Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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The Dark Knight returns for an epic but violent new chapter.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Story deals with fallout from first season, with Bruce Wayne still trying to protect Gotham the best way he knows how. Despite public opinion against both of his personas, his inner turmoil, Wayne (and the player) continues to carry on, fight against a greater evil. There's also a recurring theme of making tough choices, dealing with consequences of those choices.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players have a lot of freedom in terms of choices, character development. The Batman you play is one created based on your decisions. Supporting cast made up of a variety of personalities, completely cover moral compass.

Ease of Play

Essentially a point-and-click adventure with players choosing their own paths. Many decisions you make, from dialogue options to combat choices, are timed, and some require a chained sequence of actions, which can get a bit complicated. Still, game usually forgives occasional misstep.

Violence

Doesn't shy away from brutal, graphic violence. Opening moments alone show a character getting his throat slit open, another getting his fingers (potentially more) cut off in gory detail.

Sex

Some occasional flirtation, suggestion, sexual innuendo, but nothing particularly graphic.

Language

Occasional use of profanity throughout dialogue.

Consumerism

Continues story from Telltale's first Batman game, with decisions in that adventure able to be carried over. It's also an episodic game, meaning players will need to invest in a Season Pass, individual episodes in order to get complete experience. Batman is also an iconic character with no shortage of comic books, TV shows, movies, and video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Various characters shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigars, smoking cigarettes throughout game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series is an original episodic adventure game starring DC Comics' iconic hero, available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows. The game uses a combination of point-and-click controls with timed decisions and on-screen prompts (via quick time events, or QTE). The Enemy Within is particularly graphic for a Batman game, showing brutal and bloody scenes of violence throughout the story. Some characters are also shown drinking and smoking on-screen. Players make decisions that can shape Batman's overall behavior, while also interacting with a cast that runs the gamut of moral spectrum. There's also some flirtation and sexual innuendo, but nothing overtly shown.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Aunt Written byAubrey B. August 14, 2017

Never ending remake

Batman. Super man. Spider-Man. Too many remakes. The originals all suit the story just fine. It's been over done and overrated for years. The directors nee... Continue reading
Adult Written bystsmartt12 June 20, 2018

Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series

First parents need to understand that this game is rated "M" by the ESRB. The ESRB's content descriptors for the title include: Violence, Blood a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDamatrix99 June 2, 2018

Good Game.

This is the Second in the Batman: Telltale Series and has lots of gore, and uses of words such as b****. Only let your child play it if you think they are Matu... Continue reading

What's it about?

BATMAN: THE ENEMY WITHIN -- THE TELLTALE SERIES continues the saga of DC Comics' Caped Crusader as he picks up the pieces following the collapse of the Children of Arkham and the shocking revelations he uncovered about his family's dealings with Gotham's underground. There's little time to adjust though, as the city is terrorized once again by a returning threat. Missing and long thought dead, the criminal genius known as the Riddler has made his way back to Gotham, and he's set his sights on Batman. Now the Dark Knight must try to uncover the true motive behind Riddler's return. Along the way, he'll need to deal with a ruthless federal official looking to make an example of Gotham, a criminal underground seeking to take advantage of a weakened city, and a certain maniacal madman whose tenuous grip on sanity may be the closest thing to a voice of reason. How far will Batman go to save his city? And will it cost him his soul to do so?

Is it any good?

Gotham's greatest hero returns in an incredible tale that is engaging and graphic and truly emphasizes the fact that consequences of your actions matter. Telltale Games' first foray into the mean streets of Gotham didn't just put players in the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight, it opened a window into the heart and mind of the man behind the mask. Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series continues Bruce Wayne's journey of self-discovery and his evolution as the hero Gotham needs. Once again, this is a story about making tough decisions and learning to live with the consequences of those decisions. Players of the first season can carry over their choices into this new season or start fresh with the default options. Either way, this is still a Batman unlike any other. This is your Batman, shaped by your choices and your personality.

For the second season of Batman, Telltale apparently decided to push the envelope even further than it did the first time around. Right out of the gate, the violence is more intense and graphic than before. The Riddler's introduction alone leaves no question about his ruthlessness, spilling more blood in his first 10 minutes on-screen than many horror films do in their entirety. The game also feels more interactive, with more reliance on quick time events (QTE) than before. This doesn't take away from the drama of the story, but rather pulls you deeper into the action, heightening the tension and the adrenaline rush. It's still a far cry from a reflex-driven arcade experience, and the primary focus is still on the development of the characters and their stories. In fact, The Enemy Within manages to take the best parts of the first season and raise the bar even higher. This may not be a Batman for the kiddies, but it's easily one of the most engaging Batman tales in recent memory, and one of the best games to ever put players in control of the World's Greatest Detective.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about choices and consequences. What are some ways to deal with tough decisions, and what are some ways to weigh the potential consequences of choices?

  • Talk about the definition of being a hero. Does being a hero require gadgets or superhuman abilities? Or is it the person behind the mask that makes a hero? What are some examples of real-world humans who are heroes, and what traits do they share?

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