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Batman: The Telltale Series- Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham | REVIEW

Posted on December 11, 2016 by Meghan Kass

Batman continues its adventure with episode 4, titled Guardian of Gotham. Telltale has made some impressive and creative choices with their interpretation of Batman and its iconic characters and while this episode may not have the twists and turns of previous episodes, it still continues to intrigue and engage despite some technical setbacks. With a new game mechanic, new character added to the mix and the story being brought closer to its conclusion, can this episode lead up to a promising end for this story? Can this episode deliver another chilling chapter for the Batman? Let’s take a closer look.

After a startling conclusion, we begin this episode with Bruce in the infamous Arkham Asylum and he is proving to be the worse for wear. As it turns out, the facility is not exactly Disneyland and its orderlies and employees are not the most caring, understanding people.After some abuse from the employees and then being beaten two colorful patients, who comes to Bruce’s rescue but the clown prince himself, the Joker. While he is not “The Joker” in this episode, and simply John Doe, he still has his iconic green hair, white skin and wide grin. You have to chose to trust The Joker or not as he attempts to help you get out of your predicament and you can choose to take his help or get out on your own terms. This could mean causing a scene and making yourself look worse than you already do or putting others in danger to help yourself. Luckily Alfred is there to get you out of the hell you got yourself into and you can be on your way into getting your life back together. Unfortunately, there are a few hiccups.

An interesting addition to the game this episode were the effects Lady Arkham’s drugs have on you. During moments where the drugs are acting up, you may be given the choice to make a reasonable reply to a character during a dialogue, but what actually comes out of your mouth is uncharacteristically violent or angry. You have no control over what you say during these moments and it adds an element of tension in the game. I found myself verbally shouting  “That’s not what I meant at all!” when trying to talk to someone while the drugs were controlling me. Hopefully these responses won’t cause any long term effects on Bruce’s relationship with any of the characters. During all of this, you still need to investigate and figure out how Lady Arkham is transporting her drugs, what she plans on doing with them and how to stop her. You also need to try and control Harvey who is not on the best of terms with you and make sure the police are informed and make the best decisions. There is a lot on Batman’s plate and your choices could help or hinder him in his goal to get his life back from Cobblepot and Lady Arkham.


The only problem I had with this episode in particular were some technical issues. It was frustrating to see things like lag issues during certain points and even more frustrating when I experienced sound issues during a fight scene where there were no sound effects as tables were being hit and people were being thrown. If Telltale could have polished out these few issues, this episode would have been far more immersive. I will add, an element of the gameplay they added that I particularly enjoyed was a new small puzzle game where you had to match a chemical to your DNA to figure out a potential antidote for the drug,

Overall, this is a strong episode and has the potential to lead into a brilliant conclusion. If Telltale works on some of their technical setbacks, this could easily be one of their best stories to date. Only time will tell if this will end strong or end with a whimper.



Last Episode of Batman Telltale Series To Be Released Next Week

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Telltales’ Batman series has been going strong since its debut this past summer and now things are about to come to a close for The Dark Knight in Batman: The Telltale Series episode 5 ‘City of Lights’. Episode 5 will be live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows via Steam on Tuesday December 13th Telltale announced today via press release.

The leader of The Children of Arkham is preparing to strike out against the Wayne family and if this plans succeed it could mean the end to more than just Bruce Wayne’s reputation. Players will have the chance to make choices as either the caped crusader or the wealthy billionaire as Telltale’s narrative heads towards its conclusion.

With the upcoming launch of Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 the developers behind the series has made the first episode ‘Realm of Shadows’ on all platforms. For more Batman: The Telltale Series cove rage make sure to read our Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 reviews!



Telltale’s Batman Series Ep 3 ‘New World Order’ Releasing Oct 25th

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The next episode of Telltale’s Batman adventure game series, titled New World Order, will launch on October 25th the developer / publisher has announced. Batman: The Telltale Series– Episode 3 will be released on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

A special preview of some of the content that awaits the Caped Crusader is featured as part of an upcoming episode of BATMAN: Unmasked featuring the voice talents of Travis Willingham who brings the character of Harvey Dent alive in Telltale’s series.

New World Order will allow players to delve deeper into the mysteries of the Children of Arkham. The relationship between Bruce Wayne and the sly Selina Kyle will also continue to develop as she reveals her criminal alter ego to Bruce. Lots of suspense, drama and excitement appear to be packed within this upcoming episode.

For more coverage of Batman: The Telltale Series make sure to check out our in-depth reviews for both Episode 1 and 2. Following the release of New World Order we will post our impressions!


Batman: The Telltale Series- Episode 2: Children of Arkham | REVIEW

Posted on October 2, 2016 by Meghan Kass

With a strong start to Telltale’s adaptation of DC’s Batman lore, can the next episode continue picking up momentum and make the next part of the story just as exciting as the first? I did not know what to expect going into this episode, considering I have found each Telltale game has it’s highs and lows during each series, but I had hoped for the best. What resulted after my time with the episode was a mix of feelings.

The second episode picks up where the first left off. Without giving too much of the story away, Bruce is still quite conflicted about some new information he gathered about his family’s past and fortune. Although the story of Bruce and his tragic past has been a story told and retold countless times in countless ways and in many different mediums, TellTale offered a quick breath of fresh air to the story by allowing the player to revisit the site of the Wayne’s murder, go through Bruce’s memories and even learn some new history of the Wayne family, courtesy of Alfred. How Bruce processes this information and reacts to it, is up to the player. I found this to be an interesting change from the usual cutscene or re enacting of the infamous murder.

Throughout the game, we uttb-barthumb02-1474335613313ncover a story of murder, intrigue, political conspiracy and corruption. We learn who the titular “Children of Arkham” are, what they want and how they plan to get it. You will have to choose who to help, what information you let people know and what relationships you build with those in your life. My personal favorite moment of the game was a bar fight you and Selena get into after some friends of the Penguin threaten Selena. You work together to fight them with a series of fight moves that were fun and showed how well in sync the two characters were. You start seeing the famous relationship between Selena and Bruce grow, but do they kiss? Well, you will have to play to find out.

This episode had some difficult choices and the story is definitely developing into something interesting and more complex than the average Batman adventure. I enjoyed seeing Bruce conflicted about his past and coming to terms with the fact that his family may not the be the perfect picture he thought of as a child.

What I didn’t enjoy as much was the fact that the gameplay again seemed like an afterth
ought. While it is normal for Telltale to focus on the story, it seems they took all the nuance and detail and put it into the story and less in the gameplay. It can get repetitive and at times just over simple and makes me wish for the days of Walking Dead season 1 or even Wolf Among us which I felt used the Telltale engine and detective gameplay more effectively and Walking dead’s choices seemed to carry more weight. The good news is that this is only episode two, so hopefully a lot of this will end strongly and the gameplay becomes a bit less repetitive.

Overall, this game continues its hig3131671-screenshot2016-09-19at17-56-01hly interesting story and certainly makes me want the next episode immediatelyafter playing, but the gameplay could have had the effort put into it that the story did. Aside from
an exciting bar fight that showed the potential for the gameplay and mechanics, it seems your choices don/t hold as much weight as previous Telltale games and you are repeating a lot of actions. All of this should not deter someone from continuing this adventure and could very well all be fixed easily in upcoming episodes.


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