Category: Main Games Action Games Batman: Arkham Asylum Steam Verson 1.1

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Steam retail version, currently version 1.1

Application Details:

Version: Steam Verson 1.1
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-rc1

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Test Results

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What works

Game starts (with caveats, see below)

What does not

Games For Windows Live, and therefore Saving (so you'll need a lot of free time if you don't want to lose progress)


What was not tested

Anything involving online

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Installed from Steam into an already active wineprefix, already had dotnet 2.0 and 3.0 setup, as well as PhysX. Setting up GFWL didn't give any crash errors (but it did give console spam, as did dotnet 3.0). BmLauncher gave me an error message and couldn't be run. This meant the game wouldn't run from Steam. BmStartup.exe ran and accepted my key from Steam, but wouldn't execute (gave an error saying I needed to double click BmStartup.exe to play Batman.) Downloading and installing a crack allowed me to actually run the game. Just a guess that the game uses SecuRom. Since GFWL can't run you receive an error about not being able to create a profile to save progress and settings. Game had a slow framerate (GTX 460, game running at 1600x1200 with everything on highest) until I disabled Ambient Occlusion in UserEngine.ini. Additionally I had massive slowdown and crashes during some PhysX heavy scenes but disabling PhysX in the same ini file (set it to 0) fixed that at the loss of some neat additional special effects like extra smoke and breaking props. Game is sadly Bronze but would likely be Gold if GFWL could somehow be bypassed or just worked.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMageia 7Dec 22 20184.0-rc1Yes Yes NoSilverAlan Richter 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 06 20182.21-stagingN/A Yes YesGoldChinaphoneOne 
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Oct 29 20172.19-stagingYes Yes NoSilvercdoublejj 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 29 20172.10-stagingYes Yes Goldandy 
ShowGentoo LinuxMar 19 20172.4Yes Yes BronzeEmmanuel Anne 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23532 Provide offline implementation of Games For Windows Live (GFWL) 'xlive.dll' -> 'XLiveless' (Fallout 3, Batman, GTA IV) REOPENED View
23993 Batman: Arkham Asylum demo slow frame rate NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO Install and Run Batman

This requires a recent version of Wine.

You will not be able to save your progress in game.  

Using winetricks install dotnet20 and dotnet30.  

In the Steam directory containing Batman rename the installscript.vds file. 

~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/batman arkham asylum/

Install Phsyx and GFWLfrom ./redist.  The latter requires the switch /nodotnet to install successfully. 

Run BmStartApp.exe from the ./Binaries folder.  Authenticate your key (retrieve from Steam) and activate the game. 

Run BmStartApp.exe to play the game.  

If the game fails to start due to .net errors then two configuration files need to be updated as is described here.

This game needs an XBox 360 gamepad to work. A user has reported getting it working with another gamepad with x360ce.


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