Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 5 – Same Stitch Review (PS4)

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This is it, the final episode of this season’s Batman. After episode 4, which was completely disappointing, you can read my review of that episode here, I was a little hesitant with this episode. There was a lot of build up to it and a lot of hype surrounding the two endings. After playing this game in one sitting and getting all of the trophies, including the platinum, you know what time it is. It’s time for a review.

Episode 5 takes place right after episode 4. John Doe AKA Joker is either a villain or a vigilante. Unfortunately, in my game he became the villain. Even though it would have been nice to see the other side, I felt like this is where he needed to be because really is there a Batman without the Joker? Anyway, most of the episode will be spent playing as both Batman and Bruce and you’ll have to come face to face with decisions that you’ve made throughout the season. How did you treat Gordon? Do you trust Catwoman? All of these decisions that you’ve made will have a huge impact as you try to save the city from Joker and Harley Quinn as they release a virus that basically kills people instantly. Will you be able to do it as Batman? Can you overcome the obstacles that the Joker has put in your way and how will your story for this season end? All of that is wrapped up pretty nicely, along with a few shocking moments, and the game is left open for another season.

I’m on the fence about this episode because I really feel like the story of the Joker becoming the Joker should have been a season itself not two episodes. Don’t get me wrong, the episode was probably one of the best of the season and I liked how everything I did basically came back to bite me in the ass, but again the story with the Joker just seemed small in this Batman universe. The story of Batman and the Joker should be a huge one and this made it feel like a side story at best. I hope that if they continue with this franchise, which I think they will given the way the game ended, that they pay more attention to the whole Batman and Joker story and give it a season by itself instead of just a couple of episodes. I felt like this was a really solid episode though and made the game. It concluded the main story of this season along with wrapping up any loose ends. There were a lot of different variations that could have been chosen so it’ll be interesting to see how the decisions made are going to branch off in other seasons.

The gameplay for this episode was a little iffy at best. There was a little lag within the game, which is unusual for Telltale because if anything lags it’s usually the loading times. There was a lot of lag though throughout the game and this worried me because I thought the game would stall and shut off on a bunch of different occasions. This wasn’t good and hopefully this gets patched and doesn’t even show up in other games or another season of this game. Other than that, everything worked. As always, I enjoyed the Quicktime events which were flawless and just make playing Batman even more fun. I have to say the fight with the Joker and Harley Quinn was epic and probably one of my favorite parts of the episode.

The graphics were the same as they have been throughout this season and this is a good thing because the graphics are amazing. I really enjoy the graphics as they look like they came out of a comic book. This is of course the way that they want to represent the game and I think it’s really amazing that they can do this. Kudos to Telltale for the graphics for this episode as well as the whole season.

There are a total of 7 trophies for this episode. 6 for the episode itself and the 7th one is the platinum trophy if you’ve played the whole season and got all of the other trophies. This isn’t a hard thing to do as all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the story. These are kind of cheap trophies, but I do like that they make you concentrate on the story that’s being told and not doing something specific.

As always, no multiplayer and the gentle reminder of the crowd play feature. Guess what I still haven’t done? I haven’t hooked up the crowd play feature yet. If anyone has and if you use it, let me know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A good finish to a season that had it’s ups and downs. It also leaves the series open to another season or for it to just end.
+ Your decisions really do mater and they will probably come right back and bite you in the ass.
+ Some shocking twists and turns and a major decision at the end that was pretty impressive.
+ Stellar graphics that have bene that way throughout the whole season.

What’s Not So Great:
The whole episode was laggy and at various different occasions it felt like it would stall and crash.
The Batman and Joker thing could have used more than just two episodes to develop and come to a conclusion.

I was really conflicted when giving this episode a rating because it was a good episode even if I don’t agree with the way Telltale is handling the Batman and Joker story. It was a really great episode though and did a fine job of ending the season. It gave you just enough to go on for next season while wrapping up this season completely. I would say that if you held off on purchasing this season, that now is probably the time to buy it. Like any Telltale game it has it’s episodes that are good and bad, but it’s a stellar season and if you played the previous Batman game you’ll want to continue.

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

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This Week in Trophies 03-25-2018 – 03-31-2018

This was a pretty exciting week in trophies, compared to last week. I was able to get a bunch of them. Nowhere near a normal amount that I would have gotten years ago, but still a decent amount for having to be an adult for most of the week. Anyway, onto the trophies.

Batman: The Enemy Within – 100%

The last episode for this game came out this week and I was able to play it before the week was over. I’ll have my full review up Wednesday so until then I’ll be keeping quiet on what I thought about the game.

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Far Cry 5 – 20%

I started this game this week and so far I am just loving it. I love basically everything about it and spend almost all of my time playing and streaming it. I’m have a really fun time at the moment, even though I haven’t even past the first full story line for this game, but I’m going to continue on because it looks like this game can only get better at the moment.

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The Sims 4 – 47%

So I had to play something while I waited patiently for Far Cry 5 to come out and figured that I might as well play The Sims. I was able to get a couple of trophies for this game as I basically now use my Sims as little worker ants who’s main goals are to reproduce in order to keep their family line going for 26 generations and advance in all of the careers and skills. Fun times.

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There you have it, a total of 23 trophies this week. Much better than last week and not a bad way to end the month. I’m looking forward to continue to play Far Cry 5 this upcoming week, continue to get trophies in that game and other than that I think that’s it. There might be another game or two pop in there and if there is I’ll let you know next week.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – What Ails You Review (PS4)

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After last episode’s cliffhanger of an ending and just an overall amazing episode that I gave a 5 out of 5. You can read my review here. I was pretty eager to see where this next episode would be going and when it was released, I made sure to set aside some time to actually be able to play it. All geared up and ready to go to see where this game was going to go for the fifth and final episode, I played this game to completion which means it’s time for a review.

Picking up right where episode 3 left off, if you were the good guy that Bruce Wayne / Batman is you took the fall for the amazing Catwoman and ended up in Mr. Freeze’s ice chamber. If you didn’t then shame on you. After a harrowing escape, it’s time to become Batman and put a stop to the extremely crazy and extremely dangerous Harley Quinn. Throughout this super short episode you’ll go back and forth as Bruce and Batman to try to track down Harley Quinn. You’ll see Alfred in a new light as maybe he’s a little sicker then he’s been admitting to, you might change your mind about The Agency and Amanda Waller, and you’ll finally come face to face with Batman’s mortal enemy.

After coming off of such a great episode, I feel like this one fell really flat. Not only did it not go anywhere, but it seemed like the whole purpose of this filler episode was to turn John into the Joker. It’s really plain and simple, that was the whole point of this episode and nothing more. The virus didn’t matter, relationships and past decisions didn’t matter, the only thing that mattered was getting John to become the Joker. Nothing was really set up for the fifth and final episode and playing this episode, which only ran about an hour and fifteen minutes, just felt like a huge waste of time. At the moment I’m not too happy with this episode and it’s basically killed my joy for this season unless Telltale can make some grand gesture in the final episode and turn the whole season around.

The playability of this game was spot on like it’s been for the for past three episodes. Quicktime events, such as fight scenes, worked perfectly and enhance the playthrough of the game during the action sequences. It did seem like a lot of this episode was spent loading and saving though. Although it was a smooth transition, there seemed to be a lot going on in the background and there were too many loading screens.

The graphics continue to be a highlight of not only this episode, but this whole game as they shine. They really make the most out of this episode and make you feel like you really are right in Gotham. I’ve always loved the art style of the graphics for this series and this episode continues on the same path. I was really impressed with the carnival scene and thought it was graphically the highlight of this episode.

Finish this super short episode that basically does nothing and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game. You’ll do the same things you normally do when you play these episodes, which is just playing the episode in order to get the trophies. An easy 6 trophies as usual.

No multiplayer for this game and the subtle reminder this time about the crowd play feature. This is easily ignored, mostly by me as I still haven’t tried it or have any reason to try it.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Quicktime events that are done to perfection and make action sequences fuild and effortless.
+ Graphics that continue to impress and bring not only the game but Gotham city to life.

What’s Not So Great:
A really short episode that was pointless as it only had one goal in mind.
Not only was the episode short but it just didn’t fit into the story this season is conveying.

I felt like this episode was a complete waste of time and that turning John into the Joker was something that deserved more than an hour and fifteen minutes worth of time. This is probably one of the most important things in Batman and it just felt like a side story instead of an actual story. I feel like they could have used an entire season to do that and it could have been done after this season, not as a filler episode. I wasn’t really impressed with this episode and I’m hoping that the final episode can change my opinion about this season. I’m going to say that at the moment if you haven’t purchased this game, to hold off and wait until the final episode is released before purchasing. At the rate this game is going, you can probably get all five episodes done in a day since they’ve been on the really short side.

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

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This Week in Trophies 01-21-2018 – 01-27-2018

This was a pretty interesting week trophy wise because I played a bunch of games, but it was one of those weeks where I feel like I really didn’t have that much time to play. Maybe it was because a lot of the trophies I got were easy ones, but I just feel like I didn’t devote a bunch of time to gaming this week because I was super busy. Being an adult sucks, but here’s a breakdown of what I was able to get this week.

Batman: The Enemy Within – 80%

The newest episode of Batman: The Enemy Within dropped this week and I made sure to play it. Since I’m pretty much caught up with my reviews, you don’t have to wait too long to see what I thought about this episode since I’ll have my full review posted on Wednesday.

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Doom – 26%

I finally finished this game this week and I have to say that I have absolutely no idea what this game was really about. I have an idea, which was that the demons of hell are unleashed and it’s up to your character to stop them, but I think that’s as far as this game goes. Other than that it’s just a bunch of randomly killing creatures. I am done streaming this game so now I’ll be going back to work on getting the platinum trophy for this game.

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Jeopardy – 95%

This should have been 100% because I played 10 online games and then some, but this trophy for some reason isn’t popping. I’ve completed the main game and feel like I can write a review on it but it’s that last trophy that is stopping me because I feel like I have to get it before I write a review. Anyway, I’m not too happy with this game at the moment because of that glitched trophy.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – 12%

I picked this game up on sale last week because of my love for Pac-Man and my love for the first game which came out on the PS3 years ago. The first game in this series was actually my first 100% complete game so it’s a little nostalgic for me. This game takes things to a whole other level though as it’s 10x harder, but I’m still enjoying the time I spend playing.

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UNO – 42%

It turns out this game is pretty fun and it’s still pretty active online, which is a good thing. I’m enjoying playing this game and have a few more trophies to go before I can finish it. Until then though I’ll keep playing and see how things go. Thanks again to LMD for playing online with me!

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 19%

I feel like I could have gotten a lot further in this game this week if it didn’t crash my system. After it did that I basically just said screw this and gave up on it a little. It’s the only game I’ll be streaming next week, so I’ll get back into it, but at the moment I’m a little pissed at it.

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And that was it for the week, a total of 22 trophies. An improvement from last week even though it really doesn’t feel like it. Now for next week, it’ll be more of the same as I try to finish up Assassin’s Creed Origins and Doom. I’ll also be streaming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus until I’m able to complete the main campaign. While doing all of this I’ll also be trying to get that last damn trophy in Jeopardy, continue to play UNO, and continue to play Pac-Man. A new game doesn’t seem likely this week, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3 – The Fractured Mask Review (PS4)

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I’ve had this love / hate relationship with this season of Batman for a bunch of reasons that you read about in my reviews of the previous two episodes which you can find here and here, and I was really hoping that this episode would deliver and turn this season around. When this episode came out I was a little hesitant to play it because this is basically the episode that’s going to show you where the next two episodes are going to go. If it’s bad, it doesn’t look good for the rest of the series, if it’s good, it means that everything is going to be fine. Anyway, on with the review.

This episode picks right back up where episode 2 left off, with the re-appearance of Catwoman. Yes she’s back in Gotham once again and depending on how you played last season she might even be Batman / Bruce’s potential love interest. There are so many things going on this game and it’s surprising how well it all works out together. There’s a lot of back forth between Bruce and Selina as well a Batman and Catwoman. I know they’re the same, but it feels different when they’re dressed in their alternate personas. Anyway, there’s more going on as Bruce is still infiltrating Harley’s gang, but Harley knows there’s a mole and she’s going to find out who. The end doesn’t look so pretty for the mole. Not only does Bruce have that going on but Jim has tasked Batman with bringing Bruce into custody at the GCPD after the events of last episode. We all know that that’s not going to happen, but Jim has it out for Bruce and will do anything to get his way. This episode ends on another cliffhanger to keep you wanting more.

I loved this episode. Loved it. I thought it was the best episode by far as it had everything. It had the compelling story, it had the great action sequences, and it had that girly-girly inside of me all sappy with the story of Batman and Catwoman. I like that while Batman is a big part of the episode, it’s really Bruce’s episode as well. You can make him grow as a character as he can open up to Selina and actually work with her. She’ll also throw back in your face the things you might have said to her last season when you were mad, but hey it happens. Ouch. Anyway, out of the whole season so far this is by far my favorite episode and it’s just one of those episodes that I would really be able to play again and makes me want the next episode to come out really soon.

Ah…Catwoman I’ve been a huge fan of this character since Michelle Pfeiffer put on the Catwoman suit back in 1992’s Batman Returns. The character of Catwoman is just alluring and actually pretty deep. Anyway, my appreciate of Catwoman transcends into this game as well as she’s voiced to perfection by Laura Bailey. She really owns the role and it just makes the character and the game even better.

The playability of this episode was spot on. My decisions from last episode seemed to stick this time which was a big bonus. There were a lot of loading times but they were quick and didn’t at anytime seem like they were going to stall and crash the game. The Quicktime events were spot on again and they were pretty amazing as Batman and Catwoman really get into these two awesome confrontations that have you on the edge of your seat because they’re that exciting.

The graphics are a staple point of this game and I can’t make that clear enough because they look like they’re coming right out of a comic book. The graphics look amazing and make playing each episode that much more better because of the style. I’m really a big fan of this style especially for comic book based games.

Finish this episode and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies. Pretty easy as always as all you have to do is play the game and the trophies will come naturally. The story is compelling enough though that I didn’t even bother to watch the trophies pop when they did. This coming from a trophy hunter, so yeah don’t worry about the trophies for this one.

Once again no multiplayer for this episode, just good old crowd play. Use it if you want to play with friends or if you’re streaming it. I think you can use it if you’re streaming it. Not sure since I haven’t looked into it that much. As always, any information on the famous crowd play would be much appreciated and you can let me know your thoughts about it and experiences with it down in the comments section.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This episode really puts the final two episodes of this game in a good place as they have progressed nicely from the first two epiosdes.
+ A great continuation of last episode that has everything from awesome story telling, to awesome action sequences, and some romance thrown in there for us sappy gamers.
+ The return of Catwoman. This is a huge plus for this game because if you think about it, there is no Batman without Catwoman.
+ Improvements to the overall playability of this game are a good sign as the loading times were short and worked perfectly and the Quicktime events for the action sequences were spot on.

What’s Not So Great:

This episode seemed a little on the short side and it left me wanting more. It seems like the episodes have gotten a little shorter along the way for not only this series but other Telltale series as well.

I’m really excited about the next episode and can’t wait to play it. The cliffhanger way it ended was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoyed it. I would say if you’ve been holding off on getting this game that now would be the time to get it as it’s three episodes in and while you can binge play all three of them if you take them a little slow you might finish up right as the fourth episode is coming out. If you’re not really sure about this, then there’s nothing wrong with waiting until all the episodes are out and purchasing the game.

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

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This Week in Trophies 11-19-2017 – 11-25-2017

This was a pretty exciting week for trophies because I finally reached my 8,000th trophy. That’s some pretty exciting stuff, hitting a trophy milestone. It make the rest of the week just seem like you can basically do anything when it comes to trophies. Let’s get into my weekly breakdown so you can see what I played and what trophies I was able to get.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins – 27%

This game is just huge and it’s taking me forever to get through. I’m seriously not complaining though because I am genuinely enjoying every second of it. I think that this is a great game that has a bunch of exploration, a super story to go with it, and just a lot of things that were fixed from previous Assassin’s Creed games. I’m enjoying it so much that I’ll be streaming it all week.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – 60%

The third episode for this game came out this week and I was able to play it. I can’t say much about it because I leave that for my reviews, which as you know because I tell you all the time, are seriously backed-up.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – 52%

There’s only one trophy this week for this game, but it holds a special place in my heart because it was my 8,000th trophy. I went from hating trophies to loving them to getting to 8,000 of them. Anyway, at the moment I’m trying to level up as many characters a possible and working on the Barbarian. I’m not having a lot of fun with her and really can’t wait until she hits level 70 so I can move on.

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Star Wars Battlefront II – 33%

I finished the campaign mode this week and wow…that was really short. I mean I wasn’t expecting something of epic proportions but seriously it was only 10 hours at the most. Not really a campaign mode if you ask me. Not to mention the last mission completely glitched on me. Like glitched where I had to re-start the game and then when I restarted it my system completely crashed. Databases had to be rebuilt and it made me want to smash my controller into little tiny pieces.

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That was it for this milestone week. 26 trophies to add to my collection. Next week is going to be a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, but I’ll also be trying to finish up South Park: The Fractured But Whole as I’m playing my mastermind difficulty playthough. I’ll also try to get into some Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer while playing some Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and getting back into the Sims 4. It’s going to be a busy week and I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2 – The Pact Review (PS4)

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The timing for this latest episode seemed a little off and both confusing. At first, the episode was supposed to be released on 9/26 and then it was revealed that this would be the release date for the trailer and the game would come out a week later. While I didn’t mind the week waiting time, I did mind that the schedule was a little confusing. Coming off of a lackluster last episode, I was eager to see where this one was going and hopefully see where this season was going.

Picking up right where the first episode left off, the Riddler is dead and Batman has either made friends or enemies of The Agency. There’s one thing though, Amanda Waller, leader of The Agency, knows that not only are you Batman, but also Bruce Wayne. Knowing that she knows your secret identity might change how you play now and it might not. Moving on though, you’ll spend most of this episode as Bruce as you infiltrate the Riddler’s gang who are still going on with their plans despite his death. This means that you’ll have to basically team up with the Joker for this one and get introduced to new characters like Harley Quinn, Bane, and Mr. Freeze. Your task for this episode is for them to accept you and let you in to their little club of criminal activities. This might make Bruce have to do some questionable things and by the end of the episode you’ll get a surprise re-appearance of a character from last season.

Apparently my decisions don’t matter. Do they Telltale? Last episode, spoiler alert, I killed off an Agency member to save another. Then in this episode, he magically appears again alive and well. Yet, when I go to my codex it clearly states that he’s dead and that as Batman I made the hard decision to sacrifice his life for another. What the hell Telltale? In a game where the story is shaped around my decisions, this was a really bad misstep.

Overall I enjoyed this episode a lot, despite my decisions obviously not mattering all that much in certain scenes. I enjoyed going along with the duplicity of playing Bruce as the bad guy and charming my way into the Riddler’s gang that is now being run by Harley Quinn. There are some Batman scenes in the game so it does actually feel like a Batman game, but coming out from behind the mask for most of the episode was really one of the upsides of this episode. I’m continuing to enjoy how the choices made throughout the game have a more personal effect on each and every character rather than a general you and this percent of people did this while this percent of people did something else. While that’s still there I really like seeing how Bruce / Batman is seen in the eyes of different people. It’s an interesting aspect and really adds to the overall game.

The playability of this game was a little iffy this time around. Loading times were a little longer and it felt like in a few spots the game was going to stall. There was also the little misstep of not picking up on my decisions. This also happened in Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 – Episode 3 – Jailhouse Block, which you can read my review of here. This isn’t a good trend for Telltale since their games are heavily based on player decision. There was also the little problem of the game crashing after the actual game played out. I went to get my episode decision snapshot, like I normally do and when I did, the game crashed. It was weird, but not a good thing. Other than that, I found the Quicktime events to run flawlessly and effortlessly which was nice since there was a lot of them. Only one during the course of the epiosde tripped me up a little causing me to start over.

The graphics for this episode remain the same from the last episode and the last season and are one of the highlights of the series as a whole. They really make you feel like you’re in a Batman comic which is what I’m assuming that Telltale was going for. In that respect I have to say good on you Telltale for a job well done in the graphics department.

Finish this episode and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies closer to the platinum trophy for this game. As with the episode before, just play the game like you normally would in order to get the trophies since there is no need to do anything special.

As always there is no multiplayer for this game, but there is of course the constant reminder of the crowd play feature. I’ve come to the realization that I’m never going to use this feature. If you have any experience when it comes to this feature make sure to let me know in the comments section below.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This episode really expands on the previous episode giving this season an actual direction to go in.
+ An episode that was more interesting than the first one especially since as Bruce you have to infiltrate Harley Quinn’s gang an get on her good side.
+ The graphics continue to be a plus when it comes to this game as they only enhance the overall game play.

What’s Not So Great:
The loading times taking longer and almost stalling didn’t help this episode one bit and were the cause of some tension as I played.
In a game where your decisions tailor the story and the general direction of how things play out, apparently my decisions didn’t matter all that much and that one little scene ruined it for me as it was constantly nagging me in the back of my mind to try to think back and figure out what I did last episode.

I know my rating for this episode, which was actually good, was a little harsh, but the reasoning behind that is because of the whole decisions not mattering thing. I can overlook the loading time fails and the almost stalling, but the decision thing really just ticks me off. Don’t make me make life or death decisions within the game only to change them in the next episode. This seems like a common trend since two games have done this now and it’s not a good way going forward. For now I’m going to say to hold off on this game until there are some more patches that hopefully fix this issue. Other than that after the cliffhanger ending, I look forward to seeing how the next episode plays out. Here’s hoping that my decisions actually carry over to the next episode.

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

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This Week in Trophies 10-01-2017 – 10-07-2017

This week was an interesting one as at some points I had a lot of time for gaming and at other times I had no time for gaming. This is the time of the year when I’m really big into watching current TV shows, unlike the summer, and have to try and find some balance with my time. A lot of the time this means that my gaming gets cut short, but I feel like I accomplished a lot this week since I did get my 81st platinum trophy. Keep reading to see how my week went.

Shoppe Keep – 64%

I was able to get one trophy for this game this week and I seriously have no idea what the hell happened to this game after the latest patch. This game constantly keeps crashing over and over again during random sections, there’s a ton of lag, and overall it’s making for a really unenjoyable experience. No one has yet to get the platinum trophy for this game and while the appeal of being that first person is really strong, I hate the on going struggles with this game so I’ll play when I have a short period of time to play and am in need of something quick.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – 40%

With the second episode finally being released this week, I was able to find some time to actually play the entire episode. My thoughts on the episode will have to wait until my full review which will be coming out shortly. If you’re interested I did do a let’s play for this episode which you can watch here.

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Until Dawn – 100%

There you have it, platinum number 81. Very proud of that number at the moment. Anyway, last week I said I was going to play a horror game this October and I totally did and even got the platinum for it. Score one for me. Anyway, like with all games I finish, you’ll have to wait until my review to see what I thought about the game.

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And that was it for the week. A nice 26 trophies compared to last week. Not bad, but not great. Now onto next week. Apparently the next episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series comes out on Tuesday so I’ll be fitting that into my schedule for the week. Other than that I’m not sure. I want to do a Let’s Play video series for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, but I’m just trying to find some time to actually get to it. Should have probably did that while I was actually playing. I also want to try and fit in a new game some time this week. We’ll see how the week goes and I’ll let you know next week.

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1 – The Enigma Review (PS4)

Batman: The Enemy Within

Because I really am a sucker for sequels, I even purchased Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 after not liking it all that much, I decided to give this one a try. My reviews for the first season of this game were mixed as I thought a few episodes were great, but I wasn’t really pleased with how the last season ended. Basically what I’m looking for out of this season is to see if this tied together with the first season in anyway or if it’s a new story that can basically be played without having played the first season.

Picking up a few months after the ending of the last season of this game, Batman has defeated Lady Arkham and Penguin, while Bruce has taken back Wayne Enterprises and kind of made friends with the Joker? Doing some undercover work, Bruce is trying to get the scoop on Rumi Mori when who should appear but The Riddler himself. Quickly changing into Batman, they’ll both face off against each other before The Riddler leaves Batman with a little parting gift in the form of a box that has to be solved. Because of The Riddler’s return, this case is just too big for GCPD and The Agency is now involved. Gordon and the director of The Agency, Amanda Waller never see eye to eye and it will be up to Batman to setup his alliances. Meanwhile in Bruce land, Bruce is being questioned by the Agency while trying to solve Riddler’s box. This will cause some destruction along with the reappearance of John Doe, AKA The Joker. There’s much more going on in Gotham that meets the eye, but you’ll only get a sample in this episode.

I really enjoyed this episode until that final ending sequence. Yes it was kind of mysterious, even though you know who did what, and it opens the door for the following 4 episodes, but I felt that it just wasn’t fitting and it kind of ruined the episode that I was really having a good time playing. On that note, I really enjoy the aspect of the game that lets you not only play as Batman but Bruce as well. You can make them act he same or make them act like total opposites, the choice is yours and that’s pretty great. I did enjoy the new mechanic of how what you say and do affects the relationship that you have with certain characters. This is one of my favorite mechanics in games because it makes you think a little bit more before acting because you then have the mentality of how will so and so react if I say or do this. How will this change the relationship between the two characters and how will it affect the story later on. It was nice to see by the end of the episode how some people were pissed off by my decisions, felt betrayed because of my decisions, and felt guilty because of my decisions.

The playability of this game was the same as last season, but felt more fluid with movements and actions. I like how every action sequence is a quicktime event because it works for this game. Batman is more thought processed then just act and think later so each quicktime event shows that. This was great even if it did trip me up a couple of times. That’s totally my fault though and not Telltale’s. I want to say that this game played perfectly, because it did, but I’m nervous that by saying that the other episodes won’t and it’ll go back to being a normal Telltale game filled with slow loading times and crashes. I’m hopeful that last seasons bugs and glitches will be worked out, but I’m also cautious.

The graphics for this game are top notch again and I’m really loving them. The game feels like it’s right out of a comic book and once again it works for this game because it’s Batman. Everything just looks good, from the environments, to the bat cave, and to all the cool gadgets that Batman gets to use. It seems like with this series, Telltale always delivers and I expect it to be like this for the rest of the season.

All you have to do to get the 6 trophies this episode has to offer is play the whole episode. Super simple and if you play all 5 episodes you’ll have yourself a new platinum trophy. I know a lot of people poo-poo these platinum trophies, but I don’t really see them as “shameful” trophies to have on your profile. There’s no shame in enjoying story based games that act like interactive graphic novels. Yes you get trophies just for playing, but not having to worry about going back and finding some random collectible lets you become more immersed into the story.

Once again there is no multiplayer for this game but there is Crowd Play. This still isn’t a feature that I hooked up or have any interest in using. If you have experience with this feature let me know down in the comments section and let me know what you think about it.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ New story that at the moment doesn’t really require you to have played the first game.
+ Playing as Batman and Bruce is an interesting dynamic that allows you to play them as the same person or two completely different people.
+ Your decisions and actions now affect how people, especially people close to you, think of you which will probably come into play in the upcoming episodes.

What’s Not So Great:
That ending could have been so much better and not resulted how it did. It made it pointless to introduce a character for only one episode.

Even though I was disappointed with the ending, I will say that the rest of the episode really delivered. You had an equal amount of time playing as both Bruce and Batman and I always like seeing how that plays out and how it affects the decisions that I make. I try to make Bruce more human like while making Batman more hero / anit-hero like. It’s an interesting dynamic. I would say that if you played the first season you’ll want to play this season and even if you didn’t play the first season, so far it seems like you can jump in and play although I wouldn’t recommend it because you’ll miss out on the first meeting of Bruce and The Joker and see the dynamic of their relationship. The choice is yours though and with Telltale’s current release schedule I would say it’s safe at the moment to purchase the season pass and wait for each episode to be released since they seem to be upping their game in the release date department.

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

Batman: The Enemy Within

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