Home Login Sign Up Forums News Articles Leaderboards Members Search
Welcome! Sign up to remove the advertisements.
Resist.

Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1

Game Review | August 4, 2016 4:14 am
By Meta
BATMAN: The Telltale Series
Episode 1 - Realm of Shadows

Developed & published by Telltale Games.
1 player offline, or online via CrowdPlay.
Released August 2nd, 2016. Rated M for Mature.

Full disclosure: I'm not a big Batguy fan. I don't hate the character despite the DC origins, but I do dislike the way he is usually portrayed in the more popular incarnations. The few Batman stories I've really enjoyed tended to be the extended universe, non-canon and/or generally peculiar ones, like Knightfall, Batman vs Predator and some graphic novel where Bruce Wayne fights vampires and eventually becomes one that Alfred has to kill.

The deal with Telltale adventure-style games of the last and current generation is that you are given a lot of choices. A few are bigger than others and, while the overall stories don't change, the dialog or actions you choose can affect the tone.

Realm of Shadows is the first episode of five in this new Batman story, and the best aspect is that you can play Bruce Wayne/Batman as the self-righteous goldenboy hero from the classic stories, or as a bitter, vengeful vigilante, or a blend of the two.

Batman games usually involve a lot of combat and a bit of detective work, and this game is no exception. The action is all QuickTime Events, though, and the detective set-pieces are more busywork than they are genuine puzzles of any sort. This particular game adds a third element which is managing relationships & reacting to events (mostly as Bruce Wayne) and does a great job selling the illusion of steering the narrative and creating interest in characters and moments that could easily be boring as all hell.


The good news here is that the Telltale game engine is running smoother & looking better than ever before. I didn't experience the expected choppy framerates and stuttering animations even during heavy action scenes & achievements popping, and this has the nicest overall visuals of all the TT titles so far, although the art style is relatively simple. The voice acting is above average if not great, and the music & sound effects are adequate and mostly unremarkable.

The bad news is that all the choices are still mostly illusion, as the major plot beats are going to occur no matter what you say or do, and the twitchy QTEs that make up most of the action moments still won't win over people that haven't enjoyed any previous Telltale games. There are a few moments in this game that are unique to this title, such as a part near the end of this episode where you choose what order Bats takes out the bad guys in, and what methods he uses, then get to watch it play out.


I'm giving Batman: The Telltale Series episode 1 an 8 out of 10, because it managed to get me interested in the character and presented story I was not expecting to like, nicely changing up its own pace a couple times and setting up enough intrigue that I am sold on buying episode 2. It loses a couple points because there are too freaking many short, pointless QTEs in action scenes that could use some trimming down.

My play time from start to finish was about 5 minutes shy of 2 hours. If you are a fan of Batman and/or other Telltale games, then I can confidently recommend that you lay down the $5 and get episode 1 of this. If you aren't a fan of these games' style and don't have a particular love for the character, this game will most likely not change your mind on either.

You will get all 6 achievements for 200G just by playing through--nothing extra needs to be done and you don't even need to be thorough in examining objects.

Rating: 8.0 of 10
Keywords: Batdance, Vicki Vale, are you professional, I am the night, Harvey Dent will put a Dent in crime

Options:
Article Discussion: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1

Posted Under: Articles
Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

Golden Waffle
Golden Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 150,000 or higher.

3 Year Login Streak
3 Year Login Streak

This user has logged in to Xbox America every day for the past three years.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Community Spotlight
Community Spotlight

This Xbox America member has been featured in the Monthly Community Spotlight.

Barterer
Barterer

This user has completed 3 or more game trades and is in good trading standing.

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Gamercard Lover
Gamercard Lover

This user has posted one of his or her official Xbox America gamercards on another website.

I am with you Meta, not a fan. This is one of those games I will pick up if it's on sale though.

Great review
Re: Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Xbox America Staff
Xbox America Staff

This is a staff member of Xbox America

Xbox America Friend
Xbox America Friend

This user has donated $1+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Sponsor
Xbox America Sponsor

This user has donated $15+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Benefactor
Xbox America Benefactor

This user has donated $50+ to Xbox America.

Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

Golden Waffle
Golden Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 150,000 or higher.

200 Day Login Streak
200 Day Login Streak

This user has logged in to Xbox America on each of the past two-hundred consecutive days.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Community Spotlight
Community Spotlight

This Xbox America member has been featured in the Monthly Community Spotlight.

360Voice Group
360Voice Group

This user is a member of Xbox America's group on 360Voice.com.

Waffle Philanthropist
Waffle Philanthropist

This user has donated three or more games to the Waffle Order thread.

Barterer
Barterer

This user has completed 3 or more game trades and is in good trading standing.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy

This user has written 10+ published Xbox America news articles.

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

Brain Stormer
Brain Stormer

This user thought of an idea for a new site feature which was later implemented.

Marketer
Marketer

This user has referred five users to Xbox America.

Master Marketer
Master Marketer

This user has referred ten users to Xbox America.

Representin'
Representin'

This user has given Xbox America some love in his Xbox Live motto.

It Defines Me
It Defines Me

This user mentioned Xbox America in his Xbox Live biography.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Gamercard Lover
Gamercard Lover

This user has posted one of his or her official Xbox America gamercards on another website.

Community Player
Community Player

This gamer participated in Xbox America's Xbox.com Community Playdate.

Beta Tester
Beta Tester

This user has participated in a Xbox America beta test.


Quote by Mo the Surfer:


I am with you Meta, not a fan. This is one of those games I will pick up if it's on sale though.

Great review



I am hoping that once the rest of the game is out, Telltale will do like they did with their other games and make episode 1 free.

Currently, if you just buy the entire game upfront you are still paying the full price, $5 per episode, so it will be $25.

Even if you decide to buy episode 1, I would definitely recommend to everyone that you wait to purchase the others, as there will probably be a discount later and very likely a sale at some point.

Since it's only $25 for all 5 episodes, they may even make this free eventually, although I would wager that Walking Dead season 2 or the Borderlands TT game would be free GwG first.
Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Competition Pro
Competition Pro

This user has won three or more gamerscore competitions.

Xbox America Friend
Xbox America Friend

This user has donated $1+ to Xbox America.

Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

It Defines Me
It Defines Me

This user mentioned Xbox America in his Xbox Live biography.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Nice work here :)
Re: Re: Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

Golden Waffle
Golden Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 150,000 or higher.

3 Year Login Streak
3 Year Login Streak

This user has logged in to Xbox America every day for the past three years.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Community Spotlight
Community Spotlight

This Xbox America member has been featured in the Monthly Community Spotlight.

Barterer
Barterer

This user has completed 3 or more game trades and is in good trading standing.

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Gamercard Lover
Gamercard Lover

This user has posted one of his or her official Xbox America gamercards on another website.


Quote by Meta:



Quote by Mo the Surfer:


I am with you Meta, not a fan. This is one of those games I will pick up if it's on sale though.

Great review



I am hoping that once the rest of the game is out, Telltale will do like they did with their other games and make episode 1 free.

Currently, if you just buy the entire game upfront you are still paying the full price, $5 per episode, so it will be $25.

Even if you decide to buy episode 1, I would definitely recommend to everyone that you wait to purchase the others, as there will probably be a discount later and very likely a sale at some point.

Since it's only $25 for all 5 episodes, they may even make this free eventually, although I would wager that Walking Dead season 2 or the Borderlands TT game would be free GwG first.


No worries I can wait. :cool:

Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Xbox America Staff
Xbox America Staff

This is a staff member of Xbox America

Xbox America Friend
Xbox America Friend

This user has donated $1+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Sponsor
Xbox America Sponsor

This user has donated $15+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Benefactor
Xbox America Benefactor

This user has donated $50+ to Xbox America.

Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

Golden Waffle
Golden Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 150,000 or higher.

200 Day Login Streak
200 Day Login Streak

This user has logged in to Xbox America on each of the past two-hundred consecutive days.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Community Spotlight
Community Spotlight

This Xbox America member has been featured in the Monthly Community Spotlight.

360Voice Group
360Voice Group

This user is a member of Xbox America's group on 360Voice.com.

Waffle Philanthropist
Waffle Philanthropist

This user has donated three or more games to the Waffle Order thread.

Barterer
Barterer

This user has completed 3 or more game trades and is in good trading standing.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy

This user has written 10+ published Xbox America news articles.

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

Brain Stormer
Brain Stormer

This user thought of an idea for a new site feature which was later implemented.

Marketer
Marketer

This user has referred five users to Xbox America.

Master Marketer
Master Marketer

This user has referred ten users to Xbox America.

Representin'
Representin'

This user has given Xbox America some love in his Xbox Live motto.

It Defines Me
It Defines Me

This user mentioned Xbox America in his Xbox Live biography.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Gamercard Lover
Gamercard Lover

This user has posted one of his or her official Xbox America gamercards on another website.

Community Player
Community Player

This gamer participated in Xbox America's Xbox.com Community Playdate.

Beta Tester
Beta Tester

This user has participated in a Xbox America beta test.

Also folks, they will be releasing a disc version with all episodes in mid-September, so keep an eye out for a used copy after that. You could easily complete this within 7 days and return it for a full refund.
Re: Batman: The Telltale Series - episode 1
Xbox America Staff
Xbox America Staff

This is a staff member of Xbox America

Xbox America Friend
Xbox America Friend

This user has donated $1+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Sponsor
Xbox America Sponsor

This user has donated $15+ to Xbox America.

Xbox America Benefactor
Xbox America Benefactor

This user has donated $50+ to Xbox America.

Burnt Waffle
Burnt Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 25,000 or higher.

Bronze Waffle
Bronze Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 50,000 or higher.

Silver Waffle
Silver Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 100,000 or higher.

Golden Waffle
Golden Waffle

This user has achieved a gamerscore of 150,000 or higher.

200 Day Login Streak
200 Day Login Streak

This user has logged in to Xbox America on each of the past two-hundred consecutive days.

1,000 Posts
1,000 Posts

This user has written over 1,000 posts. Rock on!

Community Spotlight
Community Spotlight

This Xbox America member has been featured in the Monthly Community Spotlight.

360Voice Group
360Voice Group

This user is a member of Xbox America's group on 360Voice.com.

Waffle Philanthropist
Waffle Philanthropist

This user has donated three or more games to the Waffle Order thread.

Barterer
Barterer

This user has completed 3 or more game trades and is in good trading standing.

Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy

This user has written 10+ published Xbox America news articles.

Discussion Sparker
Discussion Sparker

This user created a thread which attracted 150 or more replies.

Brain Stormer
Brain Stormer

This user thought of an idea for a new site feature which was later implemented.

Marketer
Marketer

This user has referred five users to Xbox America.

Master Marketer
Master Marketer

This user has referred ten users to Xbox America.

Representin'
Representin'

This user has given Xbox America some love in his Xbox Live motto.

It Defines Me
It Defines Me

This user mentioned Xbox America in his Xbox Live biography.

Sociable
Sociable

This user introduced himself or herself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

Googler
Googler

This user used the Xbox America search bar.

Gamercard Lover
Gamercard Lover

This user has posted one of his or her official Xbox America gamercards on another website.

Community Player
Community Player

This gamer participated in Xbox America's Xbox.com Community Playdate.

Beta Tester
Beta Tester

This user has participated in a Xbox America beta test.

So I finally found a used copy to "rent", and I enjoyed episodes 2-5 a lot.

The story ramps up nicely during ep 3, and a nice plot twist and the appearance of a couple major characters keep interest up.

The ending of episode 5 wasn't great, but it also wasn't terrible. It resolves the current conflicts well enough, while also setting up for a possible second season of episodes.

If you liked episode 1, or are a fan of Batman and/or Telltale games in general, I definitely suggest you find a way to get your hands on this. It is also a simple 1000G that doesn't require any special effort and has no collectibles. Total playtime will be around 8 hours.
1 17860
Resist.