Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch Arrives - Update

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch Arrives - Update

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Batman: Arkham Knight's unplayable PC port may be (finally) about to receive it's long-awaited fix.

Update: Rocksteady has now officially released the promised PC patch, that aims to fix the majority of issues PC users ran into. Unfortunately, the game still has not been put back up on the Steam Store, and Rocksteady offered no ETA of when this would happen.

Original Story: So remember that whole Batman: Arkham Knight PC port fiasco that eventually led to the game being pulled from sale until a patch was applied? Well, Rocksteady sure as heck hopes you forgot, as the last we heard back in July was that the patch wasn't coming till fall. The "good" news is that now that September has begun, it looks like the PC fix is right around the corner, as PC gamers were briefly able to test out a "beta" version of the promised patch that seemed to iron out most of the issues.

Essentially, PC players that had already purchased the game before it was pulled, who had opted into the game's "beta" updates, were delivered a patch earlier today. The patch introduced a slew of new graphics options, as well as dozens of bug fixes. While it was only available for a short time, the users who were able to test it out reported that many of the game's problems had been fixed.

The fact that it was released only in the "beta" updates and pulled quite shortly afterwards suggests that it is not 100% complete yet, but it is certainly a good sign that Rocksteady is finally getting off their butts and fixing something that honestly, should have been done months ago.

Let's hope for their sake there is still enough interest among PC gamers when the patch is actually finally released.

Source: Kotaku

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I honestly forgot Batman Arkham Knight was a thing.

All hype I ever had for it is gone.

I barely know if I'll pick it up during a Steam sale.

I do thank you, though, Arkham Knight, You've made many a game developer stop from rushing out tripe to make sure we get good experiences. I'll forget you exist again, but I'll always remember what you did for us

Captcha: Quid pro quo.

Aaaaaaand there goes my interest in one of my two most anticipated games of 2015. Got what I needed out of a Yogscast LP, so now all I have to do is wait for Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Oh shit, is that game still a thing?!
I thought it went the way of anything good for the 360 and PS3: silent cancelled without so much as a mea culpa.

Better late than never. WB will have to do alot of publicity when they release it, though.

Holy popsicles you mean that game that people bought over 2 months ago is almost to the point where it's in a playable state?! The one that got fairly average reviews on the platforms it actually worked on?!!?!

Ok. I'll just be over here playing any one of the 500 or so PC games I have that were functional from day 1.

Sorry Batman, Mad Max is now out before you, and its done an awesome launch. Ain't gonna touch that bat.

I swear if they try releasing the game on steam at full price I will riot, this game is the next watchdogs, it was hyped up and then it came out and everyone forgot about it, and the PC version was just embarrassing, release the game at a much marked down price and maybe throwing in a few discounts on the dlc wouldn't hurt WB, not that you would do that because $$$

Yeah, but when are they going to patch the patch patch? Plenty of patching to come.

Uhm... Yeah, I'm busy with MGS V and Witcher 3, so... Maybe on a sale or something.

thewatergamer:
I swear if they try releasing the game on steam at full price I will riot, this game is the next watchdogs, it was hyped up and then it came out and everyone forgot about it, and the PC version was just embarrassing, release the game at a much marked down price and maybe throwing in a few discounts on the dlc wouldn't hurt WB, not that you would do that because $$$

The difference being Arkham Knight was player-spawned hype. Watch Dogs was industry-spawned hype.

I got the game free with my GPU so it's not like I lost out on anything, but it still makes me sad to see this stain on Rocksteady's record. As far as I know they don't really deserve it.

Sorry WB, but no dice. I'll get it when it's $10 on Steam.

I wonder if they'll offer up any DLC for free as an apology?

With so many games coming out competing for my time and money (and with steam refund), they really can't afford this level of screw up.

..not to mention valuable first impression completely marred.

Well, when it's on a sale for a sawbuck with all the DLC included, I will MAYBE get it. MAYBE. Maybe I'll go get some burgers instead.

RealRT:
Well, when it's on a sale for a sawbuck with all the DLC included, I will MAYBE get it. MAYBE. Maybe I'll go get some burgers instead.

Preorder your burger now to get the Buns-DLC AND the human-meat skin pack for free.

On topic: Oh wow the game that came out 2 months ago is ALMOST playable now. That is some serious dedication to hard work that I normally only associate with myself.

I'm really happy that I decided to let the free code that came with my graphics card become invalid.
Not even I would gift something like this.
Even free is still too expensive.

The boat may be fixed, but there is no wind in the sails.

Battenberg:
Holy popsicles you mean that game that people bought over 2 months ago is almost to the point where it's in a playable state?! The one that got fairly average reviews on the platforms it actually worked on?!!?!

Ok. I'll just be over here playing any one of the 500 or so PC games I have that were functional from day 1.

Uh huh. What internet are you on? My internet has it at an 8.5 average for XB1 and 8.7 for PS4. Is high 8s average now? Fucking hell.

Ragsnstitches:

Battenberg:
Holy popsicles you mean that game that people bought over 2 months ago is almost to the point where it's in a playable state?! The one that got fairly average reviews on the platforms it actually worked on?!!?!

Ok. I'll just be over here playing any one of the 500 or so PC games I have that were functional from day 1.

Uh huh. What internet are you on? My internet has it at an 8.5 average for XB1 and 8.7 for PS4. Is high 8s average now? Fucking hell.

You're getting a little worked up there. I like how you ignored the user scores of 6.0 and 7.2, hardly glowing stuff. As far as the critics go if you want to trust all the sites/ magazines who gave it a high score you're welcome to. Personally I'm more interested in the opinions of individual reviewers I can trust like Jim Sterling, Angry Joe, and Total Biscuit (all of whom felt the game fell short by a long way).

As someone who bought the PC version... about damn time. I would really like to actually play this game.

Battenberg:

Ragsnstitches:
Uh huh. What internet are you on? My internet has it at an 8.5 average for XB1 and 8.7 for PS4. Is high 8s average now? Fucking hell.

You're getting a little worked up there. I like how you ignored the user scores of 6.0 and 7.2, hardly glowing stuff. As far as the critics go if you want to trust all the sites/ magazines who gave it a high score you're welcome to. Personally I'm more interested in the opinions of individual reviewers I can trust like Jim Sterling, Angry Joe, and Total Biscuit (all of whom felt the game fell short by a long way).

I assume you guys are referring to Metacritic user scores? Batman: Arkham Knight's problems have been pretty thoroughly outlined by many people.

Games on console also tend to be judged less harshly than the same games on PC, because the PC platform has so much more competition. Halo on Xbox is at 97/8.6 while Halo on PC is at 83/7.3.

I'm not gonna hold my breath. They've been saying the PC patch would be ready any day now since late July. I'll consider it "fixed" when they re-release it on Steam.

That said, I'm not sure why I'm complaining. I played it launch week on my PC with minimal performance issues, even if the game itself was pretty unspectacular. I just wish they'd re-launch it so I can see if any of the DLC is worth a damn.

Battenberg:

Ragsnstitches:

Battenberg:
Holy popsicles you mean that game that people bought over 2 months ago is almost to the point where it's in a playable state?! The one that got fairly average reviews on the platforms it actually worked on?!!?!

Ok. I'll just be over here playing any one of the 500 or so PC games I have that were functional from day 1.

Uh huh. What internet are you on? My internet has it at an 8.5 average for XB1 and 8.7 for PS4. Is high 8s average now? Fucking hell.

You're getting a little worked up there. I like how you ignored the user scores of 6.0 and 7.2, hardly glowing stuff. As far as the critics go if you want to trust all the sites/ magazines who gave it a high score you're welcome to. Personally I'm more interested in the opinions of individual reviewers I can trust like Jim Sterling, Angry Joe, and Total Biscuit (all of whom felt the game fell short by a long way).

I'm not getting worked up. In fact I'm actually more bemused.

User Reviews are worth shit. People who hate the games tank the the scores with unfair and throwaway low scores (look me in the eye and say the game is really worth a 4 or a 0). A metric out of 10 only works when people rate it responsibly. Piling 10's and 0's might also work, by effectively making it a like or dislike. But when people are giving a game every number between 0 and 10 something goes wrong.

You don't like the batmobile, think the story is trite, the gameplay is tired and so on... a 5 or 6 would be fair. The game's production qualities should elevate over simple tripe. If it's broken, as it is on the PC, a sub 5 can be understandable, especially when forking over 70+ bucks for the game.

Angry Joe defends the game for x and y reasons, but his final score is skewed to the negative due to the problems on the PC platform as well as a poorly executed Batmobile. Which is completely justified. Jim reviewed the game and gave it a five, primarily concerned with the technical issues marring the PC experience and showing bitterness about WBs DLC policy taking precedence over a functional game. TBs review I didn't look at (did he even do a review, or just report on the state of its release?), but I'm guessing him being a big PC gamer he was particularly harsh on the state of its release as well as the state of the industry that allows for this shit to happen.

All of which, is perfectly justified. I completely agree with all of them (probably even TB, I often do). But that's because WB took a massive shit on PC gaming and gamers with that release.

The Console Version, which you claimed only got average reviews, but I showed otherwise, and then you disputed that point with User Reviews and I was like *LOL*, is actually in pretty good shape. It's not the series best entry, but its not its worst. Some things worked really well, others didn't work well at all.

297 positives vs 70 averages vs 70 negatives on Metacritic for PS4. 58 positives vs 23 average vs 14 negative XB1.

Aggregating user reviews is a broken concept (so is aggregating Professional reviews, but for different reasons), but looking at the numbers there are vastly more satisfied consumers then there are dissatisfied (average reviews can swing either way, depending on the context the reviewer puts the score in).

And do I care? Not really. I might pick the game up when its on a massive sale in a few years with all (or most) DLC attached. WB lost my trust when they released the game on PC in such a state. So don't think I'm defending them or Rocksteady.

Also, don't think I'm trying to change your mind. Your right... there are tons of other functional games out there that are as good as if not better then Arkham Knight. The only thing I'm critical of is people convincing themselves of something that is demonstrably false. It would be nice if WB suffered for their shitty practices, but the reality paints a different story. A decent game getting marred by corporate incompetence and bullshit.

Well I've finished the main game and got over half the riddler trophies, but... yay patch (and probably DLC I already paid for!)

Cool, then the game almost should have only just been released.

People paid $70 bucks for Batman early access and this "patch" looks like version 1.0.

I was looking forward to getting it, especially as it came out during a bit of a drought for games i like, but now. Just the start of September and ive already got a backlog of MGV and Mad max that should take me through to October on top of a few DLC's coming out that im pumped for. Then October is expansion to SWTOR then November is fallout 4.

I may squeeze you in batman, but im not going to go out my way.

A quick glance at the system requirements reveals that I'm juuuuuust below the minimum spec (on video card, natch.) Maybe when I build a new system in 2016, I'll give it a look. (It will probably have dropped in price by then, anyway.) I don't hold the crap port against Rocksteady; it sounded like the game itself was pretty good.

You know, as big of a failure as this is on WB's part, I have to admit something. If they had given the developers time to produce a proper PC port and delayed its release on that platform until it was finished, we'd all be mocking them, saying that they were spending the time cooking up some new form of bullshit DRM or delaying it artificially to encourage people to buy the console versions instead because they're getting bribed by Microsoft and Sony to do so or paranoid that people will just pirate it. We wouldn't dare admit that maybe it actually takes time to make a game work properly on a platform where no two machines are alike and one has to try to accommodate every possible configuration. And I do mean "we", because I am personally guilty of doing this in the past. Sure, it would be nice if every version of the game were delayed purely in the interest of fairness... and it'd also be nice if money rained down from the sky and none of us ever had to work for a living again.

So you know... maybe at least keep that in mind the next time a PC port gets delayed.

wow totally forgot about arkham knight makes me glad i didnt buy it and probably wont bother with it

I think those who were burned, will be hesitant to buy until sources they trust report that the game is indeed playable before they re-buy it. If their trust isn't gone too.

Oh, look, a 2 month old game is finally playable. Looks like were right on time again, Ubisoft. Wait, this is not Ubisoft....

Ragsnstitches:

User Reviews are worth shit. People who hate the games tank the the scores with unfair and throwaway low scores (look me in the eye and say the game is really worth a 4 or a 0). A metric out of 10 only works when people rate it responsibly. Piling 10's and 0's might also work, by effectively making it a like or dislike. But when people are giving a game every number between 0 and 10 something goes wrong.

You don't like the batmobile, think the story is trite, the gameplay is tired and so on... a 5 or 6 would be fair. The game's production qualities should elevate over simple tripe. If it's broken, as it is on the PC, a sub 5 can be understandable, especially when forking over 70+ bucks for the game.

Currently the game is worth 0 as it is literally unplayable. From what i saw on youtube videos, the game seems to be a boring rehash of the previuos game with a bat-tank added that has to be the most boring mechanic in batman games ive seen yet. It is DEFINATELLY not worth above a 6 even if it didnt have the issues.

However, modern reviewers seem to use this scale instead:
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So yes, your scored mentioned earlier is average because reviewers overblow scores to no end.

Luckily I managed to get Arkham Knight for free when I upgraded my graphic card. Didn't have to pay a cent. I suppose I dodged one hell of a bullet.

Nooners:
Aaaaaaand there goes my interest in one of my two most anticipated games of 2015. Got what I needed out of a Yogscast LP, so now all I have to do is wait for Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Woah, woah... Let me stop you there...

There's a goddamn Numenara-based videogame coming out? Like, with the three stats and effort and shit? Batman can go fuck himself... This is what I'm interested in.

BeerTent:

Nooners:
Aaaaaaand there goes my interest in one of my two most anticipated games of 2015. Got what I needed out of a Yogscast LP, so now all I have to do is wait for Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Woah, woah... Let me stop you there...

There's a goddamn Numenara-based videogame coming out? Like, with the three stats and effort and shit? Batman can go fuck himself... This is what I'm interested in.

Uh, yup. It's billed as a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment, which I never played (too young at the time, no time for it now) but everyone apparantly loves. So yeah, here's a link, go have fun:

https://torment.inxile-entertainment.com/

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