In the past few years, Telltale games have really made a comeback starting with their Back to the Future Game (Expect a Review Soon). They then tackled other franchises such as Jurassic Park & The Walking Dead aswell as their most recent entry in the Poker Night Series which stars Claptrap, Glados, Sam (& Max), Ash Williams & Brock Samson. In addition to all of these great titles they are also tackling Borderlands & Game of Thrones this year but how does their game series; The Wolf Among Us (Based on the DC/Vertigo comics series; Fables) fair?
The game sees you taking on the role of Bigby Wolf (The Big Bad Wolf) who is the sheriff of Fabletown around the 1980’s (About 30 years before the events in Fables Issue #1) and sees numerous creatures & characters from fairytales, folklore & myth purchasing an enchantment called Glamour to appear human. The game starts with Bigby responding to a call from Mr. Toad who asks him to take care of problem resident; The Woodsman (from Little Red Riding Hood) in which he manages to protect a young prostitute called Faith however a few hours later; Faith’s decapitated head ends up on Bigby’s doorstep leading him & his partner, Snow White to investigate with the help of the Magic Mirror, Ichabod Krane & Bufkin the winged monkey (from The Wizard of Oz). The big question is though, Can Bigby & Snow find the killer before they strike again?
The gameplay for The Wolf Among Us is exactly the same as all other Telltale games which in itself is a reason to buy the game. The game like The Walking Dead is designed as a point & click game however this one uses elements of Detective games as you must look for evidence so you can try to figure out what events have occurred and who has committed the crime. This adds a new element to the already fantastic Telltale gameplay and makes the game a lot more enjoyable. Another thing I liked in The Wolf Among Us is that unlike The Walking Dead which is a genuinely serious game, This game had Serious elements aswell as a lot of dark humor which I found not only amusing but extremely enjoyable at the same time.
In The Wolf Among Us; Players assume the role of Bigby Wolf who is the Sheriff of Fabletown; A secluded part of New York City home to the world of Fables. Bigby in his hayday was none other than the big bad wolf who is infamous for trying to eat Little Red Riding Hood & Blowing down the 3 little pigs’ house. The game sees Bigby trying to turn his life around and proving to the other fables that he has changed his ways. This episode features a slew of classic fables including Mr. Toad, Snow White, Beauty & The Beast, Bufkin The Winged Monkey from Oz, Ichabod Crane, The Woodsman, Tweedledee & Tweedledum, Donkeyskin & even Grendel as the first episode’s main boss fight.
Like with The Walking Dead, this is one of those titles that has no faults and the choices you make in this game affect the main character drastically as with this one, the choices you make determine how the residents of Fabletown perceive him plus depending on your choices it determines how Bigby will make his decisions like whether he will just walk away from conflict or give in to his animal instincts. This game is yet another fantastic outing for Telltale.
All in all, The Wolf Among Us is a fantastic start to a first time series and if this is just a glimpse of things to come, then the price of a season pass is worth every penny. The game has a fantastic narrative and the art styles of the game (Like The Walking Dead) looks like an interactive comic book which makes it all the more faithful to the original material. The Story is phenomenal and gory and the choices you make can be difficult choices at times. This game is a must play and is definitely one of my favorite games of 2013.
My Score – 10/10
- Fantastic Story Narrative
- Difficult Choices
- Great Element of Detective Work
- Dark Humor
- Faithful to the Source Material
Review by Matthew McNamee
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