While Super Mario Run may have handed some excitement to iphone games, Batman has also released some exciting new episode – series 5, City of LIght. We do not know if it is because of the wear of the formula, by saturation after having played so many games that are exactly the same in their playable proposal or because there has really been a noticeable loss of quality in their productions, but Telltale series are getting less excited .
What were previously relevant releases that we were looking forward to and that were able to maintain our interest chapter by chapter, have now been relegated to minor titles that are played almost by inertia and where the player’s decisions are less and less important, as well as any type of Playable interaction that goes beyond choosing a response in a conversation or exceeding a QTE.
And it is a real pity, as the study continues to demonstrate that it knows how to write good scripts to build an exemplary narrative full of charismatic characters and depth, although they have not been able to evolve in these four years that have passed since they gave their formula of Gold in 2012 with the first season of The Walking Dead and have ended up being stuck.
Game of Thrones already gave us dangerous notices that the studio needed to be renewed and reinvented, but it was not until this Batman: The Telltale Series when the exhaustion of the one that their games end up being totally evident, failing in things as basic and important as the Own rhythm of the script, very irregular and tediously slow at times.
And this is something that hurts us a lot, since few people think that they are more interesting than Batman so that the studio demonstrated his talent and made us enjoy a great story with one of the most iconic and beloved heroes of culture Modern.
Eye, it is not a bad game, but neither one especially remarkable. The rhythm has been irregular, the main plot is not too original and it is so “Batman” that except for some surprise we have seen almost all its turns, the consequences of our decisions have been ridiculous and for each chapter that was going on They let us play less. And all this not to mention the outdated graphic engine of which it gala, tarnishing completely the good work that has been realized in its artistic design.
Almost all the plots are closed, but leave open the possibility of being resumed in the future.
All this is something that can be perfectly applied to City of Light, the final episode of this adventure of the Masked Crusader, as it suffers from almost all the errors that have suffered the season. In fact, this time the burden of argument has been greatly diluted to give more prominence to the action and confrontations, so we will hardly have a couple of revelations.
Being more concrete, here we will finally discover the authentic motives to act of Lady Arkham, as well as its great master plan, being both slightly disappointing and leaving to this villain like an enemy without too much charisma and far from the more mythical rivals of Bat Man.
In addition, the chapter is so short (it will not last much longer than an hour) that the whole outcome and closure of the plot feels a little rushed, but this does not mean that we can enjoy a spectacular, choreographed and directed final battle with Perfectly chosen and studied camera plans that make it clear how well cinematic language dominates in Telltale.
Will there be a second season? The study, of course, has left the door open for this, although you can rest easy, since all the plot lines (with the exception of one that has only given us slight clues) are closed, like the main plot, So we are going to leave stockings.
In the playable there is not much to say, since everything is limited to watching video sequences while choosing answers with decisions that have not supposed any type of dilemma and almost without consequences (we have only found one more or less remarkable). To get a little out of the norm, in this episode has been reintroduced a research scene in which we have to link several tracks, although it offers no challenge and we will not take a minute to solve it.
The rest, as you can imagine, are sequences of action full of QTEs very easy to hit. They are very well designed and directed, but they are dull because of the graphics engine (the animations are so rigid that it fails to offer at any moment the feeling of fluidity that a battle should have) and a gameplay virtually non-existent and bland.
Graphically, as we have already mentioned, this is a very improved game, with just right modeling, animations that leave a lot to be desired and textures and effects that fall short even for the previous generation. Despite this, the staging is very good and the artistic design we love.
Finally, the sound leaves us the same soundtrack that we have been listening to throughout the season, although not always used correctly (there are some abrupt audio cuts when you want to change the subject) and it lacks some variety. The effects compliment without any more and the dubbing, in English, returns to be to a very high level. The texts are translated into Spanish, although there are many errors, such as untranslated sentences or directly without subtitling.
Finally we think Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light is an acceptable ending to one of the weakest games in the studio thanks in part to a good final battle and the closure of almost all of its plot arcs, although it does not offer a special conclusion Memorable and the great villain of the show has stayed far from what we could expect from any of the great rivals.
Let us hope that the study begins to rethink very seriously in its next games its usual formula, since with this adventure we have become clear that it does not give for more, especially if we compare it to other similar titles, more modern and better executed where a great Narrative is not at odds with good gameplay. It would not be too much to give each other more time between projects, as this begins to adversely affect the scripts, which without being bad, have lost the brilliance and strength that characterized them.
If you are big fans of Batman, you will probably spend a few hours entertaining discovering how Telltale has reinterpreted this universe and has turned over several of its characters, but do not expect a title to match this legendary superhero.