Does Arkham Knight Live Up To The Hype?
The fourth and final installment in the Batman: Arkham video game series has been released. Batman: Arkham Knight was released worldwide on June 23, 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft PC platform. Ever since developer Rocksteady Studios announced Arkham Knight last year, anticipation has been growing for its release. So, does it live up to the hype, or is it just another fly-by-night title that's here today but gone tomorrow?
Like many video games, Arkham Knight had a rocky start (to say the least). In fact, the website Polygon went so far as to call the PC version a “train wreck.” Upon installing and launching the game, PC players reported a wide variety of bugs and performance issues.
One of the most common complaints among PC gamers, however, was Arkham Knight's 30 frames per second (FPS) cap. Regardless of your PC's specs, the game won't run higher than 30 FPS – not without a little tweaking at least. IGN.com published an article revealing how to bypass the 30 FPS cap. It involves finding and editing the \BmGame\Config\BmSystemSettings.ini file, changing the value "Max_FPS=30" to "Max_FPS=99.”
Developer Rocksteady Studios has passed the blame to another developer, whom it says was responsible for porting Arkham Knight to the PC.
“We're aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight," said Rocksteady Studios in a statement. "This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible. We'll update this thread when we've got more info to share."
But you shouldn't base the quality of this game strictly on the PC reviews. On Metacritic, for instance, the PlayStation 4 version is rocking a solid 91 out of 100 critic rating, which is pretty darn impressive. Arkham Knight introduces several key changes from previous titles in the series, including a revamped combat system that allows gamers to combine attacks on enemies without interrupting their hit streak. Batman can also counter enemy attacks, throwing them into nearby enemies.
Yes, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight may have some issues, but I'm betting that Rocksteady Studios will have them fixed within the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, you'll have to battle through the sluggish performance while enjoying the sights and sounds of Gotham City.