[PS4] Batman: Realm of Shadows Review
Batman: The Telltale Series is the long-awaited episodic take from Telltale Games of the Batman universe. The game focuses on Batman as much as it does on Bruce Wayne, making it very different from all the Arkham action games we’ve been getting over the years. How does the first episode do on PlayStation 4? Come read our Batman: Realm of Shadows review to find out!
Before you can get started, you’ll need to select your Bat-Tech color, which will determine the look of Batman’s gadgets, gear, and the UI. Available colors are blue, red, yellow and purple so that you can pick the one that feels right for you. I went with blue because I felt that red and yellow felt very non-Batman, while purple was just too Joel Schumacher for me.
Batman: Realm of Shadows works as the setup for the rest of the season, introducing Batman, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Harvey Dent and Falcone. Things kick-off into high gear right from the start and you’ll get to control Batman and use his gadgets within minutes of your playthrough. We then realize that the action scene is a flashback to something that happened earlier. This series will also show us the human side of Batman, and we experience this as Alfred talks to Bruce Wayne at Wayne Manor, telling him that he can’t keep going like this or else he won’t be alive for long.
As the game continues, and this will be the last part of the story that I’ll share, it turns out that Bruce has offered to host a fundraising event at his home to help Harvey Dent secure enough support to win the election for city major. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for something to go very wrong, and it is up to players to find a solution before things escalate.
During Batman sequences, you’ll be able to analyze evidence and link some of them to try and reconstruct what happened. You’ll slowly connect the dots to learn more about what is going on. Some links won’t provide you with new information, so be sure to break them so that you can try again with another piece. These “detective mode” scenes help to give us the final piece of the Batman puzzle, giving us a look at the man, the detective, and the myth.
The game looks great on PlayStation 4, with a nice cel-shaded look that brings the comic book universe to life. It seems that the engine Telltale Games is using for Batman is a new one, because I only ran into one scenario in which the game’s frame rate saw a noticeable drop. The graphics never took a hit as well, and the audio ran smooth and without issues.
An interesting feature for Batman is that you can activate Crowd Play. This means that groups of people can work together to make story choices. Each person uses his/her smartphone to play by inputting a game code, watch your screen as you go and vote. You’ll need a Telltale Games account for this, so if you haven’t registered by now, be sure to do that at their website!
As we’ve come to expect of episodic releases from Telltale Games, Batman includes a full trophy count with a Platinum trophy at the end of the road. This series in particular features no missable trophies (unlike, say, Minecraft: Story Mode which demands replaying episodes so that you can make different choices), so once you’ve completed all five episodes you’ll have 31 new trophies added to your collection and score.
I certainly like playing Batman: The Telltale Series for my Batman: Realm of Shadows review. I look forward to seeing what Telltale Games does with the rest of the series, because if it’s as solid as the first episode, I definitely want a second season to be approved as soon as possible!
This review is based on a PS4 copy of Batman: The Telltale Series provided by Telltale Games.