This seems to be a real issue for the Retail version of GOTY. I'm having the same issue and I've tried all of the other trainers and none of them work.
I then reverted back to the "09092012 GOTY" trainer and tried to activate the option #1 (Unl. Health) and I get "Activated" and straight away followed by "Deactivated" automatically - this is the point where the game crashed.
Is anyone having the same issue?
[Edited by Bok_Choy_Tang, 11/8/2012 9:37:42 PM]
I have the exact same issue as you. I tried all the troubleshooting and still no luck. I also have the retail GOTY version.
I have re-installed Arkham City 2 days ago via Steam, so I presume to have the newest available version.
(I originally bought the game on Steam shortly after release, and then bought the DLCs over time as they became available, so while I do not have the actual GotY Edition, I do have all available DLC for the game.)
After re-installing the game (had to after I switched my main HDD for an SSD and took the opportunity to completely wipe the system), I ran into the problem that the Trainer Version 03.20.2012 (Steam) doesn't work in-game (no effect) and it causes the game to crash after a few minutes of playing, even if I do not actually use any of it's functions and just have activated it via F1 in the main menu.
I then tried the Trainer for 03.20.2012 (Retail), with the exact same result.
Last, I tried the Trainer for the GotY version 09.09.2012. And while this one has the definite advantage that it does not crash the game for me, it doesn't have any in-game effect, either.
So now, I am a tad stumped, to be honest. (Btw. where exactly do you check which version you have? The BatmanAC.exe still claims to be version 188.8.131.52 for some reason when I right-click on it in Explorer and look at the details.)
I am on Win7 x64, btw. Tried running Steam, Game and Trainer in XP compatiblity/admin mode, but that didn't help.