‘Batman: Arkham City’ on PC Suffers from Technical Glitches; Origin Offers Huge Black Friday Discount

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Batman Arkham City DX11 Technical Origin Black Friday Discount PC

Over this long Thanksgiving weekend, we have been feverishly plugging away at the recent release of the PC version of Batman: Arkham City, in order to publish our review for early next week. Game Rant previously awarded a perfect score to Rocksteady Studios’ newest take on the Batman franchise in our review of the console version of the game. Because the console and PC versions are substantively the same game, we have been focusing mostly on the graphical improvements found in the PC version, including the DX 11 effects and 3D visuals. We can tell you that with the right graphics card, the PC version is the definitive one, but unfortunately, the DX 11 effects are currently causing technical problems for most users.

For our part, we have not experienced any game-breaking bugs while playing Batman: Arkham City on a PC outfitted with an EVGA NVIDIA GTX 580 card. We did encounter some significant lagging during specific cutscenes, however, that were more a nuisance than anything else. The gameplay itself was unaffected and ran at a consistently high frame rate. A quick look on the game’s community forums shows that others have not been as fortunate as we have been. Andy Cataldo, US Community Manager of Turbine Inc., acknowledged the problem and provided the current workaround:

PC DirectX 11 Issues Please Read

We have received reports of performance issues from players of Batman: Arkham City on PC. After researching the matter, we found that running the game with DX 11 is causing the performance issues. We’re working on a title update to address this matter and expect to make it available in the near future.

In the meantime, a workaround for this issue is to run the game with DX 9 instead of DX 11. Instructions on how to turn off DX 11 are listed below.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience with your gameplay experience and thank you all for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

After delaying the game for two weeks, it’s hard to understand how Rocksteady Studios failed to catch such a significant problem. Luckily, the visuals of Batman: Arkham City are still superior to those of the console version even in DX 9, and the 3D effects are downright stunning at times. On the bright side, the PC version is not suffering from corrupted saves like its Xbox 360 counterpart.

In situations like this, we’d normally advise to wait until a patch is released before recommending a purchase, but EA’s Online Store, Origin, is currently offering a Black Friday discount of 50% on the title. At $24.99, PC gamers should seriously consider downloading the Caped Crusader’s most recent adventures as this is still one of the best games of the year.

Batman: Arkham City is currently available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Source: Batman: Arkham City Forum

TAGS: Batman Arkham City, Electronic Arts, Origin, PC, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive


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  1. While this game is at $25, its not safe to play. I was thinking this game was the best game ever, intill….WOOOP…the game deleted all my saves, making the game unplayable :(. And I’m not the only person it happended to. So yes its a good deal, but if you pick it up, you’ll have to play it on your own risk intill they fix it…I wonder if I can get my saves back…….

    • You talking about the PC version bro? :S

      • Piece of s*** still does this a year after release. I had multiple issues with login to Windows live (piece of s*** servers) which were very annoying. Then, bam all my saves were gone. 0 percent. Nada. None. It is a shame, it was a nice game, now it is a piece of s*** that I would not recommend to friends. It is the steam version as well, so it was up to date, and the GfWL crap addon also forced an update, still the issue presented itself.

        • I’ve played the game completely through, never had an issue once…

  2. I have this game installed but have not even run it once, thanks to Battlefield 3, lol. So I think by the time I finally get to it, the patch will probably be out…

    Along with this game, I also have ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Saint’s Row 3 that I have but haven’t really played yet… I did actually finally beat Bioshock 2. Not that it was an extremely long game, just that I didn’t have much time to play it…

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