Spiders Studios / Focus Home Interactive
Microsoft Windows / PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4 / Xbox 360
1 Player RPG
by: Mitchell Cole
Welcome PS4 & XB1 , To the World of Fabletown!!!
Originally released for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC beginning 2013; The Wolf Among Us was Telltale Games answer and follow up to its critically acclaimed Walking Dead: Season One game which garnered praise and success for its episodic, choice-based narrative and game-play. Following in the footsteps of such a powerful game as Walking Dead would be no small task yet The Wolf Among Us has its own roots in the entertainment world. Created by Bill Willingham as a fan favorite comic-book, Fables; The Wolf Among Us has expectedly found its way to a new home on the Playstation 4 & Xbox One. If you have not already played the game through, this graphically updated port is a great title to add to your PS4 or XB1 library at a very affordable price range. If you have played the game already but need a new game to play, perhaps this further review will help you decide if you should give The Wolf Among Us another go-round. Overall, The Wolf Among Us is great buy for the right gamer.
As Bigby Wolf – THE Big Bad Wolf – you discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. Episode 1 from The Wolf Among Us is a great episode that does a great job of introducing the story along with main characters that will appear through the game. Fans of the genre will find a smooth experience between the choices made and the required action sometimes needed to progress these types of games. Meet characters such as the Woodsman, Snow White, Ichabod Crane, and even Beauty & the Beast; only these poor Fables have been chased from their homelands and forced to live within a small territory in Manhatten hidden from the seeing world in plain sight.
“Smoke & Mirrors”
A beloved Fable is dead. An enraged Bigby is in mundy police custody. A body is found in the East River and a serial killer is on the loose. Return to the world of Fables to hunt down the perpetrator through brute force and intimidation, or guile and detective work. The choices are yours; will you unleash the beast within? Smoke & Mirrors picks up right shortly after the discovery of a gruesome second murder of someone close to Bigby from Episode 1. New characters are introduced and the plot thickens. I enjoyed the second episode as much as I did the first. Your choices from the first episode are carried over and those choices will create the situation as you will find yourself in. As a follow up to the first, Smoke & Mirrors did an excellent job of continuing the build-up and suspense while delivering imaginative story development. (Bigby has quickly become a favorite character of mine in games!)
“A Crooked Mile”
After discovering damning evidence at a bloody crime scene, Bigby is just steps behind the prime suspect of a horrific murder, but he’s not the only one; other forces in Fabletown will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Every decision matters and time is ticking in the mid-point, third episode of The Wolf Among Us. Pivotal is the word I would use for any episode 3 of 5. It is this episode you pivot from a build up to a crisis at-large! A Crooked Mile is an excellent demonstration of that. Throughout the episode you are just steps away from catching your suspect but they constantly elude you. Your choices will matter as key choices made will slightly alter your future and options in future episodes. It is here also that Bigby begins to show cracks of frustration and disappointment over how poorly the case is going. The story from The Wolf Among Us hinged from this critical mid-point episode and it did so in great fashion. Three for three so far…
“In Sheep’s Clothing”
Has the Wolf met his match? Beaten and bloody, Bigby is confronted by the realization that a society built on secrets is ripe for exploitation. Constantly caught between ‘the rules’ and doing the right thing, Bigby treads a path filled with danger in this fourth episode of The Wolf Among Us. In Sheep’s Clothing was my least favorite of the episodes and it deals squarely with the story and where it develops. The gameplay is still that of its predecessor’s but I felt the story began to stumble with this episode that would never grab my attention back again. I was disappointed with plot revelations and even some choices that I felt made little sense or should not have been an option.
Following a bloody trail of murder and corruption, Bigby Wolf confronts a powerful enemy: a dark force that has been feeding on the desperation of Fabletown’s seedy underbelly. But when hidden truths are revealed, you must decide exactly what justice means in the gripping season finale of The Wolf Among Us. Cry Wolf was a disappointing final entry with a final climatic story arch that felt forced, unaligned with the murder case that was developing. One redeeming quality however is the actual action that takes place between you and the murderous Fable, Bloody Mary. The battle is intensly satisfying and fun. Overall, I could see how others could and will disagree with my assessment of the last two episodes and that is okay. I just felt Episode 5 could have ended better instead of feeling so forced.
Overall…What Should You Do?
The Wolf Among Us is fun and worth the price. Fans of Telltale have a great title to add to theirPS4 or XB1 library. I bought the digital copy and saved $5 over the physical copy but either choice is affordable between $19.99-24.99 at game retailers. Others will first pick up either or both. The Walking Dead update releases first, but do not discount the entertainment of The Wolf Among Us. The game is solid fun and will keep you busy for the week or weekend. I came across small hiccups in the story but the game process and mechanics are solid. Welcome to the new generation!