Batman: Arkham City to use GFWL

The newly-revealed box art for Batman: Arkham City has outed the Games for Windows Live logo emblazoned across the top.


Batman: Arkham City will use Games for Windows Live, as revealed by the new PC box art for the game, reports Rock Paper Shotgun. This means you'll use Microsoft's own front-end for the game, with all the frustrations and perks that come with it. But hey, at least you can use the PC version to contribute to your Gamerscore, if you're into that sort of thing.

You can step into the shoes of the Dark Knight on PC, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360 on October 18. Robin was recently revealed as a playable character in Challenge Maps, at least as a pre-order bonus from Best Buy. For hands-on impressions check out our pre-E3 preview of Arkham City.

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    June 16, 2011 2:15 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Batman: Arkham City to use GFWL.

    The newly-revealed box art for Batman: Arkham City has outed the Games for Windows Live logo emblazoned across the top.

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      June 16, 2011 2:16 PM

      commence bitching

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        June 16, 2011 2:19 PM

        don't see why this is a surprise to anyone. Are people actually mad that the sequel to a game that used GFWL is also using GFWL?

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          June 16, 2011 2:20 PM

          90% of the complains i hear about GFWL would be fixed by just making an offline profile

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            June 16, 2011 3:50 PM

            Every title I've had with GFWL has given me some form of grief. And I was always using an offline profile. But to be truthful, it shouldn't matter what kind of profile you make. If you're being forced to use some additional crappy service it should just work.

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          June 16, 2011 2:43 PM

          100% of the complaints I hear about GFWL would be fixed by just getting rid of the plague that is GFWL.

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        June 16, 2011 2:23 PM


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        June 16, 2011 2:41 PM

        PRE-ORDER KEPT because GFWL doesn't really bothers me that much and thankfully i've never had an unresolvable issue with it.

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        June 16, 2011 4:30 PM

        GloriousCow For Winows Live

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      June 16, 2011 2:28 PM

      Some people just never learn.

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      June 16, 2011 2:29 PM

      Wont be buying this one because of GFWL.
      Had WAY too many problems with Flatout:UC, Batman:AA and Bioshok 2 to ever play another game with GFWL.

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      June 16, 2011 2:31 PM

      I prefer steam but oh well, the first one ran fine for me on GFWL

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      June 16, 2011 2:32 PM

      Buying it on either 360 or PS3 so this doesn't bother me a bit!

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        June 16, 2011 3:35 PM

        Same here. I'm so tired of busted pc ports.

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          June 16, 2011 3:38 PM

          What? Arkham Asylum was great on the PC

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            June 16, 2011 3:48 PM

            It really was a fantastic version.

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            June 16, 2011 3:49 PM

            It was ok but it worked better on the 360.

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              June 16, 2011 4:16 PM

              I just started playing it with a controller, I found the KB/Mouse actually way better for this game. And I usually like controllers better for 3rd person action.

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              June 16, 2011 4:33 PM

              Honestly, it was the best fucking port ever. Seriously, that needs to be a road map for how devs do it from now on.

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              June 16, 2011 6:18 PM

              What? no it wasn't.

              the PC Port was FANTASTIC. and had the additional awesomeness of the PhysX effects rolled in.

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              June 17, 2011 12:57 PM

              Insane, it not only looked better, it also ran much better on the PC.

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          June 16, 2011 6:08 PM


          GFWL aside, it was actually a better experience on the PC than the consoles.

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            June 16, 2011 7:52 PM

            I completed the game on both the 360 and pc and while both are fine, I just had more issues with the pc version.

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              June 17, 2011 12:58 PM

              I play and completed the PC version without one issue, what issues did you have?

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          June 17, 2011 10:45 AM

          I thought the PC version was better. The textures and render engine sure seemed batter at least.

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        June 16, 2011 3:45 PM

        Well GFWL live is already built into the 360. So it's not like you have much of a choice ^___^

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      June 16, 2011 2:59 PM

      looks like a console purchase then.

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        June 17, 2011 12:57 PM

        If something like GFWL makes you purchase the inferior version, go right ahead.

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      June 16, 2011 3:05 PM

      keeping my pre-order

      have never had an issue with GFWL games and ive had a bunch of em.

      Shadowrun (doesn't help the game is shit though)
      Halo 2 (hates windows 7)
      Gears of War
      Viva Pinata (love it :) )
      Fable 3
      Tinker :)
      Fallout 3 (of course now its modded)
      The Club (when the game worked anyways)
      Dirt 2
      Bioshock 2
      Batman AA
      Section 8
      Dawn of War 2 and expansion
      GTAIV and EFLC
      Street Fighter IV
      World Of Goo
      Universe at War
      Flatout: UC
      Lost Planet: EC and colonies edition
      Kane and Lynch Dead Men
      Dead Rising 2

      Im not saying that GFWL doesn't have its faults (mostly in MP) but if the game didn't work, at least for me it was because of the game, not GFWL

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      June 16, 2011 3:16 PM

      Steve Watts looks like 'Star Wars' when I look at it fast :O

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      June 16, 2011 3:20 PM

      Tbh, I've never had any problems with GFWL. I still hate it, cos it's shit and built for console users the lack of a "chat" function, I have to click a friend and individually send each message after clicking through 3 menus? Clearly the person who designed it doesn't have a Steam account.

      Batman will be worth buying though, regardless of the fact it uses Games for Windows SHITE.

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      June 16, 2011 3:47 PM

      Didn't bother me in the first one, I doubt it will bother me in this one.

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      June 16, 2011 5:21 PM

      Didn't buy the first one, I doubt I will buy this one.

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      June 16, 2011 6:09 PM

      GFWL works fine, just make sure you are running the latest version
      keep complaining while the rest of us rack up achievement points on GFWL games!

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      June 16, 2011 6:12 PM

      Hey at least they're consistent.

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      June 16, 2011 6:34 PM


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        June 16, 2011 11:22 PM

        I thought steam and gfwl played well together. You get chat overlay and also live achievements

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          June 17, 2011 12:38 AM

          actually you get 2 chat overlays. and achievements that don't count towards your steam achievements. which since you bought the thing on steam is probly what you would prefer.

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            June 17, 2011 6:08 AM

            Even when I buy through Steam, I'd prefer GFWL achievements so I don't share them with my family who also plays the game. :)

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      June 16, 2011 8:18 PM

      GFWL was a pain in the ass sometimes when it wouldn't recognize your login info over and over....kinda wish they'd just let GFWL die.

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      June 16, 2011 8:41 PM

      WTF? What a disappointment. Don't take their money Warner! Bungie ended up having to spend a fortune to buy their freedom again. Don't do it! Don't do it.... (sobs).

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      June 16, 2011 10:40 PM

      I'm a pc gamer but I've never enjoyed trying to play 3rd person games on them so fortunately this doesn't affect me. PS3 version for me if I decide to buy it.

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        June 16, 2011 10:52 PM

        if it's because you prefer gamepads for 3rd person gaming like I do, then get a 360 controller. or if you prefer playstation controllers there's ways to use your ps3 controller too or even a ps2 controller, much easier with 360 one though.

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      June 16, 2011 10:55 PM

      what is a bigger turnoff: 'GFWL' or 'Powered by Gamespy"

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        June 16, 2011 10:56 PM

        GFWL, but damn is that a close one.

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        June 17, 2011 6:10 AM

        In gamespy everyone can play, with legit or pirated copies, but the cheaters protections isn't top notch.
        In games for windows live.... pirates can't play but.... half of the legit buyers can't play too, and the performance of the client and connection is really bad.
        Talking about multiplayer.

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        June 17, 2011 7:30 AM

        Haha that's like choosing between blindness or deafness... but I'd go with Gamespy.

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      June 17, 2011 5:08 AM

      Annnnnnd i'll now be buying this on PS3.

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