Batman: Return to Arkham issues: FPS rate drops, too much brightness, and more

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Batman: Return to Arkham is now available for download, bringing two of the most critically acclaimed titles of the last generation, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, to the Xbox One. The game offers fully remastered visuals, but it appears that not all gamers have been able to enjoy the new impressive graphics improvements.

Many Batman: Return to Arkham fans complain about frequent FPS rate drops that can go below 30. It appears that this issue often occurs when running around or in combat scenes. All these FPS rate drops severely limit the gameplay experience.

I have been experiencing very frequent and noticeable frame rate drops and stuttering below 30 FPS especially when running around, entering a new corridor in Asylum, and often in Combat scenarios. In particular, the Iceberg Lounge VIP combat challenge has some very noticeable frame rate drops that kind of throw off the combat […]
The reason I am posting this is becasue I have watched PS4 and Xbox One footage side by side, and the PS4 version has noticeably better frame rate.

Cutscenes look awful, and aren’t at all cinematic. It appears there is a problem with the lightning level since many gamers complain the scenes are too bright. Moreover, in one particular cutscene, Batman miraculously doesn’t have any damage done to his suit, when it should actually be torn apart.

Speaking of brightness, gamers also complain about the blinding white light that appears every time they use detective vision: “I guess it’s possible they wanted to deter you from using it all the time but I wanna be able to see the game after I play for a while not with a constant headache! Please, my eyeballs beg of you. Tone down the brightness!”

The old Arkham games were dark to add a romantic illusion to the game atmosphere. In the new Batman: Return to Arkham version, not all scenes need illumination and, unfortunately, the high brightness level  ruins the overall impressive game graphics.

Apart from these three common complaints, Batman: Return to Arkham appears to be a stable game, it doesn’t freeze nor crash. If you’ve encountered other issues that we didn’t list in this article, tell us more about your experience in the comment section below.


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So I Pre-Ordered a digital copy of Batman Return to Arkham for the Xbox one and Arkham Asylum is not working. I can open the game, set it all up and get to the end of the first cut-scene but then the game crashes. I have tried everything and the game is not working at all. Arkham City is still installing and I will try it when it is ready to play. Does anybody know how to fix this? has anyone had a similar problem with Asylum?

I’m having the exact same problem with asylum. I would love to know of a solution. I thought I was the only one. My copy is also a digital download. Maybe the digital copy is corrupt? That is if those with the disc have it working just fine.

In my case it ended up being an update that was applied incorrectly. So in order to fix it, I had to reset the xbox (I forget the exact option, but it was the one where it only resets the OS and the settings, but doesn’t erase games and game data). During that process, it sets up like it is a “new” xbox, and it reapplies the most recent update. After that I re-installed the games and they worked without issue.