Batman - The Telltale Series

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Build your own Batman in this gritty adventure.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Usual "good vs. evil" elements from comic book superheroes. Positive themes of overcoming obstacles, helping others in need, balanced with negative themes such as corruption, "justice vs. vengeance."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Batman/Bruce Wayne is a highly intelligent, deductive genius, focused on his goal of making city a better place while adhering to a strict moral code. This game, though, takes place early in Batman's career, allows player to make certain tough decisions, which could change core of character.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but some quick-time events more reflex-driven.

Violence

Dark tale of the Dark Knight, with hard, cold look at violence in Gotham City. Plenty of realistic uses of firearms, knives, more against other people. Even hand-to-hand combat is brutal, with broken bones, blood, sometimes fatal results.

Sex

While no direct sexual activity, some characters, particularly female characters (such as Catwoman), portrayed in a sexualized manner, with dialogue including various innuendo.

Language

Moderate use of some profanity in dialogue, including "b--ch," "ass," "goddamn."

Consumerism

Based on popular DC Comics superhero, which has no shortage of tie-ins, including comic books, TV shows, movies, video games, all of which have also spawned own lines of merchandise. This particular game is also episodic, encouraging players to either purchase episodes individually or with Season Pass. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking, smoking, drugs scattered throughout game. Characters are offered drinks, shown socializing at parties; cigarettes found as evidence.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Batman – The Telltale Series is a downloadable, episodic adventure game featuring the popular DC Comics superhero in the early days of his career. The game uses a point-and-click style combined with the occasional quick-time event to advance the plot. Players will make choices at key moments, which play out over the course of the entire series. This is a darker story for the Batman franchise and a far cry from the all-ages Caped Crusader that occasionally shows up in cartoons and comic books. Violence in the game is graphic, with plenty of blood and brutal imagery. The game also makes some use of profanity and sexuality, as well as references to drinking and drug use, to ground the story into the grittier side of Gotham City. It's also available as an app.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySteve J. August 10, 2016

Very good game!

It's very good for year 13 and up
Adult Written byGaryTheDog . October 30, 2016

Great Story

The story is great and it is appropriate for 10 year olds.
Teen, 13 years old Written byryl August 8, 2016

Telltale strikes again!

This story follows Batman, an anti-hero who is trying to rid the corrupt city of Gotham of crime. Without spilling the beans on the premise of the story, let... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 12, 2016

best telltalle game

its an amazing game with ann amazing story and many episodes

What's it about?

BATMAN - THE TELLTALE SERIES is a five-part story set in the formative days of DC Comics' Dark Knight. Although this Batman has been fighting the criminal element in Gotham City for a while, he's yet to confront many of the more "colorful" members of his Rogue's Gallery … at least until a certain feline felon makes her move. What follows is a story of city-wide corruption, organized crime, and the rise of new, more dangerous threats, not only to the Caped Crusader but to Bruce Wayne as well. The game does more than just tell a story, though. It gives players a chance to truly be the man behind the mask, investigating crime scenes, interrogating villains, and balancing his two lives, all while struggling with the hard choices that come with fighting against the darkness without succumbing to it.

Is it any good?

For every comic book fan who once dreamed of growing up to be Batman, this is your chance. But being Batman isn't all about grappling hooks and Batarangs. It's about using your brain as the World's Greatest Detective. It's about making critical decisions at a moment's notice. And it's about making sure that the hard choices are the right choices and never becoming the very thing you're fighting against. That's what makes Telltale's take on Batman stand out. The choices you make in the game determine not only the fate of Gotham City but also the character and soul of the iconic superhero. Make no mistake about it -- this is a "grown-up" Batman tale for a grown-up audience. The game doesn't shy away from the darker side of the Dark Knight's world. Scenes from the game include a full-on fisticuffs between Catwoman and Batman, the bloody beat-down of a couple of muggers, and a brutally bone-crunching interrogation of an assassin -- and that's just part of the violence in the first episode alone.

Telltale's tried-and-true decision-making formula gives the game an extra layer of storytelling, as players quickly have to decide what to say or do, opting to follow what they think Batman/Bruce Wayne would actually do or even veering way off course to craft a different, more personal version of the Caped Crusader. The game's new "Crowd Play" feature lets friends get in on the action, too. By syncing up to three mobile device, players can cast their votes during the game's branching choices, with the majority decision being the one selected. Players can then give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote to how the decision plays out. It's definitely a fun way to get others to become more than passive observers. Of course, with this being a Telltale adventure, the story plays out over multiple episodes, and many choices you make at the start won't come to fruition until later down the road. It's a slow burn to start, but much like the first issue of a great comic book arc, seeing all the parts ultimately come together is what keeps the audience's interest. With Batman – The Telltale Series, Telltale Games and DC Comics have created a unique interactive experience with a story on par with or even beyond what could ever be accomplished on the printed page. This Batman is your Batman, and his story has become your story. The question is, what kind of hero are you going to be?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what defines a "hero." What are the qualities that make a character like Batman a hero? Do his abilities and gadgets define him or make him a hero, or is it his behavior and ethics that do this?

  • Talk about decision-making. What are important things to consider when facing difficult decisions? How can decisions made in the moment affect events in the long term?

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