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Review on 'The Wolf Among Us' Series, excellent writing meets excellent gameplay

Main protagonist of game, Bigby Wolf a.k.a The Big Bad Wolf
Main protagonist of game, Bigby Wolf a.k.a The Big Bad Wolf
TellTale Games

The Wolf Among Us

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This review will contain spoilers of ‘The Wolf Among Us’ episodes. If you do not wish for the story to be revealed to you at this time, play the episodes chronologically and come back to this review. This was through the Xbox LIVE downloadable version.

The last episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us’ was just released this week, July 8th (PC and Playstation) and July 9th (Xbox). This TellTale Games series was released in five parts, much like its predecessor, ‘The Walking Dead’ (which is an ongoing TellTale Game series that is into its second season. Each episode is five dollars (not including tax). If making periodic payments doesn’t work for you, you can also get the season pass for twenty-five dollars.

The series was based after Vertigo Comic’s (from DC Comics) ‘Fables,’ a dark twist on fairy tales as old as time. ‘Fables’ are the characters that are from your childhood stories and then some: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs… even obscure urban legends like The Jersey Devil and Bloody Mary count.

Plotline and Story

You play as Bigby Wolf a.k.a The Big Bad Wolf, Sheriff to Fabletown, home of the Fables in Westside New York City. A string of murdered Fables has suddenly sprung up, revealing the dark secrets that the town has kept hidden for a very long time.

True to TellTale’s form, the series is all about the story and the crucial decisions that the player makes. These decisions will affect the gameplay to some extent. But other times, it actually doesn’t matter what you do. Certain outcomes will happen no matter what. For example:

In the beginning of ‘Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors,’ you will either have the Woodsman or Tweedle Dee in your custody. While either of them are being interrogated, you can choose to give them a very ‘rough’ treatment or use the ‘catch flies with honey’ tactic to try to get them to talk. You also have the option of using a little bit of both. It actually doesn’t matter which options you choose, as you’ll get your answers either way.

Other times, it will change the route of the game entirely. There can be multiple endings, or the same ending but with different consequences. It truly is about how you play the game, which makes it all the more intriguing and unique.

The only downfall to this is that some of the options are not what you think they are. There will undoubtedly be moments where you choose and option and it is not the action that you intended to take. But then again, that happens in real life, yes?

Mechanics

The mechanics are pretty straightforward. The game literally tells you what to do. Generally, the most that you do is occasional walk around, inspect objects, and make crucial decisions on what to say and do. Remember, it’s based on letting you get involved with the story, not your skill. It’s done in a way that allows you to become integrated with the plotline, so the controls flow nicely.

Graphics

TellTale Games has their own style that is seen throughout all of their games, like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Borderlands’ series. This ‘The Wolf Among Us’ is no different. Each character has their own unique style and it’s pretty easy on the eyes. There are a few times where the characters seem to be ‘animatronic-like’ with stiff facial movements, but it’s probably due to the animation style. There are a few glitches and mishaps, but these are pretty minor; background characters’ mouths are not moving, a half a second of lagging motion, but nothing damaging.

Pros

  • Great story telling
  • Gameplay is based on your decisions
  • Will change certain outcomes based on how you play
  • Based after ‘Fables’ by Vertigo Comics
  • Great characters
  • Style is good

Cons

  • Not EVERYTHING will be effected by how you play. If something is scripted to happen, it will most likely happen whether you like it or not.
  • While you CAN get the whole game now, normally, you would have to wait longer than a month before the next episode .
  • Download only

If you need a good story, this series is definitely recommended. Keep your eyes out for the next episode of Season 2 of ‘The Walking Dead.’ TellTale Games is currently working on a ‘Game of Thrones’ series that will be out sometime next year.