There has been plenty to enjoy so far in Batman: The Telltale Series, a video game series that allows you to dive into the world of the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. The design of Telltale Games revolves around a point-and-click style of gameplay, which allows players to make a variety of different choices that have an overall effect on how the narrative plays out. Two of five episodes have been released so far and the plot has plenty of directions it could go.
This particular Batman story has set up a plot focusing on Bruce Wayne's friendship with mayoral candidate Harvey Dent and an unfolding conspiracy that links the Wayne family name to infamous gangsters in Gotham City. The first episode, 'Realm of Shadows,' provided a lot of setup for how the game works and who the main characters are, with episode 2, 'Children of Arkham,' providing more focus on furthering the plot. Episode 3, 'New World Order,' is set to take things further and now has a release date to get fans excited.
'New World Order' is set for an October 25 release date and will follow-up on where 'Children of Arkham' left off. Telltale also plans to announce the dates for the remaining chapters’ releases before the end of October. There is an official synopsis for this upcoming episode below, but beware of spoilers for the story in the game so far:
"In Episode 3, Penguin’s brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you’ll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce’s friend and Gotham’s new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne – and the Batman – could be determined by the flip of a coin?"
Featuring Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Knight) as the voice of Bruce Wayne, Batman: The Telltale Series is in keeping with Telltale Games’ other popular games, such as The Walking Dead. A distinguishing factor for this game series is the treatment of Batman mythology. While many players are already familiar with the Caped Crusader, there are notable differences surrounding what stage of Bruce Wayne's life this story takes place in, the roles characters such as Catwoman and Penguin play and other elements that have been slightly altered. Fitting for Telltale Games, Wayne must deal with the consequences of the decisions that the player makes as each episode unfolds.
As a fan of what Telltale Games has done for Batman so far, there is no real reason not to be excited for more, following the first two episodes. The unique approach to storytelling and how to play a video game provides an innovative entrance point to the world of Batman. It also allows for a great deal of consideration in regard to the character work being done, such as the way in which Batman performs in action, which stays true to his function as a tactical and skilled fighter, while also being incredibly fun. The game is not without its flaws, as the framerate gets bogged down at points and audio cuts out randomly, so hopefully these issues will get smoothed over as the next few episodes are released.
Batman: The Telltale Series episode 1, “Realm of Shadows” and episode 2 "Children of Arkham" are available now on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, OS X and compatible Android and iOS devices. Episode 3, “New World Order,” will release on October 25.
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