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  • Summary: Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you'll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne'sEnter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you'll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne's world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City. Decide the fate of Gotham City. Determine the fate of Bruce Wayne and his dark persona, Batman. Your choices write a new chapter in the complex and dangerous lives of the playboy industrialist and the vigilante detective. [Telltale]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 24, 2017
    85
    Batman: The Telltale Series started strong and ended the same way, and with many characters’ fates left undecided and new characters appearing in the final act, a second season seems inevitable — I look forward to it.
  2. Dec 29, 2016
    80
    Perhaps Batman: The Telltale Series’ greatest flaw is inconsistency; playing each episode separately can make some of the weaknesses of the lesser episodes, like technical issues and poor pacing, more apparent in a way that most other Telltale series do not suffer from. But, for players who can dive into the full series all at once, Telltale’s Batman easily stands strong as one of the Dark Knight’s greatest video game outings, providing a gripping tale that clearly separates itself from a standard Batman affair.
  3. Dec 21, 2016
    70
    Telltale Games’s take on the Dark Knight is a much-needed step forward in terms of placing gamers in Batman’s boots.
  4. Dec 21, 2016
    70
    Fresh, agile action is what Batman, the new series of Telltale game is about. Fantastic OST and Troy Baker as Bruce. Telltale needs to take care of some issues with the coding of their games so they can be perfect.
  5. Jan 9, 2017
    70
    Telltale keeps making the same mistakes as usual, with technical issues that burden the overall experience. Even so, this Batman is interesting enough to keep you playing for the whole five chapters where Bruce Wayne gains the spotlight he didn't have outside comics.
  6. Feb 7, 2017
    70
    With so many Dark Knight adventures in our movies, TV, comics, and video games, you have to do something special to stand out. In the first few episodes, it looked like Batman: The Telltale Series might actually bottle lightning and create something excellent. But as the finale rolls in, it series fails to separate itself from the many Batman outings we’ve already experienced elsewhere.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 19, 2017
    50
    An underwhelming Batman game, but a great Bruce Wayne one. A satisfying counterpart to Rocksteady's Arkham games, but it won't win over Telltale naysayers. [Feb 2017, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 76
  2. Negative: 10 out of 76
  1. Dec 19, 2016
    10
    Really enjoyed it. Was like experiencing a Batman comic through a different narrative.
    Story was interesting, enjoyed the characters, didn't
    Really enjoyed it. Was like experiencing a Batman comic through a different narrative.
    Story was interesting, enjoyed the characters, didn't appreciate telltales unique take on the characters design at first but I have got to admit, It grew on me while playing the game.

    Good game, recommend getting it on sale since it doesn't have much of a replay value.
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  2. Mar 19, 2019
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. “The mask is a symbol. For some it’s fear, for others it’s hope.”

    Okay, so Telltale’s Batman was released in 2016 for almost all modern platforms, aside from the Nintendo Switch which released on the system in 2017. I remember when this game was announced, I’ve wanted it as soon as I saw the first trailer. A Telltale series about Batman? It was a dream come true! However, the game was not what I anticipated.

    The reason for that is all due to the technical side of the game. It ran at about 15-20 FPS on my PC, which is strange, considering Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead run at an almost constant 60. Now, you could argue that this is due to the overhauled engine and it may not be equipped to run on all PCs, but then the same issues are present on the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game. Whilst they aren’t as bad on the PS4, it’s still very noticeable when the framerate drops, which is a shame, since it takes you out of the experience. Now, resolution wise, this isn’t great, either. The game runs at 900p on the PS4, and 720p on the Xbox One. Not only that, but the game was also letterboxed, which I guess creates a more cinematic presentation? But that doesn’t help anything, since that reduces the resolution to 766p on the PS4 and 614p on the Xbox One. Keep in mind, this game released in 2016, when we were starting to get 4K consoles, but these issues aren’t present in the sequel, and it was a new engine at the time, so I guess I can cut them some slack.

    So, there isn’t much to talk about in terms of gameplay. Pretty much all it is, is completing quick time events, walking around in a restricted space whilst clicking on people to talk to and things to interact with, and most importantly, the conversation trees, where you pick from 1 of 3 (sometimes 4) options.

    Now, the story and characters are easily the best thing about this game. If you haven’t played it yet, I’d suggest you skip to the next paragraph, as I’m going to go into spoiler territory. The characters are obviously based on the characters from DC Comics, but there are some new ones introduced here and there, but their roles are so minor that they’re not really worth mentioning. With the characters based on the DC ones, though, there’s not only a lot of them, but the majority of them are so different from any other iteration of that same character. Sure, we have Bruce, which is different depending on how you play as him. Then we have Alfred, which is much more of a gentleman than any other version, in my opinion. There’s also Harvey Dent, who doesn’t become Two-Face if you save him in episode 2, however, he does start going insane no matter what. There’s also Penguin, John Doe (The Joker) and Vicki Arkham. Now, this is really the best twist I’ve seen in a Batman story, Vicki Vale being the puppet master, as opposed to someone like The Joker, or Penguin. Whilst Penguin is a main villain in the story, he still takes orders from Vicki. And it isn’t revealed until the end of episode 3, so about halfway through the game. And I think that was a good time to reveal it. Now, as I mentioned before, The Joker is in this game, however, he doesn’t really do much. He’s introduced in episode 4, then when Bruce gets out of Arkham, he isn’t in the rest of the episode. However, he is in episode 5, but he only has 2 small cameos and they don’t really contribute to much. Although his character in season 2 is the best Joker, but I’m saving that until I review it.

    Overall, Batman: The Telltale Series is a great story, with fantastic writing and some choices do affect the story in certain ways. However, unless you’re playing this game on a really powerful gaming PC, you’re going to run into bugs and performance issues everywhere. However, I would recommend this game to any Batman fan (so, everyone) if you can overlook the bad performance. That’s it for my review. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Batman out!
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  3. Sep 8, 2018
    8
    I played a Telltale Game for this first time this year and the first one I tried out was Game of Thrones. After playing the game, I found aI played a Telltale Game for this first time this year and the first one I tried out was Game of Thrones. After playing the game, I found a whole new gaming genre that fit my interests. I enjoy action based games but sometimes its nice to sit back and enjoy a well written story. After that I tried The Walking Dead (Season 1), The Wolf Among Us, Life is Strange and of course my favorite Tales from the Borderlands. So when I found out that Telltale Games was making a Batman game, I was ecstatic. I found a new game genre that I love, throw in the fact that I’m a bit of D.C. nerd and you have a game thats right up my alley.

    Some of you might not even know what Telltale Games are so they’re a small/indie Developing (and Publishing) company that specialize in graphic adventure video games. The games are usually split up into 5 episodes and each episode is approximately 2 hours long so the entire games usually takes about 10 hours to complete. The gameplay itself is usually simplistic, you have very limited movement when controlling your character and all action sequences are handled by quick time events. The biggest aspect of the gameplay is the very in-depth talk paths, you ultimately get to chose everything your character has to say. This may not sound very exciting but these games are driven by the narrative and by putting you in difficult moral dilemmas. Even if it is just a video game, its never easy choosing gets to live and and has to die.

    That’s a quick run through how Telltale Games play and work but how does that translate to this new Batman game? Knowing that Batman doesn’t kill so I was very curious, how Telltale was going to deal with this since most moral dilemmas revolve in Telltale games revolve death but with this game that obviously couldn’t happen. I think Telltale did a great job with this, you often times have to chose between saving one person or another who (is it whom?) are not necessarily in life or death scenarios but they’re certainly in precarious situations. There are also situations where you have to chose between going to an event either as Batman or Bruce Wayne. Both options have their pros and cons so you have to weigh it out and pick what you think is the best option.

    Where this game really nails it is, its not necessarily an interpretation of Batman but rather it gives you option for you to chose the type of Batman you want to be. Do you want to send a message to the criminals of Gotham by being absolutely Brutal or do you want to work within the law a little more and by more merciful when it comes to dealing with the criminals. A cool feature at the end of the game actually rates you between being merciful and brutal. In case anyone is wondering, I ended up with a 92% merciful rating so obviously I chose the law-abiding approach.

    Although I really enjoyed this game, it does have some issues that need to be addressed. The biggest issue of this game is the fact that it has some serious frame rate issues. In some cutscenes, the frame rate ends up tanking and it can make the gaming experience a little less enjoyable. It bothers me because if a game has frame rate issues in cutscenes that means its poorly optimized. The good news is there have been patches released to fix most of these frame rate issues but if you bought the game in 6 months, you’re still likely to run into a few.

    My only other complaint with the game is, episodes 4 and 5 just feel shorter than usual. Both of these episodes ended up taking an hour and a half so they feel shorter than the first 3 episodes. It certainly didn’t feel like the story was poorly edited and moments were cut out but I can’t help but feel like the game could have been an hour longer.

    I have watched a lot of animated Batman movies, TV’s shows, Live Action Batman Movies and have even played a few Batman video games and I think Telltale did the best job with Bruce Wayne. Instead of the game feeling like another Batman story, its Batman and Bruce Wayne. You play as both equally and they both have very interesting story arcs. In some ways, its almost more fun to play as Bruce Wayne than it is Batman.

    Since this is a narrative based video game, the story is obviously the most important aspect of the entire game and Telltale does a great job of it.The game kept me on the edge of my seat for most of it and although I don’t want to spoil anything but I do want to mention that they had a very interesting story arc with the Wayne’s family history. What also got me very excited about the story is, its not all about the Joker. Nothing against the Joker but it just seems like he’s a bit overused and its nice to see some other Batman villains get a chance to be in the spotlight.
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  4. May 24, 2018
    7
    juego típico de esta compañía muy sencillito no esta mal corto los 5 episodio que tenia
  5. May 15, 2020
    6
    Played this as I got it free a while ago for being a playstation plus member. Man, it was quite disappointing to be honest. Lackluster story,Played this as I got it free a while ago for being a playstation plus member. Man, it was quite disappointing to be honest. Lackluster story, quite obvious plot. I do like a Telltale game, something that tells a story, is no effort to play where your choices have consequences. Something to play if you're tired and want to chill out to. However this ones quite dull, but as a Batman fan still has a few cool moments. DO Not let this game put you off of the second season called Batman The Enemy Within. That season is brilliant and is I'm my top 3 Telltale games yet! Expand
  6. May 14, 2019
    5
    Optimization and performance for Telltale old hat is kind of crappy on new gen console, wtf!? Alas the usual formulaic Telltare experience,Optimization and performance for Telltale old hat is kind of crappy on new gen console, wtf!? Alas the usual formulaic Telltare experience, but the amount of QTE in the fight scenes are more annoying than in any other Telltale games. The controller just sucks for aiming in the QTE. The rest of this experience is just sit watch back cutscene after cutscene. While now and again click one of the three on screen dialogue trees or say nothing. The stand out part of this experience is that I could chose to be a edgy darker version of Batman or not.

    I can see why Telltale is failing as a company. Not just due to the same old formula again, but with the ignorant level of writing just wow. This feels like it is a elsewhere Batman story and if it was what they was going for? Then I get the very off direction with the Wayne family.
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  7. Jan 5, 2018
    0
    this is one of tje worst games i’ve ever played the story is bad and characters are very different from thier comic source visually ithis is one of tje worst games i’ve ever played the story is bad and characters are very different from thier comic source visually i understand there is multiple batman universes but this is by far the worse
    regarding gameplay there is little effect for your actions the story is weak and thier is little gameplay in the game
    regarding the preference i played on ps4 it had huge frame drops and freezing in action and out of action the game crashed alot its one of the worst game regarding the prefomance on ps4
    by far the worst game i had ever played
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