I’m starting to think that the more high-profile the source material, the worse the Telltale adaptation. It’s not a hard and fast rule, I guess. The Walking Dead gets a pass because it was the first of the modern-era Telltale games, and people love Tales From the Borderlands.

But Game of Thrones was the first Telltale game to really underwhelm, and with Batman’s fifth and final episode now released I think it’s safe to say it’s also somewhat disappointing—and for similar reasons.

The problem seems to be Telltale trying to construct a Telltale-style story within the bounds of a very strict universe. The studio’s best games, be it Borderlands or Wolf Among Us or even The Walking Dead, have taken place in well-established worlds but ones where there’s plenty of freedom for characters to act.

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