The Batman universe that studio Telltale has created is one of the most compelling and interesting takes on the subject material. They stumbled pretty hard this season with episode 2, but I am happy to say that The Fractured Mask is the best entry in the entire series thus far. It fixed all the wrongs of episode 2 and turned a fumble into a touchdown.
In episode 2 you spent almost the entirety of the episode as Bruce Wayne. While it was very intriguing to spend so much time with Batman’s alter ego, I felt the episode suffered a great deal without a more prominent showing from “The Dark Knight”. The Fractured Mask finds the perfect balance between the two, with you switching multiple times throughout the story. Jon (not yet the Joker) Doe and Harley Quinn get plenty of screen time and we get an even better look at how Telltale flipped that dynamic on its’ head.
This version of Harley and Joker is by far my favorite. Harley is the abuser to a more innocent and impressionable version of the Joker. He’s no saint, but he’s certainly not the monster that most have come to expect. I really can’t wait to see where Telltale is going with this particular story thread. The other villains, such as Bane and Mr. Freeze, take more of a backseat approach this episode, but I believe that it was for the best.
- Strikes a great balance between Bruce/Batman
- Stellar Writing
- Decisions feel like they will carry weight
- Short Episode
- Abrupt ending