Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 1 Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Batman: The Enemy Within opens in a pretty mediocre way thanks to a poor script.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
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
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!
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.
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.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
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.
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?
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.
Review in French | Read full review
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t go in expecting miracles, but given the expectations of many fans that The Enemy Within was going to be a bit of a phoned-in cash-grab, it’s a genuine surprise to see the IP rebound with one of the company’s very best episodes of any kind in a long time.
"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.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Batman returns in a plotline that finally includes the traditional Joker and a few other fan favourites.
The first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within marks a strong start for the second season of Telltale's DC-centric series.