Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 4 Returns To Form

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2018-01-23
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Batman: The Enemy Within is worth playing just for John Doe. TELLTALE

Batman: The Enemy Within had an amazing debut, followed by an outstanding second episode. Unfortunately, the third episode couldn’t live up to the same intensity of the first two, but the series gets back on track with Episode 4, What Ails You.

Like last episode, Bruce Wayne takes center stage. In fact, I don’t think Batman ever made an appearance during my Episode 4 playthrough. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action, as Bruce gets dragged along with the Pact into a well-guarded vault to retrieve a deadly virus.

Things go sideways fast, and the Pact turns on each other. Harley Quinn comes out on top, getting away with the virus just as The Agency shows up to arrest everyone else. With Harley on the run, catching her and keeping the deadly virus contained becomes top priority.

One of the main reasons why What Ails You is such a good episode is because it begins to deliver payoffs for multiple ongoing character interactions. The biggest one is John Doe. The proto-Joker really starts shaping his future persona based on how you interact with him, and it’s creating some interesting options for the future.

I feel John Doe will finally crack and become The Joker in the final episode, setting himself up as the main villain in a possible Season Three. However, his motivations and relationship with Bruce/Batman seem like they can vary greatly.

This episode also has the potential to push Bruce’s relationship with Amanda Waller to its limit. In a world of moral ambiguity, Waller begins to shift from the perfect shade of gray into evil territory. Her actions and motivations creep past “finish the job at all costs” and start to look more like “dictator controlling an army.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see Batman going toe-to-toe with The Agency in the final chapter as much as he’ll be dealing with the virus.

We’ve also reached a new record for the number of people in on the big secret of Batman’s true identity. It’s possible to keep some characters in the dark about it, but others can’t seem to keep their mouths shut. This could become an issue later in the season, or possibly later in the series.

One odd thing I noticed while playing is the main cliffhanger from Episode 3 basically became a non-issue. It’s not that surprising, because of course it would happen, but we don’t get a resolution either. I guess that will be saved for the final episode or next season as well.

It’s really tough talking about this game without revealing any spoilers, so just go play it! The final episode will probably release next month, and I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up.

So what do you think? Are you excited to play Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 4? Have you been enjoying the second season of Telltale’s Batman story as much as I have? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

REVIEW SUMMARY
Batman: The Enemy Within - Episode 4: What Ails You
8.5
Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 4 Returns To Form
Batman: The Enemy Within returns to greatness with Episode 4, What Ails You.
  • Writing returns to greatness after the lacking Episode 3
  • Amazing performance by Anthony Ingruber as John Doe
  • There's no Batman in this Batman game
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