Walking into Batman: The Telltale Series as a whole when it first debuted, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Would Telltale stick closely to established Batman lore and take us places we have been time and time again? Or would they dare to be different, going off on a path of their own and telling an entirely unique story in only ways that they can through the gaming medium? Luckily for both fans of Batman and of Telltale Games, they decided to go down the latter path, crafting something that was mostly unique but still sticks true to what Batman fans have come to know and love about the Caped Crusader. Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light caps off the initial season nicely, and wraps up the storylines presented throughout the five episodes, while also clearly setting the game up for a second season thanks to the final scene shown before the credits. Read on for our full review of Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light.
Title: Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Available On: PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Mobile
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Copy provided by the Publisher for the sake of this review
City of Light picks up where Episode 4 left off, and because of that, it will start in entirely different places for everyone depending on the choices you made in Episode 4, especially near the end. It does a good job tying everything back together, and setting Batman off toward stopping Lady Arkham as she tries to lay waste to the entirety of Gotham. Telltale Games has shown their darker side before, especially in The Walking Dead series that they also do, but this episode has a much darker tone than the rest of the episodes in Batman: The Telltale Series. Depending on some of the choices you make as either Bruce Wayne or Batman, certain events can play out that make it even darker as well. It was refreshing to see this side of Gotham and the Batman universe within the game world, and it was handled well enough that it didn’t feel overly out of place. And it never felt too gruesome either.
The action sequences are once again some of the best that Telltale has done to date, and even with the occasional slowdown that players have come to expect from the engine Telltale uses for their releases, the combat is quite fun. The final battle in particular goes on for a very long time, but keeps the button prompts changed up enough for the player to actually feel engaged, and watching the action unfold in front of you is a real treat. We are trying to tread lightly so as to avoid any spoilers about the finale of City of Light, but the way the final blow is handled and what happens immediately after is rewarding enough for sticking through the entirety of the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series. There is one choice that you can make during the final battle that was tough to call, but ultimately I felt there was only one right solution After doing so, the conversations that take place afterward provide more context to why Batman did what he did.
One of the strongest points in City of Light, at least for me, was the scene that takes place between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle on the open road. I was fairly critical and disappointed with how this entire story arc played out throughout Episode 4, so it was nice to see Telltale Games touch on the subject once again in Episode 5. This actually felt like the resolution their plotline needed, and depending on the choices you make while talking to her, the end result can be very different in tone and with what happens. There is also room for Selina to return in future seasons if Telltale decides to go down that route thanks to this scene. I’ve said it before, but the relationship between Bruce and Selina shown throughout this season is some of the best work I’ve seen done between those two, and it would have been a shame not to have this scene in City of Light.
As a whole, Batman: The Telltale Series is absolutely worth playing for fans of both Batman and of Telltale Games. While some episodes are clearly stronger than others, when viewed as one complete package, it still stands as one of the best series Telltale has worked on. It was probably the most fun I have had with a single season out of the entire catalog that Telltale Games has produced throughout the years. The ending beautifully sets up the second season as well, and we will eagerly anticipate any news on that throughout the coming months and years until it is finally ready to be shown.