Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 – City of Light Review
Greg Johnson / Dec 20th, 2016 No Comments
Every Batman fan knows that not every story has a happy ending. Good usually triumphs over evil, but that doesn’t mean the hero lives happily ever after. This is true in Batman: The Telltale Series.
Related: Batman: The Telltale Series reviews: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4.
The series comes to an end in Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 – City of Light, but not before Bruce Wayne has some interesting encounters with old friends Oswald Cobblepot and Harvey Dent. Unfortunately, the finale doesn’t build on the momentum of Episode 4, but it puts a nice bow on the series overall.
The Last Fight of The Dark Knight
Episode 4 was a tense precursor to the finale and was full of unexpected twists. However, Episode 5 fails to continue that intensity.
Players must fight with one villain (depending upon choices made in the previous episode) before a final confrontation with Lady Arkham. Batman has interactions with The Penguin and Two-Face, and there is also a farewell moment with Selina Kyle.
Including all of these characters in the finale throws off the pacing, but each interaction is well done in terms of emotion and tone.
The intricate nature of Telltale’s choice system is at its finest in the final episode. Episode 5 can play out in starkly different ways depending upon choices that players make throughout the series.
In my playthrough, Harvey Dent succumbed to his Two-Face persona but he never goes fully down the path of darkness. This is because I chose to keep Wayne a loyal friend and protector of Dent in previous episodes. Looking back, it is easy to see how he could’ve been far more hostile.
Eyes on the Prize
The most intense fight I experienced in Episode 5 was with a pair of floating eyeballs in Arkham Asylum. This is not part of the game.
During a chase sequence involving Lady Arkham toward the end of the game, Batman must fight his way through a swarm of recently released prison inmates. One of these baddies didn’t load properly and was just a pair of floating eyes and teeth.
Hiccups like this one greatly took me out of the story, and this hurts a game based mostly on its narrative. Coupled with some slow load times, my experienced was disjointed.
Despite the strange graphical issues, combat is smooth and simple. They are just difficult enough to keep players excited (as much as QTEs can, anyways) but not overly challenging.
Meanwhile, the characters are brought to life by a wonderful voice cast and impressive comic book-inspired visuals. Players will empathize with villains Two-Face and The Penguin, and struggle to make decisions as Batman and Bruce Wayne.
Episode 5 of Batman: The Telltale Series should have climaxed earlier and had more time for its denouement, but it provides a great payoff for players who have made it through all five episodes. Telltale’s unique Batman story is fresh and new, and it is true to the source material. That is what makes it one of the best Batman stories told in recent years.
The finale ends with a light cliffhanger. Does this mean we’ll see another season of Batman: The Telltale Series? If not, at least we know Batman’s journey will continue in some form.
Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 – City of Light was reviewed on PlayStation 4 using a code for the game provided by the publisher.
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