The Wolf Among Us
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Release Dates: November 4, 2014 (NA) / November 7, 2014 (EU)
Probably most of today's adults grew up with stories about Snow White and the seven dwarfs or the Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf that was after her, making The Wolf Among Us' background known to almost everybody. Later on, DC Comics decided to publish Fables, a comic book about those same characters from everyone's childhood and explain what happened to them after their stories ended. So now the fables, as they are called, live in New York, hiding from the others using glamour, a spell that allows them to take human form, allowing them to blend in with the rest of the humans. In The Wolf Among Us you play as the Big Bad Wolf from all the stories you knew as a kid, but this time around he is no longer the heartless beast you knew, as you can see that he regrets his past and the fact that most of the other characters hate him or at least fear him.
Now he is the sheriff of Fabletown, home to most fables and following the recent events he must investigate the murder of one of the fables, something that will lead him to all kinds of places and make him lose control of his temper sometimes, showing you that no matter how much he tries he will always be the Big Bad Wolf inside, but kicking everyone's butt along the journey while smoking a cigarette, similar to another DC character, John Constantine, isn't a bad thing, as it will take you on an unforgettable experience in the steps of the Big Bad Wolf, allowing you to take decisions that will influence the outcome of certain events and characters, similar to what you have seen already in The Walking Dead.
This is a Telltale game, so before anything expect consequences for every decision you take, as dialogue and conversation is an essential part of The Wolf Among Us' gameplay, as it will influence the outcome of certain events, scenes and change the approach that a character might have the next time he or she will speak to you. Of course choices can also be as small as telling someone a lie or hiding a piece of information from them, but from time to time you will also encounter instances where you have to choose who will you go after or even where you want to go first, something that may offer you different outcomes on some events, while other times just missing one little piece of information, without affecting how the puzzle looks in the end.
Unlike Game of Thrones where people you kill stay dead, here just like in any comic book, the characters can look dead and yet come back without a problem, and while I understand that Fables are hard to kill you are never truly sure as what will kill it and what will only leave a mark on these characters unless the game tell you exactly that, otherwise anything can be considered to leave just a scratch, such as an axe in someone's skull. Just like in other Telltale titles before it, gathering information and looking around is done in the same way, by clicking dots that appear around you in order to check out an item or interact with a certain character, which may lead to an important clue or just a pointless item that your character will have something to say about.
The graphic style used by Telltale nowadays fits this game perfectly since it is based on a comic book and while it had some stutters and rare glitches, those cannot prevent you from enjoying the amazing story that The Wolf Among Us has to tell. The characters look amazing and crafted following the world from which they come from, and putting them all together in such a miserable environment that is Fabletown with all of its problems shows a new side of each one of them, different from the one you remember from the stories.
The Wolf Among Us shares a lot of the voice actors with The Walking Dead, which is only for the best as they provide high quality voice acting and give unique personalities to their respective characters, and while long term Telltale fans will easily recognize their voices, the way in which they have been cast makes each actor take over a character that suits him or her perfectly. The soundtrack fits the theme perfectly, and while the game does feel like it's missing a few extra tunes here and there, the quality of the overall audio makes up for it.
This time around Telltale decided to offer some replay value in the form of Fable Entries and some achievements that come with them, and since most of the episodes have entries that you can miss the first time around since you can take different routes and visit different places depending on your choices, the game is worth another playthrough eventually.
The Wolf Among Us proved that Telltale Games is more than a one hit wonder thanks to the huge success of The Walking Dead, as The Wolf Among Us takes every great aspect of that game and finds a place for it into the world of Fables, crafting with it an amazing world full of unforgettable experiences and a story worth following every minute.