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Telltale's Batman Won't Go Mobile Until September 13

Batman The Telltale Series New Game Spoilers and Secrets Revealed Telltale's Batman Won't Go Mobile Until September 13
Bessie Robbins | 03 August, 2016, 01:06

Testing the waters with beloved franchises like Fables and Borderlands, then another television mega-hit with Game of Thrones, Telltale is now rolling out one of its most established properties yet with Batman: The Telltale Series, which just launched its first episode.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Batman: The Telltale Series builds on Telltale's usual exploratory gameplay (wander around, examine environmental features, read flavor text or discover objectives) to create a detective mode that asks the player to do at least some of the intuitive lifting. Well if you've played any Telltale game over the last several years, you've pretty much played this one. Fans get to see Harvey Dent before he became Two Face, the Falcone crime family and Catwoman, all of whom were fairly important in The Long Halloween. Catwoman shows up as well, a new agent in town with mysterious intentions. It isn't until the end when I started to see the story for more than just another Batman tale. For now, though, the first episode is a hearty dose of pulp fun - and if you're fine with Telltale's on-rails handholding, there's plenty to enjoy across the initial high-tempo couple of hours.

And you know what? Telltale games, the popular American video-game developer released the first episode of Batman- A Telltale Series on Tuesday. As Batman, you're all about dealing out justice and getting your hands dirty.

Once you are on the Menu Screen you get to select your Bat-Tech color (Blue, Purple, Red, and Yellow) which will determine the look of the Batman's gadgets, gear, and UI. In this regard it's not fair to compare Telltale's take on Batman with Rocksteady's. Enabling it in the game's settings allows you to share a code and a URL with friends, so they can make dialogue and action choices for you. It feels a little more detective like than most Batman games, but it's ultimately not functionally different than the crime scene recreations in Batman Arkham City, Origins, and Knight. No kid game invites you to investigate "Exploded Human Remains" between scenes of Batman violently intimidating or outright beating a mercenary-it's your choice in a Telltale game after all-and fighting your way through a mob club until it literally explodes. Dent, the same hope for Gotham we've seen portrayed before in Batman stories, is running for Mayor and has allied with powerful people like Wayne to help his election. On that latter bit, a scene late in the game suggests that we'll get to see him struggle between the temptation to commit real violence and the difficulty that comes with remaining a mere symbol of fear; while it's impossible to know what the implications of the choices in this episode are just yet, the possibilities are thrilling.

Where the Arkham games fell short, however, was in the investigation segments. While still enjoyable, as the credits were rolling, I still wanted a little more. But how do you take all that and drop it into the narrative driven formula that Telltale uses for its games? Telltale's Batman conducts investigations by exploring the scene and noting relevant clues. This is done by linking together different pieces of evidence, and while it won't cause many people to scratch their heads, it's a welcome change in pace for a relentlessly fast-moving episode. During a fight within the first five minutes, I was throwing punches, using batarangs, and zip-lining all over the shop. Although there's nothing wrong with this and it suits the source material, there's an annoying amount of slowdown then you actually play. Like with The Walking Dead the episodic structure of the source comics lends itself well to the format.

Telltale's Gotham isn't a mirror of DC Comics at all.

In case you're wondering, we are not spared the "alleyway death scene" for the millionth time (it's mentioned though in passing at a banquet in case you've never heard of Batman before and has a surrealistic flashback - though instead of the pearls dropping, we get tickets this time!).

As a massive Batman fan, it's hard not to treat every new vision of the franchise with trepidation, especially when the focus isn't exclusively on your crime fighting shenanigans.

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