Telltale has released a staggering number of episodic games based on popular franchises, with their latest, Batman: The Telltale Series, currently in the middle of its five episode release schedule. Two episodes, “Realm of Shadows” and “Children of Arkham,” have been released so far, and although we only have less than half of the story, these two chapters provide a pretty good picture of what the game as a whole is all about. Despite the Batman focus, this is still a Telltale game through and through, so if you’re not a fan of their particular brand of point-and-click adventure gameplay, this one probably isn’t going to suddenly make you a convert.
Still, if you’re a Batman fan, but are a bit hesitant about playing a Telltale game focused on the Dark Knight, you may still want to give Batman: A Telltale Series a shot. It has its fair share of issues (most of which crop up in every Telltale game) and isn’t quite on the same level of quality as the action-oriented Arkham series, but as a different kind of Batman video game experience, there is a lot to like about Telltale’s game, to the point where it’s an easy recommendation for any fan. Here’s why:
8. Bruce Wayne Is Given The Spotlight
One of the most surprising things about this game is that it puts you in the shoes of Bruce Wayne more than it does Batman, which may be a first for a Batman video game. Many Batman stories tend to focus more on the Dark Knight than they do the man under the mask so it’s a refreshing change of pace navigating the world of being a billionaire playboy who has to contend with a very public scandal. Donning the cowl is still the highlight of the game, to the point that when faced with the choice between vising the Gotham City mayor as either Bruce or Batman, I chose the latter just so I could spend more time in the Batsuit. Still, Telltale should be commended for taking the time to really develop Bruce Wayne as a character and not just make the game about Batman 100 percent of the time.