The latest episode of Batman: The Enemy Within has a whole lot of excessive expectations after the fantastic first episode. Episode two: The Pact, might be essentially the most completely different episode in the entire sequence to date. That isn’t essentially a foul factor, because it permits gamers to discover new areas of Telltale’s attention-grabbing world. As at all times, since it is a narrative primarily based sport, there can be slight spoilers, largely from the primary episode. Reader discretion is suggested, so for those who want to keep away from spoilers from episode one, skip all the way down to the rating.
Episode two begins gamers out with the cliffhanger from the primary episode, and that’s that Amanda Waller is aware of who Batman is. Waller has had no bother pushing her manner into the lives of Gotham Metropolis’s residents. That additionally holds true for Bruce, as she turns into a very troubling thorn in his aspect. Regardless of coming to town for the Riddler, the case appears to be greater than even she might think about. She already intends to make use of each Bruce and Batman for her personal agenda, and this episode focuses on that concept.
The Pact holds itself again from a pair conventional parts of the sequence, focusing extra on introducing new parts to the story. There isn’t a standard detective mode sequence, as an alternative providing a pair alternate options. This episode additionally offers gamers a considerably unsettling predicament, forcing them to play a job in acts they might not have anticipated. This raises potential for a number of relationships to vary, however how these relationships will have an effect on the total story continues to be but to be seen.
Telltale positively made an enormous danger with this episode, as The Pact introduces not one, not two, however three new villains. All three villains, together with John Doe, kind Riddler’s gang, and with their introductions come new parts of those characters. Bane for instance, appears to be essentially the most conventional of the villains to date. The Lucha Libre masks, the usage of venom, the Spanish accent; Bane is trying just like the least modified villain in Telltale’s sequence. Maybe there are extra parts but to be seen, however for now, Bane (carried out by J. B. Blanc) does a superb job including uncooked energy to the combination.
The subsequent villain, Mr. Freeze (voiced by Matthew Mercer), performs a reasonably small position within the story to date. Nonetheless a little bit of a sympathetic villain, he primarily focuses on curing his spouse from a deadly illness. As an alternative of utilizing his conventional freeze ray, this model of Mr. Freeze has a type of gauntlet that may freeze no matter he touches. Assume King Midas, however as an alternative of gold, what he touches turns to ice. It might be a small change, nevertheless it provides a sure intimidating issue to his character. Regardless of being a sympathetic villain, that doesn’t make him any much less lethal in The Pact. He feels extra like he’s driving within the again seat of this episode, however there’s robust potential for this character.
Final, however definitely not least, is Harley Quinn, presenting a drastic change to the character. Followers could also be disillusioned with the vocal efficiency not sounding like Arleen Sorkin (or Tara Sturdy for that matter), however Laura Publish does an excellent job showcasing each Harley’s candy and psychotic sides. That is Telltale’s model of the character and which means followers shouldn’t count on issues to be the identical. Whereas her look could seem much like earlier incarnations, this model of Harley exhibits a extra dominating character. That is particularly noticeable in her interactions with John Doe, and it makes an attention-grabbing dynamic that may hopefully be additional explored. Both manner, she’s simply as harmful as any earlier model of the character, if no more.
Leaving out the specifics of how these villains are concerned, it positively appears fairly formidable for Telltale. The Pact surprisingly doesn’t have a whole lot of Batman moments, placing gamers in Bruce’s footwear more often than not. It makes for a reasonably completely different episode altogether and it feels harking back to the fourth episode of last season. This episode focuses on how Bruce handles the relationships of these near him, whether or not it’s an ally or an enemy. Some allies might even present their true colours, betraying any belief which will have already got been established. When Batman does present up although, it nonetheless provides a superb distinction to the episode as a complete.
Total, The Pact appears to be an experimental episode, eradicating the standard detective sequences and specializing in taking part in as Bruce. It establishes three new villains and whereas it was a danger, it pays off. All of the voice work helps to tell apart every character and everybody performs their half effectively. It’s fairly thrilling to see the place that is all going, because it’s nonetheless early within the season. With so many potential antagonists, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see who’s the principle focus of the plot. Hopefully Telltale can preserve their momentum this season and ship a stronger story than the final.
Total Rating: eight out of 10