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Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
PST Review: Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 - City of Light
Written Wednesday, December 14, 2016 By Richard Walker
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After a disappointing fourth episode left things hanging on a knife edge for Bruce Wayne, the stakes are high for Batman: The Telltale Series' Season Finale, but does this fifth concluding episode end things in a satisfying way? Sort of. Depending on how you finished the previous chapter, events will be set up differently from the outset, although it's not long before you've resolved whatever obstacles you left for yourself. Then is just a case of setting about pursuing Lady Arkham.

Episode 5 essentially plays out like a list of things to tick off before things wrap up, so you'll see Selina one more time and bid her farewell, sort out Oswald Cobblepot once and for all, and tie up all of the loose ends before the inevitable Season Two teaser plays things out. While this concluding chapter ticks all of the usual boxes – QTE dust ups, crime scenes to figure out, dots to connect at the Batcave – it all feels rather formulaic at this point.

Thankfully, the story ticks along at a decent pace, as Batman and Bruce Wayne strive to close the net on Lady Arkham and keep Gotham safe until the next maniacal criminal comes along. And Episode 5 paves the way for a rogue's gallery of villains for Season Two; no prizes for guessing which one is teased as the main antagonist for the Bat's next Telltale outing.

Setting up origin stories and establishing the scene for the next season seems to be the Season Finale's primary concern, with Lady Arkham's motivations and backstory shoehorned in to give her insane cause some sort of weird justification. Lady Arkham isn't a particularly convincing villain either, not nearly as memorable or iconic as any of Batman's other criminal sociopaths.

Still, kudos to Telltale for at least attempting to create a new villain and for lending her a suitably dark narrative. Her identity is a neat twist, but it jars somewhat if you know the character from the comic books and movie adaptations. I love Batman as a character and I enjoy the majority of elements that Telltale has brought to its own take on the classic hero; it's certainly different to any other versions we've seen to date.

But whether it ultimately works, I'm not so sure. The Season Finale is a solid and mostly entertaining episode, and Telltale doesn't shy away from ramping up the stakes towards the episode's closing moments, putting those closest to Bruce Wayne in the firing line. There are no guarantees that everyone will come out on the other side unscathed either. Consequently, you'll be on the edge of your seat second-guessing what's going to happen next.

As an end to a brave and unique version of Batman, the Season Finale of Batman: The Telltale Series plumbs some fairly dark depths managing to keep you on your toes throughout. There are one or two moments that drag a bit, but overall, the last chapter in the first series does a great job in setting up the inevitable second season. Batman: The Telltale Series' first season might not be among the studio's best examples of storytelling, but Season Two is all set up to be a potential barnstormer.




 
 

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Telltale Games
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Telltale Games
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Release:

US August 02, 2016
Europe August 02, 2016
Japan August 02, 2016

Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
Collection:864
Wishlist:47
 
 
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