Where do I even begin with this one? Telltale’s episodic Batman sequel continues along with Episode 4: What Ails You, which brought more twists than a French Braid and left me looking at every interaction and scenario with new eyes. The realization The Pact wanted to steal the virus from Sanctus for reasons that weren’t entirely nefarious left me reeling. I didn’t know which faction I could side with: the people Bruce was working undercover with or those who had blackmailed him.
So far, this second helping of Telltale’s Batman has been one roller coaster ride after the next, with each episode feeling like it concluded way too soon. The Pact has broken into the underground laboratory, letting Bruce shows off his awesome parkour skills for all to see. He helps Harley and the gang fight through a menacing gauntlet of guards and guns to grab the virus, only to have The Agency step in to stop them.
This rapid descent into action took me off guard at first, only quickly launch back into the grey area of morality again. I don’t think I’ve ever played a Batman episode where I felt uncomfortable the entire time the story played out. There was a point where Avesta talks to Bruce about her suspicions of Amanda Waller, and how the leader of the Agency has been acting strange. I wanted to play it safe and suggested Avesta trust her instincts, as Waller’s erratic behavior and secret-keeping left me questioning whether she was doing it to keep her people safe or more was going on beneath the surface she hadn’t brought to light.
John Doe is the one who delivered the episode’s biggest surprise, though in a complete 180 that left me clapping for his performance. Ever since season one and into season two I’ve had my reservations about him, but after seeing his development I realized he wasn’t who I thought he was. No spoilers, but your friendship with Doe pays off – if you decided to stay on his good side and trust him.
With Episode 4: What Ails You there’s more character development and surprises than ever before, nearly all of which flowed well from beginning to end. As with Episode 3 (Fractured Mask) the conclusion felt satisfying and left me anxious to see how this all plays out in the finale. Heck, if Telltale can keep delivering their episodic Dark Knight adventures at this quality the wait for Season Three will only be that much longer.