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By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on October 26, 2016

I am Batman...

We all know the man, we all know the myth; we all know the legend that is Batman. And I don't know about you, but I would sure as hell like to be Batman (at least for a day). Let's face it, he has a sick power suit, he is super rich and of course THAT AWESOME-AS-HELL CAR!

Over the years, I've grown to be a fan of the man called Bruce Wayne (and his enemies) but for some reason, I was simply too bad at playing the Batman games. I had watched the Arkham game series in their entirety but I couldn't play them myself because I was too shit at handling the controls. But then, my big red friend Sadhonker gave me some advice of which I'm really thankful. Play the Batman Telltale game, it's really good! So I went on and bought the game, and boy, did it deliver!

So first things first; this isn't going to be your standard review because Telltale games are different than other games. I'm going to try not to drop any spoilers, but if I still drop one, you're just going to have to deal with it.

To be honest, when I launched the game for the very first time, I expected just your regular Batman story; a main villain which needs to be taken down, a lot of interesting characters that I would meet along the way and a lot of butt kicking. So I started playing and dropped right into some Batman action, which was nice because you could get a good chance to learn about the controls of the game. When it comes to gameplay, this game is fairly simple to master. The game shows you which button to press or which direction to move, and that's pretty much it! After the action scene, I switched to Bruce and met the part of the game that really defines the Telltale games; the storytelling.

I met Harvey Dent (you know, THAT Harvey Dent) and learned that Bruce is funding Dent's campaign to become the new mayor of Gotham. As Dent's partner in this campaign I had to make some decisions. The game tells you a little about what impact your decision have on certain in-game characters, but what I noticed later in the story is that your choices are genuinely important, as they can alter the storyline!

So I played my way through episode 1 and liked every part of it. The balance between action and storytelling is just perfect, and the way you find out how your decisions matter to the story is just mind-blowing! At the end, I decided to show mercy to the villain, because you know, BATMAN DOESN'T FUCKING KILL PEOPLE. (And if any of the true Batman fans decide to kill anyone in this game I am truly disappointed in you) But after that, the game hit me with the biggest plot-twist since the end of Batman: Arkham City (look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about) and I just had to know what was going to happen next!

From that point on, the story turned from an interesting story into an "I HAVE TO FUCKING KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT OR ELSE I'LL START SMASHING WINDOWS"-story. So I immediately started episode 2 and I didn't stop playing until I finished it. Not going to tell you too much about the episode, but it probably gave me one of the toughest, out of nowhere decisions in my life and it really shocked me. I genuinely had to pause the game after that decision to take a breather. Man, that episode's finale was intense!

At the time that I'm writing this, I'm on my way home in anticipation to download episode 3 and start playing it. Really, I can't wait! This game gives me the same feeling that some Netflix series give my sister, when an episode is finished you simply need the next one to come out as soon as possible!

So, if any of you, Batman fans or not, want to play a game which gives you the feeling that your choices actually have an impact, and want a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then the Batman Telltale Series is a must-have!

Sadhonker, I really owe you one. This game is epic!!!

available on:

August 2, 2016 (digital release)
September 16 (physical release)