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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:11pm 19/06/15 | 82 Comments
Rocksteady's delays have been more than worth the wait, dear readers, with their alleged Batman development finale, Batman: Arkham Knight emerging from the shadows a triumphant and near-perfect experience.

From our review:
Next-level next-gen. That’s my catchphrase for Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight. From the outset this is a journey that transcends videogames and storytelling, it’s now the benchmark for any other superhero game to come and it is absolutely a work of narrative art. It’s a dark and lonely place, despite its constant badgering at you because the story it’s telling isn’t wholly yours. It’s Batman’s, too, but in a way no one has ever experienced before. It takes every slice of meaningful media ever constructed around the man, and collates it into one of the single most important Batman stories ever told, only you're not turning the page or watching passively from the couch, you’re living it, one unbelievable moment at a time.
Click here for our full Batman: Arkham Knight review.



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Latest Comments
dais
Posted 11:24pm 19/6/15
"you're not turning the page"

As in you are not turning the page.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:29pm 19/6/15
Nice pick up, thanks :)
Vash
Posted 11:31pm 19/6/15
a 10, whoa
that makes the $25 preorder price even more sweet
dais
Posted 11:32pm 19/6/15
Great review though Steve. The game sounds fantastic and looks very pretty too.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:33pm 19/6/15
It's absolutely stunning on PS4, I can't wait to see how it looks on PC
ravn0s
Posted 12:14am 20/6/15
i want to get this game but i'm probably only half way through witcher 3. :/
Joaby
Posted 10:00am 20/6/15
I saw keys are going for like $30 USD on some sites. I'm so freaking pumped for this game.
fryzee
Posted 10:35am 20/6/15
sold! bought for steam for $25!!!!! Thanks vash for the heads up to go hunting.
kappa
Posted 10:48am 20/6/15
The hype is real!
Enska
Posted 11:41am 20/6/15
f*****, I really didn't want to buy this game at launch because I think they are c**** for pulling the expensive season pass thing but I love these games so much :(
Tollaz0r!
Posted 12:20pm 20/6/15
So is the combat the same as previous games or have they beefed that up too?
infi
Posted 12:24pm 20/6/15
woohoo <3 batman arkham
carson
Posted 03:32pm 20/6/15
I hope this isn't the last DC game we see from Rocksteady.

Bring on Suicide Squad please!
ravn0s
Posted 04:49pm 20/6/15
the devs that made origins are probably doing a suicide squad game.
Audi
Posted 06:16pm 20/6/15
Sweet!
rrrocket
Posted 06:17pm 20/6/15
a 10, whoa
that makes the $25 preorder price even more sweet


woah! from??
Enska
Posted 06:36pm 20/6/15
cdkeys.com have it going for 23 US, I've bought a s***load of games from em and never had a problem.
rrrocket
Posted 07:00pm 20/6/15
cdkeys.com have it going for 23 US, I've bought a s***load of games from em and never had a problem.


Awesome thanks.

I usually use GMG. This is alot cheaper!
Meddek
Posted 07:24pm 20/6/15
I'll get this from the bargain bin in a year or so and play it then like I did with the last three batman games.

I just pre-ordered Lego Dimensions that s*** is off the chain, Portal adventure pack now!
Khel
Posted 12:00am 21/6/15
Isn't Lego dimensions basically just skylanders with Lego toys instead?
ravn0s
Posted 12:07am 21/6/15
pretty much but it does look kind of cool though.

Meddek
Posted 06:41am 21/6/15
Isn't Lego dimensions basically just skylanders with Lego toys instead?


Yep but it's Lego so it's for adults because kids can't afford Lego these days.
rrrocket
Posted 07:53pm 21/6/15
Well thanks I cancelled my GMG pre-order and ordered from CD-KEYS and have key already activated in steam.

nice.
Gibster
Posted 08:12pm 21/6/15
so, i tried this cdkeys website, I would have liked to have known before hand that after I have paid, they want my telephone number, before sending me the serial key :/
rrrocket
Posted 10:51pm 21/6/15
It's to send you a text to confirm you're you. Good security.
ravn0s
Posted 10:54pm 21/6/15
pfft no way i would give them my phone number. glad i didn't buy from them.
Gibster
Posted 11:47pm 21/6/15
i bought as a guest, they didnt have my number to begin with
Enska
Posted 06:17am 22/6/15
I'm a registered user and have never had to give my phone number?
Like I said, I've used em heaps and never had any problems, if you don't wanna use em enjoy your $30-40 key from somewhere else.
Audi
Posted 10:41am 22/6/15
pfft no way i would give them my phone number. glad i didn't buy from them.


Parranoid
rrrocket
Posted 11:05am 22/6/15


Parranoid


Paranoid much
Gibster
Posted 03:29pm 22/6/15
its the internet, if youre not paranoid, youre the one thatll be missing $
carson
Posted 04:18pm 22/6/15
It's preloading on steam.

Got my copy downloading. I'm hyped as s*** for this one. Perfect timing too. Semester is done and not much to do for the new couple weeks!
rrrocket
Posted 06:23pm 22/6/15
pre-loading 33.7GB
Meddek
Posted 06:08pm 23/6/15
My steam says now available does this mean it's playable?
rrrocket
Posted 06:34pm 23/6/15
So apparently the PC port is f***ed.

Didn't they QA it on PC or something before release.
carson
Posted 06:42pm 23/6/15
I have an older pc that's running a 570 and it's running fine for me. I've got everything set to normal and in 1080p and it runs smooth most of the time. No crashes either.

So far so good.
ravn0s
Posted 07:19pm 23/6/15
looks like the PC port is total s***. :(

dais
Posted 07:33pm 23/6/15
A lot of people are complaining about a 30 fps cap for the PC port and s***house performance. Most of the reviews on Steam are negative.
evıs
Posted 07:42pm 23/6/15
Yeah, hold off on PC hopefully they fix it...
Meddek
Posted 09:10pm 23/6/15
Should of got a console lol where is your master race now muahahhaha
ravn0s
Posted 09:19pm 23/6/15
A lot of people are complaining about a 30 fps cap for the PC port and s***house performance.


you can change that by editing the .ini file.

just played for 30mins or so and it was running pretty smoothly for me. fps was averaging high 50s. there does seem to be a pretty bad memory leak though.
nachosjustice
Posted 12:27pm 24/6/15
I'm downloading it now. Will be interesting to see how my 980 handles it.
ctd
Posted 04:13pm 24/6/15
Steam refund policy came at the right time eh. 30fps cap haha.

The recommended specs of a GTX 760 is apparently only going to get you the performance of a ps4/xbox1 in this game.

http://community.wbgames.com/t5/Support-for-PC/June-23-Update-on-PC-Performance-PLEASE-READ-FIRST/m-p/572903#U572903
Enska
Posted 04:36pm 24/6/15
wow what a f*** up. so it begs it the question, how many of you pre-ordered this haha. I'm just gonna wait for the next steam sale. I'm a big fan of the games but this on top of the already insulting season pass s*** is reason enough to give it a miss.
Deemsee
Posted 04:41pm 24/6/15
'cept for the train smash PC launch!
kappa
Posted 06:21pm 24/6/15
Haven't played a great deal yet but ... wow it's good so far. Runs and looks amazing on ps4.
rrrocket
Posted 06:27pm 24/6/15
Can you modify original OP title.
Perfect Knight - Far from perfect release
nings
Posted 06:52pm 24/6/15
So another f*** you to pc gamers, well devs and publishers can expect that f*** you right back at them.
If you got this on steam do not play for over two hours and ask for refund.
Happy I didn't get on the hype train, was always putting this in the wait till it's in the $5 steam sale bin.
F*** consoles.
ravn0s
Posted 07:50pm 24/6/15
just played for a couple hours and apart from the memory leak it runs pretty damn smooth on my PC. guess i'm lucky.
Tanaka Khan
Posted 08:34pm 24/6/15
All the Steam reviews scared me right off this
The GuVna
Posted 08:47pm 24/6/15

Steam refund policy came at the right time eh. 30fps cap haha.

The recommended specs of a GTX 760 is apparently only going to get you the performance of a ps4/xbox1 in this game.

http://community.wbgames.com/t5/Support-for-PC/June-23-Update-on-PC-Performance-PLEASE-READ-FIRST/m-p/572903#U572903



ctd that thread is amazing, literally 100 posts (probably more as I type this) of just pure hate.
Viper119
Posted 09:46pm 24/6/15
Yeah I'm seeing a lot of hate for the PC port, guess I'll wait and see if they fix it.
Crispimeat
Posted 09:48pm 24/6/15
Lucky it wasn't reviewed on the PC ;) bet the score wouldn't be a 10.
trog
Posted 10:19am 25/6/15
plz let me know when PC version is fixed! I really want to play this.
Joaby
Posted 11:09am 25/6/15

https://community.wbgames.com/t5/Support-for-PC/June-24-Update-on-PC-Version-of-Arkham-Knight/m-p/575332#U575332

Doesn't look good trog

Dear Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners,

We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.

Thank you to those players who have already given valuable feedback. We are continuously monitoring all threads posted in the Official Batman: Arkham Knight Community and Steam forums, as well as any issues logged with our Customer Support (support.wbgames.com). If you purchased your copy of the game and are not satisfied with your experience, then we ask for your patience while these issues are resolved. If desired, you can request a refund at help.steampowered.com (Steam refund policies can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds) or the retail location where you purchased the game.

The Batman: Arkham fans have continually supported the franchise to its current height of success, and we want to thank you for your patience as we work to deliver an updated version of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC so you can all enjoy the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham series as it was meant to be played.

Vash
Posted 11:24am 25/6/15
i cant even play. thinking about a refund and getting the ps4 version.
Mass
Posted 11:40am 25/6/15
I was debating the PC or Xbone version of this.....guess I got my answer
ravn0s
Posted 11:49am 25/6/15
wow they're suspending sales. is that a first?
Vash
Posted 11:53am 25/6/15
maybe ill just wait. ps4 version is 3x what i paid for the PC version
Joaby
Posted 12:04pm 25/6/15
wow they're suspending sales. is that a first?


That cricket game Ashes Cricket had it happen.
Creepy
Posted 02:04pm 25/6/15
No joke, I forked out the coin for a 980 ti in anticipation for this one. I was left rather unimpressed on Monday night... :(
rrrocket
Posted 02:57pm 25/6/15
I must be one of the lucky few.

I edited my .ini file. Running at 60fps, no stutterting at all. Even when in batmobile. Am making good progress in game.

I did have one crash in the menu but just started up and hasn't crashed since.

Game is pretty good actually. All Nvidia features are on.
HurricaneJim
Posted 07:04pm 26/6/15
So kotaku stating that its a piece of s*** on the PC and has been withdrawn from steam is meaningless.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/06/stop-preordering-video-games/
Khel
Posted 01:13pm 28/6/15
Only played a little, but I dunno, I kinda hate the batmobile so far. The controls for it are frustrating considering that every car game ever has left trigger for brake and right for accelerate, but in this the left trigger goes into combat mode. I constantly end up going into combat mode when trying to stop or slow down =/ it also bounces around like a ping pong ball when it hits something and far too easily ends up facing the wrong way or flipped onto its roof.
Khel
Posted 01:48pm 28/6/15
Trying to get 3 stars on that first riddled track and now I hate the batmobile even more. Hate the controls and hate how it feels to drive and how half the time it doesn't seem to actually go in the direction I point it.

And is there a controller I can get for ps4 that is basically the shape of an Xbox controller? Because whoever designed the ps4 controller is obviously a moron. I've noticed the problem a little in other games but its happening all the time in arkham knight. If I have the left thumbsticks pushed all the way to the right, my thumb can hit the PS guide button and quit out to the dashboard. At least half the races I fail are probably because of that. What an utterly retarded place to put the guide button. Maybe if they didn't waste half the controller with a gimmicky touchpad that nobody uses they could have put buttons in more sensible places. Seriously, like every game I've played on ps4 pretty much just uses the touchpad as a button, they may as well just have added another button and saved all that space
Creepy
Posted 05:09pm 28/6/15
Heh. Can't help you there. Playing on PC with an XBox controller. Took a few goes but eventually got 3 stars. All the ARs are done now, thank god.
ravn0s
Posted 09:48pm 28/6/15
Trying to get 3 stars on that first riddled track and now I hate the batmobile even more.


there's another riddler race track further along that's even worse.
Khel
Posted 10:17am 29/6/15
there's another riddler race track further along that's even worse.


Oh joy :(

Yeah, I got 3 stars eventually, but I think maybe I should just leave the AR stuff alone for a bit and play more of the rest of the game cos the AR stuff is just pissing me off and I don't want to end up hating the whole game because of it.
infi
Posted 11:15am 29/6/15
just started playing on PC and it's sweet
ravn0s
Posted 11:52am 29/6/15
Oh joy :(


there's good news though. there's only 2 race tracks for the riddler mission.
Khel
Posted 03:35pm 29/6/15
I think the formula is starting to wear a bit thin though, I mean my first reaction when I saw there was like 260 riddler challenges wasn't excitement at how much there was to do, it was more of a groan and "Oh god, not again".
stuffedcrust
Posted 04:19pm 29/6/15
Must be one of the lucky ones also, with it running nicely on my PC..

But I'm wondering if I'm expecting too much, the fight mechanics seem rubbish. My 6yr old would be able to roll 10+ baddies at once by mashing mouse button 1 and beating up every guy in range. Anyone else find the combat lacking?

ravn0s
Posted 06:16pm 29/6/15

I think the formula is starting to wear a bit thin though, I mean my first reaction when I saw there was like 260 riddler challenges wasn't excitement at how much there was to do, it was more of a groan and "Oh god, not again".


of that 260 only ten are challenges or trials. the rest are all riddler trophies and s***. the bad news is that you need to collect all the riddler trophies to complete the riddler mission. the very bad news is that you need to get 100% completion of the game to get the extended ending.

But I'm wondering if I'm expecting too much, the fight mechanics seem rubbish. My 6yr old would be able to roll 10+ baddies at once by mashing mouse button 1 and beating up every guy in range. Anyone else find the combat lacking?


nope, they gradually add new types of enemies (eg. ninjas, medics, electrified enemies) as well as drones and sentry turrets. it can get quite difficult if you don't make good use of your skills and gadgets. hell, you can completely miss some gadgets if you don't go looking for them.

last edited by ravn0s at 18:16:28 29/Jun/15
Meddek
Posted 04:18pm 01/7/15
Picked this up last night for the PS4 played a couple of hours, holy f*** that first Riddler race, I just assumed Khel failed at racing games... but f*** me lol

I ended up doing it in first person mode racing the Batmobile seemed better but because I couldn't actually see if I cleared the doors or not a lot of the time I just blew up.

Other than that it's great so far
eski
Posted 01:34pm 02/7/15
I got to the second Riddler challenge last night, but I feel like I'm missing something. I just can't seem to get the Batmobile to go straight when it comes off the ramps, pretty annoying so I gave up.

On the plus side, even though gforce experience says that my laptop doesn't meet the minimum requirements it still gets 30+ FPS on full settings even with the nvidia gameworks stuff enabled. It ran very poorly until I took some bright spark's advice to run it in borderless windowed mode. Instant improvement! Looks amazing too, between this and The Witcher 3 I've got plenty of gorgeous gamey goodness to keep me busy for a while.
ravn0s
Posted 03:30pm 02/7/15
I just can't seem to get the Batmobile to go straight when it comes off the ramps, pretty annoying so I gave up.


you can use the direction keys while in mid air if it looks like you're going off course.
Jeffro
Posted 09:22pm 02/7/15
10/10? Aww geez I am tempted to get this now. Can't seem to keep up with all these good games anymore. Still have the Witcher there waiting to be finished. Time to cancel my WoW sub again I think.
Joaby
Posted 09:44pm 02/7/15
If you're playing on PC Jeffro hold out a bit longer hey.
trog
Posted 10:31am 03/7/15
Have there been any PC patches yet or are they still plugging away?
Enska
Posted 10:39am 03/7/15
There's been one? rolled out to fix a few issues but afaik the major problems are still plaguing it.
My brother gifted me a copy yesterday so once the dl (38 gb, gg rocksteady) is finished I guess I'll see for myself.
ravn0s
Posted 10:41am 03/7/15
there has only been one patch that fixed ambient occlusion and rain effects. i think it's going to take a while for them to fix the main issues with the game.
Enska
Posted 01:58pm 04/7/15
Btw, that cdkeys.com site still has stock and it's now going for 18.50 US or something ridiculous. If anyone wants the game cheap for when it's finally fixed I'd jump on that. They'll probably stick the price back up once its back out on steam for purchase.

Edit* - So I've managed to get it running pretty smooth. motion blur seemed to be a pretty big killer but you can disable it in the ini. The memory leak is real though, it gets nigh unplayable after about an hour in game and the texture streaming issue is pretty noticeable, similar to how bad Rage was on release
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