Telltale's latest game has released and it's their own take on Batman, but it hasn't gone as smoothly as they may have hoped for. There are hundreds of angry gamers already filling up the Steam review section warning people away from Batman: The Telltale Series.
Polygon is reporting that some PC gamers are not happy with Batman: The Telltale Series and the reason why boils down to poor performance and a lack of polish on the PC port. Multiple user reviews are reporting that the frame-rates per second are dipping as low as 10fps, which is practically unplayable for a game that relies so much on quick-time events and fast reflexes during the combat sequences.
One of my absolute favorite of the user reviews is from Cerberus30, who writes...
Game is 100% broken as of launch. You could have a PC built by Jesus Christ himself and this game still will run at 10fps, a floaty cursor, and be completely unplayable at the LOWEST settings.
Now, when a PC built by Jesus himself still can't run a game like Batman: The Telltale Series, you know something is wrong.
Gamers are having trouble modifying the resolution, they're having trouble keeping the resolution fixed, they're having troubles with the game crashing, with the mouse cursor disappearing, with the dialogue being out of sync and with the frame-rate dropping way too low to be playable.
It's interesting because Telltale specifically made a new game engine to help handle some of the more advanced shader techniques and graphical rendering capabilities for today's generation of GPUs, and yet the first game to utilize that engine comes out of the gate broken. It's a bit disheartening but not entirely unfixable.
In fact, on Batman: The Telltale Series main store page they offer users the suggestion to make sure to switch from an integrated GPU to a dedicated GPU because the game doesn't play well with Intel's integrated graphics chip. However, in the user review section, some users noted that the only way they were able to properly switch resolutions was by defaulting to the Intel integrated graphics chip, modifying the settings and then switching over to their Nvidia dedicated GPU. They still had issues with the game locking up.
Now take note that there are nearly 400 negative reviews and 935 positive reviews. So while there are some people having problems with the game, others are still able to get enjoyment out of it without any problems. And also, it's important to separate the quality of Batman: The Telltale Series story and content from the performance. Many of the users with negative reviews are pointing out that the performance issues are what's inhibiting them from enjoying the game, but the game itself is quite good.
Batman: The Telltale Series is receiving rave reviews as far as story and gameplay are concerned (assuming you like Telltale's style of quick-time events and dialogue choices) but they will need to fix the performance issues if they don't want to incur the wrath of the PC gaming audience. The majority of the negative user reviews on Steam are suggesting to wait for a patch from Telltale before purchasing Batman: The Telltale Series, and once the game is patched and starts running properly, they plan on modifying the review and giving it a thumbs up.