So. Its over. 5 months of Batman-binge sessions strung together by a lot of eager anticipation. Was it worth it? Hell freaking yes.
City of Lights is the fifth and final episode of Telltale’s Batman point-and-click narrative adventure game. Once again it stars Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne/Batman who faces his most difficult challenge yet as the Children of Arkham begins their endgame and throws the city – and Bruce’s personal life – into chaos.
It is deeply statisfying for me to say that the best has well and truly been saved for last. Every thread, relationship and dynamic is resolved in this last 90 minutes beautifully, all leading up to a last confronation which can only be described as simply spectacular. Not only one of the best looking scenes Telltale has concocted, but also one of their most dramatic, well choreographed and completely satisfying I have experienced. Granted, the episode does drag on for a little too long after this amazing climax in order to end on a sluggish season-two-tease note, but apart from that minor gripe I was thoroughly pleased with how City of Light ended my time in Gotham.
If you’re this far into the season, you know what gameplay to expect by now. The QTE’s are satisfying (particuarly in the amazing fight at the end), the decisions are tough, and the detective mini-game is still too simple. It was a long-shot for Telltale to completely overhaul their system for the final episode, but its been the one consistent thorn in the series’ side.
Well, that and the bugs. UNTIL NOW. Not only is City of Light the most finely tuned and bug-free episode of the season, Telltale released a patch fixing all the faults in the previous episodes also. Good to see that they were able to afford a few bug nets before the final episode, and it makes it all the more satisfying seeing a constant annoyance finally being resolved.
So overall, City of Light is comfortably the best episode of the season, and ends Telltale’s Batman on a high note. While arguably not the best Telltale season, its still a well constructed and interesting story that every Bat-fan owes themselves to check out. And with all five episodes online and all the bugs fixed, this is the perfect time to do so.
Casual Gamers: Highly Recommended
Hardcore Gamers: Highly Recommended