BATMAN - The Telltale Series - Season One

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BATMAN - The Telltale Series - Season One is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 45 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 45 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Top Critic

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Dec 12, 2016
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Scored Reviews

MMOGames
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2017

Batman: The TellTale Series feels like it gives you the chance to make a lot of important feeling decisions, but sometimes it’s in situations that immediately feel contrived. Later use of them may slightly help redeem them, and choices that continue themes of the game — personal vs. private life, justice vs. vengeance, society vs. the individual– still feel relevant, it’s just a shame that the plot’s seams sometimes become very exposed.

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GameCynic
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2016

If you're a fan of Telltale's other titles, you owe it to yourself to dive into Batman: The Telltale Series — the original storyline and narrative excellence make this one not to miss, especially for Batman fans.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 29, 2016

This game is a must play for any Batman fan and a must play for any Telltale fan. The story is different and refreshing but has the best of Telltale baked in with the decisions and the flowing dialogue. It was a pleasure to play and another shining example of great story telling in a game and had some of the best QTE I’ve seen in one of their games.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2016

It was not easy to come up with something new and interesting in the Gotham City's universe, but Telltale Games nailed it with this Batman series thanks to a thrilling and well-written storyline.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Dec 28, 2016

Batman: The TellTale Series Season 01 is a great view into the world of TellTale's Batman. Complete with beautiful worlds, deep characters, and fun twists that'll have you guess what you did, and didn't do, from start to finish. If you're up for a deep look at the man under the cowl, this is one Batman adventure you'll want to do.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2016

Telling one of the most interesting Batman stories in any medium, Batman: The Telltale Series is a really cool take on Batman with some great fight scenes and fun investigations. It just really needs some technical polish.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 29, 2016

Perhaps Batman: The Telltale Series’ greatest flaw is inconsistency; playing each episode separately can make some of the weaknesses of the lesser episodes, like technical issues and poor pacing, more apparent in a way that most other Telltale series do not suffer from.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2017

There can be frequent load times and frame rate drops, but they don't really matter as it never gets in the way of the fun and exciting story. What did tarnish an otherwise fantastic game was the awful save system that failed me multiple times, making me repeat 3 hours of gameplay I had already experienced. But if you can get past that and are a fan of The Dark Knight trilogy or Netflix's Daredevil, you should feel right at home and won't want to miss experiencing this new series.

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Kinglink Reviews
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 29, 2018

Batman is a great use of the license. It may take a few liberties, it still delivers a great story with good pacing. The engine may be weak, but the writing is on point for fans of the Dark Knight.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 22, 2016

Batman: The TellTale series is a great Batman story hindered by an outdated engine.

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Continue-Magazin
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 26, 2017

BATMAN - The Telltale Series - Season One is a surprisingly brutal adventure with a good story. The decisions you have to make between Batman and Bruce Wayne are far more important than in previous Telltale titles before. The new Crowd Play feature lets you have fun with friends on the couch and takes the games from Telltale to the next level.

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PCMag
Oct 31, 2016

The best video game version of the Caped Crusader to come along in some time, Batman: The Telltale Series delivers the action and characterizations that you'd expect from a property based on the Dark Knight Detective.

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AusGamers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2017

Or, if you're simply a fan of the comic book series. Basically, if you like Batman and the idea of an interactive story set in that universe is something that appeals to you then it's probably time you were given the choice to confront an irate Harvey Dent on the roof of a building as either Batman or Bruce Wayne.

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GameZone
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2016

If it weren't for the plethora of bugs plaguing this great game, it would score much higher. If you can look past those issues, this is a must play for everyone.

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GBAtemp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

Batman: The Telltale Series isn't the best game for the Switch or the best port. If you can look past the few issues present, it offers a pretty good story that fans of Batman or Telltale games will enjoy.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2017

If you can accept the studio's adventure game formula and the fairly large deviations to the canon, then Batman: The Telltale Series is a good game. The story remains gripping, and the additions to the gameplay formula make this feel more refined over the studio's previous efforts. The lack of further technical polish, however, is unfortunate; fixing those issues would've placed this game in the upper echelon of the studio's offerings. As it stands, Batman fans will certainly want to check out this title.

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VGN
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2017

The first season of Batman - The Telltale Series comes to Nintendo Switch without any particular feature. The port itself is not bad, but of course the graphics is less polished than the other versions already available on PC and home consoles. The possibility of playing the adventure on the go is the real thing here, though the developer could have risked a bit more to create a unique experience by taking advantage of Joy-Cons and HD Rumble. Let's hope that Telltale Games could do more with the Season 2 coming to Switch in the next months.

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Respawning
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

It’s an easy to play game that you can almost have on in the background; you don’t need to be prepared for an epic play session or to use your brain too much to play this game… The story is very enjoyable without having to think too much about it and this has been a good game for me to put on for a few hours between each Kingdom Hearts session. I just wish it had an extra layer of polish and it would’ve sealed the deal for me.

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Level Down Games
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jan 8, 2017

Batman: The Telltale Series – Season One is definitely one of my favorites to come out of Telltale Games in recent memory. Known for their ability to tell amazing stories, Telltale Games crafted a world I wanted to physically be invested in as Bruce Wayne to try and make it a better place. The friendships and relationships you can build throughout the five episodes makes this game a real pleasure to play, and I would highly recommend it as a complete package to any fan of Batman or Telltale Games. Unfortunately, certain episodes do have their hiccups when it comes to stability and performance, and that alone is enough to hold it back from being the best game released by Telltale so far. But don’t let the engine’s shortcomings keep you from playing what is otherwise a great fit in the Batman universe.

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Sirus Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2017

Batman: The Telltale Series on the go is the big plus here. I can bring the game wherever I want and with the whole first season of the game installed on my Nintendo Switch, it’s a great game to let time pass while waiting for my dog’s checkup at the vet clinic or while I’m traveling. While it does have some setbacks, Batman: The Telltale Series is a nice addition to the Nintendo Switch’s library of games. I just wished Telltale Games could have added more to the Nintendo Switch version.

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Everyeye.it
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2016

City of Light is a good season-finale, which concludes all narrative lines of the previous episodes and introduces a new way to look at Bruce Wayne as a character.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 19, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series starts strongly, recreating and altering the Batman mythos in new and inventive ways, but can’t keep it up and fades towards the end of its run. It perhaps isn’t Telltale at their best, but still a series worth checking out for fans of their work and of Batman.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 14, 2017

Fans should definitely check this game out, though the Nintendo Switch version does lack a lot of the polish seen on other platforms. But if you want to take your Batman experience on the go then this is your best choice.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 14, 2016

A stellar interpretation of Bruce Wayne and Gotham can’t hide that Batman is one of Telltale’s biggest technical messes yet

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Slant Magazine
Dec 21, 2016

Telltale Games's take on the Dark Knight is a much-needed step forward in terms of placing gamers in Batman’s boots.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 24, 2017

If you're a fan of Batman and don't mind the style of Telltale's episodic point-and-click games this title is worth checking out. Despite its underwhelming technical performance and watered-down visuals, it's a gritty and violent story that captures Gotham City in a similar way to other modern stories about Batman. Else, if you're not really a fan of Bruce Wayne and his after hour activities, maybe hold out until another episodic Telltale game based on a different series is released.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2016

Though I do have to knock it quite a bit for failing on the presentation, as that is a rather large part of a game like this, the story that Batman: The Telltale Series has to tell is strong enough to carry it through the technical hiccups. Telltale clearly understood Batman as a beloved character and then used that to turn it on its head and fan or not, this is worth a look.

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Pure Nintendo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2018

Overall, the game features a decent amount of content but not for the price. For $39.99, I would expect to get more content than what is here. As a big Batman fan, I enjoyed the story but after we've had the chance to play as Batman in other games, it feels like a step back to go the full story-driven route. However, if you enjoy more of an emphasis on story in games, you might have fun with Batman: The Telltale Series–I would just wait for a sale first.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 19, 2016

With so many Dark Knight adventures in our movies, TV, comics, and video games, you have to do something special to stand out. In the first few episodes, it looked like Batman: The Telltale Series might actually bottle lightning and create something excellent. But as the finale rolls in, it series fails to separate itself from the many Batman outings we’ve already experienced elsewhere.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Jan 2, 2017

If you consider yourself a Batman fan and you like Telltale style games, you shouldn't miss Batman: The Telltale Series. But if you're looking for a challenging experience, look elsewhere.

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Switch Player
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 22, 2017

Batman: The Telltale Series brings together some of the franchise's most iconic heroes and villains, weaving a story that is intriguing and thrilling for the most part. It can be predictable at times, and the game engine is well past its sell by date, but fans and newcomers alike will love what Telltale have crafted here.

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 4, 2017

On all points, Batman: The Telltale Series is a must have for fans of Telltale, Batman and narrative-driven games. But, it needs to be more accessible. I can’t help but feel that Telltale is pricing themselves out of the market by charging so much for a game that is much cheaper elsewhere. Yes, it’s a great game and it shows what can be done with the Switch in terms of showing off narrative in a portable experience, but the naïve pricing is a sore point.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2016

Telltale's take on the Dark Knight gives players the choice to make Batman a merciful champion or a brutal seeker of vengeance. But why?

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Wccftech
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2017

Not bad by any means, but the seriously plodding pace for the first few episodes kills much of the excitement in Batman - The Telltale Series. Though the game really picks up for a great crescendo in the latter two episodes.

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Play Some Video Games
65 / 100
65 / 100
Jan 5, 2018

Welcome back to the gaming world, people of 2018! Flushed with eShop money and no idea what to spend it on, I decide to make the jump into Telltale Games’ work, having never seen or played one before. With their slow introductory on the Switch, I perused all of the two titles I could find; Minecraft and Batman. Having told myself I was a fan of Batman for many years (often disheartedly as I leave movie theatres), I decide to let this be the very first TTG game. I didn’t know what to expect given that the only thing I knew was “there was going to be some tough choices to make”. Little did I know that choices and split decisions were the cruces of the game, and with it being dished on Bruce Wayne’s plate, left me begging for season two.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2016

In the end Batman feels like a rough start, and if I wasn’t such a fan of the characters, I am not sure I would come back for more. However, being such a huge fan I find myself wanting to see where it goes, warts and all, which is something Telltale seriously needs to address.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2016

An interesting new environment for the storytelling of Batman with the classic Telltale's style but the result is too bad.

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EGM
6 / 10.0
Ray Carsillo

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2017

The bigger a Batman fan you are, the less you’re likely to enjoy Telltale’s take on The Dark Knight. Combined with the obvious age Telltale’s engine is showing, this simply isn’t their best effort.

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ComiConverse
Jan 22, 2017

A decent start to Telltale's imagining of the Batman story, but lacking in some key areas. Good characters are let down by a lacklustre plot, with choice, consequence and interesting interactivity being somewhat lacking.

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GameGrin
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2016

Bad frame rate issues and basically no gameplay are elevated by an excellent story.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 14, 2017

While Batman: The Telltale Series pulls off a novel retelling of the titular Bat's origin, it still falls into the same traps that plague much of Telltale's catalogue of games. Low stakes choices, inconsistent storytelling, and short episodes all culminate in a season that squanders all its potential by the finale. This is especially disappointing since there are genuine high points. The relationship between Bruce and Selina is handled excellently, and the concept behind Harvey Dent's downfall is arguably more iconic than ever thanks to the intimate nature of the game. Unfortunately, these moments aren't enough to save the story from unearned twists and a lacklustre conclusion. Batman: The Telltale Series is worthwhile enough for Batman fans looking for an original story sporting a fresh-faced Bruce Wayne, but this is one series that will struggle to win over any Telltale detractors.

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PCWorld
Dec 17, 2016

Like Game of Thrones, Telltale's Batman tries to escape the constraints of its well-established universe but ends up falling into the same patterns and railroading the player through a story devoid of...

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GamesRadar+
Dec 14, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series squanders its potential with a messy story obsessed with retreading older Batman tales.

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Dimp Digital
Jan 9, 2017
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