Game: Batman The Telltale Series: Episode 5 City of Light
Platform(s): Windows, Ps4(reviewed), Xbox One
Release Date: December 13th, 2016
The final chapter is here. After a few months and being a little less than impressed with the installments following episode one of Batman the Telltale Series I’ve played episode 5 and completed what is sure to only be the first of many seasons. Despite my fears that the episodes weren’t improving on their own merits, I have to say City of Light puts a nice bow on season one as a whole.
Episode 4 ended in a unique place leaving players in a different start depending on what foe they chose to tackle in episode 4’s climax. I picked Harvey Dent’s assault on Wayne Manor as the priority in Guardian of Gotham, so I had only the Penguin, and Lady Arkham left to deal with. This path leads to some strong bonds being built with Gordon through my apprehension of Cobblepot, but the real big bad here is Lady Arkham, and that is where things get interesting.
I’ve refrained from revealing the identity of Lady Arkham in any of these reviews as I believe the way Batman’s Telltale universe puts old Batman characters in new interesting roles is one of it’s strongest features. From Harvey Dent’s relationship with Selina Kyle and how over five episodes that affect his relationship with Bruce and eventual transformation into Two-Face, to Bruce’s past with Oswald Cobblepot.
City of Light plays out rather quickly, in it’s about an hour and a half of gameplay it manages to bleed some sympathy into the plight of Lady Arkham, and pull your heartstrings with Bruce’s love for his butler and guardian Alfred Pennyworth.Most importantly, however, to me as a long time Batman fan flip the mythos on its head by painting Thomas Wayne as a monster.
Episode 5 did, however, give me a bit of a headache on the technical end. Choppy frame drops persisted throughout the first act, sometimes dropping below 20 FPS and the game briefly crashed during the final act. It was easy enough to load back in, but a patch is needed. I can’t imagine this game is all that taxing on my PS4 Pro’s processor.
On its own Episode 5 is no stand out piece. It does do a great job of tieing up the loose ends in a Batman story I’ve been invested in for months and alludes to the Clown Prince of Crime as Season 2’s big bad. If the issues on the technical end could be worked out( though that seems like an issue for the series as a whole), I’d have no real gripes with City of Light. If you’ve come this far certainly, see it through to the end.