GAME NAME: The Wolf Among Us
DEVELOPER(S): Telltale Games
PUBLISHER(S): Telltale Games
PLATFORM(S): Xbox One (Reviewed), PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS
RELEASE DATE(S): November 4, 2014
The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games has a big shadow to walk out of due to The Walking Dead being a such a success. The Wolf Among Us is a five episode series and first, titled Faith, takes you on quite an adventure. In this Episode you fill the shoes of Bigby “The Wolf” who is a sheriff in a magical version of New York City which is vastly populated with fairy-tale characters that we all know and love, in what so far is a energetic and memorable experience.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
This was about a two hour intro and quite the intro it was. There were a lot of tough decisions to be made as the sheriff, this is not the happy Disney fairy-tales you’re use to. This is a strange, magical and dangerous world. It is also a beautiful world, the graphics have a heavy comic book neon noire feel to it and it sucks you right in. It was actually entertaining roughing up a suspect, especially the Huntsman. It’s really great to be able to also inspect a crime scene, bust down a door or tear apart a room during a fight. Everything you do impacts the world and the characters around it. Picture this, a fight that is greatly choreographed that’s based around a choose-your-own adventure book. During the fight you get very brief moments to decide how to move forward. Will you talk your way through, sucker punch someone, or fight your way through? Perhaps you’ll slam a suspect into the wall, maybe run them head first into a kitchen sink? The possibilities are endless and you get to make these decisions quickly in real time remembering they impact the final outcome.
This episode and story revolves around trying to solve a gruesome murder while also trying to maintain the order and familiarity with other characters. You’ll experience a lot of investigation that’s filled with intriguing characters, mysterious environments and just great writing all together. In the middle of your search the music gets catchy and helps set that perfect tone. You’ll come across Toads with British accents that refuses to use glimmer a magic product that lets you turn into human and hide your true fairy tale nature. You’ll also come across one out of the Three Little Pigs that has a drinking problem, and also an abusive woodsman with a startling discovery that regards Snow White.
Telltale Games has done it again, I sense another hit here. The Wolf Among Us so far is a very well-written adventure with an added sense of a Noire style and presentation. Faith begins the whole adventure with Sheriff Bigby and you discover a funny, brutal and mysterious world in the best possible way. If you were on the edge of not knowing whether or not to try The Wolf Among Us, I highly recommend checking it out you will not be disappointed.