A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Themes include fighting against a greater evil to protect the city. There's also a recurring theme of making tough choices, dealing with consequences of those choices.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some occasional flirtation, suggestion, sexual innuendo, but nothing particularly graphic.
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Occasional use of profanity throughout dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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