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Batman Arkham City [Online Game Code]

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Platform: PC Download
Edition: Standard
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  • All-New Story, Massive Scope, Iconic Brand Locales, Authentic Batman Experience, Enhanced Combat, New Gadgets, Evolved Detective Mode, Top Tier Villains, Fan Favorites, Epic Boss Battles

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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B008Y1XJFU
  • Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

Experience a gritty atmospheric action-adventure showcasing a true evolution of the franchise. Batman : Arkham City features a completely new and original storyline writen by famous Batman author and five-time Emmy Award Winner, Paul Dini, and an extensive list of VO Talent, Such as Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy who reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman respectively.

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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+
Hard Drive: 17 GB
Video Card: ATI 3850 HD 512 MB or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB
Additional Info: DirectX 9.0c

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY software © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by Rocksteady Studios Ltd. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. DC LOGO, BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2011. All Rights Reserved. WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get the GOTY edition instead November 26, 2012
By Dec
Platform for Display:PC Download|Edition:Standard
According to the description, this is the Nov 2011 release (base game), with all the dev playability patches since then and WITHOUT THE FIRST 5 or 6 DLCs. The Game of the Year edition (Sep 2012+ release) has the 5 or 6 DLCs:

Harley Quinn's Revenge
Arkham City Skins Pack
Challenge Map Pack
Robin Bundle Pack
Nightwing Bundle Pack
Catwoman Pack

The Catwoman pack is mentioned in Amazon's description and is (at the time of this post) missing from Steam's description. So I'm concluding it is the most recent DLC, or an unlock / automatic update, or else a mislabel/mislead.

I recommend getting the newer GOTY edition for $7.50 (75% off) wherever it's on sale (if you can catch it). If you get this standard older release, the DLCs at 75% off will still cost ~$8 extra. The DLCs currently add ~2 Gb of content and customization.

This version gets 4 stars because
1) the GOTY edition is now available,
2) the patches resolve initial release issues.



i did not deduct from the rating because of Games for Windows Live. in order to deal with the horrendous GfWL, i have denied 4 of 5 main Windows Live modules all firewall access by heuristics. you can save the game by creating an offline GfWL account.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Game, Disappointed by the PC Release November 24, 2011
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I held off purchasing this game for PlayStation 3 so that I could enjoy the benefits of the PC version, which were quite numerous when Arkham Asylum was released. The gameplay is much smoother due to the higher framerates and it was the first PhysX game I was able to play, which definitely increased the immersion. I've started playing this title and to my dismay, all of the advanced features I had hoped for are broken. You cannot currently run this title with DirectX 11 features or PhysX enabled as of now, regardless of system setup. System specs below:

i7-950 @ 3.2 GHz
NVIDIA GTX 570 (Overclocked)
6GB DDR3 1600 MHz
OCZ Vertex 2 80 GB SSD

These problems affect both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs and so far as anyone can tell, these are not issues with the drivers but issues with the game itself. Hopefully these issues will be fixed soon in a title update, but seeing as the title was delayed an additional month and no extra work was done on it... all I can say is I expected much more after the stellar experience I had with Arkham Asylum.

tl;dr: Just don't buy this on PC until the game has been patched. The price will drop by then, or you can just grab the already cheaper PS3 or Xbox 360 release.

Edit: I've updated to recently released patch on Games for Windows Live, and can say that some of the DX11 frame rate problems have been alleviated. Frame rate drops are not as vast, however stuttering is still an issue. Still not the performance I expected after the delays or after patching. It is above playable in DX11 however, so I've bumped the rating to 3/5. Hopefully with future patches the stuttering is fixed.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DRM madness May 10, 2012
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Just a reminder, this game has two types of DRM (digital right management) built in. The first one is securom, and it will require a release day check upon activation of the game. This sounds fine, but if their system is down, you have to go to securom website to download a offline activator to make it work which is a downright assault towards legitimate costumers. The second strike is GFWL (Game for windows live) and there are a lot problems with the Microsoft's gaming service platform for example, online service would be shut down randomly, servers sometime would be unavailable for no reason, and it may even crush your save files by chance.

I do not want to give the game a low rating, because I genuinely like the game. However the whole activation process took me around 3 hours and it's utterly stupid.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hear me, Microsoft, and hear me well May 4, 2012
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I will never, ever buy a Game for Windows Live product.

In fact this single product has made me question pretty much every single piece of software made by Microsoft all together. I used to own Microsoft stock. That changed about 2 days ago.

The reason is quite simple: a company that so blatantly disrespects its customers will simply not survive in the long term. The DRM requirements of this game are beyond unreasonable, they are simply ridiculous and idiotic.

Apparently, not a single executive in the company reaches the (obvious) conclusion that mistreating its gaming customer base with the sole purpose of "protecting its copyright" is a REALLY bad idea.

You are basically saying this: "You can either legally purchase this game and go through a lengthy process (mine took about 3 hours after download) to validate the product you ALREADY paid for or download it illegally and take 5 min to start using it"

Do you think your customers are morons? Do you think they are idiots? Well, you must be correct. After all I did buy this game, so I am obviously not very smart. Fortunately I learn from my mistakes and, boy, did I learn from this one.

Your Windows Live does NOTHING other than push for DLC content and preventing users from basically playing the game without an Internet connection.

And even all that would be fine and dandy if I did not have to download the Live client a mere 9 times.

And if it didn't update a mere 7 times before it actually started working

And if it didn't fail to update at the 7th time due to "server miscommunication" or whatever the error was and then had to redo EVERYTHING again.

I will never buy another GFWL again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't install on steam invalid cd key
Buyer Beware, don't buy this product no matter what, it won't work on steam, even though it is guaranteed, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Published 14 days ago by kevin hance
1.0 out of 5 stars The game disc lacked the files to download the game.
I was excited about finally buying a Batman game, especially one so highly suggested, but it turned out to be pretty bad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Pierce
1.0 out of 5 stars Games for Windows Live/Steam issue
Like many others, I have been having a helluva time playing this game. It prompts me to create a GFWL profile. I did, whenever I try to play, I get an error code. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jaydge
5.0 out of 5 stars even better
Game of the year addition is worth the extra money especially since I wasn't able to find all the individual dlc's anyway
Published 2 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best games ever made/of all time!
buy this game. play it. love it.

perfect gameplay. perfect graphics. perfect sound/voice acting.

intuitive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by anonymous
2.0 out of 5 stars Anoying
Its a GREAT game apart from that i have to make some acount for xbox or microsoft to be able to save. im having major problems...
Published 3 months ago by Liam Moroney
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to install!!!!!
Not the newest machine in the world, but my boys play other games without issues and have installed various ones. 4core, 8gb memory and plenty of disk. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martin J. Phee
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother game has know save file corruptions from updates...
Everytime the game updates there is a chance of you save being corrupted so i just give up on all these batman games. Every game has this problem and the publisher doesnt care.
Published 3 months ago by Andre Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this game before searching the issues with it
Game keeps freezing cannot be played don't buy! Search arkham city keeps freezing in google before you buy. It was sort of cheap so I bought it and I cannot get it to work!
Published 4 months ago by Krelly Gailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Search Light
I like all the Batman movies, but used to watch the TV cartoonish series. I've out grown those and really like the Batman character.
Published 5 months ago by Richard K. Orr
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