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Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series Review

This overview will comprise spoilers for earlier episodes of Batman: The Enemy Inside.

In Episode 2 of Batman: The Enemy Inside, Bruce Wayne discovered himself behind enemy traces working as a member of The Pact, a coalition of villains hatching a plan to wreak havoc in Gotham Metropolis. In Episode three, Fractured Masks, developer Telltale pumps the brakes on high-stakes schemes in favour of one thing slightly extra intimate. The result’s an episode that solely inches the overarching narrative ahead, however takes an enormous leap in exploring the delicate nature of Bruce Wayne’s duality.

On the finish of the final episode, Catwoman–who has been absent since Season 1–made a shock return, and in Episode three it is revealed she’s in league with Harley, Bane, Mr. Freeze, and John “Not The Joker But” Doe. However Catwoman can be pushed to take revenge in opposition to The Pact–and the mysterious forces they represent–for the loss of life of Riddler. By way of her, Fractured Masks recontextualizes Riddler’s actions considerably by indicating that his plans might not have aligned fully together with his villainous compatriots. The Riddler that Catwoman knew was a distinct, higher individual than the one Batman confronted, and finally the one The Pact killed. With this in thoughts, she takes it into her personal palms to hunt retribution.

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Naturally, this locations Bruce in a difficult spot. Since Catwoman’s plans threaten to undermine his personal efforts as an undercover operative for Amanda Waller, the 2 discover themselves at odds professionally. Complicating issues even additional is the burgeoning romance between them which, amongst the deception and subterfuge, permits them to search out some consolation in one another and never fully descend into darkness. This dynamic is on the core of Episode three and, for essentially the most half, it’s depicted properly. Though there are a few scenes the place Catwoman’s perspective pivots jarringly, these finally culminate in a second of real emotional payoff the place the participant can select to develop their relationship in a significant manner.

Bruce Wayne and Batman’s different ties turn out to be equally messy in Episode three. Most impactfully, his friendship with Jim Gordon takes a severe flip for the more severe. Since Batman is enjoying good with Amanda Waller, who’s wrestling management of Gotham’s legislation enforcement operations away from Gordon, the 2 start to float aside. Episode three presents a Gordon who has his again in opposition to the wall and is desperately making an attempt to stay related. He clutches at straws hoping to understand one thing vital and, sadly, this ends in Bruce discovering himself in Gordon’s crosshairs. It is really fairly unhappy to see Batman’s staunchest ally slowly turning into his demise. Though there is a chance to start repairing this fracturing friendship, taking this step will harm one other vital one. There aren’t very many huge decision-making moments in Episode three, however the few which might be there carry sufficient consequence to make the participant pause and suppose.

Episode three additionally sees outdated wounds reopened, with Lucius Fox’s daughter, Tiffany, turning into embroiled in Batman and Bruce Wayne’s actions. As a personality, Tiffany hasn’t had a lot display time however the occasions of the episode increase her profile significantly. With out spoiling the story, Telltale appears to be motioning in the direction of one thing that, if it occurs, could possibly be very thrilling for followers of Batman and for this sequence.

After which, all through all of it is John Doe, the person being positioned to turn out to be Joker. He is a lingering presence that’s each charming and unsettling, and Episode three hops backwards and forwards between these two personas expertly. Doe continues to be a captivating tackle the character; not sure of who he’s however very slowly dipping into the insanity that can inevitably eat him. His want to search out acceptance sees him craving Harley Quinn’s consideration, to the purpose the place he places each himself and his “greatest pal” Bruce at risk. As with the earlier two episodes, John Doe is a standout character, offering levity with some excellently delivered one-liners, throwaway quips, and one hilarious sequence involving shadow puppets.

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Whereas Episode three has sturdy characterization, its gameplay feels slightly shallow. Outdoors of the battle sequences, that are properly choreographed however slightly trite, there’s one huge puzzle for gamers to unravel. It takes place in Riddler’s hideout and, given his love of flaunting his intelligence, you’d suppose it will be elaborate and difficult. Nevertheless, it is really trivial to unravel, making Riddler appear a bit dull–talk about kicking somebody when he is already down.

However, Episode three of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Inside is properly thought out and strongly written. Telltale has weaved collectively an advanced net of relationships that is turning into strained by the individuals tangled in it. After two comparatively simple episodes, that is precisely what the sequence wanted to hold it ahead and guarantee gamers are compelled to see it by means of.

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