he first episode of Telltales Batman series quickly introduces an intrigue story of crime and politics, the way it constantly shifts between brutal fear inducing action, detective work and the social pressure that comes with any kind of public appearance as the mega rich Bruce Wayne combines into sometimes unevenly paced, but multi-faced complex adventure that does justice to Batman.
Anyone who has played a Telltale game is familiar with the punishing consequences of having to make tough choices under the pressure of a timer, and Bruce Waynes position as a political influence will make even a public handshake a tense decision.
I almost always felt like I made the wrong decision, or totally screwed up an interaction with an important member of Gothams social hierarchy, the two separate roles you should play are absolutely to credit for that intensity, how will this choice effect Bruce Wayne and how will it affect Batman. Both choices are often bogged down in overly expressional dialogue sequences though, it makes some of the dialogue heavy segments of this two hour episode drawn out and repetitive, I get it Bruce your parents died, but will you stop telling me I have Batmaning to do.
The problem is only compounded by Troy Bakers voice acting is only just ok, on the other hand the Batman segments are much less talky instead our choices are about how brutally you’d like to beat someone, challenging you with the ethics and sanity of what it is like to be Gothams vigilante during the time when the city hasn’t made up its mind either. The quick time event base combat constantly evolves to incorporate different gadgets to make awesome cinematic use of the space too with Batmans comic book look translating beautifully into Telltales recognisable art style, constantly unique actions and animations is a treat to watch but remember that watching is most of what you do. This is still a Telltale adventure not an Arkham game.
Episode Ones detective style modes are a little more interactive, you’re presented with a crime scene and made to connect characters with corresponding objects or clues, the attention to detail and density of each of the environments a treat visually and while there are too few options for there to be any major sense of old school adventure game challenge it adds another more cautious intuitive layer to its already surprising varied, but it’s only the start of the journey for Batman the brawler, Batman the detective, and Bruce Wayne the Politian, three almost entirely separate characters and playstyles that already have me invested in the future of Telltales Batman.
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