So is Batman The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm Of Shadows the game that we deserve or is it not the one we need right now?
Batman The Telltale Series has only one episode in at this point. Normally we would like to review a full game but since Telltale breaks the game up in Episodes that release every 5-8 weeks, we will review them as they come.
There are plenty of Batman games out there these days. How does this one stack up? Lets dig in
Episode One: Realm Of Shadows introduces you Batman thru the mind of Bruce Wayne.
The series kicks off with Batman stumbling across Catwoman as she tries to steal a hard drive containing extremely sensitive data from City Hall. accompanied with a nice fight sequence, it really set the stage for the rest of the episode.
After the Catwoman throw down, we catch up with Bruce Wayne, who is throwing his support behind Harvey Dent as he runs for Mayor of Gotham. As we all know, politicians in Gotham can be pretty corrupt so it was only right that Falcone throws his weight around during election time. Without going into much detail of the story itself, we can just say that Bruce Wayne wasn’t too pleased with Falcone’s presence.
The story itself plays out just as a comic book would except that your choices made during the story may have consequences down the line. The choices you make can not only affect friendships, it can affect lives. During Episode One, Bruce Wayne introduces Jim Gordon, Harvey Dent, Falcone, Vickie Vail and a few others.
The story is good so far. As more episodes release, we can get more of an understand on how it all comes together.
Visually, Batman The Telltale Series is what you would expect if you have played other games such as The Wolf Among Us. It’s a comic book stuffed in a game. Don’t compare it to Arkham Knight as it was never created to compete with graphics of that caliber. With that said, it’s still extremely detailed. I have seen comics far worse. The only issues I have is that the characters walk as if there was a cardboard stuck up their butts. Also the facial expressions sometimes doesn’t match the situation.
Even though most of the time the game will be based on your decisions, the parts of the game that you can play are pretty good. Batman The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm Of Shadows does a great job making sure that the controls were different from your traditional fighting games.
Completing the button combinations it gives you will achieve your goal. Unfortunately, missing a combination doesn’t really penalize you in most situations. I recall missing 3 combinations in a row but I was still able to pull off the sequence of moves needed during the fight. I wish that the game would have done a better job at holding me accountable for not getting it right. In fact, the only time I remember being held accountable was during the last sequence with Falcone in his office. I didn’t fire my rockets from the deployed Bat-drone, resulting in my demise.