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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3

December 4, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 3
Fractured Mask picks up immediately after Episode 2’s cliffhanger.

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.

TellTale’s second episode of Batman: The Enemy Within was a departure from the superhero franchise because it spent so much time away from the actual superhero part. That seemed to split opinion (we personally found it to be a fresh take on the Bruce Wayne/Batman mythos). The third episode, Fractured Mask, returns to more of standard form, with the Bruce/Batman split working pretty evenly.

So what’s happening in this episode? It 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 as well.

It’s quite the setup as we get into the middle episode, and Fractured Mask’s twists follow what you’d expect in the pivotal middle act of the story. Without going into spoilers, both sides of the Bruce/Batman personality have the proverbial screws turned on them across all of the game’s pivotal relationships: Selina/Catwoman, John/Joker, Harley, Gordon, and Amanda Waller.

TellTale episodes tend to vary in the impact of their endings, and one of the drawbacks of Fractured Mask is that it just kind of stops. Perhaps they’re leaving the big cliffhanger twist for the next (and penultimate) episode, but given the short running time (at about 90 minutes, it’s rather short even by TellTale standards), it feels like a little more could have made it in.

OVERALL (4/5)

Getting back into the Batsuit, The Enemy Within: Fractured Mask shines the spotlight on all relationships — supervillain and otherwise. As all TellTale stories ultimately live and die on the strength of their characters and relationships, Fractured Mask has upped the stakes heading into the second half of the season.

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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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Video Game Review: Tokyo Dark

September 25, 2017 | by Brian Gunn | Comments Comments Off
Tokyo Dark stars Detective Ito as a young cop recently returned to active duty after a standoff went wrong a few months back. Her troubles start right away when her partner (and boyfriend) is taken hostage, seemingly by a woman Ito had killed in said standoff — and so right off the bat it lets players know this isn’t going to be a typical detective game.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1

August 11, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
TellTale’s Batman series broke new ground with its initial season in two ways. First, it allowed the player to control Bruce Wayne just as much as Batman. Second, it took longtime elements from the franchise’s lore and mixed them in new and unique ways.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1

August 4, 2016 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Telltale games are always about story, and what sets Batman apart from, say, the Arkham series, is that most of the game (or at least the first episode) feels more like a Bruce Wayne simulator rather than Batman taking on crime.
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