Review: ‘Batman: The Telltale Series’ Episode 4 Reaches Toward Final Showdown

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4

The first three episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series gaves us a rare glimpse into the mind of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. Those episodes put players in Bruce’s shoes as he slowly begins to lose everything, including his sanity. At the end of episode three, Bruce completely goes bonkers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that episode four starts with Bruce locked up in Arkham Asylum.

Just knowing that should give players an idea of what to expect from the latest chapter in the Batman: The Telltale Series saga. There’s only one episode left after this, so this episode, “Guardian of Gotham,” keeps building up the momentum created in the previous chapter.

That momentum is downright crazy: the snowball is now a wrecking ball and touches every aspect of Bruce’s life. The bad things just keep on coming, even as Bruce struggles to keep it together and fight the dreaded Children of Arkham, who are getting really close to destroying Gotham City.

In episode four, Bruce must face some serious odds, including Penguin now in control of Wayne Enterprises and a crazy Harvey Dent setting up Gotham as a police state. This leaves the innocent people of Gotham caught in the crossfire. Bruce must make an alliance just to get out of Arkham, and that could mean making a deal with one of the most infamous villains in the Batman universe. This story is brutal and unfair for both Bruce and Batman, which is the signature Telltale story style, and it’s enough to keep the player engrossed for its full playing time.

That playtime is only about an hour and a half, though, which is a little shorter than the previous episode, but Telltale packed a lot of stuff into the short episode. There is Batman’s signature police work, but what will really get players on the edge of their seat is one particular fight scene that is a long time coming. There isn’t a single boring second in episode four, so players should expect to strap in and prepare themselves for a crazy ride.

There’s still some really strong voice acting here, but one in particular doesn’t quite measure up, and maybe that’s because we’re used to hearing Mark Hamill’s brilliant work in that particular role. But everyone else still does a fine job, including Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne and Batman.

The artwork is also still really good, and continues the style that’s reminiscent of many of Telltale games, particularly those based on comic books.

Now that there’s just one episode to go to finish up the story started here, it’s safe to say that anything could potentially happen next. Expect episode five to lead up to a crazy showdown between Batman and Lady Arkham. Also expect many more surprise twists before the end.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4 “Guardian of Gotham” is available now for PC and consoles.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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

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