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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3

December 4, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3
Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 3
Fractured Mask picks up immediately after Episode 2‘s cliffhanger.

Please note that since each episode of Batman: The Enemy Within features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our complete thoughts on that, refer to our review of The Enigma.

TellTale’s second episode of Batman: The Enemy Within was a departure from the superhero franchise because it spent so much time away from the actual superhero part. That seemed to split opinion (we personally found it to be a fresh take on the Bruce Wayne/Batman mythos). The third episode, Fractured Mask, returns to more of standard form, with the Bruce/Batman split working pretty evenly.

So what’s happening in this episode? It picks up immediately where the previous one left off, which means that Harley Quinn is leading the gang, John Doe is still an endearing not-quite-Joker, Catwoman has returned to give Bruce all sorts of feels. Oh, and there’s a frozen carcass of the Riddler as well.

It’s quite the setup as we get into the middle episode, and Fractured Mask‘s twists follow what you’d expect in the pivotal middle act of the story. Without going into spoilers, both sides of the Bruce/Batman personality have the proverbial screws turned on them across all of the game’s pivotal relationships: Selina/Catwoman, John/Joker, Harley, Gordon, and Amanda Waller.

TellTale episodes tend to vary in the impact of their endings, and one of the drawbacks of Fractured Mask is that it just kind of stops. Perhaps it’s leaving the big cliffhanger twist for the next (and penultimate) episode, but given the short running time (at about 90 minutes, it’s rather short even by TellTale standards), it feels like a little more could have made it in.

OVERALL (4/5)

Getting back into the Batsuit, The Enemy Within: Fractured Mask shines the spotlight on all relationships — supervillain and otherwise. As all TellTale stories ultimately live and die on the strength of its characters and relationships, Fractured Mask has upped the stakes heading into the second half of the season.

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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2

October 6, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2
The first episode of Telltale’s second Batman season ended with the surprise death of the Riddler after establishing him as a major threat. In the newest episode, The Pact, Telltale continues to twist established Batman lore and tropes, perhaps more so than anything since the revelation of the Wayne family in the first season.
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Blu-ray Review: Wonder Woman

September 18, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Wonder Woman
Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman is about as refreshing as you can find in the superhero genre. There’s no snark or darkness to her character. Instead, she plays a sense of wonderment and innocence from being raised on an island away from the world’s realities without ever being exploited or made to look maliciously naive. She pulls off the physical elements as well, exuding a magnetic presence that leaps off the screen throughout the film.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1

August 11, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1
TellTale’s Batman series broke new ground with its initial season in two ways. First, it allowed the player to control Bruce Wayne just as much as Batman. Second, it took longtime elements from the franchise’s lore and mixed them in new and unique ways.
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Blu-ray Review: Suicide Squad Extended Edition

December 7, 2016 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Suicide Squad Extended Edition
Attempting to mix character development, plot cohesion, fan service, attitude, humor and action all into one film proves an impossible task for Ayer, and the result is some pacing issues. The film’s first 30 or so minutes is almost like a big montage, introducing everyone, followed by an immediate crisis that forces the task force into action.
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