Ben Murden

Intro Movies: Batman Edition

by on Dec.06, 2009, under Games

Intro movies in games are fine as long as you can skip them. Though I’m a busy man, and even having to hit the Go button several times wears a little thin over time. However, when faced with unskippable intro movies in any game, I can’t help but let it get to me. Where PC games are concerned, it does at least mean I can search around for something like “Disable intro movies in game X” and that usually does the trick.

I was fortunate enough to buy Batman: Arkham Asylum in the Steam sales, which I’m pretty glad about, because I’ve wanted to play that game for a while now on the back of all the praise it had been receiving, but had been buying so many games that it just happened to be the one-too-many. I’m enjoying it so far and really seeing what all the fuss was about, but as you might have guessed by now, the game features an endless stream of unskippable intro movies! The unfortunate thing here is that no one seems to have written about how to disable them for this particular game. That said, this is an Unreal Engine game, making the process of removing them somewhat standard, but I thought I’d document it here anyway.

  1. Go to your user documents folder. In Windows XP, this is usually Documents and Settings\<User>\My Documents. In Vista/7 this is Users\<User>\Documents.
  2. Open the Eidos\Batman Arkham Asylum\BmGame\Config folder and edit the file BmEngine.ini. If you have the GOTY edition, the publisher is Square Enix, so the folder would be Square Enix\Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY\BmGame\Config. Thanks, Matt Sach, for the updated info!
  3. Look for the following lines:
    [FullScreenMovie]
    SkippableMovies=Attract
    StartupMovies=baa_logo_run_v5_h264
    StartupMovies=UTlogo
    StartupMovies=Legal
    StartupMovies=Install
  4. Add a semicolon (;) to comment out the startup movies:
    [FullScreenMovie]
    SkippableMovies=Attract
    ;StartupMovies=baa_logo_run_v5_h264
    ;StartupMovies=UTlogo
    ;StartupMovies=Legal
    ;StartupMovies=Install
  5. Save and play without intro movies!

The only issue now is that Windows Live may not have signed in before you hit play. Maybe it didn’t save all that much time after all…


2 Comments for this entry

  • Ben

    Thanks for the info! I’ll update the post so others get the heads up.

  • Matt Sach

    Thanks, this helped me out! One thing to note: if you have the GOTY edition, it’s published by SquareEnix, not Eidos. The folder containing the ini file on Win7 is therefore: \Users\[username]\Documents\Square Enix\Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY\BmGame\Config

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