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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This Week in Trophies 12-18-2016 – 12-24-2016

Busy busy busy week since today is Christmas. Lots of last minute shopping, lots of work that had to be done, another Christmas party to go to (apparently one wasn’t enough), and lots of cooking and baking to do. Between all that I did get in some time to game though! Which was awesome and why you’re here waiting for me to tell you about my trophies for the week, so keep reading to see them all.

Batman – 100%

I dragged my feet a little when it came to this game, but I finally finished the last episode. I can’t tell you about it here, so you’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for my full review to see what I thought about the game as a whole.

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Battleship – 100%

I also got the final trophies that I needed for this game this week to clear it up and finish it before the end of the year. Always nice to finish a couple of games before the end of the year to feel like I actually made some progress. Anyway, you’ll have to wait for my full review to see what I thought about the game as a whole.

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Stardew Valley – 0%

No trophies for this game yet, total sad face, but I’m having a blast playing. I like the farming aspect of it, I like the mining aspect of it, I love the whole town aspect of it. So far you can probably tell that I’m really loving this game even though it seems I can’t get any of the trophies for the life of me. No matter though, I’m having a blast playing.

Mafia III – 12%

I decided to start this game this week since it was one that I picked up on sale for the holidays. Gotta love those holiday sales. So far I’m finding it not so great as I struggle to play it. Lincoln is clunky and his movements are weird. I think they made him physically too big if that makes any sense and it makes it awkward to move him around. I’m having a hard time with the driving stuff too as well as the game constantly telling me what to do instead of letting me free roam.

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RISK: Urban Assault – 10%

Since I was never allowed to play Risk as a child, apparently I would get a hankering for world domination, this was a completely new experience for me. I’m not quite sure if I like it yet, but I’m going to keep playing to see how things turn out. Right now I’m trying to just play the game and learn the ins and outs and then I’ll start going towards getting the trophies.

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That was it for this week. As you can tell, I didn’t even get the chance to play the new season of The Walking Dead. To be honest I’m not that disappointed though, but I should be able to get to it this week sometime. I think overall it was a pretty good week and next week should hopefully be the same. I plan on continuing to play Stardew Valley, RISK: Urban Assault, Mafia III, and I’ll most likely start Overwatch this week after I wipe my system clean of games that I’m no longer playing. I hope that everyone reading has a happy and safe holiday and I’ll let you know how my gaming week went next week!

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Batman – Episode 4 – Guardian of Gotham Review (PS4)

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I have to say that with this game, the release date schedule has been really tight. I’m surprised since this is a Telltale game, but this is a good thing because I seriously thought it would be this time next year when this game would be finished. It seems like instead of having a bunch of games out at one time they’ve decided to take them one at a time. This is a good thing especially if they can’t handle the release schedule for more than one game. Anyway, keep reading to see what I thought of the latest Batman episode.

After the events of last episode, Bruce finds himself locked away in Arkham. Not a good feeling huh Bruce? After meeting “John Doe”, he’s able to get out of Arkham because it’s filled with crazies and now has to fight with the fact that Harvey is really pissed about the whole thing with Selina and someone is hacking into his gear. Bruce / Batman has a lot to deal with this episode and will have to make a lot of hard decisions while having some decisions that were made in previous games maybe come back and bite him in the ass. How will Bruce / Batman come out of all of this? You’ll have to find out in the last episode.

Compared to the other episodes, I thought this one was just ok. I didn’t really find anything all that special about it other than the fact that you’re introduced to the Joker. Other than that it just really felt like a filler episode and unfortunately felt a little rushed and out of place. Everything happens really quickly in this episode and nothing is really all that detailed out. I don’t know why but it feels like a lot of Telltale games have this problem when it comes to the fourth episode. It’s weird, but I think that if they cut down the episodes to 3 and made each one a little longer they would play out differently and work better as a whole. But what do I know, I just play these games I don’t make them.

I was really disappointed with the playability of this game. Everything up until this episode had been great. There was no lag, no stalling, no problems to even speak of. This episode did a complete 180 and it was like it was back to the old Telltale style of various different bugs and glitches. Let’s start with the lag. There was so much lag for this episode that at one point it just froze for a few minutes before it was able to catch up with itself. Then there was so much lag that the game just crashed and I had to replay a scene all over again. WTF? Not to mention how the loading times seemed to double this episode. Seriously disappointed as I thought all of this was fixed. Guess not.

As with the rest of the episodes for this game, the graphics were right on par with the comic book / graphic novel style that was really enjoyable. This is an area where Telltale really excels in when it comes to their games that are based off comic books and graphic novels. As long as they stick to the graphic style that best matches the game I really have no problems with it.

Finish this episode and you’ll get all 6 trophies that come with this episode. That means you’ll be 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum for this game. You don’t have to do anything special but just play the episode. I don’t mind when the game does this because it shows you that the story is more important that trying to get the trophies for each episode. I enjoy being able to play without thinking that if I didn’t like the episode that I’ll have to go back in order to get one or two trophies that I missed.

I am nothing if not a procrastinator because I still have not made my Telltale account and used the crowd play feature. If you have used this feature though, feel free to tell me what you think of it in the comments section.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ The introduction of the Joker. I don’t think anything major is going to be done with him this season, but you can’t have a Batman game without him.
+ Same great graphics that really make the game and make it feel like an extension of the comic book.

What’s Not So Great:
The story was lacking this time around and felt like a filler episode with a lot of things going on but none of them really all that important.
The return of all those infamous bugs and glitches that Telltale is known for. Just when I thought this wasn’t going to happen anymore, I completely lose faith in this company again.

Compared to the other episodes of Batman I was completely disappointed by this one. This episode was just a filler episode that was plagued with bugs and glitches that made it even more unenjoyable to play. I just let out a huge sigh after playing this episode. Part of it was a sigh of relief that the episode was over and the other part was just annoyance that this company has done a complete 180 when it comes to the engine the game is running on. Why all the problems this time around? It really baffles me. Anyway, while I’ve been saying that this game is good enough to get now and play and wait for each episode I would say to hold off and see how the last episode plays out now. Even though I was disappointed I am interested to see what the last episode has planned to the end of what I think is going to be Season 1.

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

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This Week in Trophies 11-20-2016 – 11-26-2016

While I did have some extra time off this week, thanks random holiday thrown into the middle of the week, I really felt like I didn’t game as much as I could have. I guess I always feel like that though, where I wish I could have gamed a little more or finished something a little quicker, but that’s just me. Anyway I did get my fill of trophies this week and here’s what I was able to get.

Skyrim – 54%

So when it comes to this game I’m pretty proud of this because I never got this far before. There were a lot of things holding me back from completing this game on the PS3, but this experience has been the exact opposite. I’m extremely happy with my progress on this game and will continue to play hoping that I can actually get the platinum for this game.

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Letter Quest Remastered – 52%

I ran into a little problem with this game this week as when I started it up it said that the game and my saved data was corrupted. Just as I was about to smash my PS Vita into little tiny pieces out of rage, I did the sensible thing and restarted the game. Luckily everything that was supposed to be there was still there and I was able to continue to play. If anything this gave me a little more motive to work harder on this game and finish it up.

Batman – 80%

At least I was able to download the latest episode and then actually play it the same week. As always, you won’t be able to see what I thought about it until I post my full review of the full episode in the next couple of weeks. I’ll give you a little hint though and let you know that I wasn’t all that happy with it.

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That was it for this week. I know it wasn’t like the weeks before, but it was something and it was pretty decent. Now for the upcoming week, I’m going to try and hold off starting something new because it’s the end of the month and it’ll really mess up my completion rating but also because I want to try and finish Letter Quest Remastered before the month is up as well as Skyrim. I know it’s kind of reaching with Skyrim, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turned out next week.

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Batman – Episode 3 – New World Order Review (PS4)

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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.

What’s Great:
+ 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.

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This Week in Trophies 10-23-2016 – 10-29-2016

This was a pretty lack luster week for me when it comes to trophies. It wasn’t for my lack of trying, although I did work another crazy schedule this week, it was just a blah week. Before the release of the third episode of Batman and Skyrim, I had only gotten one trophy. Don’t worry though, I have more to talk about than just one trophy so keep reading to see what else I was able to get this week.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – 19%

I was able to get one single trophy from this game this week as I continue to work my way around the city. I think that this is one of those games that it starts off slow with the trophies but as the games gets towards the end, it’s just a continuous type thing. I might be wrong, but we’ll see as I try to get some more time in to play.

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Batman – 60%

With the release of episode 3 this week, I didn’t think that I would have been able to fit it into my schedule but luckily I did. It was totally worth it and I don’t want to say too much about it because I’ll have my review up within the next couple of weeks. I know, I know, I’m still a little behind on my reviews.

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Skyrim – 9%
I was totally excited that I was getting this game this week, and then I had to work on Friday. This wasn’t just a regular work day either as I had to combine my normal job with some freelance web design stuff all on the same day. I usually don’t like to do this, but sometimes things just happen. Anyway, I finally got a chance to play it late Friday night and I’ve been playing it ever since. I’m really enjoying my journey back into Skyrim and look forward to dumping another couple of hundred hours into this game.

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That was it for this week. Nothing all that exciting, but it was something. Now for next week, I’m not going to lie. A lot of these games that I’m playing / have sitting on my system are going to get ignored because I’m in complete and total Skyrim mode. I’m not making any plans to play anything but Skyrim in the upcoming days and I’ll let you know by some chance if that changed next week.

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Batman – Episode 2 – Children of Arkham Review (PS4)

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I was pretty much surprised that this episode came out as quickly as it did. I know I’m a little behind in reviews because the third episode is out also. Anyway, keep reading to see if the second episode was as good as the first or if this series, like other Telltale series, is going down hill.

Episode 2 picks up where Episode 1 left off. Bruce / Batman has just discovered that his family wasn’t so squeaky clean as he thought they were. Who knew right? Anyway, he has some inner battles with himself now as he tries to decide what he’s going to do. The best part is that this is basically all up to you. You’ll get some information about the major players in Gotham’s crime scene that was associate with your family while trying to take down this new group, The Children of Arkham. You also get some alone time with Selina / Catwoman and decide if you’re going to be someone that Gotham admires or fears.

For a short episode, a lot happens and it really sets up the course of the rest of the game. What will Bruce / Batman do now that his family has been revealed as just another corrupt family in Gotham? How will Batman combat with The Children of Arkham and how will this effect Bruce since it was his father who started Arkham Asylum. As I said before, I’m not a reader of the Batman comics and the most Batman that I’ve watched is the series Gotham so I don’t know much about Batman or if this even follows anything close to the comic books. I like that this seems different and a little more darker than what I would have expected from a Batman game. With the other Batman games, it’s clear that he’s the good guy and you have to do good guy things but this game deals a little more with not everything being so black and white. There’s a lot of grey area and I like it a lot.

The playability for this game has been a huge difference from the Telltale games of the past and I can only hope that this is a continuing trend. Action scenes are much more efficient and more reactive to your movements and feel more in real time than ever before. Loading times are down and the game runs really smoothly and flawlessly. This is really something that I never thought I would say about a Telltale game. Anyone who reads this blog knows how critical I’ve been of them in the past because of all these issues, but it’s nice to see that maybe they are changing for the better.

The graphics for this game are something that I really enjoy. They fit the whole Batman scene and just enhance the gameplay by a lot. Not every game can pull off the comic book / graphic novel type graphics but this is one that can. I really can’t express enough how much the graphics really fit the game and just enhance the game as a whole.

Finish this episode and you’ll get another six trophies to add to your list and make you another 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum that you’ll eventually get for this game. I like that Telltale made this more about the story this time around when it came to the trophies and all you have to do is play the game. There is no reason to do anything special so just sit back and enjoy the game for what it is.

While not exactly a multiplayer option, there is a crowd play option for this game. Unfortunately, I really have no desire to create a Telltale account to use this feature. When you think about it, it’s like every single game now a days require you to have some sort of account with them and it’s getting hard to keep track of all the different accounts that go with all the different games. At the moment I’m just being a little lazy so I didn’t get a chance to use this feature or see how it reacts with the game itself.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Not everything is black and white when it comes to this game, there is a lot of grey area and it makes it interesting.
+ The story continues to be interesting as Bruce / Batman is faced with a moral dilemma after finding out more about his family.
+ Compared to Telltale games of the past, the playability has improved by a lot and that’s saying something.

What’s Not So Great:
The episode is a little short and this seems to be a trend lately with Telltale and their second episodes. Let’s hope they realize that this isn’t a good thing and change this soon.

I’m really eager to see where this game goes and play the next episode. So far the release schedule hasn’t been all that bad, but with the upcoming release of The Walking Dead: Season 3 all of that can be blown to hell. Right now it’s just a waiting game. While I do mind the wait for the episodes and would probably suggest waiting until all of them to release so that you can binge play them, at the moment I’m not going to complain so much because it’s one of those things that gets me to break from what I’m currently playing and play something new for a few hours.

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

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This Week in Trophies 09-18-2016 – 09-24-2016

This was a decent trophy week to say the least. It was a pretty boring week everywhere else, which was very much welcomed because sometimes you need stuff to not be so hectic so that you can just take a moment and breathe. This was one of those weeks and it made gaming a lot easier. Here’s a breakdown of what I did trophy wise this week.

Gems of War – 66%

So I’m really liking this game. Liking it so much that I go to play for an hour and end up playing for three or more hours at a time. It’s that good. I even did the whole guild thing, that’s how much I’m enjoying it. If anyone is interested in joining my Gems of War guild, I still have 9 open spots so let me know in the comments section below.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division – 15%

I got a lot more playtime in with this game this week and even opened my game up to random people. While this was ok, for some reason I still prefer to play alone at the moment. I did venture out into the Dark Zone for a little more this week, but didn’t really stay all that long since I couldn’t seem to get the hang of what I was supposed to do while out there. Other than that I enjoyed my time playing and will continue to do so.

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Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition – 33%

I know, I complain about this game almost every week yet I continue to play it. At this point, I’m really just trying to finish the game and get the platinum trophy. After that I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting rid of this game since I won’t be building some of those grand things that you see people building in Minecraft any time soon. I don’t’ mind building games, I really don’t. I just wish this one had some kind of point to it.

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AdVenture Capitalist – 19%

Like I said this week, this is basically a game that plays itself so that’s what I’ve been letting it do. I’m actually regretting putting this on my system seeing how often it crashes and then completely crashes my PS4. I just want to finish up the trophies for this game and be done with it at this point.

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Batman – 40%

I played the new episode of Batman this week, which was interesting. I don’t want to give anything away at the moment, but I will have my review of the entire episode up within the next few weeks so keep watching this spot for it.

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That was it for this week. A pretty interesting week and a nice amount of trophies, especially since my nights have been occupied with all the new TV shows that have started up for the fall. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Now for this upcoming week it’s going to be difficult. There’s that boring “Adult” stuff that I will most likely have to do, even though I’ll try to get out of it as much as possible, but other than that I’ll be spending a day playing Dragon Age: Origins because even after all these years it’s still my favorite. Throughout the week I’ll also continue playing Gems of War, AdVenture Capitalist, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition.

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Batman – Episode 1 – Realm of Shadows Review (PS4)

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I have to admit that I’ve never really been a huge Batman fan. I’ve always thought his story has been a bit cheesy and for me he was never all that interesting compared to other super heroes such as the X-Men. An X-Men Telltale game would be awesome by the way, but anyway that’s not why you’re here. You’re to see what a non Batman fan thought of the new Telltale episodic series. Keep reading to find out what I thought of episode one and if I’m regretting the season pass I purchased.

Side Note: I want to apologize in advance if any of my Batman knowledge is off. The only thing Batman related that I’ve ever watched was the 1989 version of Batman and the 1992 Batman Returns. I also watch Gotham, but that concentrates more on the villains than Batman himself.

Episode one deals heavily with the fact that being both Batman and Bruce Wayne is this huge struggle for not only Bruce, but the people around him. One minute he’s successful business tycoon Bruce Wayne and the other he’s Batman, someone people either admire or fear all together. That’s where the player’s choice comes in, but I’m not going to spoil it for anyone. Bruce is trying to help Harvey Dent become the new mayor of Gotham, that is until Don Falcone gets involved. Throughout the game it’ll be exposed that Bruce’s parents, who were murdered in front of him as a child, weren’t the outstanding citizens of Gotham everyone thought they were. This will cause some issues between Bruce and Harvey as well as Bruce and his trusty man servant Alfred. With Bruce’s whole life turned upside down, will Batman be the hero that everyone wants him to be or will he end up becoming the villain?

I really enjoyed the first episode of this game. It had action, it had adventure, it had some detective work with some super cool gadgets, and the story was very engaging. It’s been a while since I’ve been this into a Telltale game and I’m excited to see this company making some sort of a comeback from less than adequate games that have been released in the past year. Although there wasn’t something that I didn’t like playing in this episode, I really really enjoyed the detective work. It reminded me of the scenes from Heavy Rain when you’re playing as Jayden investigating the crime scenes. The story was also very intriguing and it’s a side of Batman/Bruce Wayne that I’ve never seen before and while Batman is of course the main star, the supporting cast is just as important making this even more interesting.

Umm… So I’m not really sure if this is how it goes in the comics or anything, remember I said I had a limited perspective when it came to Batman, but I don’t think Cobblepot and Bruce were ever best friends as children. While I’m waiting to see how this story plays out, I’m really not sure what to think of this yet.

Everyone knows that the playability of Telltale games has been a huge issue for this company since the beginning of their games. There’s been everything from loading issues, to random glitches, to laggy game play, and of course trophy pop issues. While they had said at E3 that they weren’t using a new engine but an improved one, I was doubtful that any of these issues would ever be fixed. I was happy to say that while playing Batman, I didn’t experience any of these issues and it was smooth sailing for the whole episode. Even the quick time events have become more responsive and have more fluidity to them as they run super smoothly. I was impressed with the way the first episode handled and I’m hoping this is a step in the right direction.

While these were basically the same graphics that are used for every Telltale game, they really fit when it comes to this game. Mostly because they’re comic book / graphic novel type graphics and Batman is basically a comic book. While I had mentioned a lot how these graphics looked weird for Game of Thrones, they look amazing for Batman. It’s a whole perspective thing and the experience was enhanced on the PS4 as more details stood out and everything just looked amazing.

Complete this episode and you’ll be adding another 6 trophies to your gamer card. If you play all 5 episodes that are coming out, you’ll have yourself a new platinum trophy by the end. Telltale has also gone back to their simple trophies for this game, making it more about the game instead of doing X, Y, and Z in order to get this trophy. All you have to do is play the game and get through each chapter so the trophies are yours.

For a long time Telltale games have been multiplayer free, that is until now. With the introduction of this game came the introduction of Crowd Play which is a local multiplayer feature. Crowd Play is designed for 4-12 users and allows not only you the player, but those people around you to make the decisions of the game. In order for this to work you need a Telltale account, which I do not have so I was unable to use this feature. For the next episode though I’ll have everything setup so that I can test this for myself and see just how good it works or if it has any hindrance on the game.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that is also engaging and makes you want to come back for more.
+ Improved engine is really improved and so far all of the past troubles are gone.
+ Quick time events are also improved making the game play more fluid.
+ Great cast of supporting characters making this game not only about Batman, but the people around him.

What’s Not So Great:
Crowd Play feature requires you to have a Telltale account and since I don’t have one I was unable to test it. Because of this I can’t give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

This is the first Telltale game since Tales from the Borderlands that I’ve been really excited about. I’m eager to play the next episode and see where things go. I really enjoyed that this is a much darker side to Batman and Bruce Wayne that hasn’t really been seen before, the only thing that has me a little worried with this game is the release schedule. If it’s progressive and each episode is released in a certain time frame everything should be good. If a year later, the last episode is just coming out then there’s a problem. We’ll have to see how Telltale is going to handle this, but right now I would say that if you like narrative stories and are a fan of Telltale games than don’t pass this one up.

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

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This Week in Trophies 07-31-2016 – 08-06-2016

Another crazy week in general, but I’ve learned that this is now my life in general so I might as well just deal with it as it comes. Anyway, between a crazy work schedule (again) and a not so crazy tattoo appointment (I’ll tell you more about that later this week) I was still able to get a somewhat decent amount of trophies this week. Take a look at what games I played and what trophies I got below.

Mass Effect 3 – 100%

Another milestone for me as I completely finished another Mass Effect game to 100%. I’m really happy about this latest one and it came right before my tattoo which had some significance for me. Playing the whole story through this time from the first game to the last gave me a bit of a different perspective on the game as a whole. Was I still a fan of the ending? No, but I do have a new sort of respect for it as well as a few more new theories.

Batman – 20%

Yes I know, another Telltale game. This one is different though and while I never like giving anything away here, I’ll have my review up for this game within the next couple of weeks. I will say though that after a string of really horrible Telltale games, I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Ghostbusters – 14%

I started this game this week on a whim. It was another purchase due to the Black Friday in July sale that I told you about last week. So far I’ve had a ton of problems with this game ranging from the disc not working to loading times taking well over 10 minutes. Not to mention that this is a really crappy game to begin with.

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Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition

I continued playing this game this week and was able to get through all of the prison stories. Now I’m working on the Warden mode along with the sandbox mode. I have to say I’m having a hell of a time with the sandbox mode for some reason because the stupid thing will at first work fine and then stop working all together. Like the construction on my shower. One minute it’s fine, the next my workmen are running around like chickens without heads while the shower is not done being built! What the hell?!

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That was it for this week. For the upcoming week…drum roll please…my schedule is going to be crazy. Who knew right? I’m going to try to get in as much gaming time as possible as I try to finish up both Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition and Ghostbusters. I’ll probably get back into Saints Row IV: Re-elected while trying to figure out what Playstation 3 game to start on next. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.

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