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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4

January 26, 2018 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4
Why so serious?

Please note that since each episode of Batman: The Enemy Within features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our complete thoughts on that, refer to our review of The Enigma.

What Ails You, TellTale’s fourth episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, is a brisk affair that balances the story between Bruce Wayne’s two primary relationships in this iteration of the character: Selina Kyle in the first half (or Iman Avesta, depending on your actions in the last episode) and John Doe (AKA Joker) in the final half.

Both relationships twist and turn as the story uncovers the truth behind Amanda Waller’s intentions and the motivation for The Pact between Harley Quinn and other supervillains.

While Bane, Freeze and Gordon get some time here, they’re really pushed to the side as two primary conflicts unfold. Selina and Bruce navigate their feelings for each other while striking a balance between their differing moralities. John and Bruce hit a strange mentor/apprentice relationship as John tries to woo Harley but also understand what it means to do the right thing.

The Selina relationship is fairly standard Batman fare — their rollercoaster relationship is treated as realistically as you could imagine given the medium, but there aren’t any real surprises. John Doe, however, continues to be the star of the series. This unexpected take on Joker is wicked fun and has you rooting for him to be on the right side of the law.

Of course, this is the penultimate episode, so it doesn’t end neatly for anyone. As the main conflict between Harley Quinn and the Agency come to a head, it catches Bruce and John in between. The player doesn’t have a ton of *ahem* agency over this — everything is pretty linear — but the remix of traditional Batman archetypes is refreshing and keeps you on your toes.

At about 75 minutes long, though, it’s over before you know it, and in many ways given their short run times, it feels like the last two episodes could’ve been combined together.

OVERALL 4/5

A short but interesting Batman adventure, What Ails You is still fairly light on the action but ramps up the character intensity and sets up for a fascinating finale.

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Blu-ray Review: Dunkirk

December 18, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Visually, Dunkirk is fantastic, and a restrained script allows the film to tell much of its story with little or no dialogue. In doing this, Nolan makes the event the star attraction, rather than a specific group of soldiers. We’ve seen excellent war films and series before — Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan just to name a couple — but the minimal character development here allows for a different kind of focus.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3

December 4, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Fractured Mask picks up immediately where the previous one left off, which means that Harley Quinn is leading the gang, John Doe is still an endearing not-quite-Joker, Catwoman has returned to give Bruce all sorts of feels. Oh, and there’s a frozen carcass of the Riddler.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2

October 6, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
The first episode of Telltale’s second Batman season ended with the surprise death of the Riddler after establishing him as a major threat. In the newest episode, The Pact, Telltale continues to twist established Batman lore and tropes, perhaps more so than anything since the revelation of the Wayne family in the first season.
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Blu-ray Review: Wonder Woman

September 18, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman is about as refreshing as you can find in the superhero genre. There’s no snark or darkness to her character. Instead she plays a sense of wonderment and innocence from being raised on an island away from the world’s realities without ever being exploited or made to look maliciously naive.
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