Batman: The Telltale Series is what all gamers and DC comics fan boys are talking about these days. This version of Batman is an episodic point and click graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under its DC Entertainment label.
The best part about this series is that even though it is inspired from the original Batman comic book series, it has nothing to do with any previous adaptation of the work in film or animated series or any other media.
If you have the time and patience, you can check out the virtual gameplay experience here. Otherwise, keep reading! The player takes on the role of the legendary dark knight, The Batman as well as his not so boring alter ego, Bruce Wayne. The game sort of carries an evenly distributed game time with both the egos. However, there are situations during which you get to choose who you want to be. The game is also kind of set in current times with no connection to the existing format of Batman in any form of media. According to the CEO of Telltale Games, Kevin Bruner, the game is set in a not so distant future from the time Bruce Wayne decides to don the cape of Batman which gives them the flexibility in the gameplay and the player can get a feel of not being connected to any established storyline. Another amazing feature of this game is that it has a branching narrative, quite similar to previous Telltale branded games using quick time events. The series also includes investigation sequences allowing players to use Batman’s detective skills to progress the story.
One of the biggest and most notable feature in this new game is the option for “crowd play” which is available in both PC and console versions of the game. Crown play allows the game to be viewed by a large number of audience who can also take part in the decision making process. When this feature is active, the player provides their audience with a link to Telltale’s website with a unique code to participate in that gaming session through any web enabled device. This is perhaps the first ever video game where audiences get to vote and help the player in decision making. Pretty neat!
Till date, Telltale Games has announced the series to be split into 5 episodes. The episodes are named as, Realm of Shadows, Children of Arkham, New World Order, Guardian of Gotham and City of Lights. The last two episodes are yet to be launched. Each episode has its own unique storylines and has been getting wide and rave reviews throughout the gaming world. The biggest praise is being given to Telltale’s updated engine, the action sequences, atmosphere and the portrayal of the title character while some technical issues and Troy Baker’s performance as Batman is being criticized.
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