Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2 Review
Episode 2, “The Pact” released on October 3. This review will contain spoilers from the previous episode, and the start of this episode.
The second episode in the Telltale Batman series picks up right where we left off in the previous episode. The last episode left us in typical Telltale fashion having Riddler shot by what we assume is a member of “The Pact”.
The opening dialog with Agent Waller surprised me quite a lot, as she reveals that she knows Batman’s identity, but his secret will only be safe depending on how you acted towards her in the previous episode. Thankfully for me, I kept her sweet, and she promised to keep it a secret, at least for now. This put me as the player on edge when having to make any choice which had Waller included anyhow. If I upset her, will she blab my secret? It led me to feeling like I was treading on eggshells when around her, or with Gordon’s frustrations with her undermining him in his own city.
This also leads to the demise of Gordon’s and Batman’s relationship, as the trust in their partnership also dwindles depending on choices you made in the last episode. This relationship break down made my anxiousness with Wellar ease up as I wasn’t too bothered about Gordon as much. I really liked this spin on the identity of Batman being known to an important character, and I think it will come out later in the story as some sort of bargaining chip against Batman in someway. Time will tell.
This chapter introduced some more well known characters from the Batman lore. With John Doe playing a prominent role, with Bane, Harley Quinn and Freeze making their first appearance in the series. Although they are all well modelled and animated, I couldn’t quite get over Bane’s handlebar moustache, it is certainly not a style that suites him.
All of the new characters have strong voice actors, with Freeze being one of my favourites thus far. There is some quite comical dialog between John Doe and Harley Quinn throughout the chapter which fans of the duo will definitely enjoy.
Episode 2 seemed a little on the slower paced side of things. There were a handful of hectic fight scenes, but apart from that, the majority was a dialog driven experience. This episode also didn’t include any of the crime scene mechanics which I enjoyed in the last episode, but I have a feeling that this episode will be building up to a much more frantic episode 3.
You also get little chance to explore many areas, it is only when you reach the later stages of the episode that you really get full control over Bruce, to inspect items and objects in the area for extra tibbits of dialog or interactions.
Whilst this episode does expand on the story, and open some interesting future plot lines, it is definitely a filler episode for the most part. It is leading up to a much more in depth episode 3, and judging by the cliff hanger at the end of this episode, things are really about to heat up a bit too.