It seems like only a few weeks ago I posted a review for episode 2…oh wait, that’s right because I did. My reviews are a little backlogged at the moment, as you can probably see, but these games are coming out pretty quickly which is a really good thing and it makes me think that Telltale is listening to what people are saying. Let’s get right into it and see what episode 3 had in store for us.
Picking up where Episode 2 left off, Batman / Bruce Wayne had to make a decision to save a friend or a damsel in distress. Spoiler Alert! I went for the damsel, which I really think Batman would have made the same choice. Moving on, this will set the stage for episode 3 as the Children of Arkham are becoming more powerful and more dangerous. Only Batman can stop them but he has to find out who they are. He knows his old friend Oz is the Penguin but he doesn’t know who their leader is. Who is this mysterious figure head for the Children of Arkham? You’ll find out in a most surprising way which sets up the events for episode 4, but you’ll also have to make some tough decisions throughout the entire episode as Batman and Bruce Wayne. Because of the fact that Bruce’s father was exposed as a not so nice person, this will force Bruce out of his own company putting him in a difficult spot. Will he become just another corporate lackey and go out without a fight or will he put up a fight and stand up for what’s right? (I really hate when stuff rhymes.) Bruce isn’t the only one in a tough spot as Batman himself will have to try to find a balance of being feared or loved by the people of Gotham. All of this is up to you though and makes for some pretty interesting decisions.
I can’t say it enough how much I really am enjoying this series as a whole. I like the whole dynamic of playing as both Batman and Bruce and trying to make decisions that fit for both of them. Do you play Batman as the crime fighter who is loved by Gotham or feared by Gotham? Do you play Bruce as the good person he’s always tried to live up to be or do you throw all of that into the wind and play him as a normal person who maybe doesn’t always make the right decisions? You get a lot of options with this game and I’m really enjoying trying to find a balance. I’m also really enjoying the story and that surprise twist at the end of this episode! I had no idea that was coming and I’m extremely eager to see where the overall game is going. I’m just hoping they can resolve the story as a whole by the end of the fifth episode and not tack on another three episodes like they did with Minecraft: Story Mode.
The gameplay has improved greatly with this series and everything feels more fluid as you move around as Batman and Bruce Wayne. I did notice a little lag this time around but it wasn’t all that much and it wasn’t the same amount that was seen in other series that Telltale has released. I was a little weary when I started to see some lag though, I will admit, because I would hate to see this game go downhill.
Awkward! So…I’m all for romance in video games. We’ve already established that I’m a girl, so it’s a given. If you play your cards right as Batman / Bruce you’ll maybe be able to get some action with Catwoman, but it’s totally awkward. I don’t want to get into it too much, but it falls into the same awkward category as that scene in Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain, and that really awkward dry humping thing that was going on in Dragon Age: Origins. It was kind of a face palm / cover my face moment. Also, what is with Batman’s package? Seriously Telltale? Over compensating for something there? I did not need to see that, nor did I want to see it. Brilliant job on Catwoman though and her assets. 😉
Since this is just another episode in the same series of a game, the graphics were completely the same, as you probably already knew. As I’ve said before, I really enjoy the graphics for this series because it mirrors the comic book / graphic novel feel and it really fits for this game and just works. Playing on the PS4 the level of detail can really be seen and it shows that a lot of work went into the art design of this game.
Finish this episode and you’ll get another 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game. All you have to do is play the game though in order to get the trophies which I like because it allows you to focus on the story the game is trying to tell and not about getting trophies.
The crowd play feature is still a thing and I’m still not too keen on giving it a try. If anyone has played this game and tried it, feel free to let me know what you thought of it in the comments section.
Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.
+ Another episode and another set of struggles for Batman / Bruce as he tries to figure out who he is and balance out being both men at the same time.
+ More details about this new group, The Children of Arkham, and a surprise ending that you’ll never see coming.
What’s Not So Great:
– Depending on how you play…a somewhat awkward scene between Batman and Catwoman.
– Some lag that made me cringe a bit and hope Telltale isn’t going in reverse again since this was the first series that seemed to have fixed these problems.
This was an overall strong episode that had a lot going on but it was pulled together nicely. It had a nice surprise twist, which I can’t stop talking about because it was well…surprising. It also sets things up for what’s to come and I’m really looking forward to the next episode. If you want to wait this one out and binge play, you can do that. If not I would say that since the release schedule has been so tight that you can probably pick this up and play as the episodes are released.
Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the third episode.