Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 1 Review

Posted 2016/08/12 by Kenneth Cruz in Gaming

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Telltale is back at it again with a captivating story of the Batman and its one not to miss. 
Telltale Games have provided gamers with their captivating story telling of wonderful franchises such as the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and now, Batman. Batman: The Telltale Series is intriguing and unforgettable with a new twist on the Batman in Gotham City.

Story:
The story starts off pretty quickly by putting you into the action as the Dark Knight and quickly introduces a pretty kitty. Your goal as Bruce Wayne is to help Harvey Dent become mayor and change the city for the better. As the episode progresses, we get introduced to James Gordon, Vicki Vale, Oswald Cobblepot and the crime boss, Falcone, who will all play a major role in the overall story. Things take a turn for the worst as Bruce gets caught up with a deep family issue.

Gameplay:
As with all Telltale games, your choices affect the overall story and will play out differently amongst gamers. The timing during some QTEs  is a bit faster paced and may throw off a few players that aren’t expecting it. It remains the same formula as with the Walking Dead seasons with a few additions of a few new combinations of buttons. They also introduce ‘linking’, which is Telltale’s way of making you feel like a detective that Batman is.

Presentation
Visually appealing as it is a playable comic book. Telltale has done a wonderful job upping the graphics for the current gen. But there are a few hiccups here and there, such as a few frame drops. It’s odd that Telltale hasn’t overcome these problems considering the more powerful current consoles.

The re-imagining of the characters threw me off a bit, but also caught my interest as I wanted to see where Telltale would take these characters. Harvey and Oswald have a new look as Harvey looks like a bodybuilder and Oswald seems to be down on his luck. Bruce Wayne/Batman looks the part, a playboy by day and a ruthless vigilante at night. Telltale did an awesome job on the Batsuit itself by taking that classic look and mixing it with that Rocksteady Studios Batsuit as well as the Animated Series Suit.

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Overall, the episode is a wonderful play despite its few performance issues. It ends with a crazy and unbelievable cliffhanger that will make you crave the next episode.

8outof10

+Compelling story

+Reimagined characters

-Performance Issues at moments

-Less than two hours.

 


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Kenneth Cruz

Writer, gamer, and gym rat.