Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch (PlayStation 4) Review

By Thom Compton 27.03.2018

Review for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch on PlayStation 4

This season of Telltale's Batman has definitely brought some highs and lows. Between some terrible atrocities and the Bat's commitment to save Gotham at any cost, Telltale has delivered at the very least an interesting story for the Caped Crusader to embark upon. While the third episode definitely sagged a bit in terms of overall quality, the fourth saw a return to form for a series that not only brought back quality to the season, but also put a lot of weight on the shoulders of the season finale. Well, it's time to find out if the shoulders could bare all that weight, or if they buckled under pressure.

Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch opens with Batman seeking out information, and getting more than he bargained for. Waller has taken her creepy bureaucratic brand of villainy to a new level, and thrust Bats into a conflict he simply can't win on his own. Fortunately, or not, John returns to save Brucie from his latest predicament, and to show off the work he's been up to since the last episode.

Much of John's plot continues to boil at a low simmer, though. He still spends the first two chapters largely resembling Bruce's little brother, constantly pining for his approval and affection. The act is again wearing thin, so when it gives way and John finally reaches his full potential, it does manage to feel remarkably satisfying. Say what you will about the slow burn approach, but when it works, it works well, and Telltale definitely nailed it here. It makes earlier gripes from past episodes feel less important in retrospect, like how even complaints from yours truly way back in Episode 3 may have been jumping the gun.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch on PlayStation 4

Waller's plot line, however, feels less rewarding at its climax, although why will be explored in a moment. It's largely condensed down into some quick resolution, yet she does get to be privy to the third chapter, which is some of the best work Telltale has ever done, full stop. Not only does the chapter resolve in some pleasant ways, and even carries some interesting moments that keep the satisfaction level at its peak, it also brings one of the best moments in Batman canon. At the end of the act, Telltale gives a remarkably bleak and terrifying vision of a character who, despite many iterations, feels fresh and remarkably good.

Choices do matter here, and they carry a weight that is often promised but never realised in narrative-driven gaming. However, some of the choices result in conclusions that feel weak, like the aforementioned issue with Waller's ending. It definitely shows the danger that comes with choices actually mattering, because it can lead to some moments that are much less interesting than others. It also feels like the most important choices are still the ones where only two choices are made available but, even then, the arc holds up and leads to some exciting prospects for next season.

Combat is largely the same, and it's difficult to tell if Telltale has gotten better at implementing it or if one has just gotten used to it. The only moment that the game failed to recognise input during review came during an early combat sequence, but it doesn't seem to have rolled over to the rest of the game, and could easily have been just a singular instance that others won't experience. This season of Batman has definitely shown off Telltales continued efforts to make its titles run better, and Same Stitch nails that even better than previous moments in the season.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch is phenomenal storytelling, and while it highlights a major drawback for story-driven games, it does manage to make decisions truly matter. While the endings may not be what you feel they should have been, replaying through is the best option to rebuild the narrative in new and exciting ways. In fact, this episode contains so many important moments of divergence that even those who don't want to replay the entire season may find it easy enough to turn the tides in their favour just replaying this chapter. Regardless, Same Stitch not only feels like a natural point to end the current plot line, but it teases smart moments to come a new season, one that hopefully there will be.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

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