Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4: What Ails You (Xbox One) Review

By Josh Di Falco 28.01.2018

Review for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4: What Ails You on Xbox One

As with all reviews of this episodic nature, there will be spoilers for previous episodes throughout the review so it is not recommended to continue reading without playing the previous episodes first.

While the decision-making elements of Telltale's games have been generally weak, Episode 3: Fractured Mask ended in a manner that hinted at a major split in the road in the story, with the decision to either reveal Bruce Wayne as the mole, or pin the blame on Catwoman. Either way, in Episode 4: What Ails You, the Pact breaks its way into the SANCTUS facility in order to steal the Lotus Virus while the Agency is hot on their trail, thanks to a tip-off from Bruce. Mr. Freeze finally gets his moment to make an impact in the story, while the agitated John Doe begins to understand just who he will become.

The most fascinating character arc of this season of Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within series has been that of John Doe. From the moment he debuted in the first season, in a surprise cameo, there was no way season two would not venture further into the character and develop him into the main villain of the piece. Episode 4: What Ails You does not give the whole picture, but it finally takes a major step forward in Doe's development, as his confused motives slowly become clearer. What makes this entire jump even more upsetting is how highly he regards Bruce, therefore, possibly attributing this friendship breakdown to his Clown persona, combined with his love for Harley Quinn. Of course, Doe's shock revelation towards the end of the game further shows just how good he is at reading people.

So far this season, Mr. Freeze has been just a bit player in the Pact, but in this episode he finally gets his layers peeled back in order to reveal more about Victor Fries, and what makes him tick. While he is forever trying to save his wife's life, the fact that the solution is just the very thing the Pact is trying to steal makes this entire ordeal that more important for Freeze. It is hard not to feel sorry for him, as a major decision has the potential to greatly impact Freeze moving forward. Linking the serum to Quinn and Bane to aid them in their personal problems seems pretty mundane and not as important in comparison to Freeze's personal crusade.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4: What Ails You on Xbox One

Of course, Harley Quinn steals the show once again with her acting and dialogue. Apart from Batman, she is single-handedly carrying this season and keeping it interesting and engaging. Her master manipulation of John Doe finally sees some minor sort of pay-off, although the final episode will surely finish off this phase of their character arc. Alfred delivers a major scare, which brings back an important signpost that was glossed over in the first episode of the season, as it now threatens to play a major role in the final episode.

The story itself moves quite quickly, as the Pact breaks into Bodhi Spa, and the Agency and Batman ambush the group in a last bid to prevent them from stealing the poison. This, of course, means that some characters get pushed to the back or might be finished in terms of story for this season, yet ultimately there was only going to be one big bad for the season. However, the run-home episode so far reaches the great heights that this season has been trying to hit. Whether it can maintain this high or even finish on a satisfying note, however, will be determined in time.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4: What Ails You on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Episode 4: What Ails You is the pinnacle of The Enemy Within thus far, as the agitated John Doe slowly but surely ascends into his Clown persona. The ending sequence is a wonderfully written segment that drops many hints about the future, while it does well to explain Doe's attachment to Harley Quinn, while trying to maintain his friendship with Bruce Wayne. Mr. Freeze and Bane round out the villain roles, while Alfred's major scare brings home the fact that nothing can be taken for granted. If the last few episodes have shown any signs, it is that the final episode will be the long awaited crescendo.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

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