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Batman: The Telltale Series

BATMAN_TT_102_Wall_0Battman: The Telltale Series is the latest entry from the creators of the popular video games: The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead – Season 1, The Walking Dead – Season 2, and Game of Thrones . While the game is super fun and a real dream come true when you’re suited up as the dark knight, the game is no exception to Telltale’s frustrating and misleading promise, that your choices matter because in the end – they don’t.

NO SPOILERS

Like all other Telltale video games, the majority of gameplay is selecting dialogue, making decisions, and quick-time events. The game is split into five parts/episodes. They’re released digitally every month or two, or you can buy a hard copy with all the episodes. Telltale made the smart choice by making slight alterations to Batman mythology so that the events that occur and the characters you encounter are still surprising and refreshing for even the most knowledgeable Batman fans.

So many choices...which one should I pick?

So many choices…which one should I pick?

The game focuses on Batman’s early years of crime fighting. He has probably been active in Gotham City for no more than five years so you’ll be getting some fun origin stories with famous Batman characters that you meet in the game. I won’t mention who, because it’s more fun and surprising when they do pop up in the game.

You're going to have your hands full in this game

You’re going to have your hands full in this game

For the majority of the game, you’ll play as Bruce Wayne but as expected, the most satisfying part is when you’re actually Batman – which is at least 1/3rd of the time. You get to investigate crime scenes and solve mysteries by making connections with the evidence that you find. I can’t say that it’s better or worse than the crime solving system from the Arkham games, it’s just different. Beating criminals to a pulp is employed through quick-time events which obviously has its limitations but I have to praise Telltale for spicing things up. In addition to quick-time events, you get to methodically pick how you’re going to punish the scum of Gotham City  (i.e., smashing people through glass tables, haymakers to the face, etc.) by previewing each option through the use of drones and technology. Once you’re satisfied with all the minute details you selected, you can put things in motion and watch Batman brutally take down criminals.

Time to take out the trash

Time to take out the trash

While the game has fun moments, it still has flaws. The greatest being the illusion of altering the story with your choices. This isn’t new to Telltale video games – they promise that the game and story adapts to your choices. This seems true at first, but all you have to do is read subreddits or go on YouTube to see what would’ve happened if you made a different choice and you’ll see that no matter what you pick, everything gets forced back to the same story. If the creators don’t want to make a video game with different storylines, that’s fine, just don’t lie about it.

If you’ve never played anything from Telltale, then Batman would be a great introduction to these types of video games. If this isn’t your first rodeo with them, then wait until it goes on sale because there’s nothing ground-breaking or mind-blowing about this game. Until next time, nerd out.

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