I think it comes at no surprise that putting Batman in a video game equals AWESOME. But Batman: The Telltale Series is unlike any Batman game before; you are quite literally put into the boots of both Batman AND Bruce Wayne. “But they’re the same person!” I hear you shouting plain and clear. Well, as it turns out, at least in terms of the gameplay, they are very different, and this game brings forth the psychological angles of one of the world’s most famous heroes by making YOU the brain behind the bat and the billionaire.
As with all Telltale games, you are playing through an interactive story where you make the choices for the playable character. I had previously played Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us based on the incredible Fables comics by DC’s Vertigo, so I had an idea of what to expect – sheer brilliance, that is. Not only does Batman follow suit, but it takes one step further by giving you not one, but TWO playable personas, and a brand new story with shocking revelations.
As Batman, you are thrown into the heat of the action with plenty of blood-pumping quick-time event scenes, as well as becoming hands-on with his investigation skills, both of which are further aided by your Bat Tech (of which you can choose the colour, just so you’re completely accustomed to how you want your Batman to appear). As Bruce Wayne, you’re an undercover vigilante who is required to keep up his public appearances as a charitable billionaire who aims to help shape the future of Gotham, all while keeping his extra-curricular activities a secret from all except his devoted butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
What makes this Batman game a standout is the suspense-filled thriller plot which breathes new life into familiar friends and foes, including Harvey Dent, Selina Kyle, Oswald Cobblepot, Vicki Vale, Detective Gordon and a certain green-haired grinning “John Doe” you’ll be sure to recognise. As an original story, there’s no knowing what twist you’ll be hit with next (and believe me… There’s a whole BUNCH of them). Every choice counts – saving one character might possibly lead to the downfall of another – no one is safe. Depending on how you play, you can show empathy with your prey or be utterly ruthless. And that’s EXACTLY what makes this an exciting ride.
Even if you’re not the biggest Batman fan in the world, I can guarantee that if you love being in full command of the story with complex characters, compelling mystery and can appreciate the awesome stylised comic-inspired graphics… Give it a play. You won’t be disappointed!