First things First, I'm a Batman fan. So I was always going to play this game but the question was always going to be WHEN not IF. Having played both the 'Walking Dead' and 'The Wolf Among Us' from Telltale games I already knew what I was going to be expecting and that I would have to wait between episodes for my next fix but after hearing nothing but good things I decided not to wait for more episodes and took the plunge. I do not regret this at all.
-SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD-
Q) So is this a Telltale game?
A) stupid question I know but yes it is, if you were expecting a revolutionary gameplay mechanic or a complete change from previous games you're going to be disappointed (also it's worth mentioning here that the game also suffers at small points the usual Telltale Games Tech issues with framerate etc but not during combat), if you are however a fan of previous games by Telltale this feels like a completely natural fit. the core mechanics of quick time events that you are used to work as you'd expect and of course there's the decisions that need to be made that will impact future episodes, the only thing I would wish for with the quick time events is that after you dodged etc they had more button presses to implement hits so it felt like it was you were more like Batman.
As you'd expect in a Batman game he is of course a playable character, but he's not really the main character. For the first time in a batman game you get to play as Bruce Wayne and this while great this caused me a bit of a dilemma in areas. Firstly I liked the parts controlling Bruce and I like the choices you make but because of Bruce I changed how I played as Batman, I wasn't a cold hearted thug beater. In the section where you choose to hit the merc and then further along have the choice to break his arm I chose not too, and I found this strange as I really liked Batman's style in the Batman V Superman movie and I just assumed that I would have chosen to go full on attack mode while playing this but by controlling Bruce and making the decisions you feel more connected to the character more so than in a game such as Batman Arkham Knight (except with the one exception towards the end when you feel like a badass regardless). It gave a little bit of humanity back to the character past the how I lost my parents scene that is synonymous with Batman. Its also worth noting that Troy Baker does a good job with Bruce with Batman's voice being synthesized to be different than Bruce's, I personally had no issues with this and the departure from Kevin Conroy's voicing style was a good choice for this depiction of Batman/Bruce Wayne.
Playing as a fan I recognise the characters and know who they theoretically turn into. such as Oz being Penguin and Harvey Dent is two face. I had no issues with any Characters except one...Oswald. Now it's not the fact that he in theory he should be a fat man with a monocul but I have an issue that the actual character that Telltale created feels like a carbon copy of Georgie Porgie from the Wolf Among Us and made me a tad bit annoyed but that's just me. As for every other character I was happy how they were depicted, Alfred with his wise words and Selina with her attitude was done as well as expected, I also like the idea that Selina knows who Bruce is which could create some great story further on.
Story is the real driving force to these games and this one did not disappoint with a strong story that looks like it could be headed somewhere good, Episode 1 was also paced well not feeling like it ended abruptly nor too soon and with a good cliff hanger but yet giving closer to the story contained and you can see where its heading with a large focus on Bruce and the Wayne family. although this is predictable, as a Batman fan I'm open to the idea as Telltale fan.