Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1

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Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1 is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 69 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

75%

Critics Recommend

Based on 69 critic reviews

Score Distribution

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Aug 7, 2017
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Gamerheadquarters
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2017

The Enigma was an excellent start to the second season and it really didn't hold anything back.

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Marooners' Rock
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2017

Episode 1 has emerged from the gate strong and has set a pace and tone for the rest of the series.

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Digiato
90 / 100
Digiato
Shayan Karami

Top Critic

90 / 100
Sep 3, 2017

Despite all the technical problems of the game which most of them are fixed via post release updates and the lack of gameplay elements, Telltale starts Batman: The Enemy Within with a brilliant episode which we hope this trend remains until the end.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 7, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within hits the ground running with Episode 1 "The Enigma". The series looks extremely promising and this single episode is worth checking out all on its own. Players will be instantly hooked on the drama, and will be dying to see what happens next. Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 2 can't come fast enough.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 11, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1: The Enigma, thanks to an interesting plot, new relationship system, good balance between dialogues, action and adventure, promises one of the most profound and interesting projects from Telltale Games. We hope that the creators will continue to be able to maintain strong dynamics and the presentation of the season.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Aug 12, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within returns us to Gotham, and shows that darkness never really goes away. Full of twists, turns, surprise arrivals and cameos, and a deeper relationship system, "The Enigma" gets us very excited for what's coming.

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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
GameWatcher

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Honestly feels like an epic Batman movie.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

The Enigma provides both an extremely strong start to Batman: The Enemy Within and one of the best single episodes that Telltale has made in a long time.

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Windows Central
Aug 8, 2017

Despite some performance hiccups, the introductory episode of Batman: The Enemy Within explosively creates the foundation for a new and grand adventure in the Batman universe. Featuring excellent writing, impactful choices and strong voice acting, Episode 1 is a gripping, intense introduction to Telltale's new adventure.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

When I sat down to play Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1: The Enigma, I was glued to my seat until its thrilling conclusion. While lengthier than most Telltale episodes, the time still went by in a flash. In the end I was left on tenterhooks, shocked and eager to get stuck into the second part of the story.

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Invision Community
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 21, 2017

The episode itself spans about 2 hours long, which I believe is longer than your typical Telltale episode, so I very much enjoyed that (think is something characterized for Batman, I do believe the game’s episodes were longer than usual, or maybe that’s just the feel I’m getting … but I believe they are, because Tales from the Borderlands had that feel … feel only, so I can differ). In any case, I will definitely be eagerly awaiting what comes next in store for Batman…

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MonsterVine
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 26, 2017

The Enigma is a remarkably strong start to Season 2 of TellTale’s Batman. While some minor issues are still present, the storytelling, voice-work, and music are all absolutely stellar, and I can’t wait to dive even deeper into TellTale’s seedy interpretation of Gotham.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within opens with a fantastic episode, turning the world of Batman on its head once more with new foes and new allies that you'll have to work with. It drags Bruce and Batman further down into the murky grey area that he inhabits, keeping players constantly guessing as to whether or not they're doing the right thing and bringing relationships new and old into the foreground.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

I was really impressed with the first episode, and it feels like things are only just starting to warm up.

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PushStartPlay
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Episode One The Enigma is an excellent opening to season two which pretty much begins with a level of tension and tough choices that are more commonly seen in later episodes in a Telltale Games series.

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AusGamers
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

In its very first episode.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2017

Season 2 of Batman: The Enemy Within is off to a much stronger start than Season 1 and with the twists, turns, and startling revelations that capped off last season's Finale, I cannot wait to see where Telltale takes this series next.

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Impulsegamer
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Aug 23, 2017

The Batman returns, after the traumatic events of Season 1, Bruce Wayne and his closest friends must deal with the aftermath while facing new foes.

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Pure Playstation
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1 has more action and character building with better writing than previous entries. The Riddler is a terrifying, yet oddly sympathetic villain, and he is a great contrast to Batman. These are the perfect ingredients in an episode that felt very contained and complete by the end while still leaving you hungry for more. Please do not make us wait too long, Telltale.

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GameZone
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

Telltale's first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within shows an incredibly promising start for the rest of the season thanks to its original story, refreshing takes on iconic characters, and lack of technical flaws.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2017

In the end, Telltale has befittingly started off Season 2 with the enigmatic Riddler. It strays from the comics and what Batman really is, but that's their approach. They have explored the dual life of Gotham's Playboy thoroughly and have presented it in a great manner.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 9, 2017

Improving and expanding the universe established in the first season, The Enemy Within is a great start for the new Batman series, with a screenplay that explores every facet of the hero, delivering action, dialogue and drama in the right extent, refreshing for both Batman fans and those accompanying the Telltale games.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

Season 2 of Telltale's Batman saga is off to a grand start, nailing all of the traditional beats that you'd expect from a dark knight game while staying true to its vision. Epic and ready to set up the caped crusader against an even deadlier menace in the months to come, Bruce Wayne's world is once again fraught with peril and tension.

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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

At first, I didn't think that I would get into this game but as I played it more, the story seemed to grab my attention and now I am interested in seeing what the next episode of The Enemy Within has in store.

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Explosion Network
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Oh, and you can make all your Bat-Gadgets purple: plus ten points.

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Use a Potion
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

‘The Engima’ offers a great action-packed introduction to Batman: The Enemy Within, with the main players of the season clearly established along with some exciting teases of what’s to come. The action sequences were top notch, the decisions you had to make tense, and the overall presentation as dark and gritty as you’d expect from the depths of Gotham City – it really is a fine showing for the Caped Crusader. The frustrating issues that come with Telltale Games’ releases were present and I did feel like a few tricks were missed with the game’s puzzling, but overall it’s got me incredibly excited to see what’s going to happen next. It’s a welcome return to Batman – The Telltale Series, and Episode Two can’t come soon enough…

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 7, 2017

The Enigma is a strong start for This Batman: The Telltale Series The Enemy Within, and I definitely look forward to seeing what Telltale Games does with this new season. I liked the liberties they took with Batman's origin and how his extended family of rogues reacted to him, so after enjoying this new episode I'm sure Telltale Games is going to give us a good second season.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2017

I hope this series persists as long as Telltale's Walking Dead series has. I'd love to see how their interpretation changes and grows as they have more time to work with the characters.

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IGN
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

I wish I'd been given the chance to actually solve more of The Riddler's puzzles on my own – adventure games are traditionally all about that, after all – but the tension and drama that permeate The Enemy Within's first episode make it a winner. This strong start also leaves me very excited to see how John Doe's inevitable transformation into The Joker plays out, and morbidly fascinated to see what scars this version of Gotham City will leave behind on its inhabitants.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Telltale starts strong with new characters and a charismatic villain.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

In addition to shaking up old ideas, The Enemy Within also introduces some new things to its mechanical and narrative tool belt. The Riddler makes an early and violent debut in the game with an interesting new backstory, and with our new big villain, there's a new big ally ... maybe. Amanda Waller has brought her mysterious government task force, known only as The Agency, to Gotham on a hunt for the Riddler. Indeed, we are in something of an Amanda Waller renaissance these days, with her featuring in no less than three concurrent franchises in television, movies and games.Batman: The Enemy Within makes incremental improvements on a successful formula — and the introduction of a new, relationship-focused choice mechanic was a big hit. It might drag here and there, but it sets up for big things to come in further installments. If Enemy Within is anything like its predecessor, a little patience will pay off.

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USgamer
Aug 7, 2017

In one of the stronger starts to a Telltale season, Batman: The Enemy Within builds on the new mythos Telltale has created for the classic DC Comics hero. Villains are still villains, but Telltale gives them enough twists to feel new. Great pacing, good tension, and what looks to be an improved engine make for a great Batman adventure. Hopefully they can keep the momentum up for the whole season.

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Game Revolution
Aug 7, 2017

Aside from improvements to the story overall, the first episode looks and feels much better than other Telltale Games I've played recently, with a marked upward shift in dialogue choices, graphics, and quality.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

The Enigma (both the episode and the villain) is a good addition for this promising second season in which Telltale should make Bruce Wayne's sections more enjoyable and less static.

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TrueAchievements
Aug 9, 2017

The first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within is yet another great debut that does most of the things you'd want it to do.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2017

Despite being someone that ended up hating The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, I had a great time with the first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within. It plays to Telltale's strengths of putting a compelling twist on an established property, and it helps that there's a story that finishes by the time the credits roll. Batman's latest adventure is still far from over, and it's clear that there's a bigger tale waiting to be told, but The Enigma will leave players satisfied even if they don't continue the series.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 8, 2017

The Enigma offers plenty of teases for the season ahead while also improving upon the combat and presentation for Telltale's take on the powerless superhero.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2017

There's variety and a really good plot - this episode felt like a full story, but with an overarching subplot.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 18, 2017

It's going to be an exciting season if The Enigma is anything to go off of. While some of the characters aren't as interesting, the story is going in a really exciting direction. Thanks to the reworked technical side, this is one of the most fluid and enticing Telltale titles to date. Hopefully, the rest of the season measures up as well as this episode has.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

The second season of Telltale's Batman adventure starts with a solid episode. Great story telling, superb character development and exciting combat will keep players engaged for a few hours. However it's interesting to see how choices can affect future episodes and whether or not different players can create different jokers.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 24, 2018

Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1: The Enigma is easily the best episode of Telltale's Batman story so far. While Season One put the wheels in motion, The Riddler's return to Gotham invites "The Agency" into town to make its presence felt, while Lucius Fox, Alfred, and Bruce Wayne are still trying to fully come to terms with the events of the first season. The story is a lot tighter, and the animations are well-polished and cleaner, setting the expectation for what to expect throughout the second season.

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Entertainment Buddha
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 10, 2017

The Enigma is a great starting point for Telltale's new season of its Batman series. It has plenty of content, action, albeit in QTE form, and a great narrative that is only the start of this season's nefarious arc.

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Sirus Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2017

After Batman Season 1’s finale, I said that it didn’t leave a memorable mark and I hoped that Season 2 will be better. I am happy to say that I was captivated with Batman: The Enemy Within – The Enigma. Despite the mediocre voice acting from Troy Baker (I still prefer Kevin Conroy), the pacing was great and I can’t wait how the story slowly unfolds in the next episode.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

By the time the first episode is over in The Enemy Within, you’re going to be left wondering just how far Telltale can push Bruce Wayne, and just how dark this series can get. It’s a fantastic example of Telltale at its best, and if you’re a fan of these games, you need to pick The Enemy Within up and get playing. If you’ve yet played the original Telltale Batman series, get it too. This one is made richer by playing its predecessor.

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TheXboxHub
Aug 19, 2017

I can’t do anything but recommend getting stuck into this very good start to Batman: The Enemy Within, especially if you enjoyed season one. Big things are coming and it’ll only get better!

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Geek Culture Podcast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2017

Telltale Games has really gotten into a rhythm in recent years with churning out game after game and yet they still manage continual quality output. If you enjoyed the first season, there is no question you need to check out Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 1 – The Enigma. If you haven’t, you really should get on that sometime.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2017

I have played numerous Telltale Games titles over the years, and there are certain trends I have noticed along the way. Usually the first and penultimate episodes tend to drag a bit, for example. While I cannot yet speak for the latter scenario, I have to say I was very impressed with how Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1: The Enigma kicks things off.

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Rebel Gaming Canada
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

This season of Telltales Batman starts off with a bang and it really never lets up. It's savage and unpredictable and I can't wait to see where it goes next. If you like Telltale games, Episodic games, Narrative Adventures or Batman you should buy this game.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 7, 2017

I'd like to see The Enemy Within challenge players' minds a bit more.

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CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2017

Batman returns in a plotline that finally includes the traditional Joker and a few other fan favourites.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

"The Enigma" is a strong episode 1 for this new series, in which Telltale tried to add something new to its formula, with different kinds of QTEs and interesting bounds between the main characters. Now, we just need to see how much of this will actually make the difference in the next episodes.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2017

The first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within marks a strong start for the second season of Telltale's DC-centric series.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Anyone who isn't a fan of the "Telltale interactive story" style will find nothing at all here to change their mind on the genre, but fans of previous games will find themselves thrown into yet another adventure filled with questionable loyalties, tense confrontations, morally-grey decisions and that ever-nagging thought that maybe, just maybe, you should have turned left instead of right.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 9, 2017

At over two hours, Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1: The Enigma is meaty instalment which picks up as strongly as the previous season left off. As a self-contained story, the Riddler's unique brand of psychotic behaviour makes for a satisfying arc – but it's the bigger picture involving Bruce and the deranged John Doe that promises plenty for the remainder of this series, and we're excited to see where it goes.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 7, 2017

All in all, The Enemy Within starts off strong, even if it does stumble a little here and there. Thankfully, the new story arc seems a lot less bloated and self-involved than the one we got last season, and the new characters are rather well-written, too.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 8, 2017

Telltale kicks off the second season of Batman with all the power and momentum it needs, meaning if everything goes right, this will be an outright success.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 10, 2017

Gameplay and production-wise, Telltale Games doesn't reinvent the wheel with "The Enigma." But what the studio does, it does well. The game tells a new story that can grab the attention of both old and new fans of the Batman. Let's now hope that the following episodes will be as interesting.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2017

Bruce begins the episode confident in his role as Batman, but he meets his intellectual match with this enigmatic adversary. Does he have what it takes to take on this new foe?

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

7 / 10
Sep 18, 2017

Most Batman fans will enjoy the first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within. However, waiting for the entire season to release first might be the best course of action at this point, if only to see what new material Telltale will bring to the table.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Sep 12, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within's first episode named The Enigma is troubled by the mistakes that have been characteristic for Telltale' titles over the years, but the character of Batman himself and the whole universe around him have just enough power to attract the player. We'll see how the second season will continue, but the beginning is not at all bad.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 15, 2017

The Enigma is an explosive start to Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within. Apart from a handful of unusual character interactions that didn't feel like genuine reactions to the situation and some emotional moments that fail to land, this episode is action packed and once again boasts a tonne of originality.

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PC Aficionado
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

Enemy Within’s first episode has done a great job at drawing me into the series, and it has left me wanting more straight away. The emotional attachment that grew from the roots of the first game has definitely helped, but we cannot wait to jump into Episode 2 right away!

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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Some of the brief teases point toward a more meaningful story, but this episode mostly hangs its hat on an underwhelming and surprisingly violent Riddler tale

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Atomix
65 / 100
65 / 100
Aug 14, 2017

Batman: The Enemy Within opens in a pretty mediocre way thanks to a poor script.

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GamesBeat
60 / 100
60 / 100
Aug 7, 2017

The Enemy Within has some great action sequences, but it leans too much on the wider Batman universe as a crutch. It doesn't put in the effort to make you care about the characters or the situations, and because of that, none of the choices feel meaningful.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

5 / 10
Aug 10, 2017

A mild improvement on the season one debut, but while the first episode offers some shock value it still lacks depth in both storytelling and gameplay.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 7, 2017

Some interesting story developments can't save the first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within from being a tired, simplistic reuse of Telltale's usual techniques.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

5 / 10
Aug 20, 2017

Episode 1: The Enigma is not what the first chapter of Batman: The Enemy Within should be. Similar to season one, the gameplay segments are subpar, and the small power that choices have over the course of the storyline ruin the replay value of it all. Sure, the story offers some interesting twists and turns that Bat-fans will definitely enjoy, but the World's Greatest Detective can certainly do better than this.

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