Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 2 - The Pact (XBOX One) Review
Game Name: Batman: The Enemy Within
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and XBOX One
Release Date (Episode 2): October 3rd, 2017
This is episode 2 of the second season of the Telltale game Batman: The Enemy Within. I reviewed the first episode and I was entertained by it. If you missed my last review, you can view it here.
Is the second episode as good or better than the first? Let us take a look.
This will be a spoiler for those who have not played the first episode. In the last episode you deal with the Riddler. There is a mention that he has a circle of friends but you never really know who is in that group exactly. This time around, you get to meet them. I guess you can call the group a Suicide Squad light. The group includes Harley Quinn, Joker, Bane and Mr. Freeze.
You start off the episode with Batman talking with Waller who is in charge of the police department. She knows that you are both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Basically setting up the table for the adventure to come.
You as Bruce Wayne will need to gain the trust of the new gang, so you text The Joker to advise that you will take the offer of being in his gang. He is overjoyed to hear this and is convinced that you will be part of the group. Basically you need to gain the trust of everyone. The goal here is to see what the group is planning.
After a series of interactions with the team, you gain their trust and are ready for the big heist. Bruce helps with getting away with the loot. In the last scene of the episode you see what the heist was all about. They managed to get the frozen dead body of the Riddler. You can see the full episode below.
Batman: The Enemy Within (Episode 2) - Chapter 1
Batman: The Enemy Within (Episode 2) - Chapter 2
Batman: The Enemy Within (Episode 2) - Chapter 3 & 4
Batman: The Enemy Within (Episode 2) - Chapter 5
Batman: The Enemy Within (Episode 2) - Chapter 6
This episode is a mixed bag for me personally. So let us start with the positives.
I really liked the portrayal of Harley Quinn. I like the look that they gave her. I also like her personality. You see both the vulnerable side and the mischievous side of her. As is with the first episode, I really like how the Joker is portrayed here. He is actually likeable. I know that this will change but for now I really like where they are taking this character.
Now for the not so great parts of this episode. If you wanted to be Batman in this episode, this is not for you. You play him for a very brief time but for most of this adventure, you play as Bruce Wayne. Although, it is refreshing to play as Bruce, this is called Batman and i would have loved at least a few more fight scenes. In addition, I did not really like Bane as much. He just seems like a muscle head with pent up rage. However they do not delve into his background much. I would have liked it if they would have developed the story with him a little more.
The story itself seems like it is a filler episode. Seems like this is a transition to something bigger in Episode 3. Although I appreciate the story telling, in a game, I am not sure this was a way to go. I could have easily skipped this episode and just gone for the third episode. I do not feel that I felt this way in the first episode of the series. Hope that Episode 3 i better.
Rating: 6 bat-mobiles out of 10
What do you think? Was I too harsh?