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  • Summary: With Gotham City's first family mired in corruption, and an old friend now a dangerous adversary, the life of the Dark Knight is turned upside down. What was Thomas Wayne entangled in, and why was he killed? Determined to learn the truth about his father, Bruce sets out to question thoseWith Gotham City's first family mired in corruption, and an old friend now a dangerous adversary, the life of the Dark Knight is turned upside down. What was Thomas Wayne entangled in, and why was he killed? Determined to learn the truth about his father, Bruce sets out to question those involved in Gotham's criminal past. But which mask will he wear - The billionaire, or the bat? Huge decisions will forever change the Batman and the lives of those around him, as he meets the Children of Arkham. Expand

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  1. Sep 20, 2016
    90
    Well paced throughout, and offering at least one scene changing choice, I can only hope that the future episodes can remain at the high bar Children of Arkham has set. Not content to simply tell another Batman story, Telltale is putting its mark on the Caped Crusader in all the best ways.
  2. Sep 25, 2016
    86
    As it stands as the individual episodes, as mentioned above, it can be frustrating getting so caught up in the wonderful story only to suffer a similar fate to Bruce/Batman in having the story suddenly stopped and having to wait for the next installment to be released.
  3. Sep 20, 2016
    85
    A much better episode this time around, featuring some tough choices, great visuals and a fresh take on the Batman mythos.
  4. Sep 20, 2016
    70
    You still have your patented "safe" approach from Telltale with Batman: A Telltale Games Series: Children of Arkham, but its heart is in the right place.
  5. Sep 23, 2016
    70
    We like where the story is going, but at the same time we feel like our decisions aren't really relevant, and we miss having more control over the character.
  6. Sep 21, 2016
    60
    An improvement on the first episode, but still marred by technical issues and. A move in the right direction, but it's still too early to tell if this is more The Killing Joke or Batman & Robin.
  7. Sep 30, 2016
    50
    In terms of storytelling this is a step forward to the pilot episode, but it still lacks gaming elements.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Sep 23, 2016
    9
    I have played Batman The Telltale Series as my first game from Telltale. While I have noticed frame rate drops, the story itself is soI have played Batman The Telltale Series as my first game from Telltale. While I have noticed frame rate drops, the story itself is so engrossing that I finished the episode in one go. It is more of a cinematic experience, there are some reflex-based moments, but these are quite easy and what the player does is choosing dialogue lines.

    For everyone interested in comics, and Batman especially, the game will be a refreshing experience. Bruce Wayne is the main protagonist here indeed, with Batman being more of an addition. Add an EXCELLENT plot to that and you will easily get 9/10 for Batman fans.
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  2. Oct 28, 2016
    8
    The second episode in the Batman Telltale saga expands the story and makes it the main focus. One of my main complaints in the first episodeThe second episode in the Batman Telltale saga expands the story and makes it the main focus. One of my main complaints in the first episode was that the crime scene section of the game was a bit of a drag. The second episode is thankfully lacking these particular segments, except for a brief intro that removes the "linking" mechanic.

    Children of Arkham includes more important decisions. Some may not directly impact the story, but they do manage to make you feel like you did something. I think that we could've had one more episode where a certain death and a certain injury didn't occur as those parts of the story felt a bit rushed. Other than that, the story is extremely engaging and really keeps you waiting to see what happens next, especially with its unique take on the Batman origin story, even if this installment is quite a bit shorter than its predecessor.
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