I’ve been a big fan of Batman ever since I was a little kid because of Batman (1989 film) and Batman Returns, the Batman Animated series, and….sadly….Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. On the last part I’ll just say we all sin so there’s that. But you get the point, I’ve been a major fan of the Bat for as long as my memory serves and that’ll never change. I love other heroes, whether DC ones or Marvel ones, my superhero interests have spread beyond the Bat but he’ll always be my favorite. I’ve also loved video games since I was a kid, alongside the Bat, so naturally I tried to play as many Batman video games I could, all the way from the SNES and Genesis to the PS4, I’ve played a wide variety of Batman games. Some of them were pretty meh. Some of them are some of the highest rated video games of all time. No, not just comic video games, but against the entirety. You know the ones I’m referring to. So it was natural when the Arkham Trilogy (as well as the side projects) came to an end that I’d be looking to the next Batman game, which is the TellTale Batman game, and let me tell you this game was worth looking forward to.
I was worried that no game from the Bat would ever compare to the Arkham games and don’t get me wrong, those games will be legendary for the rest of time and are huge for the gaming world. Marvel is winning the major film war but DC clearly has their head in the game much more so than their rival. Not that it fully matters to me, as much as Batman is my favorite, I love Marvel and want all comic companies to put up successful projects in gaming and in films, but that’s an article for another time. So while the Arkham trilogy will always have a foothold in the gaming world eventually there would have to be a new Batman game from a new company and let me tell you, based on episode 1 of the new Bat game, this game is wonderful. It’s very different and in some ways it’s something to get used to but overall the company has proven, yet again, that they know what they’re doing.
There are two primary differences between this game and the Arkham games, well maybe three. One is that your choices heavily influence the way the game looks and plays out which is beyond awesome! Two is that you play as both the Bat and Bruce, with the differing choices affecting how each individual character is viewed and that aspect is played out very well so far. And three, you aren’t playing the game. Well not in the normal way. You’re more directing the gameplay, if you will, than playing it itself. You aren’t pushing buttons to duck and run around like you would in the Arkham games, and that’s the part that takes some getting used to in my opinion, but for sure the game handles itself very well. I love the various choices and how they play in the game, seeing the indicator in the top left showing that a particular choice has affected how Bruce or Batman are viewed or that a particular character has changed views of you.
The rest of the game needs to come out to fully see how all it’ll go but this game gives you some good choices to make the gameplay unique and different for sure. You can be a very brutal Batman if you want to be. You can be downright vicious, or you can be a more calm Batman, it all is up to you. You’re interrogating a man at one point in the game and while hanging him upside down you pick up a pipe and you can hit his stomach with it, hit some barrels to scare him, or smash him right in the face. You can also, while applying pressure to his arm, choose to break it if you’d like. You don’t have to pick anything you don’t want to, it’s all up to you, and I love that so much. The way you act as Batman will play a role in how he is viewed from the Police and the public as well, so it’s very edgy stuff to pick what would be the best option.
And there are even romance choices you get to make in connection with Vicky Vale and Catwoman, so that adds a fun aspect to the game that also is very much in harmony with the past comics and movies, other media, etc of Batman that we’ve all seen and enjoyed over the years. This game, while a different step from the Arkham games, is a great adventure and is very much worth a look if you’ve been on the fence so far. Trust me, this is a good game and you’ll be happy you went for it.