not gonna lie, I don't even dislike the batman series
most telltale series' I find work better when you don't watch multiple playthroughs. but that's just me.
but that said, I don't really find myself caring about the batman series despite liking it, as I somehow forgot the fourth episode was even out until just now.
What kills this series for me is how whatever they wrote in earlier episodes is inconsequential to what comes next. First Cobblepot is a known criminal, later he's squeaky clean. After Vicki introduces herself to Bruce as 'Lady Arkham', suddenly in Ep4 both Harvey as the press call her as such - despite the fact that earlier they only referred to her as 'the leader of Childern of Arkham', since she never called herself as Lady Arkham in public - etc. etc. I explained that earlier when Episode 3 was released - TT simply changes stuff in a blink of an eye to acomodate the story however they need. It may work when people play the game with month-long breaks between episodes and simply forgot that stuff, but playing the entire game in one sitting makes these flaws much more apparent.
I agree the Lady Arkham stuff is shaky, but the Oswald resume stuff was deliberate - it was very heavily implied that he had the connections to forge a squeaky clean resume to apply for the job. But, as for Lady Arkham, it totally killed my suspension of disbelief in the story for her to be on the same level as Bruce Wayne. I hope they have a better explanation for it in Episode 5 than just "Vicki pulled a Batman and used tragedy as her motivation."
But, as for Lady Arkham, it totally killed my suspension of disbelief in the story for her to be on the same level as Bruce Wayne. I hope they have a better explanation for it in Episode 5 than just "Vicki pulled a Batman and used tragedy as her motivation."
The idea itself is not bad (Vicki born Arkham, seeking revenge) but the presentation is what ruined the story.
I mean... Ep3 ends with this big reveal of Vicki being the villain, people are on the edge of their seats, wondering "why?". And then, Ep4 begins and a side-character (for now) reveals Vicki's motivation in two sentences just like that... and the game makes Joker mock you with "it's so obvious, didn't you know?!"
A big reveal about character's motivation condensed in a short throwaway line. Almost felt like TT checking the boxes before finale. "Villain reveal? Done. Villain's motivation? Done"
Same thing happened in TWAU. "If you have to know, it was Georgie". Just like that. (to TWAU's defense, Ep3 pushed the story away from the 'who's the killer?' direction into 'abuse of law, corruption' etc. so the reveal was more bearable, but still kind of pulled out of ass)
I mean, it just wasn't that interesting. We basically knew that none of our actions really mattered. The only one that caught our interest was Dent's transformation, but we got a quick answer, that our action did nothing or very little to help Dent. All of the discussion in previous games has come from us predicting what the consequences of our actions would be. Like before episode 3, we all were guessing what the impact of 400 Days, and saving Nick was. Granted, both of those choices were just as flat of duds as Dent, but then episode 3 introduced a new big choice, chopping Sarita or not. And things also actually fucking happened in that game.
The group shifted, and between episodes, the the group's situation was entirely different. In episode 1, the group is safe and sound. Episode 2, they are driven from their home, and eventually capture. Episode 3, the group is now much smaller, and escaped from their imprisonment. Episode 4 ends with the group surrounded. Then episode 5, and its multiple endings. Meanwhile, in Batman, at the end of episode 1, Batman is batman. End of episode 2 Harvey may or may not be 2face (jk he IS 2face). Episode 3, Batman ends not batman in Arkham. Episode 4, he's batman again, doing batman things.