__I’d actually watched a few Let’s Plays of Batman: The Telltale Series before playing it myself. Well, this week, I finally did. I had to play it on the PS4, though, because this is the first Telltale game that my laptop just couldn’t handle; I couldn’t even make it through the opening cutscene, because it had to load for like ten seconds every time it switched location! Now, granted, I also experienced some loading delays with The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (which ruined the effect of that jaw-dropping shock at the end of episode one), but to nowhere near the same extreme.
__Bruce Wayne struggles to deal with newly surfaced damning family secrets while, as Batman, fighting a new threat: a militia group calling themselves “the Children of Arkham”.
__When I first heard that Telltale was going to do a Batman game, I suspected it might focus more on Bruce Wayne than Batman, which would better suit Telltale’s style – and it’d be a welcome new approach. I predicted correctly, and the result didn’t disappoint. 🙂 The problems he has to deal with as Bruce Wayne in this story are, quite simply, stellar.
__That’s not to say it doesn’t deliver on the Batman front, though. In particular, if you choose to visit Mayor Hill as Batman, the resulting scene is too cool for words! 🙂
__Now, spoilers here, but what I love most about this game is how creative it gets with the Batman mythos, with some ingenious new twists. I love its idea that Bruce Wayne and Oswald Cobblepot were childhood friends. I love Bruce questioning the foundation of his entire crusade after learning the truth about his parents. I love who they picked for the Children of Arkham leader’s identity, and the deeply disturbing reason why. And I love the Joker treating Bruce as a friend and partner in their first meeting, which adds a whole new dynamic to their future relationship.
__Overall, I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve seen from Telltale story-wise, but it’s still on par in terms of characterisation, respect for the franchise in question, and subverting your expectations.
__My rating: 85%.