Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games, 2K Games
Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, Mac
Tested on: Xbox One
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5 – Review
It has only been a few days since we took a look at the second-to-last episode of the TellTale Games adventure revolving around Batman. We love the series so far, but it suffers heavily from performance issues and a regrettable amount of bugs, that make this newest series feel a bit ‘untested’. Nonetheless, as these games revolve around story for the most part, we bravely soldier on, as the plot is simply too good to stop playing at this point. As you may expect, our story choices have influenced the story to ‘our liking’ so far, thus writing an elaborate review about this episode’s story would be rather useless, as you probably made many different choices along the way. We were more interested in bug fixes and the overall value of this grand finale.
The story value, whether or not you’re following the same pattern of choices as us, is still top notch, and either way, the finale will certainly prove to be a rather pleasing experience. That aside, the game did not always register choices we made during the previous chapter, and thus we were presented with a few different options than we had hoped for, which proved to be a minor damper on things.
We were both amazed, as well as heavily disappointed by the fact that the bugs are simply getting worse each passing episode. Not only were some parts nearly unplayable due to frame drops, but sometimes choices didn’t seem to properly register or transition from the previous episode and other small bugs, like random freezes, tend to pull you out of the game from time to time. That being said, the story will make up for a lot of these issues, but we hoped to see some effort from the developers to finally see some improvement on certain aspects, rather than a further decline.
Even though this last episode may have received a somewhat lower score than the previous ones, it is mainly due to the abhorrent amount of bugs, clunky controls and nearly game-breaking performance issues. With some optimization this series would certainly stand out, not only in the TellTale Games portfolio, but also as a standalone story that situates itself in the DC Universe. Those who will play through this dark and gritty story and are equally as sad as us to say goodbye to the flamboyant Bruce Wayne and his masked alter ego, don’t worry too much as it’s clear the developers are hinting towards a second season, by character cameos, and simply the ending of this one. At least, we reckon it will also depend on the actual sales of this one. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of Batman, and you were yearning for an original storyline, this one is worth the hassle.