Grab your capes and settle in as Alfred is serving up Episode 1 of TellTale Games’ Batman series titled “Realm of Shadows.” The developers tell us that this iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.
We all know and love Batman but who is Bruce Wayne? What makes him tick? Hopefully we’ll soon get to know more about this side of the character as he will be the main focus in this episodic series. The game takes place in the earlier years of the character, when Harvey Dent is running for mayor with the backing of Billionaire Bruce Wayne and Gotham has somewhat of a “Cat burglar” problem.
Your choices write a fascinating new chapter in the complex and dangerous lives of the playboy industrialist and the vigilante detective. In this gritty and violent new story from the creators of “The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series”, you’ll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne’s world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City.
Telltale build on their usual exploratory gameplay (wander around, examine environmental features, read text or discover objectives) and have created a detective mode that asks the player to do at least some of the leg work which is a nice idea given we are taking charge of one of the world’s great detectives after all. Combat has also seen some tinkering, adding a finishing move meter that fills as you successfully complete a fight scene’s quick-time event, until you unleash a suitably Batman-ish move.
As always you can buy the episodes separately or you can buy the season pass. There does seem to be some variation in the prices on the console versions at least (at the time of writing) with Episode 1 selling for £5.19 on Xbox and £4.49 on PlayStation store. The season pass is £24.99 on both. The series is currently available with 10% off on Steam and GOG meaning you’d only have to part with a tempting £17.09
I’m looking forward to this one so….To the Batcave!!
Batman – The Telltale Series – Episode 1: Realm of Shadows Is Now Available For PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.