Login | Signup

Batman: Arkham City Gets DLC Bundles

Jonathan Lester
Batman: Arkham City, DLC, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive
Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a sensational game, but we weren't the only people to be thoroughly bamboozled by the insane amount of pre-order and launch DLC. Luckily for us (and our wallets), Warner Bros. have handily decided to launch two DLC bundles that lump the content together into easy-to-handle packs.

The Arkham Bundle contains the Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack and the Arkham City Skins Pack. It's available for £9.99 on PC (GFWL), 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live and will soon launch on the PSN for roughly the same price.

The Challenge Map Pack includes The Joker’s Carnival Challenge Map, the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map and The Batcave (an Invisible Predator challenge map). It will set you back £1.99 on PC (GFWL) or 240 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. The PSN version will cost around that much when it launches.

Frankly, Arkham City is big enough already... but these are great ways of getting your hands on the content without the hassle of downloading each one individually - and carries a slight BatSaving to boot.

Update: reader stevenjameshyde also points out that you can grab the Batman Inc. Batsuit skin for free on Xbox Live. Nice one!

Add a comment10 comments
stevenjameshyde  Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:48
hurrakan  Dec. 21, 2011 at 12:51

I still didn't buy this yet because the DRM is too confusing!

I want to play it on PC. Have the performance issues been fixed yet?

Is it true that the Steam version uses SecuROM to enforce limited installs? If so, how many? Is that even legal?!

And is it true that the retail version only uses SecuROM for a disc-check (and does NOT limit installs) ?


DivideByZero  Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:03

Yeah, the PC version is a bit odd.

It's a Steam game... that needs GFWL... hate that combo.

The issues:

1) Graphics, some users have issues, DX11 only works on x64 at the moment, lots of people have stuttering issues. I have a resolution issue - this also seems common, mine wants to run at 1600x1024?! No idea why.

2) Save games, they have been reported as randomly vanishing. Would not be ideal if you are almost finished and POW, no save game.

3) DRM, works really well and trouble free, BUT you can only install the game 5 times. I am going to have installed this twice before completing it once as I am going to rebuild my main PC very soon.

Problems aside, this game looks amzing and I get a solid framerate (2x GTX 480s in SLI though!). It is also a lot of fun to play.

JonLester  Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:05

@hurrakan: Right...

1: WB and Rocksteady have released a patch that fixes a lot of the DX11 problems as of 7th December. EDIT: As DivideByZero says, there are still issues on a case-by-case basis.

2: The Steam version does use SecuROM and is limited to five installs. It is legal (by game industry standards), and I believe that they plan to release a de-authorisation tool at some point that will let you uninstall and keep your activation limit (they did with AA). Still really aggravating though.

3: I'm not entirely sure to be honest, but it has been causing a lot of problems (such as save file deletion and incorrectly recognising retail DVD ROMs as virtual. However, many of these issues have been cleared up since launch.

Last edited by JonLester, Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:06
DivideByZero  Dec. 21, 2011 at 14:07

Jon et al. the patch says it does NOT support Vista 32bit / 7 32bit installs, only x64. 32bit users have been told to stay with DX9 for now.

hurrakan  Dec. 21, 2011 at 14:47

That sounds like too many issues :(

Never mind - it's a shame I'll miss out on this game but I have plenty of others to get through at the moment.

Nothing is worth SecuROM.

I played the Xbox version at Eurogamer Expo and it was underwhelming - muddy/blurry textures, texture-pop, low draw distance, choppy frame-rate etc.

DivideByZero  Dec. 21, 2011 at 14:50

Oh man, the PC version is graphically amazing! So nice.

The game itself is a lot of fun too.

I would say it is more than worth the potential issues, but if you have other stuff to get on with, come back to this once it is all patched up and get it for half the price!

hurrakan  Dec. 21, 2011 at 15:16

Limited installs makes no sense.

Steam should refuse to sell games that have such restrictions because it goes against everything that makes Steam worthwhile.

If I a buy a movie, am I only allowed to watch it 5 times? Or only play it on 5 media players?

"When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free."

Last edited by hurrakan, Dec. 21, 2011 at 15:18
DivideByZero  Dec. 21, 2011 at 15:36

Well yes, it does make piracy the better option. Catch 22 at its best here.

That said, it's crap but it's not going to stop be buying a game. It's rare for me to ever install a game more that once, twice at most. Typically with Batman it will be twice in as many weeks.

hurrakan  Dec. 21, 2011 at 15:47

I don't pirate games but it's starting to look like the only viable option.

They (games publishers) do it to themselves.

I'm not going to support these practices by buying this game. I just wont play it. Like I said, it's a shame. I'm sure that's not what the developers wanted.


Leave a Trackback from your own site

Email Address:

You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.