If I were tasked with ranking the Telltale Games releases in a personal favorites list (which honestly sounds fun and is something I will probably explore in the future), Batman – The Telltale Series would most definitely be somewhere in my top three, as long as Episodes 4 and 5 keep the momentum going that Episodes 2 and 3 have set. It’s hard looking past the engine Telltale uses for their games, but the story they are telling in the Batman universe is a breath of fresh air for the franchise as a whole. Telltale has been offering up their own take and views on a story we all know and love very much, and it’s exciting to see who they decide to introduce, and how they’re progressing the story from one plot point to another. Read on for our full review of Batman – The Telltale Series Episode 3: New World Order.
Title: Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Available On: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Mobile
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Copy provided by the Publisher for the sake of this review
Batman: The Telltale Series continues to impress me with each new episode that is released. I was skeptical after playing through Episode 1, even though it did have its good moments as well. Children of Arkham was great from many standpoints, and really set up the last three episodes to build off of it and be just as fun to experience. New World Order starts off really, really slow though. It’s a huge change of pace from the way Children of Arkham was designed. You’ll begin this episode following Bruce Wayne around as he deals with the repercussions of the end of Episode 2. There is a lot of storytelling to be had in the first twenty minutes or so, and while the story is interesting and has me hooked, I still would have liked something else to happen to break up the flow.
Episode 3 really picks up and goes full speed ahead toward the middle, when Batman does battle against one of his more famous villains from the comic book series. Basically from that moment onward, the episode really just keeps getting better and better. New World Order also does an excellent job continuing the plot with both Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (Catwoman). Their interactions here, and the way they are depicted at certain points of the episode, are some of my favorite moments between these two characters ever. Telltale Games has been building to a certain thing to happen between these two, and I’m very pleased that they didn’t shy away and kept the momentum going with it. The story between Bruce and Selina has a lot more to tell though, so hopefully it continues until the end of this season.
The two scenes that take place directly after this battle involving Catwoman are also perhaps my favorite work that Telltale Games has done to date. Each of these two scenes was handled perfectly, and depending on choices made during Episode 2 and the choices you can make during this point, the outcomes and what happens could be very different. I also really enjoy that they are giving the player freedom to set up Episodes 4 and 5 how they want them to go, to an extent. There are still obviously scripted things that are going to take place no matter what. But, there’s a small twist that Telltale is throwing into the formula.
When Telltale announced the release date of Episode 4, they included in the press release that depending on certain choices players made in Episode 3, Guardian of Gotham can end at different points for different players. Some people may get more out of Episode 4 than others depending on what happened during New World Order. I actually really appreciate this model, and think it may be the first time Telltale Games has done something like this. It makes me want to play through the initial episodes even more now to see if I can get a completely different outcome in Episode 4, and ultimately Episode 5.
One of the greatest things about Telltale Games crafting their own story in the Batman universe is the freedom they have to do whatever they want and take the story places that others haven’t before. This is more apparent than ever at the end of Episode 3, when a villain we have seen before, but hasn’t really been a major player in the past, gets thrust into the spotlight as the leader of the Children of Arkham. It’s also a person we are extremely familiar with, and I honestly did not see this coming. Thinking back to what transpired in the first two episodes, it makes complete sense now, however.
Batman – The Telltale Series Episode 3: New World Order continues to solidify this game as one of the best that Telltale Games has done to date. Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham was released this week, and our review on that episode should be arriving within the next few days. It features the debut of The Joker in this universe, and we can hardly wait to see how they handle the interactions between Batman and The Joker. But don’t let that enthusiasm take away excitement from New World Order. If you have yet to dive into Batman – The Telltale Series, there isn’t a better time than now.