Batman: The Enemy Within as a series and with the first two episodes, started off very strong out of the gate. We got a lot of action from the first episode and naturally it toned down in Episode 2 but replaced it with a lot of tough choices and with that, those you had to make very quick. Episode 2 was very exciting for the super-tense factor, so the action train never really slowed down despite a tone change. Episode 3 finds itself in the middle ground where it needs to set up things in a certain way and start a path to tie up all character sub-plots. Episode 3 has A LOT of characters involved, even more so than Episode 2 and that is why it may feel a little fatiguing at times.
That isn’t to say there is a nice selection of twists and turns for this episode. As per the format of these reviews, we don’t try and detail what specifically happens (or could happen) but we try to give you a slight idea into what we can see from our perspective as “build-up” goes. Despite the over-saturation of characters to a degree, we do get extra special character development for John Doe and choices that seem to be putting the very fate of his character up to you. Its genius in a lot of ways and really sets up some “bro” moments between Bruce and him, even in some unexpected ways. Catwoman also makes a return and it is here that a lot of dynamics seem to fall in place as to how the next episode can potentially begin.
Giving credit where it is due, this episode feels like the choices it presents you actually are affecting the game and not there as a means to provide an illusion of choice and guide you in one path no matter what. As you go about making these relationship determining choices (whether it be John, Gordon, Catwoman, Alfred, and others) there feels like there is more weight behind everything you do than ever. How much longer will you hold on to your Batman secret now that everyone is out to get Bruce? No matter what you do, there is immense replay value in this episode. With further examination of the plot and events however, this seems to be the biggest plot hole episode, despite the great character developments.
John meets Batman in this episode. Its been foreshadowed and we can gather from the picture clips in the main menu that it WAS inevitably going to happen at some point. The problem here is that you make choices in a certain way that leads to him “doing a favor” for Batman… which leaves a hole between Bruce and John that never gets acknowledged when Bruce already convinced Joker to do the favor for HIM. John also ignores things he easily would have overheard from Catwoman and the whole scene that breaks out between Bruce and her seems to go under-acknowledged by him. There are some interesting dynamics set up, for sure, but its definitely not without the plot holes that are glossed over so quick that you have to replay the episode to fully catch them.
Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3 is NOT as bad an episode as some might have reviewed. The pace is a lot slower, sure and not as intense as episode 2 but there is some deep decisions that lie in this episode alone. If there was any episode you’d end up replaying for the “better choices” we can totally see it being this one. The plot holes are kind of a bummer but then again, we were expecting something to happen between John and Batman/Bruce right? It has to start somewhere but maybe with a little more careful design next time.