Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch (Xbox One) Review

By Josh Di Falco 07.04.2018

Review for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch 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.

After a lacklustre episode at the mid-point of the season, Episode 4: What Ails You finally picked the season back up with high stakes. By shifting the emotional impact of Batman's actions back onto him, as he tossed up his relationship with the ever-increasingly distressing John Doe. In the meantime, John Doe is battling with his internal self as his confliction between being a "hero," while trying to adhere to Batman's code, while he is on the run from Amanda Waller and the Agency, who are in pursuit of the virus that he took with him at the end of the last episode. Telltale's final episode for The Enemy Within is here, and it does not disappoint.

Same Stitch brings about the epic conclusion to what has been a fantastic season, albeit with a minor hiccup earlier in the piece. John Doe is missing after he jumped off the bridge at the finale of the last episode, and Amanda Waller has increased the Agency presence in her endless search for the virus he possesses. If there is one thing that Bruce Wayne learns in this episode it is that drawing battlelines between the two parties is not as simple as "good vs. bad," as both Doe and Waller are both entrenched in the greyest of areas as to their motives, and the methods they adopt to achieve them.

This is the most emotionally-driven episode of the season that pays off with all the build-up from previous story threads. What made Telltale so courageous with its Batman series has been the directions that each of the characters have taken, by spinning all the previous assumed knowledge of the main personnel, and then spinning them on their heads. Same Stitch continues this risk-taking story, by asking the brave question of whether Batman exists to defeat the villains, or whether these villains exist because of the Batman. More to the point, this episode does a fantastic job of framing the downfall of John Doe into the Clown Prince of Crime as the failings of Batman, in his attempt to befriend and help the former Arkham inmate.

Amanda Waller is so deep in that grey zone that she is willing to break any law to seek out the justice that she feels Gotham deserves. She is so obsessed with getting that virus, but her motives for it all remains hidden, which leads to Batman and the returning Jim Gordon to not trust her. While she spouts out that she is helping the citizens of Gotham, she abuses the power of the Agency to gain an advantage, with what was a surprising nod to the Suicide Squad. Fortunately, for Batman, John Doe returns from the "dead" with his new hero persona, the evil villain everyone has been waiting for, the Joker. The Clown Prince also wields some new weapons, such as the Jokerang, a dastardly offshoot of the Batarang.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch on Xbox One

Same Stitch brings about the epic conclusion to what has been a fantastic season, albeit with a minor hiccup earlier in the piece. John Doe is missing after he jumped off the bridge at the finale of the last episode, and Amanda Waller has increased the Agency presence in her endless search for the virus he possesses. If there is one thing that Bruce Wayne learns in this episode it is that drawing battlelines between the two parties is not as simple as "good vs. bad," as both Doe and Waller are both entrenched in the greyest of areas as to their motives, and the methods they adopt to achieve them.

This is the most emotionally-driven episode of the season that pays off with all the build-up from previous story threads. What made Telltale so courageous with its Batman series has been the directions that each of the characters have taken, by spinning all the previous assumed knowledge of the main personnel, and then spinning them on their heads. Same Stitch continues this risk-taking story, by asking the brave question of whether Batman exists to defeat the villains, or whether these villains exist because of the Batman. More to the point, this episode does a fantastic job of framing the downfall of John Doe into the Clown Prince of Crime as the failings of Batman, in his attempt to befriend and help the former Arkham inmate.

Amanda Waller is so deep in that grey zone that she is willing to break any law to seek out the justice that she feels Gotham deserves. She is so obsessed with getting that virus, but her motives for it all remains hidden, which leads to Batman and the returning Jim Gordon to not trust her. While she spouts out that she is helping the citizens of Gotham, she abuses the power of the Agency to gain an advantage, with what was a surprising nod to the Suicide Squad. Fortunately, for Batman, John Doe returns from the "dead" with his new hero persona, the evil villain everyone has been waiting for, the Joker. The Clown Prince also wields some new weapons, such as the Jokerang, a dastardly offshoot of the Batarang.

Screenshot for Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 5: Same Stitch on Xbox One

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 an extremely satisfying end to what has been such a rollercoaster of a season. While the Joker was always going to play a key role in it, how he comes to be with the downfall of John Doe was still unexpected, and this episode shifts the blame and failings to Batman. This causes the Caped Crusader to truly question what he stands for, which leads to emotional conflicts with Alfred. Amanda Waller puts together her own super team of villains to show that she will truly go to any means necessary to achieve her goals, which she promises is for the greater good. All the story threads get wrapped up in what is a huge emotional investment from the opening moments, right through to the end, as Telltale closes the curtain on what has been a fantastic season of Batman: The Enemy Within.

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

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