Telltale Games Batman: Yay or Nay?
So today upon returning to my little apartment, I considered what I would do with the rest of my night. I skirted with despair until I remembered that Episode 1 of Telltale Games' Batman game was available. That made me very happy considering It's been a while since I'd written about a game, and I've been itching to get my hands on something new.
I've been a fan of Telltale for a little while now. I haven't played The Wolf Among Us or The Walking Dead, simply because neither of them really appealed to me, but I had a great time playing Game of Thrones, and can't wait for season 2 to come around. When I heard Telltale would be taking on Batman I was pretty thrilled. Telltale + Batman could make for an excellent combination, so let's talk about it.
The game has one novel aspect I really enjoyed. It gives us the opportunity to play as Bruce Wayne. This brought Bruce's double life to the forefront and it was interesting playing as Gotham's biggest mover and shaker. I enjoyed participating in Harvey Dent's campaign for mayor, choosing how to publicly deal with Carmine Falcone when he crashes a party, and a host of other things.
In this world everybody sees everything, and Bruce Wayne is a public figure, so everything you do as Bruce Wayne has an effect on the world. There's a lot of political manoeuvring and how you're perceived is important here. This Machiavellian angle of Gotham is engaging.
The Batman Part
So on to the Batman stuff. Playing Batman was loads of fun. There are myriad choices to make, and each one deeply affects the game, especially considering you can actively choose what kind of Batman you want to be.
Your personality will decide, for instance, whether you discuss a crime scene with Gordon and the GCPD, or do you disappear into the night instead? Does your Batman choose to restrain crooks and leave them for the cops (mostly intact), or is your Batman notably more violent? This makes for a fun gaming experience, which is a crucial aspect to any game. A good game must, in my opinion, have the ability to make the experience personal, and Telltale's Batman does that.
I mean, if you want to go around punching folks in a batsuit then you have 4 Arkham games just waiting for you. This game focuses more on decisions and dialogue, which is just fine by me.
Totally Worth The $5
So overall without spoiling anything I'd suggest you go ahead and play the game. It's the best time you can have for 5 bucks. There are some notable cameos and the story is intriguing enough to keep you engaged until the end. You'll likely go through the rest of the chapters. Will the game blow you away? Probably not but you'll definitely enjoy it, and it'll leave you ready for the next chapter. So pick it up and have a good time.