‘Episode 1’ intrigues despite its slow start
It’s quite the game we’re playing when even the decision of whether to shake a hand can cause everything to go off the rails. Welcome to Telltale Games’ latest creation, “Batman: The Telltale Series,” where yet again every decision matters and you’re not going to be satisfied with any answer you choose or any route you take. They say the grass is always greener, right?
“Episode 1 — Realm of Shadows” wastes no time introducing us to the hero (anti-hero? vigilante? crazed psychopath bent on revenge?): one Bruce Wayne (voiced by Troy Baker) — or, as we first see him, Batman. Well, we first see a security guard get shot in the head, which probably is a solid indicator of the trauma that’s going to follow in the next four episodes.
This tale of the Dark Knight splits our character into three distinct flavors: the detective, the bruiser and the politician. Each version of Wayne has a different role to play in the overall story: the politician uses his money and family name to influence the city’s leaders; the bruiser strikes fear into the heart of Gotham’s criminals; and the detective pulls a Sherlock Holmes, just with cooler tech.
Three “Nice Bat-cave” stars out of five.
Editor’s note: “Batman: The Telltale Series” was reviewed on PlayStation 4. It’s available for Xbox One and PC, as well. Its price at release was $4.99 for the episode.