Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4 – Guardian of Gotham Review
Greg Johnson / Dec 7th, 2016 No Comments
The penultimate episode of Batman: The Telltale Series is the greatest episode of the series thus far. Episode 4 – Guardian of Gotham sees Batman incarcerated at Arkham Asylum. Players are forced to make difficult decisions about Bruce Wayne and Batman, and it is obvious that these choices will have serious ramifications.
Related: Batman: The Telltale Series Reviews: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3.
The fourth episode unravels some of the series’ amazing narrative and intensifies the decision making. It also sets up the finale perfectly — and maybe even paves the way for a second season or spin off.
The Clown Prince
Within the first few minutes of Episode 4, players are introduced to “John Doe,” who bears a striking resemblance and similar personality to Batman’s arch nemesis, The Joker (spoiler alert: John Doe is The Joker). In fact, Bruce’s time in Arkham Asylum is used to reveal several classic Batman villains who had yet to appear in the game.
Along with this, the episode hints at a potential Robin. All of this sets up a world of possibilities for the final episode.
Dialogue has more weight in Episode 4 — every decision is made to offset the coming showdown between Lady Arkham and Batman. The Harvey Dent situation has been one of the biggest plotlines in the series, and it begins to come to a head in Episode 4 as players try to diffuse Dent as either Batman or Bruce Wayne. Players also get to deal with the Penguin.
Another key decision to make in the episode is whether to protect Wayne Enterprises or Wayne Manor. The heaviness of Episode 4 is something not felt in previous episodes, and it bodes well for the finale.
Chips in the Batsuit
One of the great things about Telltale’s version of Batman is its movie-like feeling. Players feel like they’re part of a Batman movie or comic book. The soundtrack is dark and foreboding, perfectly setting the mood.
But while playing Episode 4, the immersion broke as loading times were extended and loading screens had some hiccups. When the game is shown thinking about its next move, the dialogue choices come off as stunted and the seamless narrative breaks down.
Arkham Asylum and Gotham overall are gritty and dour mood in Episode 4, only brightened by Batman and his crescendo heavy pieces that invoke power and hope. This plays out well through the visuals and sound.
Episode 4 brings the tension to its highest point and sets up the finale. A potential showdown with The Joker waits in Episode 5, and that is extremely exciting. While the story continues to play out in a unique nature, it is now clear that Telltale’s Batman is still the classic Dark Knight.
There were some technical issues while playing, which breaks the immersion significantly, but overall, Episode 4’s tension and impactful decisions make it the best episode of Batman: The Telltale Series yet.
Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4 – Guardian of Gotham was reviewed on PlayStation 4 using a code for the game provided by the publisher.
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