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
Here we are ladies and gentleman, the grand finale of The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 Cry Wolf. When I saw the credits start I felt like I received some great satisfying answers while the series still held onto some mysteries and magic. It left me intrigued and wanting more however. Telltale did an excellent job at wrapping everything up perfectly with a neat purple ribbon. If you’re a person who pays close attention to details you were greatly rewarded as things are elaborated on. Episode 5 Cry Wolf made me think about my choices and also wonder what else could be going on in Fabletown, that we just aren’t aware of. I emerged a detective.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
This episode starts off in the fire of all action. Remember in Episode 3 I mentioned it ended on a cliff hanger? Well it did. So this episode starts off in a very interesting action orientated way. You confront the Crooked Man and his evil villainous friends. Episode 5 Cry Wolf is filled with such action and it’s amazing as well but the violence allows us to come to terms with all the decisions we’ve made with Bigby through all the episodes. So everything you do in this episode is impactful and it leads to direct actions now. All the decisions you make in Episode 5 are tough and timing is frantic so you have to respond quickly and decisively, which I very much liked.
Do you get to see new places? Oh yes, and the graphics and environments are beautiful and scary. The sound also fits in perfectly and adds that extra layer of immersion and anxiety as well. Do you get to encounter a battle with Bloody Mary? Of course you do! It’s a hell of a battle too, a very scary one to say the least. I won’t divulge all the details but you will need to be on your game. You see your true potential as Bigby and embrace everything you are its necessary for survival as you take on of the most popular and scariest fairytale villain. I love how Telltale empowers us as players to make Bigby or “us” a justice seeking sheriff, or a monster only seen in fairy tails, or something quite in between. They really make you feel that it’s your story and you are in control.
There are a lot of satisfying conclusions in Episode 5 Cry Wolf. You could say you decide the fate of the good, the bad and the ugly from Georgie, the Crooked Man and even Nerissa. They all get an extra layer of complexity and added dimension that even after all events you can decide how to handle them which I loved.
Episode 5 Cry Wolf manages to be a large roller coaster ride crammed with action lasting about 90 minutes in total. Even though the story is quick you still feel that everyone gets an adequate amount of screen time to wrap up their stories. Unlike Episode 4 where thing felt pointless in certain areas each event in Episode 5 feels absolutely necessary to the story. There are multiple endings for this depending on the way you choose to handle certain characters and outcomes which I always value. Although things are wrapped up nicely in the end you still are given and left with some mystery, magic and intrigue. So I can definitely see a season 2 in the works in the future. Telltale definitely left it open.
The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 Cry Wolf was an awesome ending to an excellent five episode story. It left me thinking and wanting to go back and replay it in a different way to see what else could happen. The writing is excellent and it was one of the best stories I’ve played in a game in a long time. I highly recommend checking out this series. One thing is for sure at the end of the credits the game mentioned the comic book series. I went ahead and picked up a Fables Book and I’m hooked now after reading through it. I look forward to seeing more video game adaptations of the Fabletown stories.