by Jason Green,
Yes, yes I know this game is over a year old and I know it’s been reviewed and praised dozens of times. But, I just played it. So, now it’s my turn.
The Wolf Among Us is a fantastic game. Telltale, the developers, have been hitting home runs these last few years with various other titles and this one is no different. The Wolf Among Us was a game that, when released, I didn’t go out of my way to purchase. No disrespect to the game and the team behind it, it just didn’t seem like my cup of tea. Well thanks to a very handy Flash Sale on the Playstation Store I bought the game in its entirety and didn’t put it down for days.
The Wolf Among Us is an episodic mystery game with a dash of fantasy. You’re detective Bigby Wolf and you’re tasked with uncovering a murder in Fabletown. This game takes place in the same universe as Bill Willingham’s Fable comics. Basically, all the fables and fairy tales of olds’ characters now live amongst us in New York City. Honestly, that city would be my first guess, too. I have never read any of the comics but now I’m totally compelled too.
What makes this game stand out is it’s film noir-esque tone. Noir movies have always been something that fascinated me and a simple story with a stylistic tone is treat to the eyes and ears. The Wolf Among Us captures that very same tone within it’s five episode arc. Every noir aspect is touched upon; from the shady damsel in distress, to the who-done-it murder plot, to the seedy underbelly of the society. It’s all done with elegance and a flare for the unnatural, since we’re dealing with fairy tale creatures.
As usual, Telltale does a fantastic job of fleshing out your character along with the characters in the story. And, as usual in Telltale fashion, the player is able to pick choices for the main character that will dictate the story in different ways. If I had nit pick at one thing in this brilliant game it would be that the choices are extremely black and white. It’s either you pick one which does a horrible thing or another which does a good thing. Yes, they do have different outcomes and some characters favor your choices over others but the choices you pick are always polar opposites of themselves. Small point, though, as the outcomes and the story for this game is fantastic.
The Wolf Among Us really blew me away. Similar to how the big bad wolf blows down the three little pigs’ house, my mind was shattered. It’s an extremely unique game filled with intrigue, surprises, a surprisingly amount of action and good character depth. To top it all off, the ending is so mind blowing that you will be thinking about it for days, trust me. I know I still am. Do yourself a favor the play this game.