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Telltale’s Batman full of mystery, action

August 8, 2016

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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BatmanSlain when Bruce Wayne was just a boy, Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne have always had a massive influence not only on the present life of millionaire, crime fighter Bruce Wayne but on present day Gotham City as well in the comics. It is their deaths which spawned The Dark Knight. It is their deaths that awoke a sleeping Gotham City to the corruption that was festering underneath its glitz and glamour. It is their deaths that stand as a tribute to the good that still exists in Gotham.

When the Wayne’s sacred legacy comes under vicious attack in Chapter One of Batman: The Telltale Series, immediately there is a lot on the line not only for Bats but for the players as well. It is more than family honour. The Wayne legacy is a light in the darkness that is Gotham City.

On top of all that an old friend who could turn out to be a new enemy is threatening a full-scale revolution which could see Gotham torn asunder from the inside out.

BatmanTalk about a hard day at the office.

Batman: The Telltale Series does meddle with the Batman mythos to a certain extent but because it is so faithful to the spirit of the character, all is forgiven. A major and recognizable villain’s origin and even their physical appearance has been altered but it all seems to work well in the context of this Batman story.

Although full of enthralling stories, Telltale’s game library is not crowded with action-packed adventures or grand mysteries. Some releases like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are more like playable movies than full-fledged video games. Batman though has more in common with Jurassic Park and The Wolf Among Us. The action sequences are far more intense and far more challenging. One sequence in which Bats has to plan out and then execute an attack on the penthouse of mobster Carmine Falcone, taking out the unsuspecting guards in creative ways is the very best action sequence of the game.

BatmanTelltale is quick to remind us that Batman is not only a fearsome fighter but also, as he is aptly nicknamed, The World’s Greatest Detective. As The Dark Knight, you have to link evidence together at a crime scene and use the high-tech resources of the Bat Cave to dig further into the mystery of who has it out for the Wayne family and why.

Like all Telltale Games, Batman will corner you into making some unpleasant and awkward choices that could have a dramatic effect on the storyline. Do you turn over evidence to a reporter to help rehabilitate the reputation of your family or do you turn it over to the police to nail a criminal? Do you welcome a known mobster into your home as your friend Harvey Dent asks you to or do you give the baddie the cold shoulder? The choices are entirely up to you and do affect the twists and turns of the story.

BatmanParents be warned. This is not the Super Friends version of Batman with the Wonder Twins or any other such nonsense. This is the Dark Knight in all of his brooding and edgy glory. Therefore, there is graphic violence and some mature language that is not appropriate for young children.

With Batman, Telltale continues to do what it does best, deliver incredibly gripping characters and stories. It is why they remain as one of the best storytellers in all of gaming.

Will Batman uncover the mystery of the Wayne Family? Will Harvey transform into Two-Face? What will become of Carmine Falcone? Will Alfred ever finish cleaning the Bat Cave? For the answers to these and other burning questions tune into the same Bat-Time, the same Bat-Channel, next month.

Batman: The Telltale Series: Chapter One
Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
ESRB Rating: M for Mature

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Rating: 8 / 10

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