Sunday, August 7, 2016

Gotham Spoilers Plays: Batman Episode 1 - "Realm of Shadows"

So like I said, I've got a new feature with the site, and here it is: My full play through of Telltale's Batman series. I've got the first episode broken up into five parts and they're all uploaded. 1080p, 60FPS (not sure if these games even run at 60), no commentary, no annoying intros, no "PLEASE LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE" annotations, just straight gameplay.

You can find the first videos at this YouTube playlist. I'll also have it embedded in this post after the jump, along with my quick thoughts on the episode.

So, I'm no stranger to Telltale's games. I've played most of their releases post Walking Dead Season 1, but this is the first time I've been super invested in the franchise that is being presented. Sure I like Borderlands and Game of Thrones, but Batman. Hello. This is a Batman site. Yeah, I'm going to care a lot about this.

Having said that, I found myself enjoying playing this game more than I have any other, because for the first time I really felt like I was invested in my answers. In Game of Thrones, it got to the point where I was just playing it rogue, just saying things like "fuck that family, Ima kill them if they mess with me." Granted, that strategy didn't work, but whatever, I didn't really care. Here, I know Batman, I know what he's supposed to sound like and how he's supposed to act. So I found myself trying to emulate what I picture Batman to be, in both his words and actions.

This is supposed to be early Batman career (which quite honestly, I'm a bit tired of, let's just get to in his prime Batman), so I was feeling out what Batman meant to the city and what he was scene as. That's why when I was interrogating the sniper, fuck yeah, I broke that dude's arm, and I'm sitting here telling Alfred to shut up when he says I could have killed the dude. It's just an arm! But, towards the end with Falcone, knowing the camera's were watching, I felt that not "brutalizing" him in front of the entire city was necessary to who Batman is. It was an interesting time playing through this episode to say the least. There are some moments throughout where the answer I picked didn't necessarily go the way it lead me to believe (primarily in the conversation with Selina) but overall, I think my attempt to be the most Batman I could was successful.

A few other quick hits: I'm glad Penguin isn't some little troll man. I'm kind of over the post-Danny Devito depiction of him. Having him be someone similar to Bruce was interesting... Don't know why video games have to make him Australian though.

That conversation with Selina REALLY made me wish Rebirth would retcon Bruce and Selina's relationship to knowing each other's secrets again. The dynamic between those two is fantastic.

The twist at the end seems really familiar, but I can't really place it.

Finally, there's some typical Telltale jank in there. I was playing offline without the 1.01 update, so who knows if that fixed some of the issues with various characters' lips not moving for random lines, but over all, it ran pretty well on my PS4.


  1. The twist at the end is very reminiscent of the Wayne of Gotham novelization from a few years back.

  2. I'm really glad they went with a more comic book-esque look for the game. The next big Batman games after the Arkham games SHOULD have a look and feel that's very different from them. Likewise, I'm also glad that, for now, there's no sign of the Joker. In fact, what might be better is if we didn't see him at all, but instead the Red Hood.

    I DO hope there's more in the way of branching paths and decisions throughout the later episodes. Show more about how the choices you make ultimately define the kind of Batman you are.