Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 3: New World Order (PlayStation 4) Review

By Drew Hurley 10.12.2016

Review for Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 3: New World Order on PlayStation 4

Thus far, Telltale's stories from Arkham have been somewhat disappointing, sadly. It hasn't been particularly bad, just rather mediocre considering the pedigree and the promise of combining these considerable properties. While fantastic story threads have been established and plenty of pieces put in motion, the small details and the gameplay have let things down when it comes to the bigger picture. However, the finale of episode two set up one of the signature branching paths that left players eager for this latest episode, the New World Order.

It took two rather slow episodes to establish the premise, but now the story is all setup and all the pieces are in place to play out this new 'Year One' story for the Caped Crusader. The last episode established how Bruce's parents were not the paragons he thought them to be. They were in bed with the mob and the crooked mayor, not to mention Thomas Wayne was performing inhuman experiments inside the walls of Arkham. With this information being revealed to the public, Bruce Wayne's good name was ruined and everyone began to distance themselves from him, including his best friend and mayoral candidate, Harvey Dent. He was making friends in other places to make up for it, though, as a budding romance blossomed between him and Selina Kyle. There is just the small issue of her knowing his secret identity, oh, and that she's dating that best friend of his…

Those relationships were put to the test as the Penguin and the Children of Arkham had Harvey and Selina in potentially fatal situations, and the finale required deciding which of the two to save. Those who chose Selina saw Harvey have a stage light smashed over half of his face, whereas choosing to save Harvey saw Selina shot and escaping with a reproachful glance at Batman.

Screenshot for Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 3: New World Order on PlayStation 4

This episode picks up with the Children of Arkham being seen by the public as basically the same as Batman - vigilantes fighting back against the corruption of the city. The general populous seemingly forgetting how they have been holding up events at gunpoint…

Right off the bat, this episode takes many of the best aspects of the previous and it's great to see them back in action. Batman again flexes his detective muscles during forensic investigations, and there are some smart dialogue moments. The best part of this episode, though, is the fight scenes; there are some great combat moments, including one in particular where Batman finally throws down with Lady Arkham that is highly enjoyable.

The problem with this episode is that it feels like the decisions made in the previous ones are pointless. Regardless of saving Harvey or not, the mayor develops his demented villainous persona, although with a little less epidermis if he wasn't saved. The romance between Selina and Bruce also continues to develop even if Bruce let Selina get shot! Telltale had an opportunity to majorly branch the story here - have Bruce alienate either Selina or Harvey, have a villain in either Two-Face or Catwoman.

The impact of the choices may be disappointing, yet the characters in this tale are anything but. This representation of Two-Face is great, especially so in the scarred Harvey incarnation. The split personality arguing amongst themselves, and the clear cracks in his psyche deliver a fantastic villain. Similarly, Selina is superb, and a great representation of this strong female character who takes no crap from Bruce or the villains unlucky enough to cross this black cat's path.

Screenshot for Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 3: New World Order on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

The characters in Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 3: New World Order are interesting and the gameplay is decent enough, but this episode again feels like a let-down in some ways. After playing through with multiple save files and establishing that the choices make no real difference here, it's disappointing that this core aspect of these interactive stories that can massively impact the final product actually isn't brought into play. This is something Telltale should know better about. Choice and consequences are the lifeblood of these games and, thus far, it all feels very predetermined. Hopefully, with two episodes left to go, there will be a change and some impact on the story from the choices made in the final episodes.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

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