Review: THE WOLF AMONG US (2014)

“These lips are sealed”

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The Wolf Among Us is an episodic point-and-click adventure role-playing video game developed by Telltale Games, based on the Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and others. The game takes place in the same world of the comic, where various fairy tales characters are forced out of their Homelands by “The Adversary”.

Is It Worth?

Telltale Games have already proven their mastery in point-and-click role playing games with The Walking Dead. With the announcement of Season Two of the same, the real question was can do they anything else than zombies? This game answers that question.

A little about the Gameplay

While The Walking Dead was a gritty drama set in a zombie apocalypse, The Wolf Among Us is a crime drama; a murder mystery at heart. It follows Bigby Wolf, the Fable moniker of the Big Bad Wolf, who is the sheriff of Fabletown, the refuge town of the Fables in the mundane world. Being a sheriff of such a place isn’t easy. Not only do you need to uphold its laws and protect its citizens, you also need to hide them from the wider world. Because, you know, not everyone may be ready to see a talking, smoking pig.

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Bigby Wolf and his roommate Colin (from the Three Little Pigs fairy tale)

The story really starts moving when Bigby discovers a severed head at his doorsteps. Together with Snow White, the Sheriff of Fabletown must catch the killer before he does any further damage. But things are never so simple. The more you investigate, more terrible secrets about Fabletown are revealed.

The Wolf Among Us follows the same gameplay mechanisms of The Walking Dead. The player can examine and interact with characters and items around him. He can also decide the nature of those interactions.

The Good

1: Forget for a moment that this in an interactive game. Consider only the fact that this is a crime drama; a detective story, a murder mystery. What do all great crime dramas have in common? Great story, fantastic characters. The Wolf Among Us has exactly that, in an incredible noir setting. Add that to the fact that this is a point and click interactive game now and you can see how the game shines.

2: Thrusting centuries-old characters into the modern world creates quite the drama. For example: the winged monkey from The Wizard of Oz is now a drunk, an assistant to Snow White; Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum from Alice in Wonderland have turned into gangsters; Beauty and the Beast are having marriage trouble. It is a lot of fun, albeit somewhat uncomfortable to watch given the childhood association with these characters.

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Bigby and Snow White interviewing Mr. Toad (from The Wind in the Willows) and his son.

3: Most of the citizens in Fabletown do not trust Bigby. Your choices through the game will shape their attitudes towards you. Your choices matter. And unlike most RPGs, there are no “good” and “bad” choices, no binary choices.

4: The game reacts to how we play. The story adapts and changes according to the choices we make. This, in my opinion, gives it a huge replay value because you want to know how the story would have played had you made a different choice.

The Bad

1: My only gripe with the game is the bug I encountered towards the end after catching the killer. All my options had magically turned into “This choice is blank!”

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Conclusion

With an excellent story and interesting characters you can interact with, The Wolf Among Us provides a thought-provoking journey into the dark underbelly of Fabletown.

About Amandeep Singh Virdi

My name is Amandeep Singh Virdi and I love video games among other things that include comics, films, music, and pro wrestling. Follow me @thatvirdiguy on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, whatever.
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