Batman The Telltale Series Episode 4 Review

I hate when people criticize a narrative for ‘lacking action.’ Mostly, it’s not that the story is devoid of events. Just like in Batman The Telltale Series Episode 4, it’s just that the critic struggles to detach their goal-oriented mindset from their leisure activities.

A narrative’s only duty is to provide an experience, not to cater to our productivity-driven culture with a predictable three-act structure.

A tale about a person trapped alive with nothing more than a phone can be far more captivating. By demanding action-packed plots, we risk imposing work-oriented thinking onto our leisure time and stifling creativity within a creative industry.

Batman – The Telltale Series: Episode 4 could be classified as one of these ‘quiet’ narratives, serving as more of a scene-setting episode.

Bruce Wayne’s life typically engulfed in chaos, has finally found some semblance of calm, starting with his awakening in Arkham Asylum alongside the Joker, his unconventional tour guide. Despite its brevity, this interaction sets a distinct pace and tone for the episode, mirroring the erratic personalities of Batman’s adversaries.

With Bruce Wayne’s life in disarray, Batman takes center stage. The disgraced CEO, now the target of public wrath, can accomplish little without his alter ego’s disguise.

Batman The Telltale Series Episode 4

It’s a rather straightforward escalation, but ‘Batman – The Telltale Series needs to justify its title, and the time seems right. Familiar features like Batman’s morning web browsing and crime scene investigations reappear, as does the captivating choice for players to approach a situation as either Bruce Wayne or Batman, highlighting the character’s dual nature.

This series has continually explored the concept of defining your own Batman.

Batman The Telltale Series

Minor choices, like deciding to intimidate a thug with physical force or relying on Bruce Wayne’s charismatic diplomacy versus Batman’s more intimidating version, are integral to this exploration.

Opting for physical intimidation might seem to miss the point of a Batman game, but a Batman narrative wouldn’t be complete without a touch of violence and subsequent scolding from Alfred.

In my review of Batman The Telltale Series Episode 1, I discussed the various ways Telltale had adapted their formula to fit Batman, but I neglected to mention one subtle yet clever tweak brought to light in this episode.

Nothing disrupts the immersive atmosphere quite like a glaring button prompt, so Telltale ingeniously incorporated these prompts into the game’s objects. For instance, having the ‘square button’ prompt attached to Batman’s grappling gun not only suits the technology but also adds a fittingly ‘gadgety’ touch in Batman The Telltale Series.

One of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve ever received is, “stop trying, and just be.” Episode 4 doesn’t strive towards a specific goal, it justifies its existence by merely existing. It primarily paves the way for the finale. While it might have been possible to skip this episode and wrap up in four, we would have missed the opportunity for narrative leisure – the chance to simply be in the story.

It allowed me to casually converse with the Joker, enjoy more dialogues, and relish an additional two hours of gameplay, all for the sheer joy of the experience.

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