30th Sep2016

‘Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 2’ Review

by Paul Metcalf


Having now played the second episode of the new Telltale Batman game, it can’t be easy for the writers, in fact it must be worrying. One of the biggest games the company has worked on, it is also one of the most protected of DC characters. With Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children of Arkham, Telltale is taking Bruce Wayne in an interesting direction, but is it the right one?

Continuing from the first episode Bruce is having to come to terms with what he has learnt about his parents. Changing everything they have meant for him, and even making him question Alfred’s allegiance and actions, what does it mean for the man behind the bat?

Now that we’ve got the story set for Telltale’s take on Batman, episode two should be where everything is put into action. We know who Harvey Dent is and what he will be, we’ve been introduced to Selena Kyle and Oswald Cobblepot so the seasoned fan will know what to expect.

What we are given with Children of Arkham is an episode with plenty of action, but thankfully plenty of choices (or the illusion of choice). We are given chances to take part in story events as either Batman or Bruce Wayne, and it is up to us to decide which to use. There is also a choice on whether to be violent in this act or to restrain ourselves. I’ll admit, knowing that the Telltale Games really don’t give choices that make a dramatic impact, I started to be more violent in my actions.

A problem with Batman is that fact that we know the path that the character will take. Two Face has to be created, Cobblepot has to evolve into the Penguin, and there will be sexual tension between Batman and Catwoman. It is interesting to see how Telltale handle these requirements, and boldly take the move to accept them, but try to focus more on Bruce Wayne rather than the Bat.

With Children of Arkham I felt content by the end of the episode that this could be one of the best games that Telltale have created. The engine, which a little sluggish on the Playstation 4 works well, and the fighting scenes feel surprisingly fluid, even if they concentrate heavily on quick time events. We know though that Telltale’s games are all about this gaming style, so there is no real issue there.

I’m happy with the way Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children of Arkham plays out, but I do find it interesting to see how fans react. There are more hardcore comic book readers who may feel that this isn’t “Batman” that he isn’t acting like in the comics, and I can fully understand that belief. For the people like me who haven’t really ventured into the comic book world of Batman, Children of Arkham is very familiar, but nothing too controversial.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children of Arkham is an improvement on the first chapter, which I also enjoyed a lot. I did notice some performance issues but they didn’t get in the way of the game. Hopefully these can be patched (a recent update may have actually done this already). Hopefully episode 3 will be coming out at the same pace as episode 2 did, and we can find out just who is behind the Children of Arkham.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 – Children of Arkham is available on PlayStation 4 now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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