BATMAN - The Telltale Series - Episode 2: Children of Arkham

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BATMAN - The Telltale Series - Episode 2: Children of Arkham is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 55 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

64%

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Based on 55 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

TheSixthAxis
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 20, 2016

A strong second episode that rattles along at a fast pace and includes no shortage of surprises and reveals. And now that we know what the Children of Arkham in the title refers to, I’m definitely looking forward to the third.

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ZTGD
Unscored
Ken McKown

Top Critic

Unscored
Oct 12, 2016

Children of Arkham delivers a great follow-up to the original episode, while also cleaning up the pace and some of the technical issues. I am more invested now than after the first episode, and am excited to see how things develop. Telltale has crafted a unique take on the Dark Knight, with characters taking on new roles, making it interesting for fans of the character. I am extremely excited to see where this story ends up.

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The Vertical Slice
C-
C-
Dec 11, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series — Episode Two: Children of Arkham is ultimately dispiriting, as a follow up to the amazing Season Premiere cliffhanger and fails at following that up with a sorry payoff to Episode One. A lot of the Episode feels rushed and underutilized, making it nigh impossible to dive back into the dichotomy of the mask of Bruce contrasting with the true face of Bruce, Batman. The vision for the Season does become quite clear after this Finale, but as a standalone, it fails to stand on its own two feet.

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Scored Reviews

Fextralife
10 / 10
Fextralife
skarekrow13

Top Critic

10 / 10
Feb 16, 2017

All of the elements that made Episode 1 great, are just a touch better in Episode 2. Characters and voice acting settle in well. Plot points and character interactions are top notch here. Replayability gets a boost due to more significant choices that could be compelling to try a "do over" on. To better compare, Episode 1 isn't quite a tutorial, but presents as a solid introduction. Episode 2 uses that foundation and takes flight (on awexome batwings).

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Gamerheadquarters
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

I'm truly impressed with Telltale's take on Batman creating a tense and exciting story while holding nothing back.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2016

In Children of Arkham there isn't simply good vs. bad – no one is ever fully good or fully bad in this Telltale-constructed Gotham

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2016

The second episode of Batman: The TellTale series raises the stakes in a major way, with both weighty decisions, and a plot that continues to astound.

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Entertainment Buddha
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 26, 2016

Telltale continues to tell a unique Batman tale (see what I did there) in the second episode of its series featuring Gotham's most iconic vigilante. The gameplay may be brain dead, but the story is well worth pursuing if you're a fan of the Bat, or just like a solid video game narrative to consume.

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GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

Batman: The TellTale Series Episode 2 furthers the story from the first episode and explores the relationship between the characters. Unfortunately the technical issues from the first episode still remain but that doesn't make the underlying narrative any less fun.

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Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

An emotional roller-coaster ride that is often jolted by gun shots and unexpected plot developments

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PushStartPlay
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2016

Episode Two ‘Children of Arkham’ picks up directly from the episode one’s cliff-hanger and is full of tough choices and intense drama, both as Batman and Bruce Wayne.

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Pure Playstation
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

Episode 2 is the great tasting, less filling sequel to episode 1. It throws more action at you and digs a little deeper into the characters that episode 1 was only able to introduce. I am still digging the Bruce Wayne part of the story, and Selina Kyle’s character is very engaging. There are some minor technical issues, but they do not prevent you from enjoying the total experience. If you like Batman or enjoy the way Telltale Games creates a world, I have no reservations recommending this game.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2016

We continue where we last left our caped crusader... Falcone in custody and a question about Bruce's parents... but what next?

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 7, 2016

I enjoyed playing it for my Children of Arkham review, and I’m not only waiting for the next episode but also hoping that a second season is in the cards because I’m loving what Telltale Games is doing with the Batman franchise.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2016

Children of Arkham is a less theatric, but more disruptive story to Batman’s lore. Thickly-coated subplots mean more contemplative decisions as those layers become increasingly complex and intertwined.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

It sure would be nice if the gang could clean things up on the technical side as this season marches towards what we all have to assume will be an epic finale.

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PressA2Join
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

"Children of Arkham is a solid follow-up to Realm of Shadows. As most Telltale games, it suffers on the altar of the outdated engine, but makes up for it with its striking aesthetic and atmosphere. Batman’s established backstory is partly thrown out in favor of a gloomier, moodier reimagining, but it’s handled well and flows very naturally. While I enjoy Telltale games for the most part, it’s been a while since an episode of one of their series had me this excited for the next one. But then again maybe I’m just that much of a Batman fanboy."

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

A much better episode this time around, featuring some tough choices, great visuals and a fresh take on the Batman mythos.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2016

Continuing from the first episode, Batman: The Telltale Series is still impressive and making me want to see more of Telltale's version of Batman. There's some nagging tech issues along the way, but as the episode kept going I was forgetting all about them.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Sep 25, 2016

The story is gripping, the game looks beautiful, the production values are excellent, but you don’t really get a lot to do.

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RPG Fan
82%
82%
Sep 22, 2016

Episode 2 doesn't bring anything new to the table, instead opting to improve on the previous episode in terms of plot and pacing.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

Batman The Telltale Series Episode Two: Children Of Arkham improves greatly upon its introductory chapter.

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Bit Cultures
81%
81%
Sep 23, 2016

Children of Arkham does a great job at building and expanding the characters, while also developing not only the plot against Gotham but also the Wayne family storyline. There’s a major reveal near the episode’s conclusion that is going to have serious repercussions for Bruce Wayne, and it’ll be interesting to see how both the public and Bruce react to the revelation.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

It’s definitely aimed at the Bat-fans, but Telltale is busy crafting a superb story starring the dark knight that manages to feel fresh and brutal.

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Level Down Games
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 2, 2016

Telltale’s take on the universe is fresh, and it’s nice playing through a Batman story where you ultimately aren’t sure where things are going. Batman: The Telltale Series is quickly becoming one of my favorites that Telltale has worked on to date. Hopefully this continues with the final three episodes still to be released.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

If Telltale stay this good we’ll be very happy with Batman, but if they successfully build on the good things about Episodes 1-2 then it could become one of their best seasons. We’re looking forward to finding out.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2016

What really stands out to me after these first two episodes is how Telltale has managed to take such a popular, well-established character and world and yet manages to make the experience feel both fresh and interesting. That is a tall order, as a narrative heavy game like this could have easily gotten off of the rails when trying to deviate from such familiar source material, but kudos to the team for stringing together two really solid episodes to open this series up.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

Telltale's Batman: Episode 2 not only exceeds the first episode in every way but manages a fresh take on Batman lore, which is no small feat.

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Player.One
Sep 20, 2016

While anyone will be able to enjoy the Telltale Batman series, it definitely feels as if you need to have at least a decent understanding of the basics for this interpretation to really make an impact. Fans of the Dark Knight will love the ways the traditional story is being twisted and turned here, but those not so familiar may not quite know why things are as important or shocking as they may seem

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USgamer
Sep 23, 2016

Telltale continues to craft its own version of Batman and Bruce Wayne. The action is still solid, but this is all about the story: Who is Bruce Wayne when everything he knows to be true is a lie? Given the truth of his origins, who is Batman? Telltale's Batman relies on safety and familiarity to subvert expectations here and it works well.

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GameSkinny
Sep 26, 2016

The second episode of The Batman Telltale Series may emphasize more on Bruce Wayne than Batman, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun.

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TrueAchievements
Sep 21, 2016

In traditional Telltale fashion, "Children of Arkham" ends on a high note and I'm already anxiously awaiting the next episode.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

Children of Arkham has the balance of you playing as Batman and Bruce Wayne. The story keeps getting better and better, and interestingly enticing. I like where Telltale is going with their first season of Batman, and I am thrilled to know what Episode 3: New World Order has to offer.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 27, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 2 "Children of Arkham" continues perfectly off of the stellar first episode. The action is tight, the dialogue is engaging, and the characters are all fantastically acted and scripted. Fans of Batman and/or Telltale will be very pleased with the direction that this series is going. However, technical problems still create headaches, though they might be lesser for some players depending on the system they play on and the setup they have. Hopefully Telltale can clear those up soon, so that Batman: The Telltale Series can truly live up to its already great potential.

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High-Def Digest
Sep 28, 2016

'Batman' is gaining steam, a development I hope Telltale can maintain for the rest of the season. I am enjoying the narrative focus on Wayne and the dialogue that, while maintaining a familiar comics camp, can also be genuine when necessary. 'Children of Arkham' easily surpasses 'Realm of Shadow'.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

The second installment of Telltale's Batman takes all of the solid foundations established by Episode 1, trims most of the fat, and continues to build an engaging Dark Knight story in a unique and uncharted version of the D.C. legend’s universe. Old Bat-fans will get much more out of the unexpected twists and turns than a newcomer, but the relationships Bruce Wayne forms and develops with the people around him appeal equally.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2016

Telltale’s Batman is off to a great start, but only time will tell as to if the developers can weave a Bats story that ranks among the upper echelon of The Dark Knight’s adventures.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

Children of Arkham is rather enjoyable and shines thanks to its refined writing, but the gameplay doesn't dare to get far from Telltale' standards and forgets about some interesting new mechanics we saw in Realm of Shadows.

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Everyeye.it
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2016

Children of Arkham begins with a couple of great scenes and an interesting plot twist. Unfortunately the central part of the episode doesn't work that well. The QTE-Based fights are dull, and the investigative component which had been one of the distinctive trait of the first episode is completely missing.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

You still have your patented "safe" approach from Telltale with Batman: A Telltale Games Series: Children of Arkham, but its heart is in the right place. Retreading on Batman themes we've already seen from great writers like Jeph Loeb, Frank Miller, or Scott Snyder isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 20, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series is still firing on all cylinders in terms of story, and is introducing new and more complex dynamics to character relationships with Bruce and Batman, as we should know to expect from the studio. Due to this, I find myself less enthused about pulling off slick combos as Batman, and more about watching how he and his human side tackle this sticky situation and the consequences of their choices.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 20, 2016

By trimming the fat, Telltale has delivered a much stronger episode in its fledgling Batman series. The story's beginning to take a shape of its own now, and more interesting personalities are beginning to come to the fore. While it still feels like the developer's laying foundations, this episode begins with a twist and goes out like a rocket – and that's how we'd like it to continue, thank you very much.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2016

So short Batman himself should be investigating, but what they have added is a decent and different interpretation of the Batman lore. Those of us on the train will enjoy and be looking forward to the third installment.

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PC Invasion
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 21, 2016

An improvement on the first episode, but still marred by technical issues and. A move in the right direction, but it's still too early to tell if this is more The Killing Joke or Batman & Robin.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

6 / 10
Sep 30, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series - Episode 2: Children of Arkham has two flaws. Firstly, everything, from the talking to the punching, is done in pretty much the same way as before, which results in a good game, but not a substantially different experience. Secondly, Telltale still plays it safe with the storytelling, with choices that don't really matter in the long run. The finale of this episode, however, hints at a potential change of strategy for the upcoming chapters… a change that will surely stir things up a bit.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

This review will contain spoilers for all previous episodes and the current episode of Batman The Telltale Series. For our review of Batman The Telltale Series Ep. 1: Realm of Shadows, click here.At the end there’s the promise of a new larger villain at play, who seems suspiciously like Telltale’s version Scarecrow with a slightly modified Batman Begins story, using a neurotoxin to “free” the city of Gotham. I’m just waiting for the inevitable Joker reveal, because let’s be honest, everyone who takes on the Batman mythos wants the chance to do their particular version of the Joker. At this point, while trying to honor Batman and give unexpected beats, Telltale has managed to make Batman actually feel dull. There’s a lot of potential in what they are doing, but Children of Arkham is more poorly rehearsed high school play than engrossing Batman fiction.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

A step back for the series, but still an enjoyable couple of hours despite the flaws.

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Victory Point
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 20, 2016

Continued technical issues and a stumble in story hold episode two of Telltale's latest series from being as good as it's debut predecessor. That being said, if you're a fan of the caped crusader, there are still some interesting threads dangling that are worth seeing through to the next episode.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 14, 2016

Whilst this episode is something of a let-down, it at least sets up enough plot points that could deliver quality episodes yet to be released. Oswald and his shadowy partners in the Children of Arkham have their big plan to unveil. The relationship between Bruce and Selina, between Bruce and Alfred, between Bruce and Harvey… everyone knows what's coming there! The next episode will hopefully pay off on many of the threads Telltale is setting up.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 20, 2016

Telltale gives Oswald Cobblepot some time in the limelight, but skimps on gameplay to do so.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 21, 2016

It has the air of young men putting on silly costumes, not knowing what they're doing, and trying to style it out.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 20, 2016

Children of Arkham eventually gets to really interesting places, but it takes them a little too long to get there — and many interesting story threads from the premier aren't given proper attention gameplay-wise or story-wise. Still, it's nice to see Bruce Wayne and Batman taken in such a dark new direction.

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Game Debate
6 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2016

That’s a game which absolute nails this style of episodic, choice-driven gaming and the new bar for Telltale to meet. For now, I can only hope this season of Batman can elevate itself to a far greater level than the first two episodes let on.

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PlayStation Universe
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

There's promise going forward, for the story at least, but this is an otherwise messy episode on several levels.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
4 / 10
Sep 22, 2016

Telltale Games continue to be a formidable supervillain, and manage to turn Batman into the one thing he should never be: boring.

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