I just finished the first chapter of the game, and against all odds, I was satisfied with the result. Telltale games have released quite a few wonders, and though I was anxious to see how they would handle the Batman brand, they seem to be aiming for a home run with every chapter. The first episode Realm of Shadows is out for download now, and I urge all Batman and adventure game fans to give it a shot; you will be pleasantly surprised.

Batman: The Telltale Series is not an adaptation of any previous Batman movie, nor is it a direct adaptation of any of the comics. It is a twisted take on the city of Gotham, and where Batman goes, commissioner Gordon follows to weave a tale that features Harvey Dent, the infamous Two-Face; Carmine Falcone, the head of the crime organization that threatens Gotham; and a brief encounter with Cat Woman.

There will also be other generic crooks to deal with, but they are just fodder to the caped crusader, am I right? Who will join the ranks for and against Batman in upcoming episodes? We’ll have to wait and see, and I’m already itching to continue the story.

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Following with Telltale game tradition, Batman: The Telltale Series will be split into episodes, and each of your decisions will affect the outcome and development of the events as the story progresses. QTE’s are still a thing, but adding an additional dimension to the game, a ‘Crowd Play’ feature has been integrated that allows people to vote in on a conversational choice for console and PC owners; those enjoying this game on a mobile or tablet will not be able to experience it. Though Telltale had reported that the feature could host up to 2,000 votes, they have since backtracked to a more reasonable 12.

“Technically, it can support thousands of players, but they still need to be watching the same screen at the same time. This is mind blowing in a theater full of fans, but we don’t expect you can fit 2000 of your closest friends in your living room so we’ve designed everything for smaller groups.”

From the get-go, some heavy questions about Gotham’s golden child arise about the Wayne family. With mixed personal and patriotic motives, Batman not only acts like a dark knight, but crosses into darkness as well with some of his choices. While Bruce Wayne is busy campaigning with his “friend” Harvey Dent running for Mayor of Gotham, Falcone is busy bringing Gotham to its knees, and Batman is keeping a watchful eye over Gotham.

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Your familiarity with Gotham feels good and allows you to immerse yourself deeper into the universe of the game. Batman is a sleuth, and what better way to enjoy that than via “linking” of evidence acquired from crime scenes that will reveal the whats and whos. The results of your investigations will also assist you in approaching future encounters; the more you know.

With four more episodes to go, Batman: Telltale Series is here to stay and will certainly encourage DC to delve into this genre further.

 

Batman: The Telltale Series is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, iOS. A review code was made available to us via Telltale Games.

PROS
Batman + Telltale, uh, hello?
A look at Bruce Wayne from behind the scenes
CONS
The "Crowd Play" feature is ambitious and innovative, but will probably be underused.
Episodes should be longer.
9.2