Review: ‘Batman – The Telltale Series’ Episode 5 Is The Finale We Deserve

Batman - The Telltale Series, Episode 5, City of Light

All good things must come to an end, and so it goes with the often excellent Batman – The Telltale Series video game. This week saw the release of the series’ final episode, “City of Light” and the good news is that it certainly does not disappoint.

But episode five goes even further than that: it sums up the Batman game we’ve always wanted and gives us a new understanding of Bruce Wayne. While other Batman games, comic books and movies focus so much on The Bat, this series gave us a unique look inside the mind of Bruce and allowed us to literally walk in his shoes and make his decisions. And that’s what makes this game work so well.

The hero Gotham deserves and needs

Now on to episode five: “City of Light” starts out with a bang, and from there, it doesn’t let up. This game is less about Bruce’s decisions (although he still must make some in order to take down the bad guys), but is more about the consequences of decisions made in the previous episodes. There is a lot of action, especially considering this is a Telltale game so focused on story. And although all the fight scenes involve button-mashing, each scene is still a lot of fun, especially the final showdown between Batman and Lady Arkham.

This is the penultimate episode of the series after all, and Telltale pulled out all the stops. But don’t fret because there are still a few puzzles to piece together, including scenes where Batman must become the detective again to figure out what happens next.

The episode will leave most players hanging over the edge of their seat. It’s fast-paced and frenetic, and so perfectly Batman. The ending, too, feels so true to the character that you’ll forget that this is the first foray that Telltale has made into the world of Gotham. Let’s only hope that the studio plans on continuing his story.

As in previous episodes, the voice acting is stellar, and fans will still love Troy Baker as the Caped Crusader. He handles the transition from Bruce Wayne to Batman and back again with stellar ease. This episode also really shows off the voice work of Enn Reitel as Alfred, the butler – and best friend –  that Bruce Wayne simply can’t live without.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 “City of Light” is available now for PC and consoles.

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

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

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