Review: ‘Batman: The Telltale Series’ Episode 3 Is Best Chapter Yet

Batman: The Telltale Series

In the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, we got to see under the cowl and meet Bruce Wayne, learning more about him in the process. Episode 2 took us further down the rabbit hole, where we saw the very foundation of Bruce’s life begin to crumble. But things really start to happen in Episode 3, including a lot of twists and surprises that will please even the most die-hard Batman fans.

The last time we saw Bruce, his life and reputation was in ruins, thanks to new information getting released about his parents’ dirty dealings in Gotham. Bruce must deal with the fallout from that in Episode 3, meaning that he has some very difficult choices to face. Not only will he come face to face with even more danger, but he also must choose his allies carefully, although some he might consider allies are possibly not allies at all.

The third episode in the Bruce Wayne saga is everything that the previous episode was not. You want action? There’s a lot of it, so make sure to keep those fingers on the controls at all times. Bruce gets into a lot of danger in this episode and must do a bit of fighting.

You want romance? There’s an option for that, too, although it’s not going to become a happily ever after (because this is Gotham and everyone knows that doesn’t happen here).

You want classic Batman villains? They start turning up, too, especially one that isn’t a huge surprise, but the way Telltale shows this villain’s origin is downright entertaining and emotional. We also get a lot more Catwoman, and the way she’s depicted in the game is comic book perfection.

There are also a lot of twists that fans won’t see coming, some that lead right up to the cliffhanger ending.

What’s really interesting is that the episode starts out slow, but then it suddenly becomes a boulder pushed down a hill, continuously picking up speed until it plows over everything in its path. And the pacing works out so well that the finale will leave fans screaming for more.

This is obviously not a Batman: Arkham game, but that’s the point. In this game, it’s a lot harder actually being the character than merely playing him. And that’s where Batman: The Telltale Series really shines. The game dumps you into Bruce’s head and forces you to make the hard decisions he lives with every day. And those decisions aren’t just hard, sometimes they’re nearly impossible. And the consequences of each decision weigh on everything that happens after.

The voice acting still remains wonderful with Laura Bailey still giving the stand-out performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. But Troy Baker’s Batman and Bruce Wayne is also great, as is Travis Willingham’s Harvey Dent.

In fact, the only problem with Episode 3 of Batman: The Telltale Series is the long wait until episode four comes out.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 3 “New World Order” is available now for both PCs and consoles.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Note: received a review copy of Batman: The Telltale Series for PlayStation 4.

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