pisode 3 of Telltales Batman series all but drops the pretence that our decisions matter and instead focuses on a fantastic story, all the political and personal relationships focuses on the first two episodes seems as though they might shatter at any moment.
Even for the most dedicated Batman fans episode three titled ‘New World Order’ continues the series unexpected new takes on the well-known DC characters, creating unpredictable conflicts with brutal twists that had me feeling helpless. We’ve grown away from the awkward exhibition that bogged down in episode one and into a series of dynamic relationships that should be considered in every single choice, but we also lost the feeling in shaping Batman and Bruce Wayne independently, now mostly it’s just about Bruce.
While Telltale deserves credit for the anxious tension I was nearly crippled by it in episode three, it’s also the first episode to reveal a disappointing lack of consequence, as with every other Telltale game this episode that all but confirms your choices wont dramatically changed the plot, but my investment in the characters and their relationships means I don’t really care that much.
One thing that I do care about though is that there are some huge frame rate drops that I nearly ran out of time to make decisions before they even appeared on screen, this happened three times though out my playthrough and while Batman largely presents the most colourful, dense and detail environments that we have seen in Telltale yet, that isn’t worth it if it comes at the cost of big performance problems. Thankfully this didn’t happen during any of the quick time events and combat, it’s less frequent this time but much more creatively animated in this episode the formal introduction of a brand-new villain with ballet looking fight style.
Batman roles are still a treat to watch, but watching is still most of what you do. Detective style scenes follow the same model as the previous two episodes where you should link together pieces of evidence to help Batman draw conclusions, but that unfortunately hasn’t really been expanded upon from previous episodes either, that said it is a tribute to Telltale that the intrequet and multi-layered plot makes this game short comings totally excusable, the writing has defiantly improved and acting is at it’s highest quality yet, and the unpredictable and elaborate plot has me utterly hooked.