcome any situation and anyone because he plans for everything. Confirming that Warner Bros. are not run by an billionaire who gets his jollies wearing a wacky costume to beat up poor people, the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] was such a shambles WB pulled the game from sale, and their recovery plan has gone awry too.

After a delay, and a too-early launch-then-unlaunch this week, one of the planned performance-boosting patches is properly out. The game’s still not back on sale.

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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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Which Digital Game Store Is Best For Refunds: Steam vs. UPlay vs. Origin vs. GOG

Rumour has it that the decrepit Arkham Knight port beat a retreat on account of Steam refunds. After all, what better way to get a dastardly developer to blush and shuffle its hooves than to reverse its cash flow? Until June, when no-questions-asked refunds came into force, such a feat was impossible. Perhaps, after years of pro-consumer jabs at Microsoft and other corporates, Valve sought to make a material gesture that player interests are truly the heart of the Steam empire. Or perhaps they dislike being sued. Hint: they are currently being sued.

By now, you’ve likely encountered a shop and have a reasonable feeling about how refunds should work: if it doesn’t do what it’s meant to, you take it back. Nothing could be simpler. Refunds for digital products – or, as is often the case, licenses for digital products – are a legal hellscape of false assertions and misinformation, in large part a product of outdated legislation that no one is keen to test in court. To sift through the muck, I got in touch with Ryan Morrison, founder of the New York law firm by the same name (and no relation of mine this side of the 17th century). Whether you’re European, Stateside or in the wrong hemisphere altogether, here’s the plain English version of where and through which service your purchases are best protected and why some retailers still risk refusing refunds.

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