In the Telltale Games’ version of the Batman universe (also known as Batman: The Enemy Within), everything Batman does will have an effect on the Joker, according to a blog post on the PlayStation Blog.
Oh, and if you don’t like some “spoilers” (I wouldn’t consider these to spoiler-y, but that’s up to you) then feel free to skip this section.
“We want fans to know that their relationship with John Doe (and eventually, the Joker) is something they’ll be affecting with the decisions they make throughout the season,” said James Windeler, a lead writer at Telltale Games.
In season two of Batman: The Telltale Series, Batman will be facing off against the Riddler, who is wrecking havoc across Gotham City. Riddler has recently come back to the city, slaughtering people with his giant tube contraption (that is filled with saws, knives, etc.).
“As Batman and Bruce attempt to stop the immediate threat to Gotham, John will be watching your every move and learning from your choices,” said Windeler. “By the end of the story, you will have created your own version of Batman’s classic nemesis through your interactions.”
Even if you haven’t played season one of Batman: The Telltale Series, this season is meant to not only add to the previous arc, but it can also be played without having to play the first season.
“If you haven’t played season one, don’t worry! Although the story continues from season one and save files can carry over into The Enemy Within, we’ve created a story that enables players to start fresh here after getting caught up with a recap before the new season begins,” said Windeler. “You can also use a story configurator before you dive in to emulate the choices you made last season if for some reason you don’t have your save file from last year on your current system.”
Okay, this would be the end of the spoilers.
The previous season, Batman: The Telltale Series had mixed to positive reviews from both critics and gamers, mostly because people either loved the story or didn’t like the story Telltale Games presented at all. Another reason why reviews seem to be mixed were due technical bugs players experienced in the game.
On Metacritic, Batman: The Telltale Series overall scored a 64 from critics and a 6.4 from users on PC, a 68 from critics and a 7.2 from users on PlayStation 4, and a 67 from critics and a 5.9 from users on Xbox One. It also ranked 79 in Most Discussed PlayStation 4 Game of 2017.
One review, from Worth Playing, gave the game a score of 75.
“If you can accept the studio’s adventure game formula and the fairly large deviations to the canon, then Batman: The Telltale Series is a good game. The story remains gripping, and the additions to the gameplay formula make this feel more refined over the studio’s previous efforts. The lack of further technical polish, however, is unfortunate; fixing those issues would’ve placed this game in the upper echelon of the studio’s offerings. As it stands, Batman fans will certainly want to check out this title,” said Worth Playing in their review. The full review for Batman: The Telltale Series from Worth Playing can be found here.
Hopefully, Telltale Games has solved the in-game issues in the newest season of Batman: The Telltale Series. It is definitely an interesting take to have players be the direct influence of why the Joker becomes the Joker, and I’m curious myself as to how the ending could possibly come out. In one significant twist from last season showed players another side of Batman we have never seen before, but now will we be seeing a new side of the Joker?
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