Telltale’s latest Batman series progressed its narrative this week with the arrival of its fourth episode, which is titled, “What Ails You”. Naturally I fired it up to continue my own playthrough, which ended in near disaster in episode three due to the choices I made. While I haven’t really enjoyed the past few episodes of this series, I can tell you that its fourth mostly returns the series to form, and it is quite exciting and revealing.
You can check out my full review below via the embedded video, or the script beneath it. There are some slight spoilers for the series, so proceed at your own risk.
Hey now Bat buddies, Matt Heywood here to review the fourth episode of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within series, which is titled, “What Ails You”. Please note that there will be spoilers for the series in this episode, so proceed at your own risk.
The past few episodes of Telltale’s most recent Batman series have been a bit slow moving and somewhat boring, but that all changed in “What Ails You”. The pacing finally picked up, and the action followed suit, so I found it to be much more entertaining than the slog-fests that precluded it.
The action picks up immediately after the end of the third episode, so as Bruce you must save yourself from whatever predicament you got yourself into at the end of that episode. You soon realize that handling things as Bruce isn’t cutting it, so you don the cape and cowl as you hunt down the members of the Pact, who have gone on a murdering spree led by Harley Quinn to find a virus they need for their evil plans.
I have to say that the action was pretty intense for a QTE game, and the violence was some of the most intense I’ve seen in a Batman game. Let’s just say that this Batman isn’t afraid to stab his foes repeatedly with batarangs, and he’s much more brutal than what you’re used to. The violence gets pretty dark, which I appreciate, but it may turn others off.
This episode really shines though with its narrative, which focuses heavily on the character of John Doe, who we know to be the Joker before he’s the Joker. While we’ve gotten hints of his mad side throughout the two Batman Telltale Series, he really starts to show his twisted side in this episode.
His thread is handled very well, and plenty of choice is given to you as the player to decide how to handle his fall into madness. Depending on your choices, you will probably experience different moments during the climactic chapter, which is laser focused on John Doe’s ultimate role and path in this series.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger, so I’m eager to experience its finale. In fact, I’m much more excited about the finale now than I was before I played “What Ails You”. I was really starting to get frustrated with this series due to its slow pace, but this episode returned this series to prominence.
The fourth episode of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within earns an 8.5 out of 10 review score from Team EB. It has a dark tone, plenty of QTE action with gore, and a great handling of the John Doe/Bruce Wayne dynamic. It revitalized my interest in the series, so if you were like me and were getting fed up with this franchise, I can confirm that “What Ails You” is a great return to form.
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