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

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

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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