Review of Episode 5 - Same Stitch, the epic series finale
It’s been a long time coming, and finally we’re here at the last episode of Telltale’s epic Batman: The Enemy Within, their second season of Batman adventures. We won’t spoil too much if you’ve been holding off until now to pick the season up, but we’re going to say if you like Batman and the Telltale style of game - get it. In our opinion, it’s Telltale’s best season to date.
Carry on below for the full verdict on Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 5 - Same Stitch!
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Keeping things non-spoiler-y, in the last episode the storylines finally came to a head and John Doe finally embraced his destiny and became The Joker. The big draw this season was essentially that players would be creating their own type of nemesis based on their choices, and boy do Telltale deliver. Essentially ‘Same Stitch’ is two episodes in one, as based on your choices in Episodes 1-4 (and even Season 1 to some extent) Joker will either go full insane as a Villain or actually join Batman’s crusade as a slightly unhinged Vigilante.
We cannot underestimate just how big a change this makes to Episode 5, and the complete finale of the season. Whole scenes, dialogue, characters, and the entire arc and mood of the season changes depending on whether Joker is a deranged friend or a vicious enemy. We played through both Villain and Vigilante Joker storylines and it was startling, it was like a completely different episode. And the resolutions and changes don’t end there. Did you save Agent Avesta? Did you push Tiffany Fox away? Does Gordon still like you? How about Catwoman? All these choices will create a vastly different experience, and that’s ignoring the decisions in the episode itself.
And there are absolutely some big choices to make in Episode 5. Some of them are interesting, such as ones that can be summed up as “Be Nice/Be a D**k”, and there are even amusing ones that toy with the format - such as when we got a “The Joker will remember that” message followed a few minutes later by the Joker completely forgetting it. Other choices are just really harrowing, real Sophie’s Choice stuff, and the final moment of the season… wow, what a gut-puncher.
In terms of gameplay we’d say Episode 5 is probably the best one yet, with some truly epic fight scenes in particular. There’s even finally another detective scene, although in our playthrough there was none of the “clue linking” that so impressed us in earlier episodes since Tiffany was there to solve everything. Almost all the episode is spent as Batman, so there’s a lot more action and all of it was truly impressive. This was a real epic finale and we frankly loved every gripping moment of it.
Performance & Graphics
OS: Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450+ with 1024MB+ VRAM (excluding GT), latest drivers
DirectX: Version 11
Additional: Not Recommended for Intel integrated graphics
Our system is an AMD FX-6300 Six-Core Processor, 16 Gb RAM, Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4Gb, and Windows 10 64-Bit, and we ran the game perfect. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have given the Telltale Tool engine is due for an overhaul, but we encountered some slowdown in earlier episodes of The Enemy Within - which didn’t happen here. Even better, the animation is excellent. Apparently all the fight scenes were choreographed with real actors and it shows - they looks amazing in motion, and a lot of this episode in particular is action. Joker in particular is just really great, and Telltale clearly loved working on him.
All their other licensed properties either use new characters or they’re not allowed to do anything too crazy with the established characters. With Batman however Telltale were allowed to create their own mythos, tinkering with established canon so beloved characters can end up on completely different paths - or even die. And that’s before we get to player choices, which don’t always feel epic in Telltale titles but in Episode 5 you truly feel like you chose this path - and can get a completely different episode to someone else.
BATMAN - THE TELLTALE SERIES SEASON 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN VERDICT
The finale to Batman: The Enemy Within is epic, action-packed, and can play totally differently depending on player choice. Dialogue, characters, locations, scenes and even the outcome are vastly altered, and the whole character of The Joker can either be a deranged friend or a deadly foe. ‘Same Stitch’ is a spectacular end to arguably Telltale’s best series, and one that encourages players to replay the entire thing to see how things could’ve gone. If you haven’t picked up Batman: The Enemy Within, do so - you won’t be disappointed.
TOP GAME MOMENT
Any scene involving The Joker. Anthony Ingruber, you’re a worthy successor to Mark Hamill.
An epic and exciting series finale, with lots of action and lots of Batman and The Joker.
Depending on your choices you can get a completely different episode.
The choices in the Episode are excellent too, and some even play with formula.
The story's great with some truly surprising moments, and fan-pleasing moments too.
Anthony Ingruber is fantastic as The Joker, and he's well written and animated too.
Still a Telltale game using the Telltale Tool, so don't expect radical reinvention.
About Chris J Capel
Chris joined us in 2011 and loves Star Wars, comics and bad videogame movies.