About This GameIn this latest chapter from the award-winning studio behind Batman – The Telltale Series, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?
Includes access to all five episodes (available now!) in this all-new season from the award-winning studio, Telltale Games.
- OS: Windows 7 64Bit Service Pack 1
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
- Memory: 3 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450+ with 1024MB+ VRAM (excluding GT) – LATEST DRIVERS REQUIRED
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 15 GB available space
- Sound Card: Direct X 11 sound device
- Additional Notes: Not Recommended for Intel integrated graphics. For more detailed specs to optimize the performance of Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series, please visit: http://steamcommunity.com/games/675260/announcements/detail/1451702178991581242
It’s a real shame there won’t be another Batman Telltale Series.
RIP Telltale 🙁
+ Your choices does matter (Finally Telltale delivered!)
+ The development of John Doe
+ Your decisions will make the Joker
+ An interesting new take on Joker and Harley Quinn
+ One of the best Jokers ever written
+ Every John Doe’s scene is thrilling and exciting
+ Complicating relationship between Batman and Joker
+ Alfred’s character is developed better than ever
+ Being both Batman and Bruce Wayne is grueling and tough
+ Choices are hard to make
+ Your relationship with the characters matter
+ Not everything has to be the Batman’s way
+ Moral Grayness
+ Villains are all threatening and intimdating
+ Interesting villains
+ Gory and brutal
+ Iman Avesta & Tiffany are some exciting new characters
+ Superb voice acting from John Doe’s voice actor (as good as Mark Hamill’s performance)
+ Voice actings are all top-tier level
+ Fight scenes are engaging and exhilarating
+ Some nice plot twists
+ Great soundtrack
+ Good art-style
+ Improved visual
+ Gadgets sound are amazing
– Too much villains
– which cause a lot of them to be sidelined
– Some wasted returning characters from Season 1
– Investigation scenes are dull compare to season 1
– Puzzles are unchallenging
– Both Gordon and Catwoman are underused in this season
+/- Not relying on being Batman
+/- The Joker you created kind of leads to the same end
+/- It desperately needs a Season 3 and more
Story & Characters: 8.5/10
Sound & Visual: 8/10
Recommendation: Buy it. Why? Because I’m Batman!
I’m sorry that I am contradicting myself when I say your choices matter, yet the joker we created kind of leads to the same end. This is difficult for me to explain cause this is a spoiler-free review. You’d probably have to finish the game in order to understand what I’m trying to imply.
RIP Telltale 🙁
It’s story is great, the episodes were long enough, but fourth episode took quite long to release, and it took like 1.2 hours to finish.
Hopefully they won’t do a mistake and Episode 5 will be great.
I was lucky and got it on sale, when it was 6,89€. Steam noticed their mistake and about half a hour the price was corrected to 13,79€
Should I buy it? If so, at what price?
He told me I’m extremely handsome.
Went on a pretend date to a cafe.
This is the Batman dating sim we all deserved.
And that’s a good thing.
You could actually taste the sweat (lots) and tears (flooded) that were poured into that episode, which is something that we haven’t seen since TFTB.
Graphically, it’s as good as Telltale Games get.
Gameplay-wise, it’s as interactive as Telltale Games get.
Story-wise (thus far), it’s almost as good as The Walking Dead Season 1 was.
And, finally, it’s bout’ time we got a 2 hour long episode too with somewhat meaningful choices. The introduction of the relationship system also suprisingly makes most conversations feel much more impactful.
Whilst Episode 1 might not be worth the 19 quid by itself, if the rest of the episodes are similiar to quality of the first one, then 19 pounds is most definitely the right price tag.
Most definitely recommended for people who have finished the first season. Likely won’t be disappointed!
EDIT: Episode 2 just came out. Let’s just say that it has reassured me that Telltale, indeed, still has it.
This game is definitely one of my most favourite Telltale games. (I’ve played almost all of them). In my opinion it’s even better than the first Batman Telltale game!
It’s a very good looking game. The graphics are pretty nice and improved compared to the previous game. I love the main theme soundtrack so much! And voice acting is so brilliant. Everything feels just right. You can check it here and see for yourself. It’s the very beginning of the game so you won’t really get any spoilers.
The story is very well written. It has a good humor and interesting twists. It’s not as dark as the Batman games made by Rocksteady studios. But because it’s a Telltale game it has less of an actual gameplay and more of the storytelling. And of course your choices matter. I really felt like my choices mattered much more than in the other Telltale games and it wasn’t easy for me to make them. I kind of felt bad for some of my choices so I had to keep defending myself in front of those who watched me play it. 🙂 Your choices bring something good and bad. So it feels like there is no perfect choice and that makes it so much harder to pick something. I could say it’s an alternative Batman story where anything can happen. After the first shocking moment I really felt satisfied with how unpredictable the game is. It makes it very exciting! So before you buy it, be sure you are ok with a story which goes a totally different way and which changes a lot of the story how we know it from before. I personally love the creativity put into the game!
There is definitely a space for replayability. I am very curious what happens if I make different decisions. Different choices create different relationships with in-game characters so even if the ending would be the same, the whole experience would be different. I think I will go for it after some time. If you already played this game and want to compare our choices, you already got the link for it. 😉
There are puzzles in the game but they are not too hard to solve. The combat is pretty nice. Not too hard and you usually have more choices what moves to make. If you die when solving some puzzle it forces you to replay a bit of the game which can become a bit tedious just to click through everything again.
I haven’t really experienced any bugs. The only problem was the common problems for the Telltale games for me. Sometimes they start loading a new part and they never finish loading no matter how long I wait. In this game it happened only once. It’s just a bit annoying when it doesn’t even save your progress from the previous part so you have to play it again and hope it will load the next part this time.
Overall Batman: The Enemy Within was extremely fun to play! I am really hoping for at least one more Batman Telltale game! But that’s long way to go, because I don’t start playing it until all episodes are out and it takes a long time for them to release all episodes! Get it on sale, the Steam summer sale is coming closer so here is your chance! 🙂
I am very satisfied with the whole story plot.
What was a Telltale game would now be a more appropriate question, unfortunately. In September (2018) it was announced that a lot of Telltale employees had been laid off. There are several articles out there trying to explain what had happened that led to this decision of high management. Some say it was the toxic management itself or investors pulling out. Either way, we will not be seeing anymore games from this studio. As far as I know the latest Walking Dead game in the series might later be finished but that requires another company to do that. Hope they can pull it off.
Telltale specialises in point-and-click adventure games that have minimalistic inventory. Emphasis is on story immersion which means there are a lot of dialogues as well as action sequences. The former allows us to pick from several choices (not saying anything is also a choice) and by doing so will affect the relationship of the protagonist with those of others. The latter means a lot of QTE (quick time events) sequences that are not very difficult but should you fail them you have to start that particular section from the beginning.
These games have always been episodic – normally, this means 5 episodes, all with achievements that are all granted once an episode is complete. This is a formula the company has been following since 2012 when the first Walking Dead adventure game was released. The company prides itself on the decision-making system it introduced – it should also be noted that occasionally we can make an important choice. This often means deciding who to save of two NPCs in jeopardy. Now, this can make you complete the game twice (picking a different choice during the 2nd playthrough all the time) but it should be noted that the end game will not change significantly.
What’s Telltale’s version of Batman?
Bloody. While Batman has his code he isn’t always able to save all innocents. This is something that was true to this game’s predecessor and this continues moving forward. There are a lot of QTE sequences and beside the E or Q keys their combination with the SHIFT will also be regularly used. I noticed that we are often given a choice as to how to disarm a villain – E and Q here mean two different options.
Remember the drone sequences for planning a strategic attack? Or the crime scene investigations? We have them here but, unfortunately, only once. These two things I really liked in the previous instalment. I also remember having to press the left-right keys at the same time as a final knockout before – here we will not do it very often. Batcave sessions will return (we often investigate before heading out) and the game doesn’t just use pop-ups saying "XY will remember that" but it will also notify us if our relationship with a key character has changed. This is not much to go with, to be honest – once again the best feedback will be the numbers we are provided at the end of each episode. This is slightly changed now in the sense but beside the percentage the game uses highlighted adjectives to evaluate Batman’s friendship with others.
Upping the ante
The stakes are much higher in this sequel. I don’t want to spoil it (not that the trailers don’t do that); let’s just say we’ll have a returning villain and several new ones. Whilst Batman’s relationship with Gordon is really good, initially, we’ll learn about a new law enforcement group called The Agency. They, of course, keep tabs on Gordon as well as on Batman. At the same time things will become so dire that Batman has to go undercover – midway in the story we play as Bruce more often than Batman – this is something I wasn’t particularly fond of.
In any case, this is a ride you can enjoy if you liked the previous game. Choices can be imported so there’s really no point in starting the journey without completing the previous Batman game. I felt that after a strong start episode 2 and 3 were weaker but the final two episodes were once again really good. I’d have been happy if they had included some interviews under the extras menu just like before – we have to make do without them this time.
I recommend this game to all Telltale and Batman fans out there. Pick it up while you can – who knows when Telltale software will disappear from the Steam store for good.