Batman: Arkham City

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Batman: Arkham City
Batman Arkham City Coverart.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
November 22, 2011
OS X
December 13, 2012
Batman: Arkham City at WineHQ
Batman: Arkham City at Steam Charts
Batman: Arkham City at SteamDB
 Batman: Arkham City at Wikipedia
Batman: Arkham
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009
Batman: Arkham City 2011
Batman: Arkham Origins 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate 2014
Batman: Arkham Knight 2015

Key points

Information DRM switched from Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM to Steam.[1]

General information

More information Batman Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information Technical Issues section of the official forum.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg GOTY Edition (Windows and OS X)
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg GOTY Edition
Origin Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg GOTY Edition
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg GOTY Edition (OS X only)
Retail DRM details are not known DRM: SecuROM and Games for Windows - LIVE. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All Windows versions activate on Steam, including retail.[1]
Advantage The non-GOTY version upgrades to GOTY when activated on Steam.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intro movies

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\BmGame\Movies\
  2. Move, rename or delete StartupNV.swf and Startup.swf

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
Information A well-written post on the Steam Users' Forums about the way the game handles save data. Note that this forum post is only relevant to the deprecated GFWL version.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Batman Arkham City GOTY\BmGame\Config\
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/200260

Using GFWL save file in Steamworks version[edit]

Fix Remove old save files header[2]

  1. Start the game and make as many save games as there were earlier and leave them 0% complete.
  2. Backup <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\200260\remote
  3. Open folder, GFWL version saves should have your GFWL nickname as prefix like GFWLnick-save#.sgd
  4. Open first GFWLnick-save#.sgd (for example GFWLnick-save0.sgd for first slot save file) with your chosen HEX editor. Search for hex value 00 00 00 03 00.
  5. Now select everything before that value and delete. Part 1 Part 2
  6. Remove GFWLnick- from filename and overwrite the files without prefix. do not overwrite the original file!
  7. Repeat the steps for all the files. If all gone well you should be able to use old save files again.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native Supports both the standard and GOTY versions.

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg Multi-monitor HUD: Position Affects Gameplay.[3]
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Silver.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Hackable Fix needed for 62 FPS cap; see High frame rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Fix Change FOV[4]

  1. Open BmInput.ini with a text editor
  2. To bind a FoV value of 100 to F10, add this line at the end of [Engine.PlayerInput]: Bindings=(Name="F10",Command="fov 100")

The result:

Information The game might revert this change when graphic or control settings are altered; do not despair, keep editing it until it finally sticks.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Fix Anisotropic filtering (AF)

  1. Open UserEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Under the [SystemSettings] section, add line MaxAnisotropy=16

High frame rate[edit]

Fix Raise frame rate smoothing

  1. Open the BMEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search MaxSmoothedFrameRate. Best value should be your monitor refresh rate +2 so e.g. with 144hz monitor value should be 146. Change configs value to this. There may be multiple instances so change them all.
  3. Save file and make it "read only".
Information For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Input settings[edit]

External key map settings.
The gamepad layout for Batman: Arkham City
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native Separate inversion of look, rotation, flight controls and Batarang flight controls.
Controller
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Disable mouse smoothing[edit]

Fix Disable Mouse Smoothing

  1. Open BmInput.ini with a text editor.
  2. Under the b[Engine.PlayerInput] section, change the value of bEnableMouseSmoothing to False

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native SFX, Music and Dialogue.
Surround sound Native Auto configures up to 5.1 output[5]
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Brazilian Portuguese Native Impossible Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Impossible Native
Spanish Native Native Native
Turkish Native Impossible Native Fan translation, see Turkish.

Turkish[edit]

Information A Turkish fan patch is available here. Note that it does not include Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC.

Change language[edit]

Information By default the Windows system language takes over other preferences.

Fix Change game language[6]

  1. Open UserEngine.ini with a text editor
  2. Change the language to the code of your desired language

Notes

Information Menu texts preference can be simply overridden with -LANGUAGEFORCOOK=XXX parameter
Information Dialogues preference can be simply overridden with -LANGUAGE=XXX parameter
Information Language codes (XXX) and available localizations can be checked in the <path-to-game>\BmGame\Localization\ folder

Fix Change launcher language

Information Every time you start the launcher, the game takes over the launcher's language settings, so you should consider changing this, too.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\BmGame\Config\Launcher.ini with a text editor
  2. Search for '[Launcher.CultureMap]'.
  3. Put a semi-colon in front of each line except 'default=Int' and your desired language.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS[edit]

Information Turn off PhysX and DX11, as both of these features are resource-intensive.
Information Ensure you have the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Crash Fix – For Quad Core PCs[edit]

Fix Crash Quad Core PCs

  1. Start the game
  2. Alt+Tab Out of the game
  3. Open Task Manager
  4. Right click on BatmanAC.exe
  5. Choose: "Set Affinity..."
  6. Select core 0 and 1 only. You need to run the game on two cores basically, so to avoid the crash to desktop.

Gray screen after fight with Joker[edit]

Fix Gray screen after fight with Joker

Information After beating Joker in the Steel Mill, you may encounter a gray screen that looks to be a cutscene that refuses to load. It tells you you can skip it by clicking the left-mouse button, but doing so will have no effect.
Information If you encounter this problem and you have the game on Steam, try validating your cache.
  1. Right click on Batman: Arkham City in your Steam library
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select Local Files
  4. Select "Check integrity of game cache files".
Information The process might complete too fast (less than three seconds for a game of several gigabytes). If that's the case, launch the game and load up the menu. Press Alt+F4 and GfWL will helpfully inform you that you might lose unsaved progress. Click Yes to continue. Try validating your game's cache again.
Information If validating your cache did not work or you do not have a version of the game on Steam, delete the game's local files (Steam -> Batman: Arkham City -> Remove local files), reinstall the game and try again. Luckily your saves are stored in the Steam Cloud.

No sound or weak sound[edit]

Fix No sound or weak sound

  1. Update your sound card drivers.
  2. If problems persist, ensure sure you have volume set to max for Batman Arkham City in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray).
  3. If you're in-game, just Alt+Tab out of the game and check if Batman Arkham City is set to max in the volume mixer.
Information Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the "Do Nothing" radio button to permanently fix this issue.

Game crashes right after launch[edit]

Fix Game crashes right after launch

The Windows 7 event log may show entries like this:

Problem signature:

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

Application Name: BatmanAC.exe

Application Version: 1.0.0.0

Application Timestamp: 00000000

Fault Module Name: BatmanAC.exe

Fault Module Version: 1.0.0.0

Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000

Exception Code: c000001d

Exception Offset: 0348d7d2

OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1

Locale ID: 1033

Additional Information 1: b1da

Additional Information 2: b1dad02de602a574f3e3edfa7bc260e4

Additional Information 3: 3984

Additional Information 4: 3984b60a0d265364fe265f881509cbd0

If you are using EMET and set SEHOP to opt-out, Batman Arkham City needs to be added to the opt-out list. To do this:

1) Create an empty text file

2) Add theses lines:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\BatmanAC.exe]

"DisableExceptionChainValidation"=dword:00000001

3) Save it as batman.reg (name doesn't matter, just the .reg extension is important)

4) Double click it

5) Run Arkham City

If that doesn't work, you may have to try disabling SEHOP globally:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\kernel]

"DisableExceptionChainValidation"=dword:00000001

Game crashes during introductory cutscene[edit]

Fix Install PhysX or disable it

Alternative game crash following introductory cutscene[edit]

Fix Install required Iskoola Pota Font

Game crashes under Windows 8[edit]

Fix Game crashes under Windows 8

Information If game crashes to desktop under Windows 8, you will have to set compatibility
  1. Open the location where the game is installed
  2. Open to the folder named "Binaries"
  3. For each exe, right click and click properties. Click the compatibility tab and select the option for Windows XP SP2 and run as administrator

Fix for missing Catwoman controls[edit]

Fix Edit UserInput.ini

Information While able to do the "quickfire disarm" for Catwoman while using a gamepad, this move is unusable with a keyboard, as it has no button associated with it.
  1. Open UserInput.ini with a text editor
  2. Find the line IniVersion=6.9
  3. Under this line add Bindings=(Name="KEYHERE",Command="HoldToZoom | QuickGadgetY", Shift=false, Control=false, Alt=false, bIgnoreShift=false, bIgnoreCtrl=false, bIgnoreAlt=false):META:COM_QUICK_GADGET1,1,-1,-1,"",false,true,CI_QuickWhip
  4. Replace KEYHERE with the desired key - note that if a key is already used for another function it can't be associated with this action
  5. Save the file

Missing Penguin Statues[edit]

Fix Missing Penguin Statues

Information Sometimes Penguin statues may become invisible, and cannot be destroyed, but can be locked on with a batarang. If this happens, try verifying the game cache or uninstalling and reinstalling the game.

Other information[edit]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Intel or AMD dual-core 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon HD 3850
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
AMD Radeon HD 6970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Batman: Arkham City GOTY
  2. [How to!] Use old GFWL savegame in Steamwork version - Steam community discussions
  3. Batman Arkham City | WSGF
  4. B-AC - FoV Setting? - Steam Users' Forums
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. How to change the language in Batman Arkham City - Steam Users' Forums