Warning: Spoilers for Season One of “Batman: The Telltale Series” follow.
Season One of “Batman: The Telltale Series” was Telltale Games’ first foray into the superhero genre, in which they really accomplished something special with a character that we have gotten iteration after iteration of. The studio took the source material and completely changed any preconceived notions we may have had of characters right from the very first episode, for example Bruce Wayne’s parents actually being a part of a larger crime syndicate in Gotham, as well as taking the always good-hearted reporter Vicki Vale and making her the game’s main antagonist. The first episode of “Batman: The Enemy Within” largely continues that sentiment in a terrific way.
The start of the episode finds Bruce conducting some seemingly routine surveillance on one of Gotham’s many crime bosses, which goes awry when The Riddler shows up to rough up the criminal a bit. Alfred reveals that The Riddler was a long time player in Gotham during the hay day of Bruce’s parents, long before Batman was around, and mysteriously disappeared only to return now to test the new masked man in the city. After The Riddler escapes, we are introduced to Amanda Waller, the leader of an organization simply known as ‘The Agency.’ Part of the episode’s decisions are based in whether you play nice with Waller or stick with the stubborn yet trusted partner Commissioner Gordon. Making a return from season one is John Doe (A.K.A. The Joker) who is looking to call in a favor from his pal Bruce for helping him escape Arkham.
The voice actors are one of the series’ high-points, starting with Troy Baker who does a good Batman, but more importantly a suave yet caring Bruce Wayne. Last season, I was a bit iffy when Anthony Ingruber debuted as The Joker, especially when such a high bar was set by the likes of Mark Hamill in many animated shows and the “Arkham” games. After spending a bit more time with this incarnation of The Joker, I’ve grown to love what Ingruber is doing with the character and his laugh is simply one of the best parts about him. Dave Fennoy as Lucius Fox is also particularly good this episode, especially in what is a key scene for the character’s development.
Playing on PS4, the game ran without any hiccups throughout my entire playthrough and looks like one of the best that Telltale has put out. It was a bit of a pain trying to get the cloud save functionality to work, and eventually I just had to enter in the choices I had made from the previous season on PC manually. This seems to be a common issue among players, and hopefully it gets ironed out with the new account system in use that unifies all of your Telltale games and choices made within them.
Telltale Games’ attempt at “Batman” has really been one of my favorites that the studio has put out, placing it right under the first season of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead.” The story so far and where it leaves off for episode 2 only makes me more excited for what they come up with next, especially with the mysterious nature and motives of The Joker and a new group of villains that The Riddler introduces us to. The fight scenes this episode were a lot of fun to watch play out, especially since now you are given a couple of options in the moves that Batman can use to take down his foes. After such a strong premiere and the potential moving forward, I think this will be one Telltale series that will be safe to pick up at the start, especially if you liked what you saw in season one.