Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1 Review
2017 has brought us a handful of Telltale Games, with the finale of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a second Season of MineCraft, but possibly the most surprising of the bunch, was season two of the Batman series.
Whilst I actually really enjoyed the first Telltale Batman game, the general consensus of it was that it was essentially just more of the same from Telltale, just wrapped up in a Batman costume. Whilst I agree, but I have always enjoyed Telltale’s way of doing a game if you don’t play them too often close to each other.
Batman: The Enemy Within released on August 8, and follows on from the story you left off in the first game. You can either start Enemy Within with some default choices from that game, or import your save file over. Somehow the game knew my save file even though the original game was no longer installed, so it must be somewhere on my PC, which I was actually thankful for, as the plot does refer back to some of the important decisions you made in the first game.
If you haven’t played the first game, I really suggest you do. Not only because it’s a well put together Batman Story, but before you may not get to fully appreciate what has gone on prior to the events in Enemy Within.
The first chapter from Enemy Within sees the return of important characters as seen in the first game, with Batman, Bruce, Commissioner Gordon, and Alfred all showing face, with a few new characters thrown in as well. The first episode focuses on the story of The Riddler. The story starts off in a fairly high tempo situation, to really get you back into the swing of the plot which I think sets the game off on the right track from the get go.
Having sitting down for an evening and playing through the first chapter with my partner as we did the first game, we were both shocked and left saddened by the outcome from the chapter, which many will also feel the same if they have any sort of heart, and it definitely sets up the rest of the season because of it.
The story is definitely going to take a more darker undertone than the first from what I can gather so far, with a much more complex storyline unfolding and we are only one chapter in. I will be looking forward to where the story goes from here.
As with all Telltale games, there seems to have been no improvement on the graphical engine. It’s the same old tried and tested pastel shaded graphical style. Nothing wrong with it, however due to it’s age it could do with a little revamp here and there to bring it up to modern standards. Voice acting is all done by the same actors from the first game, and to a high standard at that.
In the first game I did run into a few graphical bugs, however so far I haven’t run into any here. No strange animation glitches with Bruce’s head spinning around, thankfully.
If you have played a Telltale game, then there is nothing really different here, however there has been on small change that does just enough to feel like a brand new mechanic has been injected into the mix. When Batman is in fighting scenes, previously you would just mash a button and Batman would just unleashed all sorts of attacks on a foe. However the new change in Enemy Within is you are sometimes given the choice of ‘what kind of attack’ Batman can carry out. Do you want to sucker punch the bad guy? Or leave his head spinning with a soccer punt to the head? That choice is up to you my friend. It’s only a small change, but it did offer something different over the normal formula that we are so used to being served up.
The Batman crime scenes make a reappearance too. They are a welcome change of pace to the normal fast paced text based conversations. None of the puzzles have been too taxing thus far, as you’d expect, but just enough to require some thought process at least.
Enemy Within’s first episode has done a great job at drawing me into the series, and it has left me wanting more straight away. The emotional attachment that grew from the roots of the first game has definitely helped, but we cannot wait to jump into Episode 2 right away!