If you didn’t know already, a copy of the upcoming PC game Batman : Arkham Asylum leaked on a well known private torrent tracker several hours ago. Usually this should be hot news among gamers as the leak happened two full weeks before the game’s official release date – however this does not seem to be the case. The leaked version (what appears to be a cracked Direct2Drive build) is apparently buggy, unstable and has some features missing. There seem to be a lot of hidden triggers embedded into the game, just to pwn pirates who try to play using illegitimate copies.

Batman Arkham Asylum

These are not minor issues we are talking about. There are some nasty showstopper bugs that’ll fuk up the entire game experience for good. For example, anyone using the initial leaked version would lose all save progress once the game was restarted. You either have to finish the game in one go or keep it minimized till you are done. And can you imagine a batman game without gliding? Well in this version you can’t glide (or perform any of the actions that are associated with gliding such as the glide kick). This will sometimes make progressing across certain areas near impossible. Another major restriction in the leaked Arkham Asylum build is that you can’t seem to turn on PhysX effects – yes, even on PhysX enabled video hardware you won’t be able to see any of these effects. As we have mentioned before, this game looks like sh1t without PhysX. In addition to all these bugs, some gamers have reported random crashes, crashes to desktop (CTD) and so on.

In short – don’t bother with this. Buy the game or wait.

Update: How to enable PhysX

If the option to turn on PhysX is missing from the in game menu, try the following.

  1. Browse to directory  C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Eidos\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\Config
  2. Open UserEngine.ini file with a text editor such as Notepad.
  3. Change the line PhysXLevel=0 so that it reads PhysXLevel=1
  4. Save and close the file. Run the game

Note: Forcing PhysX on a non-PhysX supported video card is not recommended. Also please make sure you have the latest PhysX system software installed on your machine.

EDIT: Some users on several gaming forums have reported crashes after enabling PhysX. We don’t know if this was due to forcing PhysX on an unsupported card, not having the latest system software installed, or is caused by a glitch in the release. If you notice lots of crashes after enabling PhysX, turn it off by setting PhysXLevel=0 using the same method above.

How to solve ‘Not Enough Free Space’ error during Batman setup

Some users have got the following error when trying to run setup: “There is not enough free disk space to install this product, please choose another drive with sufficient space”. Surprising fact is that this error sometimes pops up even if you have more than the required disk space free on your hard drives. If you aren’t willing to free up several dozen GBs on your drives, there is an alternative solution you can try.

  1. Download and install Universal Extractor as specified in this article.
  2. Manually extract Batman setup file with Universal Extractor.

Note that the above tool can be used to manually extract many types of installer packages, not just Batman : Arkham Asylum.

UPDATE 2 : Folks have managed to solve most problems but here is another new one – quoted from TL comments section:

"well another problem. (i think) when you get to the point at arkham north at the point where you need to batclaw the upper access point and enter the mansion, there is no mark for the grapple. i found that the mark is misplaced. it's marked towards the entrance to the island, and when you press it, it just grapple you all the way to the other side and thru the the walls and than you just falls off the map and come back at the other side of the island. and it's always like this. either it's me (i doubt it) or it's another hidden protection trigger."

Note: Please do not ask for or post download links to pirated or leaked copies here. This post is for informational purposes only.

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  1. sean.mclellan // 9/03/2009 09:49:00 PM  

    While I agree that the game is impossible to get through without glide, you can't be serious that the game looks like sh1t without physX... that just makes you seem like a retard.

  2. noam // 9/03/2009 10:05:00 PM  

    This information was true until a couple hours ago ><
    Now there's a crack fix for the game that fixes the save game, the gild thingy and I think it's enable the PhsyX =D

  3. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 9/03/2009 10:19:00 PM  

    What i meant is that it looks a lot worse without PhysX than with the effects enabled. You cant even see smoke properly.

  4. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 9/03/2009 10:28:00 PM  

    Yeah saw the fix.

    I think you can turn on PhysX by editing configuration file UserEngine.ini and setting

    Haven't tried it myself.

  5. Violated // 9/03/2009 10:53:00 PM  

    Thanks for the physx tip. It did look like crap without hardware effects.

  6. Brainless Bob // 9/04/2009 02:08:00 AM  

    It still crashes for me with Physx enabled. I have geforce gtx 260. It works until the movie where Joker escapes, then crash.

  7. Madvil // 9/04/2009 07:14:00 PM  

    That grapple issue is irritating me. I've reached to the point where I need to get in and out of an office. I can enter fine but I can't aim back up again to get out. "F" just doesn't seem to activate and when it does, it takes me straight through the walls in an eternal falling through, resulting on me reloading the savepoint...

  8. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/04/2009 09:45:00 PM  

    Well it looks like there are multiple points in game where grapple locks are not available.

  9. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/04/2009 09:59:00 PM  

    Btw updated the article with a fix for 'not enough free space' installer issue. Hopefully it helps some people.

  10. Eric // 9/04/2009 10:34:00 PM  

    Yes, I have encountered a couple of grapple bugs, one that was surpassed by gliding 180 degrees and grabbing the edge - into the Arkham Mansion for the first time - and the second during a Scarecrow 2.5D sequence, in which I am now stuck.. someone suggested I keep reloading the checkpoint until the grapple trigger appears.. but no dice so far. Guess I'll work on challenge mode for a bit until a solution presents itself.

  11. newbo // 9/04/2009 10:41:00 PM  

    Scarecrow's Second Dream is definitely glitched, that ledge is near impossible to target, I've only heard of 2 people who actually got past this part of the game. And lack of targetting for this spot in the game results in you being stopped in your tracks.

  12. Eric // 9/04/2009 11:07:00 PM  

    Well, I think it's the third dream, but yes.. I am royally stuck.

  13. newbo // 9/04/2009 11:43:00 PM  

    Nah, its the second, the one during Arkham Mansion, there is a scene where you are a kid in a dark alley looking at your dead parents.

  14. Eric // 9/04/2009 11:52:00 PM  

    I'm on the one after you leave the Botanical Gardens in search of Killer Croc.. Intensive Care. The platform drops you way down, and without a grapple trigger, there's no way up. Scarecrow taunting me while I am stuck doesn't help.

    I'm wondering how this will be fixed, I guess maybe have to wait for the retail.

  15. Canne à bois // 9/05/2009 02:24:00 AM  

    I'm stuck too in the 2nd dream... same problem... I'm sure it's a problem from the c***

  16. Chauncey2491 // 9/06/2009 09:11:00 AM  

    was workin just fine(not gonna say I hadn't hit a point or 2 where I grappled through a wall, but...)until I hit the botanical gardens and now it won't let me grapple through to continue the game. I'm using the update, but I don't think this problem is contributed to the updated crack. I have 2 things to say a.) It's BS that nobody works out problems til a final release anymore(Eidos is f'n horrible for this, i.e. "Kane and Lynch: Dead Men" - would have been an alright game but was horribly flawed soft wise, they promised an update but it never happened, and now they are getting ready to realese a sequel) b.) even if ppl pirate games they go back and buy them if they are quality, problem is, is that games are she-it these days

  17. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 9/06/2009 11:40:00 AM  

    I don't think it's an actual bug with the game but one caused by using a cracked version. Original game isn't even out yet.

  18. Christian // 9/06/2009 04:39:00 PM  

    I have completed 45 % 0f the game and had no problems with the 2nd scarcrow dream. But now I am stuck at the botanical garden, I can't grapple up to the went after the abandoned room..anyone else with this problem?

  19. XmovieZ // 9/06/2009 05:32:00 PM  

    @TEAM FILEnetworks

    the free space problem can be easily solved by moving the BatmanArkhamAsylum.exe setup file to the main folder with 5 data files (BatmanArkhamAsylum.Data.001 etc)
    and than run the setup. It works without any problem.

  20. 4X // 9/06/2009 08:54:00 PM  

    4 all you people who experience grapple problems try editing DefaultGravityZ=-1000.0 parameter in My Documents\Eidos\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\Config\BmGame.ini file. For Scarecrow 3 dream the number is -50.

  21. shinjo // 9/07/2009 08:05:00 AM  

    @4X: lol it worked. the gravity is affected when falling down, but it doesn't affect gliding. i got stuck outside the mansion at the part after ivy got Venom. you can't grapple to the vent. what you do is grapple to the roof, from there just fall and just TAP glide. you will fly like a bat XDD (batman flaps his arms!) just maneuver to the vent.

  22. shinjo // 9/07/2009 10:20:00 AM  

    hmm.. 2nd and 3rd scarcrow level worked fine for me. though some grapple points were missing, good thing there were alternate routes. and the out-of-map grapple point keeps appearing most of the time now >.< hahaha!

  23. Supriyo // 9/08/2009 09:59:00 PM  

    i gt past 2nd scarecrow..but gt stuck @botanical garden

  24. Kamil // 9/09/2009 01:18:00 AM  

    When you stuck in botanical garden exit with a plant blocking your way try changing the gravity (i used -60) and jump & glide from top of the fountain behind you. With some luck you will fly above the plant straight to the exit:)

  25. WhiteTuxedo007 // 9/09/2009 02:32:00 AM  

    I'm stuck in the Mansion. I need to break into Dr. Young's office, and after navigating vents, I come to what appears to be a dead end. There's a vent on the well next to a grated door, and there's no grapple hook icon next to it, not even in any other part of the map, even below the floor. I can't continue past the point, and I don't know if the gravity fix would work because there's no place to fall to trigger the change in gravity. Help please?

  26. Luka // 9/09/2009 04:03:00 AM  

    Can somebodey help me? i get stocked at 2nd scare dream. When i have to use grapple there is no grapple point.What I sopose to do? PLEASE HELP ME!

  27. chico // 9/09/2009 07:53:00 AM  

    i was stuck in dr young office , i changed the "DefaultGravityz" in the "DefaultGame" file to -10.0 instead of -1000.0 and the grapple sign just appear !!

  28. chico // 9/09/2009 07:56:00 AM  

    u should try this, and when the save sing appear , remember to put the gravity back as it was..

  29. WhiteTuxedo007 // 9/09/2009 09:17:00 AM  

    Still doesn't work. I changed the gravity to both -10 and -50 and neither works, so I still can't access the office. :(

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  32. TEAM FILEnetworks // 9/09/2009 09:53:00 PM  

    Sorry we had to delete the savegame as this is still an unreleased game. Appreciate your effort though.

  33. Alko // 9/10/2009 12:57:00 AM  

    Botanical gardens problem solved. just change the gravity in the defaultgame.ini file inside bmgame/config t oabout -70 to get on the fountain and use the line launcher tool. Yes i know genious.... thank me later

  34. Travis // 9/11/2009 09:27:00 PM  
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  35. Travis // 9/11/2009 09:28:00 PM  

    How did everyone get past teh Vent glitch outside of Amedeaus's cell room before dr youngs office?? HELP PLS

  36. Gilad // 9/12/2009 04:38:00 AM  

    i had the same problam with entering the dr.'s office so i followed one of the advices on this thread and edited the "defaultGravityz" on the "BMGAME" to -10 instead of -1000 and it helped i hovered the the window i couldn't get a grapple icon on (it took about 6-7 tries) and i finnaly manged to hang on to the ledge and go inside.. thanks for the help

  37. Burhan // 9/12/2009 06:21:00 AM  

    newbo // 9/04/2009 10:41:00 PM
    "I've only heard of 2 people who actually got past this part of the game "
    << 3rd here

  38. Flamethrower Hawk // 9/13/2009 02:37:00 PM  

    need help in the 2nd Dream(Scarecrow part-2).Can anybody tell me the what number should i put in the DefaultGravityZ=-?...
    many many thanks in advance.....

  39. Travis // 9/13/2009 11:15:00 PM  

    I keep seeing ppl say the way to get to the vent in amaedeus's cell outside of Young's office is to change the gracity and float to the vent.... however there is a cell door you have to drop under befor you can enter the room with the vent and as far as i know there is no way to jump and "float" once out of that cell can ANYONE shed soem light on how you got past the fact that you have to touch the ground and lose your slow fall before entering the vent room???? thanks in adv

  40. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 9/14/2009 06:29:00 PM  



  41. shininghacker // 9/20/2009 03:05:00 AM  

    Im stuck at the 3rd scarecrow dream when you jump on the container and it drops down. Theres no grapple point, tried changing gravity to -50, any ideas ?

  42. efaz // 9/26/2009 11:40:00 PM  

    How do i solve the gliding problem??? :S

  43. Jerico // 10/03/2009 02:52:00 PM  
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  45. Jerico // 10/03/2009 04:00:00 PM  

    When I go to see poison Ivy at the Botanical Garden for the 2nd time, I fall into abyss. I don't see anything but black. How do I fix this?

  46. Jerico // 10/03/2009 04:12:00 PM  

    I fall into an abyss when I enter Elizabeth Arkham's glasshouse. This is the 2nd time I get to meet Poison Ivy at the Botanical Garden. How do I get past this?Thanks

  47. Pedro Cherques // 10/03/2009 11:22:00 PM  

    SOLUTION FOR ENTER THE ARKHAM MANSION!!! if u are not able to grapple to the vent above entrance u can glide from the upper level to the the vent just have to put batman in position hope i could help

  48. dor // 10/11/2009 02:02:00 AM  

    I dunno why but I cannot find the solution anywhere for my problem... I started installing the demo and it froze with the microsoft .NET thingy in the middle of the screen so I rebooted so I could reinstall the game but the "install" option was faded out so i can't install it again. the game does not appear in the uninstall menu. the only option i have is to press "play game" but then it says: "the specified file was not found". if anyone knows what to do please tell me because I want to buy the game but if the demo doesnt work i can't buy it...

  49. bill1176 // 11/02/2009 07:07:00 AM  

    Im stuck trying to get into Killer croc lair in the intensive treatment building , 41% complete at this point, where you have to take out the single sniper whos guarding the door ontop of the ledge that has spikes going around it, you also have two towers in the yard across from the sniper and i cant seem to be able to get batman onto the same ledge as sniper, tried grappling tried gliding , nothing is working , HELP HELP HELP

  50. roshan // 11/07/2009 04:44:00 PM  

    i just bought the game and it installed fine it even started well i go on with joker through the corridors and then suddenly the whole game goes haywire and the game resumes with batman surrounded by enemies and joker has already escaped how ??? why ??? when thi also repeats afterwards and the game just skips the movies

  51. sadat // 11/13/2009 08:07:00 PM  

    workaround for D2D release for Physx
    (i got it working in physx=normal)

    1.download batman update patch 1.1
    2.do not install it now . locted to CookedPC directory in batman folder
    e.g (C:\Program Files\Eidos\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\CookedPC).move all its content to another director say as C:\temp
    3.Now install the patch untill it copies all the files to cookedPC folder
    4.move back all the files in c:\temp to C:\Program Files\Eidos\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\CookedPC

    - Please check the size & date of your 'Max' Files in your folder found at "[Install path]\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\CookedPC\Maps\PhysX\Maps\max"

    (listed in name order, when browsing the folder)
    Max_A1_C.....umap - 1,155 KB - 19/08
    Max_A1_PhysX.umap - 642 KB - 19/08
    Max_B1_C....umap - 61 KB - 07/08
    Max_B1_PhysX.umap - 1,157 KB - 19/08
    Max_B3_PhysX.umap - 2,989 KB - 07/08
    Max_B4_PhysX.umap - 8,504 KB - 19/08
    Max_B5_PhysX.umap - 2,151 KB - 07/08
    Max_B6_PhysX.umap - 938 KB - 19/08
    Max_C1_PhysX.umap - 1,127 KB - 07/08
    Max_C5_PhysX.umap - 1,636 KB - 19/08
    Max_C6_PhysX.umap - 1,140 KB - 07/08
    Max_C8_PhysX.umap - 1,031 KB - 19/08
    Max_C9_PhysX.umap - 779 KB - 19/08
    Max_S3_PhysX.umap - 8,933 KB - 19/08

  52. Prince143d // 11/28/2009 09:49:00 AM  

    PLZ PLZ PLZ help i am also stuck in Scarecrow's Second Dream . I try all the above tips but do not work. PLZ any one HElppp

  53. Prince143d // 11/30/2009 08:22:00 AM  

    DUDE put the DefaultGravityZ=-1.0 at the grapple point their is a statue of lady start jumping (space space+direction) keep doing... the batman starts flying then go to the ledge . i discovered is today 30-11-2009 at 5.00 AM .

  54. Prince143d // 11/30/2009 08:22:00 AM  

    ENJOY .. :)

  55. Ruzaal // 12/27/2009 06:19:00 PM  

    hey guyz im stuck i cant get in the mansion through the vent i already did it before but now wen the plants have taken over batman dos'nt shoot the graple on the vent above the mansion door help me plzplz

  56. sabya // 1/10/2010 07:15:00 PM  

    PLZ help me... the game doesnt save. I have to start the game all over again after restarting the game.... PLZ GUIDE MEEEEEEE> THANKS

  57. sabya // 1/10/2010 07:17:00 PM  

    PLEASE help me regarding the saved games problem. Otherwise I hhave to start the game all over again everytime i restart the game.. PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... Thank YOU.

  58. Vishal // 1/14/2010 01:59:00 PM  

    I fall into an abyss when I enter Elizabeth Arkham's glasshouse. This is the 2nd time I get to meet Poison Ivy at the Botanical Garden. How do I get past this? please help.....

  59. vishu-india // 3/21/2010 09:05:00 PM  

    Set default gravity to -30

    for those of you ppl who were missing the grapple mark in 3rd scarecrow dream after dropping down the elevator try this it worked fine for me (Yippee!Yata!)after failing with -50 and -10..and be sure to try to catch the second elevator after u fly and start to drop down...enjoy!!! xD

  60. Nipar // 4/05/2010 12:48:00 AM  

    To all those who have the problem with disk space. Its a simple solution there is a information file with a monitor icon with the .exe and data files.when instaling just delete it from ur harddrive.then u can enjoy the game.

  61. Nipar // 4/05/2010 12:52:00 AM  

    To all who have the save problem just instal windowsgamesforlive (which i think is provided with the game) when starting the game press home button and make a offline account.

  62. filip // 4/12/2010 11:09:00 AM  

    i need help guys i'm stuck on the 47-48% of the game where u should get out of the batacaveat..at the ventilation the grapple does not appear what should i do??

  63. caraka // 4/17/2010 10:12:00 PM  

    i can't save the game even i'm using offline account. the game keep asking to sign in, if i don't,,then i can't save the game...how do fix this ??

  64. Emmanuel // 4/27/2010 02:02:00 PM  

    Im stuck at 51%..... When i go back to Ivy for the second time,I open the door to the elizabeth arkham glasshouse and i just fall into some dark empty space...Im running version 1.0..I dont if v1.1patch fixes this or if some1 has another soln. ....plaese shed sum light.thnx.

  65. Sahabaj // 6/02/2010 11:19:00 PM  

    i have the same problem.when i enter in the elizabeth glass house,,i fall in an empty black place....how can i fix it

  66. Achu // 6/18/2010 12:45:00 PM  

    I too in a problem in the elizabeth glasshouse.....black somethin' like a huge abyss....
    anyone find a solution, Please

  67. Achu // 6/19/2010 08:23:00 AM  

    Patching the game never fixes this problem.
    Elizabeth arkham glasshouse is still in hell!!!

  68. somebody32 // 9/19/2010 05:05:00 AM  

    For anyone who is having problems in the setup with the error "specified file not found", I have tried a solution in Windows 7.
    1. Go to Folder Options in Control Panel
    2. Click "View" tab, then "Show hidden files and folders"
    3. Go to Program Files (x86)
    4. Go to InstallShield Installation Information
    5. Search for the setup for Batman
    by clicking on all setup files in each folder
    6. Create an .iso file for your Batman cd by using Poweriso
    7. Extract the iso anywhere you want
    8. Copy the files from the folder with the Batman setup to the extracted folder
    9. Run setup
    If it says that it didn't install windows live, physx, directx, and vcredistx86, then just install it from your cd.

  69. Gagandeep Singh // 12/14/2011 02:47:00 PM  

    i have problem with graphics in arkham asylum. Initially the game ran fine and afterward when i re-installed the window n then installed the game graphics look like this


  70. Naveen // 2/09/2012 02:20:00 PM  

    Hie,,,i was also stucked in the problem...but somehow i was able to do by reducing gravity to -1...I have uploaded the save games right after that on mediafire

    If U want to say thanks then be my frnd on...we are gamers lets be frnds..

  71. Subhamoy Baruli // 7/09/2012 02:19:00 AM  

    can anyone help me...... I just can not play the game. I downloaded the Batman.Arkham.Asylum-RELOADED, after installing the game & pasting the crack, when I launch the game it never starts, jst gives an error msg saying "SecuLauncher: failed to start application.[9000]"
    i dont know whats going on, i have passed every requirement. bt the damn game isnt starting.

  72. Subhamoy Baruli // 7/09/2012 02:30:00 AM  

    hey dude, if you are reading this, then help me quick. Idownloaded this Batman.Arkham.Asylum-RELOADED bt every time I install it, & after copying the crack & the dll, when i launch the game an error appears saying "Seculauncher: failed to start application [9000]", I dont know what wrong, there is no reqirement problem, i have nvidia GT520 2gb video card, realteck HD audio manager.

  73. Subhamoy Baruli // 7/09/2012 02:34:00 AM  

    I have this game for more than 2years now, I'm playin batman arkham city, its running fine bt i cant understand what is the hell with this arkham asylum!!! if anyone have any idea, i really need some right now.

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