Few would argue that Batman and Tell-Tale are a match made in heaven. Following the last season, there was plenty of expectations to live off of, but Tell-Tale has knocked it out of the park (with the first episode no-less)! As soon as you start playing is when the action will hit your face. There is an interesting amount of choices given in such a short episode, and indeed you can play off the choices you’ve made in the first season of Batman (or use the in-game option to pick them before starting the episode if you don’t have a save to carry over). Fellow gamers, Tell-Tale is back at it again and Batman is as cool as hes ever been!
What people most likely love about Tell-Tale’s take on the Batman universe is how familiar but yet fresh it feels. The main villian for this episode is Edward Nygma a.k.a “The Riddler”, which is sure to known by even the newest Batman fan. What makes this take so colorful is the more dark and unhinged persona that has been fleshed upon The Riddler. Much as to what Heath Ledger did to Christopher Nolan’s Joker, Tell-Tale has done to The Riddler. This isn’t really a spoiler since it takes place not but 5 minutes into the episode, but The Riddler straight up offs a guy out of nowhere.
If you’ve seen any of the Saw movies, they are known for their grotesque traps and “torture porn” antiques (none of it is pretty folks). This version of The Riddler is about the same as he puts into use all these torture boxes that will maim, deafen, or completely dismember even his most suspecting victims. This isn’t to say that he doesn’t use his own trademark riddles in this sick game or the off-hand use of puzzles that one may have to do to avoid such a horrid fate. Even when it comes to Batman himself, he too is left with a puzzle box of his own to solve that will inevitably change the face of Gotham and Bruce’s life forever. With all of this being the case, its hard to think that The Riddler may not even be the worst enemy in Batman’s way.
Gordon doesn’t like them and you shouldn’t either. The Agency is just as mysterious as they sound and with The Riddler popping back up after years of “no show”, they are looking to call all of the shots. Amanda Waller, the Agency director is a cold, calculative, and “off-the record” kind of gal. With her she brings several agents, one of which looks like she might play a bigger role later on (Iman Avesta). No matter who Waller is bringing to the table, they’ve all run amok and have taken over Gotham’ s police department in brute force.
You can definitely tell there is an interesting dynamic being set up with the Agency versus the Gotham P.D. Depending on how loose-cannon or “by-the-book” you play will strain or strengthen the relationship with Gordon or Waller. Keeping spoilers and cliff-hangers aside, Tell-Tale really keeps you guessing what is the most right option to take in the long run. This of course doesn’t just stand between Bruce/Batman and Gordon or Waller and her agents. As Bruce Wayne you will have heavily influence over Alfred, Lucius Fox, Tiffany Fox, and even others you might not expect.
THE WORLD’S BEST DETECTIVE
From a game-play standpoint this episode does more than just your normal story dialogue trees/decision making. When battling it out with armed assailants you have the occasional quick-time event that pops up with some even giving you an option as to how you will take down the enemy. These events keep you focused and help bring you into the action but are not without their flaws. During the play-through I pressed a bunch of wrong buttons on purpose before pressing the right ones and there was no penalty. That being said, if you don’t press the right button in time, it usually does mean that Batman takes the bullet (and dies of course).
Half-way into the episode you are given a crime scene that you can put back together. Personally, this was the best addition to the episode as it focused on the true strength of Batman’s problem solving skills. Once gain, not to spoil anything but it also does leave a plot hole (or is it an oversight) as the main trap could theoretically be easily seen as Batman enters the room (its not very well hidden). There are some other instances where things don’t happen when they mostly made sense… which leads to further plots holes (just take Lucius Fox into account when you play). Granted, if you don’t think to hard then you can forgive these things for the sake of needing something to pace the story outcomes and game-play for the better.
WAITING FOR EPISODE 2
This episode is certainly a must play for any Tell-Tale and/or Batman fan. There is a whole lot of juicy details you can’t even begin to get into because of the roller coaster that is the plot (and its just the first installment)! Is it a great buy? Yes, and after you play it you will be grabbing that season pass if you haven’t already. You will be hooked from beginning to end and leaving off at the credits salivating for more.