Batman: A Telltale Seriesby Mikhail Feb 6, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Play as Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series and enjoy a classic Telltale game adventure, with the billionaire hero and his alter ego, the Dark Knight. Interact with other characters in the Batman universe and make difficult decisions whether as the businessman or vigilante. Play Now Similar Games Played
People Also PlayedPlay as Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series and enjoy a classic Telltale game adventure, just with the billionaire hero and his alter ego, the Caped Crusader. Interact with other characters in the Batman universe and make difficult decisions whether as the businessman or vigilante.
Sony decided to start the year on a high note, especially with their PlayStation Plus offerings. Apart from Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and Deus Ex Machina: Mankind Divided, the lineup includes Batman: A Telltale Series. Available for download today until next week (as of this writing), it’s a must to download it (or add to your PS4’s Library) before it leaves the digital shelves.
Anyway, Batman: A Telltale Series is a generic Telltale game. If you’ve played any of their games before, like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, you know what the game is like. It’s an episodic adventure which relies heavily on a well-written story to carry it forward. Most of what you’ll end up doing is making choices which have far-reaching consequences, whether as Batman or Bruce Wayne. With that said, is this an adventure worth undertaking and does it give justice to the Dark Knight? Let’s find out”
The developers did a stellar job, living up to the company name in terms of providing a coherent story that lives up to the comics. Telltale created an original plot and though there are minor complaints here and there, going through it is pretty much worth your time. The fresh take on Batman/Bruce Wayne is superbly written, and without diving deep into spoilers, comic book fans would want to give the game a shot.
Batman: A Telltale Series is technically a Batman game. However, it feels as if you’re mostly taking the mantle of Bruce Wayne. You will end up managing his relationships with everybody’s favorite butler, Alfred, Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Jim Gordon, and even Harvey Dent. You can also expect a few popular villains to make an appearance as well.
Given that it’s a Telltale game, Batman: A Telltale Series involves you selecting choices with your controller whenever the situation arises. Note that the ones you make will inevitably play a major part in the story later on, and will decide your relationships with various characters. For example, choosing to ignore a text from Alfred will negatively affect your standing with him. You can also pick whether to go as a brutal vigilante or as a relatively lenient one. In addition, you could also choose to do things as Batman or the billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Apart from deciding how the story goes, another Telltale staple present in the game are the real-time events. You will need great reflexes in order to accomplish these action-packed scenes, but thankfully, these are manageable even those who are looking for a casual, story-centric experience. With that said though, the RTEs blend well with the cinematics and fight scenes that ensue. After all, this is a Batman game, so fighting is warranted and quick hands and thinking are a must.
In addition, there are also detective game elements, but these are quite simple and most of the time, you’ve already solved the riddle before the fact finally dawns on Bruce. Because of this, things get a little tedious quickly. It feels as if you’re just going through a bland and familiar path instead of uncovering a well-hidden mystery.
Batman: A Telltale Series is solely a singleplayer adventure and there’s absolutely no way you can play with others. However, at the end of every episode, you are given a summary and stats showing how many players made a particular choice and where you belong. This is quintessential Telltale at work, and it is interesting to see if your Bruce Wayne compass is in the same direction as the other players who gave the game a shot.
The graphics are the same as other Telltale games, though it’s an improvement compared to the company’s previous titles. Unfortunately though, the game engine might need to be replaced in the near future if Telltale wants to improve their work. Basically, Batman: A Telltale Series suffers from regular framerate drops and gaffes in the graphical aspect.
The audio element though, particularly the voice acting, stands out. Although you won’t have the raspy Christian Bale and Ben Affleck version, Troy Baker delivers as Batman/Bruce Wayne, dishing out yet another standout performance, which is somehow second nature to him. Laura Bailey as Catwoman is also outstanding, adding another entry to her video game roles. Her husband, Travis Willingham stands out as Harvey Dent.
Overall, Batman: A Telltale Series is another episodic adventure you definitely need to put on priority on your backlog. It’s decent enough to warrant a playthrough and if you’re a DC Comics fan, you will find the plot to be an intriguing one. Though it has a fair share of problems, from the framerate drops to the dull detective aspect, it provides a gameplay experience worth your while. Finally, just the name “Batman” should already make it a part of your list. Add it to your library right now if you’re a PlayStation Plus user.