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Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 – New World Order Review

/ Nov 11th, 2016 No Comments

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 - New World Order

With Batman: The Telltale Series now halfway over, it is even clearer that the game is presenting new interpretations of the Batman universe. Telltale pays homage to well-known arcs from Batman’s lore, but the series manages to create a unique story that keeps players on the edge of their seats.

Related: Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 1 Review

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 – New World Order continues painting a unique view of Batman as either an optimistic vigilante or bully-like psycho, depending on players’ choices. In this episode, players finally deal with the weight of their previous decisions.

Good Bat, Bad Bat

Bruce Wayne shows more of his true self in Episode 3, despite the fact that there are not as many heavy choices in this episode. Rather, this episode focuses on the consequences of decisions from Episode 1 and 2, while slowly threading in what will be the main point of contention in upcoming episodes. This leaves Episode 3 feeling like a small speed bump compared to the previous 2 episodes.

Related: Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 Review

The weight of past decisions results in some fighting sequences in Episode 3. These action scenes create a much more visceral episode, making players think about what the endgame might be for the Children of Arkham terrorist group.

Harvey Dent finally shows some of his true colors in Episode 3, and players must ponder whether he can be saved. Of course, several decades of Batman lore tells us that saving Dent is impossible, but Telltale has thrown in some surprising twists, so maybe Harvey will finally beat his twisted psyche.

How players have chosen to interact with Dent in previous encounters plays a lot into the state of his mind in Episode 3.
 

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 - New World Order

Harvey Dent becoming Two-Face is by far the most gripping part of this series.

With its own take on Oswald Cobblepot, revealing of the Children of Arkham’s leader, and other shocking changes to key characters, Batman: The Telltale series feels like it can literally go in any direction from here. This feeling is undoubtedly the best feature of the series, and Episode 3 highlights this fact through the consequences created from Episode 1 and 2.

Court of Owls and Two Face’s origin seem to be the main foundations of the story. Having these two plotlines serve only as skeleton outlines has kept the episodes feeling just familiar enough to ground Batman fans while they pave their own story.

Take Down the Night

Fighting has been mostly kept to a minimum in previous episodes, but Episode 3 puts the Batman into action, and this means quick-time events.

QTEs are not complicated — or typically enjoyable — but Batman: The Telltale Series seems to have struck a fine balancing act with them.
 

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 - New World Order

If nothing else, using some sick gadgets is incredibly rewarding.

Despite the fact that QTEs are merely a series of fast button presses, more complicated combos and the visual satisfaction of watching Batman pummel his enemies makes them at least tolerable, if not enjoyable. Telltale is at least showing that QTEs can be used effectively.

Looking into Gotham

Visually, Gotham continues to impress on an unparalleled scale. Scoping scenes of the city continue to shine, giving players a sense of just how massive Gotham is. Seeing Gotham beautifully rendered continues to impress.

Every fight is made more impressive by an attention to detail in each punch and kick, along with the breaking of bones and bashing of heads.
 

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 - New World Order

Batman come quickly, there’s an incredibly cinematic shot I want to show you!

The comic book art is beautifully stylized and allows the original medium to shine through. A gritty tone is set through use of shadow and light contrast. Harvey Dent’s scenes stand out in particular as light and shadow are used stylistically to showcase the raging duality within him.

Overall

New World Order deals with the consequences of choices made in the first two episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series, but it also sets up a delicate situation that is sure to explode in the final two episodes.

The episode features more Batman and less Bruce Wayne, and this is mostly a welcome change of pace. However, the fight scenes mostly consist of QTEs, so there is something left to be desired. There is no doubt that the remaining episodes will tidy everything all up and deal with both Batman and Bruce Wayne’s past decisions.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 – New World Order was reviewed on PlayStation 4 using a code for the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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BATMAN: THE TELLTALE SERIES EPISODE 3 – NEW WORLD ORDER REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall93%

GAMEPLAY9

The fights are actually enjoyable due to Telltale's continued attempts to revamp the QTE.

GRAPHICS10

Gotham just looks beautiful, from the fights that take place within it, to the sprawling cityscape. Telltale just gets Batman in a very artistic way.

STORY9

While not featuring as many major decisions, Episode 3 still continues the impressive narrative of Batman: The Telltale Series.

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