Ever since I can remember, an action-orientated Batman has been a major focus for video games, such as the well known Arkham series.Now it’s time for Telltale, the storytelling master, to offer a new take on the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne himself.

After having played the first episode of the promising Batman: The Telltale Series, there were quite a few things that became clear to me, one of them being the fact that this story-driven game will focus as much on Bruce Wayne ‘off duty’ as on Batman the hero.

But who is Bruce Wayne, as depicted by Telltale?

 

Bruce Wayne is Someone With an Unclear Past

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We all have a past, and we all know Batman’s one. The canon version of Bruce’s past has often been taken for granted; however, Telltale deliberately gives a sweet twist to it. Bruce might have strong memories of what happened when his parents died, but does he know everything? Or are there family secrets to unveil? Are Martha and Thomas Wayne who Bruce thinks they really are? Bonus point for Telltale here, for mastering the art of foreshadowing. Telltale doesn’t give an answer for everything just yet, but it hints at a potentially controversial theory (I won’t spoil, you’ll have to play).

 

Bruce Wayne Struggles With Being Bruce Wayne

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Tough choices and a good dose of drama were essential ingredients in this first episode of this Telltale game. It’s not only difficult for Bruce to attend parties, maintain his own reputation, and support Harvey’s campaign, but he also has an incredible amount of expectations to manage. How does he even have time to be Batman, you might wonder.

 

Bruce Wayne’s Friends Might be Batman’s Enemies

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Characters like Harvey Dent and Oswald Cobblepot are surprisingly close to TellTale’s Bruce Wayne, and Oswald’s reinterpretation is rather refreshing and surprising on its own. The fact you are there, in Bruce’s shoes, interacting with them and making choices, contributes to great character development. Supporting Harvey in the mutual dream of making Gotham a better place, and seeing Oswald – your childhood friend – heading towards the path of crime, when you kind of know already what will become of these two (or what the canon versions of them would) has a bittersweet taste. When (and if) they become villains during this series, it will be surely painful.

 

Bruce Wayne (as Batman) is Still the World’s Greatest Detective

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Telltale reminds us of Batman’s true talents, and provides us with more than just mindless action. Point-and-click gameplay where you can solve puzzles and connect pieces together has proven to be incredibly fun. You can analyze crime scenes, and even craft your own strategy plan. In case you forgot, Batman is the world’s greatest detective after all. This all adds to the interactivity in the story, and makes Batman: The Telltale Series even more addictive as a game. And if you think action is not included, let me tell you you’ll love the fast-paced action sequences along the narrative.

 

Bruce Wayne’s Relationship Dynamics are Interesting

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The game starts with a fast-paced action sequence between Catwoman and Batman, but that’s not the only angle you’ll see of those. Selina and Bruce are interesting on their own, and their dialogues rather amusing, even when they are not hiding behind their masks. Selina’s mysterious nature will make you wonder their true intentions, while you wait impatiently to know more about her.

Interesting and more dramatic is the relationship between Alfred and Bruce. You’ll have plenty of tough choices to make, some of them might break or not your heart.

 

Ultimately, Bruce Wayne is Whoever You Want Him to be!

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One of the strongest aspects of this game is how it gives you almost full control on the character’s alignment. What type of Batman would you be? Would you resort to extreme violence if needed? Would you be honest and upfront? Would you attempt to defend your family’s name? What would justice mean to you? Would you be lawful good, neutral good, or chaotic good?


Final Verdict:

To me, this is Platinum.


 

Do you play story-driven video-games? What do you think of a story-driven Batman game? Have you tried Telltale series? Are you a fan? Let me know in the comments.

 

This post has been originally published atΒ NowLoading by Nya.

 


Comments

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  1. This sounds really interesting! I never really followed Batman, except when I was little and watched cartoons. I remember seeing one of the latest movies, when Batman is depressed, and I remember not liking it at all. I guess this game explains it better than the movie.

  2. Alyssa Tuangco

    When I hear Bruce Wayne I think of Batman. I’m not a fan of him though my boyfriend and another friend are big fans. Tho batman has a very interesting story where there are a lot of versions to it. I do like story-driven games, it makes you achieve a goal and get to the end. I like Uncharted πŸ™‚

  3. Bruce Wayne is truly a complex character. One of the most mysterious superheroes out there has always been Batman. It’s great that you analyzed his traits. Sometimes I think we all have our own Batman within our Bruce Wayne

  4. What makes a story-driven video game so engaging is that it makes you crave for the next level as it uncovers details of the story, which in this case is Bruce Wayne’s life story, that most of us (if not all) are not completely aware of. The story, aside from the game itself, will make you play it until the end specially if it was successful to tickle the conscious side of your mind. I’m not a video game person but I knew some friends who are addicted in playing so I might introduce this to them . πŸ™‚

  5. I am not a gamer, but obviously, I know Batman (who else don’t by the way? lol) Even telltale stories is a bit different. Don’t get me wrong, it seems that Bruce Wayne has a life so dark, darker than that usual famous hero, he doesn’t seem to be a hero then, I like what I read, for I got to know another character.

  6. To be honest, not a gamer but I would play games from time to time. I play The Sims and FIFA sometimes. I have a friend who plays games and I’d consider as a gamer. The graphics are well illustrated and the details are just depicted the way it is. But controlling Batman and Bruce? Just so amazing. I’d share this to my gamer friends πŸ˜€

  7. I am not a gamer but Batman is one of my favorite all time characters. It does get confusing sometimes with the different interpretations of the movies and early on, (for me), comics. I guess one thing usually remains true to this day, the villains are sometimes not the villains. They do a good job of making the villains come to life… and Batman, I love him best in dark knight series.

  8. berlin domingo

    All I know is Bruce Wayne is Batman. But just like any superhero, he has character problems as well. I love his sincerity to help, though. I enjoy watching his enthusiasm to improve on himself as Batman. Not a gamer here and seldom does I play online games or any game. Perhaps it has passed my age or my interest. In my younger years, should I have been introduced to this kind of game, I might have tried one or two.

  9. Nilyn Matugas

    Not a gamer here either and I’ve got to say, I’ve never really watched Batman too when I was young. What I can see on this post is Bruce Wayne’s life being complicated, lol. He has struggles, just like most of us, even though he’s a hero. A simple reminder that no matter how successful we can be, we still need to remember that we’re just like the rest. πŸ™‚

  10. Orana Velarde

    I’m not a gamer so I wouldn’t know any games to compare this one to. The whole idea of being able to control the way your Batman and Bruce are in terms of personality sounds pretty cool. Have you seen the show on tv Gotham? It’s Bruce as a kid, it’s pretty interesting!

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