Final yr, Telltale Video games introduced that they have been going to be making a Batman sport, permitting followers to step into both the sneakers of Bruce Wayne, or the cowl of Batman. It was a improbable technique to introduce acquainted characters with a novel twist. Telltale expertly crafted new backstories and new personalities, and that made it the proper catalyst to create our personal variations of those characters. Batman: The Telltale Collection had an exciting first season, and although the season finale wasn’t the strongest (it was nonetheless good), it hinted at some thrilling occasions to come back. In a shocking flip of occasions, season two launched solely eight months later, and it feels good to be again. It’s value mentioning that this evaluate may have mild spoilers from this episode, in addition to the primary season.
It looks like Telltale actually took a variety of the suggestions from the primary season to coronary heart, as there are a variety of notable enhancements to Batman: The Enemy Within. The most effective enhancements is the elimination of the letterbox format, permitting the visuals on Telltales upgraded engine to shine. The graphics actually do shine right here too, as environments and lighting look noticeably extra polished. One other enchancment is the fight, and whereas it’s nonetheless a bunch of fast time occasions, now it presents gamers a selection of assault sorts. Whereas it appears to don’t have any impact on how characters view Batman, it at the least provides gamers a selection on how they wish to struggle the battle on crime. It permits them to look good whereas doing it too.
The story takes place one yr after the primary season. Relying on the alternatives of the participant, it might’ve had a great or dangerous impact on the second season. Some characters could also be scarred, each bodily and emotionally. Others might have been promoted or given a greater high quality of life. Whatever the selections, issues appear to be going nicely for Gotham Metropolis after the defeat of the Kids of Arkham. Crime is down and persons are beginning to really feel secure once more. Quick ahead to the beginning of the primary episode, The Enigma, because the Riddler, thought of to be the primary costumed villain of Gotham, has returned to city. On account of this current emergence, Gotham Metropolis will get assist from a corporation often known as “The Agency”, however they could deliver extra issues than they repair.
The Riddler on this universe will not be probably the most authentic, however he’s undoubtedly proper at dwelling on this darkish and typically brutal world. He could be ruthless, lethal, and downright sadistic together with his plots. Voice performing veteran Robin Atkin Downes (who has executed many Batman roles earlier than) does a improbable job portraying a madman with a superiority advanced, making his Riddler stand out a bit extra. The addition of the Riddler helps to lift the bar a bit in the case of actually having the ability to suppose like Batman. Fixing puzzles within the first sport was sadly one of many weaker components, so it’s good to have a pair riddles with excessive stakes for Batman to unravel. Hopefully this season has a technique to proceed giving good puzzles, as it can undoubtedly make the detective mode segments extra entertaining.
Troy Baker actually makes himself at dwelling, reprising his position as Bruce Wayne and his darker alter ego. His efficiency continues to assist make the sport as he makes most of the relationships memorable, after all provided that the participant pursues them. One of many main options of the second season is the power to vary a relationship solely with among the characters. This might result in some dramatic moments of betrayal or disappointment, creating extra pressure for sure characters. It is likely to be value mentioning that a few of these relationships received’t final. No person is assured life, and each breath might be the final when you’ve got an in depth connection to Bruce Wayne.
One other good suppose to level out is how Telltale has executed a great job of constructing a extra fleshed out Batcave. There’s an space the place Batman shows trinkets and devices from earlier adversaries, giving a pleasant name again to the primary sport, in addition to a bit for what would possible be for the brand new ones that he comes throughout on this season. It’s value exploring the Batcave, as even the pc has a variety of information on characters and locations from each seasons, giving background for those who wish to get extra out of the lore. It makes the sport much more presentable and it looks like a full package deal proper out of episode one. The total presentation is stable, with the one criticism being within the animation throughout sure moments. It feels just like the animation skips frames in sure situations, but it surely’s a really minor criticism and it doesn’t damage the general expertise.
Evidently Telltale continues to maintain their promise in giving followers a option to sort out issues as Batman or Bruce Wayne, and this may result in some attention-grabbing moments. It looks like Batman has extra to lose now with among the occasions that unfold, and he might begin to take issues private because the season attracts on. Bringing in John Doe from the earlier season might function a robust focus to make this season surpass the primary, however we received’t know for positive till he will get extra concerned. The one scene he has is actually a great one that matches together with his character and hopefully we are able to see extra scenes prefer it. Even wanting on the unreleased episode artwork suggests returns of sure fan favorites, so we are able to stay up for seeing that sooner or later as nicely.
It’s unclear who the massive villain might be for this season, however we are able to already take just a few guesses, and that’s thrilling. It looks like this season has a variety of probably attention-grabbing avenues to discover based mostly on earlier selections, so it could be value revisiting the primary sport, or on the very least beginning this season with completely different selections picked. Fortunately the power to make selections from the primary sport returns, a characteristic just lately utilized in The Strolling Useless: A New Frontier – The Telltale Collection. Hopefully season two provides us much more alternatives to inform our personal story for a possible season three.
General, Batman: The Enemy Within is a improbable technique to open up a brand new chapter in Gotham Metropolis. New characters are revealed and a few are hinted to seem, and the sequence maintains a mature tone that matches the darkish themes of a Batman story. The solid continues to be wonderful and the visuals preserve an incredible comedian e book model, and it simply makes for a extra spectacular premiere that it got here out in lower than a yr. Hopefully Telltale can preserve this momentum and introduce extra to maintain the sequence recent and entertaining. Primarily based on the primary episode, it appears we’re in fine condition to date.
Ultimate Rating: 9 out of 10