Batman The Enemy Within: The Enigma is the first episode of season two of Telltale’s take on Batman. I didn’t really think that their season two would come out this early especially since I’ve been waiting for the other series to have their season two first. So it was such a nice surprise that I get to play this game again. A bit of fair warning this review may or may not contain spoilers. So continue at your own risk.
Gameplay wise, there is not much difference between season 1 and 2. All the same controls and features are there except for one thing that changed which is the disposition summary of each of the characters you encountered in the game.
I played the first season on PC but I wasn’t able to upload my save data to the cloud before I uninstalled the game especially since I didn’t think the season 2 would come out this early. Good thing is that they also incorporated the feature that is present in Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 3 where you can recreate your story.
The game starts off where your character left off from season 1. I chose my Bruce Wayne to have a chipped ear so it was cool to see that that also carries over to season 2. The opening scene takes us to a casino where Bruce Wayne is tracking down a criminal. But before he was able to get the chance to talk to the person he was going for, Riddler suddenly shows up.
Their take on Riddler is very interesting. I’ve only known Riddler from the movies and the Arkham series but this Riddler is very different. He reminds me a lot of Jigsaw from the Saw series with all the elaborate puzzles he lays out for his enemies.
Choices in this game have a lot of impact on how your story turns out. Some can be very devastating and some others are unavoidable. As I mentioned earlier, the disposition of the characters you interact with can change depending on how you interact with them. The way you answer them can impact the way each character feels about you. I’ve tried to be as honest as possible with my responses but just like in real life, sometimes the truth hurts more than it can help.
I think it’s a nice addition to the game to see that people you interact with can hate or like you. But I don’t know as to what extent that can impact the game. All I know is that it’s not a good feeling seeing people hate you for the decision that you make but sometimes they need to be done.
This is probably one of the heaviest in terms of moral dilemmas that Telltale has ever produced and it shows in the consequences of the actions you made. It is definitely not easy being the Bat and Bruce Wayne at the same time as sometimes the game makes you want to cross the line between good and bad. It’s to that point where nothing is really black and white but is more of a shade of gray.
By the end of the episode, I felt the weight of the decisions that I made and makes me wonder what else is in store for me in the second season. Will I be able to freely roam the streets as Batman? Or will society still respect me as Bruce Wayne? These and many other questions come to mind after you’ve played through the game.
We also get a mystery character at the end but my gut feeling was that it was the Joker but it could be someone else entirely. But if season 1 introduced us to four villains, then maybe season 2 will do the same or even more. Season 2 definitely started wonderfully that I cannot wait what else the season has in store for us.
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