The second series in Telltale’s Batman series provides the ultimate experience of what it’s like to be not only Batman, but Bruce Wayne as well. As the season kicks off, it is obvious that this is not the canon of Batman you are used to. This brings with it many surprises that are jaw dropping moments that leave you wondering, “can they do that”? Though it might not yet have the deep emotional impact like other Telltale games have, it continues the compelling new chapter of DC’s caped crusader in a way that leaves you dying for more!
The biggest advice I can give when going into this game is to anticipate anything can happen. No one is safe in Telltale’s Batman universe this time around. This was really made apparent in episode 3 of the previous season. However, Telltale reminds you really quickly not to trust your knowledge of the characters and assume they are safe because they are so important to Batman’s story. This constantly clouds your mind and guides your decisions moving forward in the story. This is also shown in the new representation of the Joker. Simply named “John Doe”, this new clown prince of crime has not quite cracked to insanity… yet. He admires Bruce Wayne, as opposed to Batman this time around. He is watching your every decision as the billionaire as he will become the Joker based on these choices, according to Telltale. Stay vigilant in your interactions with Mr. Doe, you never know what he will do next.
Two welcome additions to the cast are Amanda Waller and The Riddler. Waller brings with her her ability to intimidate and not waiver in the face of anyone, not even Batman. Waller and her organization will put a fork into your relationship with some of the characters you have befriended. Do not underestimate her or her resources, as she does not pull any punches. The other new character, The Riddler, was the most enjoyable part of this episode. Though the character himself was nothing special, this chapter really made feel what it’s like to face him in a way no other game has. There is no real help in solving his riddles and you’d better find them out fast, else you will fall victim to his Saw-like death contraptions.
An aspect of the Telltale Batman games that I love is the use of planning your attacks on villains. Using your Bat-Drone, you are able to assess the situation and prepare your offensive accordingly. While fighting the bad guys, you are also able to choose what kind of attacks you’re going to punish your victims with. Roundhouse to the face? Of course! String two enemies heads together? Please! If you have the option to “Grapple Punch” take It! It. Is. Awesome.
My only gripe is with the decisions Telltale games is known for. The Batman series has never really given players that truly impossible decision that games like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones gave in nearly every episode. This is unchanged with The Enemy Within. Not saying it won’t happen this season, but it surely hasn’t yet.
Batman: The Enemy Within was a great chapter and a welcome start to the new season! Though it won’t make anyone lose sleep over the decisions they made like in other Telltale games, the welcome additions of Riddler and Amanda Waller allow for character interactions that no other Batman game has been able to truly accomplish. If you are a Batman fan or a fan of Telltale’s style of storytelling, this is a must-have to your collection.