f the first episode of Telltales Batman series introduced us to the different sides of Bruce Wayne, the brutal vigilante, the billionaire socialite, and becoming the world’s greatest detective. In episode 2 Children of Arkham explores how these parts come together, in doing so there are genuinely some shocking moments that sets up an intriguing new adventure for the Dark Knight.
Despite being half an hour shorter than the first episode Children of Arkham far out classes its predecessor of character development and storytelling, this instalment focuses on whether Bruce Wayne can accept what may or may not be a horrible truth about his family, which leads to iconic figures in Batman lore being redrawn under very different and much more interesting light. Wildly uninitiated and Children of Arkhams is a serviceable detective story, the way it toys with my fan expectations and Bat-truths that I hold to be self-evident is what gets me to invest in what’s in Bruces heart.
It’s much easier to empathize with his shock, anger, and sorrow since I too was left stunned when a familiar character is revealed to be anything but familiar, its moments like these that bolder Telltale focuses on Wayne and his alter-ego is one cohesive character as opposed to two sides of the same coin. Instead they are recognized as different tools at one man’s disposal, we have a choice of either using Bruces political savvy or Batmans fist heavy tactics to reach the next clue.
When you do choose, the vigilante route this episode feature some of Telltales best cation yet though they will never understand how such notable frame rate issue drops and audio hiccups in such specific sequences past QA. However, it’s still impressive and had me thinking of the man himself inside the cowl only known as Bruce rather than Batman, which is a personal first and this carries over into something with unexpectedly prominently interactions between Bruce and the supporting cast.
Exploring how the allegations between Bruces families affect his relationship with Alfred or how the ensuing scandal Bruce’s burning interest with Salina Kyle can potentially redefine ruin his friendship with Harvey Dent puts all the focus on Bruce instead of the Bat.
Given the hallmark Batman effects may or may not be to come, and adding these extra levels of emotional investment make for a more compelling tale, and it does so without the pacing problems in the first episode, even though I am familiar with how certain events play out and I am genuinely eager for the next episode release.
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