Batman: the telltale SerieS Episode One The Chatty Knight
released out now! Reviewed on PC Also on Ps4, Xo, Ps3, 360, Mobile Publisher telltale Games
Sing songs of joy from the rooftops – the Telltale Games engine may finally be fit for purpose again. The stuttering scene transitions and frustrating freezes that plagued past efforts have been all but eliminated from the Dark Knight’s debut, while character models and environments have undergone a tasteful but very noticeable upgrade.
An opening scene in which the Caped Crusader interrupts a brazen break-in at City Hall provides an atmospheric introduction. Back at Wayne Manor, however, you’ll have to run an altogether different sort of gauntlet, gladhanding with the city’s elite as you oversee the launch of Harvey Dent’s mayoral campaign. And while this shift from fisticuffs to canapés emphasises the bizarre nature of Wayne’s double-life, the writing is of such an uneven quality that it’s occasionally difficult to take seriously.
Given the countless incarnations of the Bat over the years, it’s commendable that Telltale manage to carve out a fresh take. But a few lacklustre lines and patchy performances prevent this season’s opener from stepping fully out of the shadows. James Nouch
Batman/Bruce Wayne is voiced by Troy Baker, while Richard McGonagle’s Carmine Falcone is a highlight.
He’d had better dinner parties.