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
Oh, how the car is moving down this crooked road. A lot of the pieces start moving in this episode “A Crooked Mile” which leave it to be one of the most memorable episode so far. Almost all the scenes in this episode introduce us to new characters, characters you want to know more about, while at the same time providing details on characters we know. A Crooked Mile sets us up with legitimate consequences to the actions we have selected and will select which makes it exciting.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
One of the issues I had with the last episode which wasn’t too big was that it was a little slow. It setup some foundations but took its time. With Episode 3: A Crooked Mile, I’ll have to say they move the pace along nicely and every moment counts and has you on the edge of your seat.
Graphically the game is still beautiful and has that neon noire vibe. You do get to see other places not yet shown before in the series. A memorable encounter is one of an old witch and you definitely get a great vibe of old world magic and a powerful sense of magic that emanates throughout the story.
A touching and surprising encounter affects the way you feel when you attend a funeral with a large portion of the cast that you do know. While finding out how everyone is coping from Snow to Holly you see how they all deal with the death, being able to dictate how Bigby handles the situation blew me away. You can choose to barge in and interrupt or calmly wait until her speech is done then approach Snow. I realized this has a profound impact on later confrontations later on in the game and it was great to see those all tie in.
Avoiding spoilers this episode has a very strong cut-scene, probably one of the most strongest so far when Bigby finally bares his fangs and completely turns into the wolf showing truly how powerful he is but then haves it ripped away which made the wait to jump into episode 4 non-existent. I jumped right in afterwards. You also get to meet some new villain’s that are quite nasty. The sound plays a great part in all this well. The music still blends in, voice acting is amazing and environmental sounds all help add to bring you into this world.
You really get a sense of who Bigby is and the way I’m playing him you get a sense of his frustration and sadness. I love the fact I get to choose what I feel is the right move and next move for him. It just makes the story all the more believable. When I have an encounter whether its with Snow or someone else and I see the “will remember that” it affects me and makes me think about what I said or did.
One noticeable difference in A Crooked Mile is Telltale does give you a bit more time to react in this episode as a lot is going on and choices are hard. I appreciated this. My only complaint is that I love to explore levels for extra goodies and to be a completionist and I was unable to do that fully in this episode due to the way things flowed so quick.y
We are nearly halfway through The Wolf Among Us series and Episode 3, A Crooked Mile is a great milestone in this story. So far it’s smart, brutal and mysterious. It will touch your emotions and make you want more. The more we delve into this story we get more of the characters fleshed out and seeing almost all the players in this story. The way this episode made me feel was crazy powerful yet vulnerable at the same time and that says a lot. I highly recommend playing this title and I cannot wait to review Episode 4.