Batman: Arkham Asylum Catch-All

Well, maybe on the high-level setting it does more...but if I tried to activate that on my PC it would probably explode or something

Failing that, now I'm even more confused as to why they are delaying the PC version to implement it. I guess Nvidia must have thrown them a chunk of cash to promote it or something.

I was a bit hesitant to play the demo because, well, I'm actually looking forward to this game. Based on the demo, Rocksteady have really captured what being Batman should be like. It was thrilling to freak out the inmates, then disappear in a hail of bullets, swinging from gargoyle to gargoyle.

I like not having guns for a change. I like the camera, managing to be both awesome angles and informative overviews.

I'm not completely sold on the character design, protagonist included, but at least it's physical and feels good. I still worry about the level design as it might get very samey, but the atmosphere is really cool.

stevenmack wrote:

Well, maybe on the high-level setting it does more...but if I tried to activate that on my PC it would probably explode or something

Failing that, now I'm even more confused as to why they are delaying the PC version to implement it. I guess Nvidia must have thrown them a chunk of cash to promote it or something.

The delay is just meant to prevent PC piracy from eating into the sales of the console SKUs.

d3p0 wrote:
stevenmack wrote:

Well, maybe on the high-level setting it does more...but if I tried to activate that on my PC it would probably explode or something

Failing that, now I'm even more confused as to why they are delaying the PC version to implement it. I guess Nvidia must have thrown them a chunk of cash to promote it or something.

The delay is just meant to prevent PC piracy from eating into the sales of the console SKUs.

Yeah I mentioned that I thought that further up the thread...still probably the most likely scenario, I was just wondering if Nivida might have struck up some sort of last minute deal to promote their fancy litter generation code in an attempt to actually get people to care about it The former scenario is likely more depressingly accurate though.

Let me add that ever since I saw Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, I've wanted to play a game like this.

Since I've pre-purchased the CE, I'm curious: Does the demo appear to be from the game, or separately created material?

If it's part of the game I'll wait, but if not I'd definitely like to check it out.

It's part of the game.

Deadron wrote:

Since I've pre-purchased the CE, I'm curious: Does the demo appear to be from the game, or separately created material?

If it's part of the game I'll wait, but if not I'd definitely like to check it out.

It's definitely the first part of the game, what appears to be the tutorial really.

This is Batman...

A 2 gig download and WinRAR gives me an error message at the 99% point about a corrupted file. God damn PC gaming.

The installer also seemed to only want to use the main windows partition. If you don't have a lot of free space there, it's time to break out the action figures, because that's all the Batman play you're getting.

Was I the only one turned off by the demo? Great presentation, gameplay kind of "meh" in my humble opinion. Could get boring quickly.

magnus wrote:

Was I the only one turned off by the demo? Great presentation, gameplay kind of "meh" in my humble opinion. Could get boring quickly.

It could; I had the same good reaction the first time I played through the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo, but subsequent playthroughs of the demo turned me off. In this case, no. At least Batman's fists act like fists, as opposed to SWTFU's lightsaber acting more like a baseball bat than anything else.

Edit: On my second playthrough, it went a lot easier, but I suppose that if it was really Batman in that situation, he'd handle it even more flawlessly than I did. I love me some inverted takedowns.

I really dig this demo. Was painless to grab off steam btw. The only issue I have with the game right now is that it is so tuned for NVIDIA cards that if you are running ATI you can not even turn on AA. Which is lame and lazy coding if you ask me. I forced it on with my card for the second play through and it looked 100 times better.

Nice. This is the first Batman game that really nails the feel of the character. I dig the combat and feel of stalking dudes.

WiredAsylum wrote:

I really dig this demo. Was painless to grab off steam btw. The only issue I have with the game right now is that it is so tuned for NVIDIA cards that if you are running ATI you can not even turn on AA. Which is lame and lazy coding if you ask me. I forced it on with my card for the second play through and it looked 100 times better.

In this case it isn't laziness, more like Nvidia throwing a lot of money their way. I can understand console makers shelling out big bucks for exclusive DLC, but it gets a little scary when video card companies are they ones paying the big bucks for certain video options that benefit their cards.

With that said..I loved the demo. I had planned on picking it up for PC, but since it got delayed I'll probably cave in and get the 360 version. Although after playing both demos it's gonna be hard to give up 60fps on the PC.

Gumbie wrote:
WiredAsylum wrote:

I really dig this demo. Was painless to grab off steam btw. The only issue I have with the game right now is that it is so tuned for NVIDIA cards that if you are running ATI you can not even turn on AA. Which is lame and lazy coding if you ask me. I forced it on with my card for the second play through and it looked 100 times better.

In this case it isn't laziness, more like Nvidia throwing a lot of money their way. I can understand console makers shelling out big bucks for exclusive DLC, but it gets a little scary when video card companies are they ones paying the big bucks for certain video options that benefit their cards.

That makes more sense honestly.

*Waits impatiently for demo to become available to silver accounts*

(Looks like it'll be Thursday 15th)

DAMN

I love it

magnus wrote:

Was I the only one turned off by the demo? Great presentation, gameplay kind of "meh" in my humble opinion. Could get boring quickly.

Yeah. I was bored by the end of the demo. The gargoyles strike me as a stealth easy button, but the levels don't look like they're meant to be playable without the gargoyles.

I really loved the demo, just pre-ordered with Amazon using that $5 off coupon. The game really seems to nail the feel of playing Batman, everything from the combat to the stealth to the detective mode. It's kind of rare for me to enjoy stealth gameplay, but it really worked for me in the demo. Stalking guys and figuring out the best spot to take them down was a lot of fun and felt very Batman like. The combat was cool too, I like the little slow motion effects it would do from time to time. The whole presentation is really well done, I like the little bit of story telling we get to see the in demo, seems very promising.

I'm really curious to see how well they use the detective mode, I like the idea a lot, I can't think of any previous Batman game that ever picked up on that part of his character.

Also, Inverted Takedowns are awesome, the first time that happened I knew I was going to be buying the game.

I played the demo off Steam without any problems. (Intel Q6600, Nvidia 8800GT). I enjoyed the gameplay even though I button mashed to much to make the fighting fluid. I'll wait for some full reviews before buying to see how the game play varies in the other parts of the game.

Holy surprised gamer, Batman..that demo was fantastic!

Just played through it a couple times in a row and am completely sold.

Higgledy wrote:

*Waits impatiently for demo to become available to silver accounts*

(Looks like it'll be Thursday 15th)

This is why I just can't get behind the 360. I recently bought one, but I still prefer my PC. I logged on to download the demo from Live, and I got the gold only message. I immediately downloaded it on my PC where the internet is still free.

That derailing rant aside, this demo was great. I don't like Batman. He really is one of my least favorite comic book characters. However, this game seems to capture the feeling of the main character better than comic game yet.

I'm not entirely sure how to reconcile the fact that I don't like Batman, but I loved how much this demo made me feel like Batman. I'll just consider it a compliment to the game. You should too.

The demo was a lot of fun. I think the concerns about ease will be eased as you get farther into the game, and are given more difficult challenges.

While the game plays out as a story, the devs have made it pretty clear that they view each set piece as a separate challenge. The game will feature a bunch of challenge levels as well. What the demo is, as Sinatar mentioned, is just the tutorial section. In fact, I won't be surprised if the the tutorial goes on for even a bit longer.

The key will be just how well the devs have crafted those challenges. But the demo has really shown off how cool the system will be.

Lex Cayman wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

*Waits impatiently for demo to become available to silver accounts*

(Looks like it'll be Thursday 15th)

This is why I just can't get behind the 360. I recently bought one, but I still prefer my PC. I logged on to download the demo from Live, and I got the gold only message. I immediately downloaded it on my PC where the internet is still free.

Interesting. While we derail...

stevenmack wrote:

CRAP. PC demo won't run for me

Just getting it freezing the PC at the intro video. It *did* work when I booted it up to test it earlier (although there was some sort of graphical issue where the polygons were getting all squished up, blocking the screen) Figured it might be my out-dated nvidia drivers...only now I've updated them the damned thing wont run at all.

I'm really going to have to think about getting some new bits for my PC soon I think. Maybe when I grab Windows 7 that'll be a good excuse to get some new hardware too.

Screw it...i'll figure out what's up with the PC demo later. Downloading the demo again on 360 for now.

This is why I can't get behind the PC. I had a PC, but moved to the Mac, because I prefer consoles for gaming.

I was really surprised with the demo. I might actually buy my first Batman game since the original NES one. Still not 100% crazy about the art style, though. Specifically Bane and Harley look a little overdone IMO.

Based on the demo, this game actually reminds me of this Batman game that was on the PC Engine/TurboGaphx-16. You would arrive in a level with some bad guys, and you had to take them out with batarangs while collecting different items in order to clear the level. It was fairly simplistic, but I do see aspects of that game in here.

I caved in and preordered for PC. With all the promotions and $5 off code at Amazon I end up getting it for $39.99. It's hard to beat a brand new game that looks to be AAA for $40.00. It's also a GFW title so it will allow you to sign into live and earn achievements.

Was I the only one who was bothered by no one looking up to see if Batman was there?

Well I think the trick of henchmanning is to not find Batman. You sure as hell aren't going to kill him if you do find him, so why look? If you're dumb enough to shout, "There he is! Get him!", he's only going to come down there and beat the ever loving crap out of you. Probably while shouting, "MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!". Who needs that?