Batman A Telltale Series: Episode 1 Day One Impressions
Batman-A Telltale Series: Episode 1: Realm of Shadows released today for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Click down below to see what my impressions of the first half of the episode are.
- Goosebump inducing introduction to what looks to be an action-packed new series by beloved developer Telltale Games.
- Amazing orchestrated Batman-sounding soundtrack to backup the on screen action.
- Comic book style action in full motion brings Batman to what might be the coolest fight scenes in his history of video games and animation.
- Lots of witty quips by Alfred Pennywise that always hit the right notes.
- Solid animation with little to no slowdown that has been present in nearly every TTG game since The Walking Dead Season 1.
- Interesting story with a nice hook to keep you on your toes to see what’s coming next.
- Richard McGonagle (Victor “Goddamn” Sullivan) as Carmine Falcone is a great villain as I buy him as a menace to Gotham City.
- Batman Year One once again. At least it forshadows some of Batman’s most iconic villains early on to spice up Batman’s first year, or first couple of years, fighting crime.
- Quick Time Events are fast and in your face during combat that sometimes button prompts are missed by my end and the action still occurs on-screen.
and the Ugly:
- Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne just never clicks. He is a marvelous VA but I can’t buy him as Bruce Wayne and even less as Batman.
Should you buy it?
Telltale’s games have been easily skip by me in the past due to copy and paste gameplay with choices that hardly ever affect anything in the storyline. However, Batman: A Telltale Series seems to rejuvenate the same ol’ same ol’ gameplay with over-the-top action that you’d expect from Batman. The inclusion of a better performing engine also helps make the game run and look much smoother than ever before. Buy it immediately if you’ve A) lost interest in TT’s games, B) enjoy good action video games with plenty of QTE’s, or C) love games involving the Dark Knight. TTG has managed to bring me back onto their games and I am enjoying what might be one of my favorite games of the year.