Why Batman: The Telltale Series is worth playing
Batman is undeniably one of the most popular superheroes of all time, and there’s certainly something for everyone when it comes to gaming.There’s certainly no shortage of options when it comes to playing Batman themed games, and in all probability there are plenty more forthcoming, but let us tell you about one of our favourites.
Batman: The Telltale Series is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game based on Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s Batman comic book series, though it is not connected to any previous adaptation of the work in film or other media. Without ties to any established narrative, this allows Telltale to explore and convey Batman in an interesting and refreshing way by recognizing that Bruce and Batman are two sides of the same coin.
Players take on the role of Batman, both as the superhero and as his alter ego Bruce Wayne. Similar to previous Telltale games, they are presented with choices that affect future events in the game. As well as action sequences, the game also includes investigation sequences which allow players to use Batman’s detective skills as a means of progressing in the story.
While other prominent characters and villains are present in the game, Telltale doesn’t lean on them in the typical fashion that other stories do. It allows characters to interact or conflict with one another, allowing the relationships and tension to build between characters rather than forcing them. As opposed fists, most of the fights are done through words.
The characters are quick witted, scenes are not drawn out, it’s darky without being overly broody, violent without revelling in it, and the narrative has a strong forward momentum. It’s uniquely the story of two sides of a single person, without diminishing either persona. Telltale understands that in order to have a compelling Batman story, you need to have balance rather than the endlessly overplayed retelling of Batman’s origin story or greatest hits. As one of our editorial team stated in their review of the first episode, titled Realm of Shadows, “I genuinely believe that both die-hard and casual fans of the Batman franchise will get a good kick out of this game, especially as the story progresses.”
IGN offers yet another perspective in their own review, stating: “Telltale’s Batman is an unpredictable, multi-faceted adventure told through Batman the brawler, Batman the detective, and Bruce Wayne the politician. The three almost entirely separate characters and play-styles keep the familiar Telltale formula feeling fresh and inviting.”
“Telltale Games has established itself as the go-to studio for adapting recognisable properties into video games. Its focus on memorable characters and narratives driven by player decisions has earned it the kind of reputation that allows it to work with Marvel, DC, and HBO.” Gamespot expressed in a recent interview with Telltale that explores their gaming format.
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