The Wolf Among Us Review
- A twisted and vibrant take on familiar fairytale characters.
- Successfully transplants film noir sensibilities into a unique fantasy world.
- An interesting investigation to kick off the series.
- Solid voice acting, and handsome character designs.
- Still suffers from those jerky Telltale transitions.
- Seriously, guys - those transitions. Wtf.
The Wolf Among Us isn't an evolution of The Walking Dead formula, nor does it have the emotional heft of the Bafta Award-winning series. But that shouldn't stop from diving into this colourful and engaging exploration of the grim side of fairytales.
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So, you've created one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book adaptations in the history of videogames. Where do you go from there? Well, in Telltale's case, the answer is straight back into the comic store to find inspiration in another fantastical tale of desperation, death, and moral ambiguity.
The Wolf Among Us puts you in the gumshoes of Bigby Wolf, the cigarette smoking, ill-shaven sheriff of Fabletown. While he looks and speaks like a classic film noir protagonist - a gruff voiced, hard-smoking, hard-drinking hardass - Bigby's everyday appearance is merely a glamour; a disguise to hide his true identity. Underneath his human exterior, he is the Big Bad Wolf, the same Big Bad Wolf who tried to lure Little Red Riding Hood to her doom.
Based on the Fables comic book series, The Wolf Among Us draws you into a world where fairytale characters co-exist in an American-style city. As you investigate the murder at the heart of this first episode, you'll cross paths with familiar faces like Snow White, Ichabod Crane, and Mr Toad from Wind in the Willows. However, the characters have been forced through a decidedly sweary prism, with Mr Toad dropping cockney-flavoured F-bombs in a manner that would make Danny Dyer blush.
But, though the universe is very different to that of The Walking Dead, you can feel the legacy of Telltale's zombie opus at every turn. The conversation trees and quicktime combat sequences will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has spent time keeping Clementine safe from undead hordes.
Despite addressing similar themes of death, hopelessness, and betrayal, however, The Wolf Among Us is a more traditional story than The Walking Dead. Rather than stumbling from one scenario to the next in the hope of surviving another day, you are chasing up leads and investigating crime scenes. In many ways, the game feels like a more linear version of L.A. Noire, albeit with talking frogs instead of 40's mobsters.
Nonetheless, though the narrative thrust of The Wolf Among Us helps to separate it from its rotting predecessor, the game is very much a product of The Walking Dead's success. In many ways this is no bad thing, with the game's decent voice acting and well-paced drama proving once again that Telltale has got a real handle on the interactive storytelling medium.
It isn't an evolution of The Walking Dead formula, nor does it have the emotional heft of the Bafta Award-winning series. However, that shouldn't stop from diving into this colourful and engaging exploration of the grim side of fairytales.
Description**NOTE: Compatible with iPhone 4S and up, and iPad 2 and up - also requires iOS 6 and up**
****Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors is NOW AVAILABLE via in-app purchase****
From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo).
As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf - you will 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.
An evolution of Telltale's ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous.
***Save 25% on additional episodes in The Wolf Among Us game series by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5] via in-app in the 'Episodes' menu***
Over a season of content spanning across 5 episodes (Episode 1 Available Now, Episodes 2-5 will be released periodically until Summer 2014):
Episode 1: Faith - Available Now
Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors - Available Now
Episode 3: A Crooked Mile - Coming Soon
Episode 4: In Sheep's Clothing - Coming Soon
Episode 5: Cry Wolf - Coming Soon