Batman – Episode 5 – City of Light Review (PS4)

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I have to tell you, I’m surprised that with this game it seemed like Telltale had a plan and they stuck to it with the release schedule. While this was impressive and the game did run better than previous games, there were a few hiccups at the end along with a lackluster episode thrown in there for fun. How did the last episode of what I’m thinking will become a seasonal game hold up? Keep reading to find out.

After the events of the last episode, everything in Gotham has basically gone to hell. You have a crazy mayor on the loose, a crazy woman who wants revenge, and some relationship issues depending on your choices. Bruce / Batman each have some big obstacles to overcome in this last episode and it all wraps up in a somewhat nice conclusion while leaving the door open for next season. For now it seems the Children of Arkham are put to a stop but the city needs Batman even more. Will he be able to be the hero everyone wants him to be or will he become the most feared person in Gotham?

I kind of dragged my feet playing this game. I wasn’t too impressed with the last episode and was like “ugh” when I thought about this episode. I was seriously disappointed in the way the story went with the last episode not to mention more than a few hiccups along the way that took place last time. When I finally did get into playing though, I thought this episode did a little bit better than the last episode. Saying that, I will say that this was a lackluster last episode that didn’t live up to the setup of the first three episodes. I was kind of expecting the season to go out with a bang and not a whimper, but I was wrong. While the events of the last episode were interesting it just made me shrug when the game was over.

When this series first started I was seriously impressed with the improvement all around when it came to quick time events, loading times, trophy pops, and stalling. By the time this game was finished with the final episode I was back to being disappointed with this company. I’m really trying to believe that this company could be better, but it gets harder and harder to believe each time around. This episode was filled with bugs when I played including a glitch in one of the action scenes that made the whole game crash. Something like this is game breaking and while small things like loading times and stalling can be overlooked at times, this isn’t one of them. Game crashes suck. Game crashes can seriously ruin your data and if my save was corrupt I would have been pissed. By this time this is no longer excusable.

The graphics have been one of the winning points of this game. They look absolutely beautiful without being campy. When I first heard about this game I thought it would be filled with a bunch of comic book like “Pows” and other comic book stuff. I was glad that it didn’t and that the graphics still made this feel like a Batman comic without being overly done. If anything, in this episode and the game itself the graphics have been something that I’ve enjoyed a lot.

Honorable Mention: This being the last episode of the season, it would be wrong of me not to comment on the high caliber of voice acting that was dedicated to this game. While Troy Baker wasn’t really my first choice or favorite choice for voice actor for Batman, I thought he gave a pretty typical performance that wasn’t all impressive, the rest of the cast shined. The breakout voice actor of this game though was definitely Laura Bailey. I thought she did an excellent job of playing Catwoman and couldn’t imagine someone else playing her for this series.

Finish this episode and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies and if you played all the other episodes you’ll end with a platinum trophy. All of your hard work will finally pay off as you can add another platinum to your trophy cabinet just for getting through all of the chapters of the whole game. Not a bad trade of if you ask me.

Maybe it’s just me… Knowing my love for all things platinum trophies, I really hated this trophy. It’s called I’m Batman. It’s weird. Shouldn’t it be I Am Batman? Maybe that would have rolled off the tongue easier. Even typing it makes me feel weird, but then again maybe it’s just me.

I procrastinated throughout the release of this whole game and failed to sign up for a Telltale account meaning that I didn’t even get a chance to use the Crowd Play feature. I’m still looking for someone to tell me what it was like if it was used so let me know in the comments section. Other than that this was another solo episode for me which was just fine by my standards.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5.

+ Ending clears up a few things here and there and then leaves the door open for the next season.
+ One last mention for the graphics because they were pretty damn awesome.
+ When the game worked, it worked well with improvements to quick time events and overall gameplay.

What’s Not So Great:
The game crashes because there is a glitch during one scene! This cannot be excused or overlooked!
Lackluster way to end the first season.
Return of some loading issues and stalling.

While I wasn’t all that impressed with the way the last episode played out, it still was a decent series and I’ll most likely continue to play this game as I have to see what happens now. I would say that if you want to play a story driven Batman game then this is a good game, but don’t expect too much. As for the next upcoming season, I hope for a little bit of a better story that has more of an impact than this one did as well as more stability to the overall game and the elimination of bugs and glitches that were supposed to be gone.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the fifth episode.

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