Enter The Riddler’s torture chamber in Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within trailer

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Feast your eyes on a new trailer for the Batman: The Enemy Within [official site], the second season of Telltale Games’ trip to Gotham. I say feast, it might be more cover-and-squeal, because there’s a particularly nasty sequence of The Riddler, the villain of choice this time around, torturing a man for information.

You don’t actually watch the gore but you see the choppy-choppy contraption and hear the saw blades and the screams and your imagination does the rest. Oh, and The Joker makes an appearance too.

The trailer comes ahead of the launch of episode one of the season, which comes out on Tuesday.

Here’s the story brief:

“The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?

The real question here is: will The Evil Within improve on the disappointing first season? It never really captured the drama of Batman, and was quite possibly the worst of the Telltale games so far. Here’s what Alec thought of the first episode:

“Some foundations are laid that might make for stronger follow-ups, but as it stands Batman does not have the emotional punch of The Walking Dead’s better episodes, the intriguing oddness of Wolf Among Us or the shockingly heavy consequences of Game Of Thrones, and worst of all it makes cracks in Telltale’s aged wall highly obvious. I should not feel bored in a Batman game, but bored is what I felt for most of it.”

From what I’ve heard, the rest of the season didn’t really improve, which is a shame. Still, new leaf and all that. We know Telltale can tell some great tales (I loved the early Walking Dead games), so I’m keeping an open mind.

Here’s the Steam, GOG and Telltale store pages for it: it’s £17.09/20,69€/$22.49 if you buy ahead of time and slightly more on release.

11 Comments

  1. kwyjibo says:

    The story to season 2 is that the Riddler has kidnapped Batman and stranded him on an island where he is forced to solve endless line puzzles.

  2. Jalan says:

    Well, putting the Riddler in the Arrow’s hood will certainly rope in anyone who has been able to continue to tolerate that show past its third year.

    Also, the first game was the worst thing TellTale has done thus far? Can’t agree with that, when The Walking Dead has been limping around, hoping not to be taken behind a woodshed and put out of its misery at this point.

  3. N'Al says:

    Methinks someone may have forgotten about Jurassic Park: The Game?

  4. JakeOfRavenclaw says:

    The first game did do a couple of things I liked: there was one twist involving a character’s backstory that did manage to actually be surprising, the Bruce/Selena romance was surprisingly well done, and I did enjoy their somewhat more “sane” take on the Joker. That said, the actual plot did pretty much add up to a lot of nothing, and it’s hard to be at all enthused about the action sequences when the Arkham games exist. Telltale’s formula lives and dies on the strength of the story and on how much turmoil the player feels over the choices; hopefully they can get their groove back in season 2. Though really, I’m not sure Bruce Wayne actually makes for a great protagonist in this kind of game. A lot of time I felt safe making the more restrained choice because, eh, Batman can handle the consequences later; whereas Bigby Wolf’s reputation felt a lot more fragile and worth preserving.

  5. particlese says:

    Ah, the classic “tap Batman on the shoulder so he looks the other way” trick. What a joker.

  6. int says:

    Riddler has a butcher’s.

  7. Booker says:

    I don’t know of any other dev who sells this many games and invests so little in their underlying tech.

    They should be on a modern engine like Unreal 4 for years now and their games should look drastically better than Witcher 3, since all their games take place in small rooms instead of big sprawling worlds.

  8. FordTruck says:

    They would probably never do it but I would love to see a BERSERK telltale game…imagine all the gloom in that,lol.

    But I’ve been tossing around ONE PUNCH MAN telltale game, where you play a hero who watches one punchman , you either become jealous and turn into a villian or become as great as him…it could be a interesting twist (with the ending being a hilarious one punch knockout)

  9. milligna says:

    I get the feeling Telltale will still be churning out the same samey stuff come 2027.

  10. upupup says:

    For the life of me I just cannot take this super hero comic book stuff seriously. It takes itself so, so very seriously, yet here’s no drama because none of its characters have a shred of humanity to them. There’s decades of garbage lore that is supposed to make all these encounters and dumb quips feel meaningful, but it’s all terribly composed, superficially written and just an utter waste of time.
    Trying to play this game was like reading someone’s self-insert fan fiction that lacked the decency to have an actual self-insert.