This past week I finished the first episode of Telltale Games’ second season of Batman, and I’d argue it’s their best series yet.
While I’m personally a big fan of the humor of their Tales from the Borderlands series, Batman has an unforgettable combination of epic action, a twisting storyline, and familiar characters framed in new lights. I love their take on people like Harvey Dent, Selina Kyle, and the Joker — they remain true to these characters’ personalities on the whole, yet present them in fresh contexts that make them feel new too. I also love the balance between investigating crime scenes and punching bad guys as Batman — then going home to the Batcave to research Gotham’s major players with Alfred. The series is just incredibly well-tuned.
These are just a few of the reasons Batman is such a stellar series from Telltale. (No major spoilers!)
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I love video games with strong stories. It’s why I got into games in the first place — role-playing games like Dragon Age: Origins were my original obsession. Within a couple of years of starting to play video games (as an adult — late bloomer!), I heard about Telltale Games, a studio that created story-driven games in the manner of old point-and-click adventures…
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I have a soft spot for playing a hard-ass in video games. Anytime I get dialogue choices and moral decisions in games like Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, inFAMOUS, or Telltale Games series, I go Sith on everybody. I don’t like to persuade with my heroism; I resort to threats. My characters call people on their bullshit, intimidate to get respect, and act like they own every dungeon or spaceport they walk into. It’s really fun, in part because that’s not at all how I would act in real life.
But playing Telltale’s Batman series, I decided to play the hero like I’ve always seen him: a good guy who believes in the law.
Continue reading Playing Batman as Full-on Cheesy Hero in Telltale’s Series