Maybe I’m an idiot, but I had no idea that The Wolf Among Us was a game involving the big bad wolf and various other fables. Maybe you’re reading this and you too, are surprised by that because you don’t really get that story from the cover art alone. The Wolf Among Us is a Telltale game that follows their winning formula from The Walking Dead, and brings in a brand new story and world featuring the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Ichabod Crane, Bloody Mary, and many others. Don’t let this mislead you though, the game is completely adult oriented. As with most every Telltale games, there are a lot of decisions to make both in conversation and in actions. Some of these decisions may not seem like a big deal, but will effect the way certain events play out later in the game.
Fresh out of the gate, the story follows Bigby (The Big Bad Wolf) as the sheriff of Fabletown, who has a grizzly murder on his hands within the first few minutes of the game. is trying to track down the suspect of a murder. Along the way you’ll run into various other fables who will help to shape the story, and ultimately figure out who committed this crime. There’s a ton of suspicious activity to investigate and the way you handle each conversation and the actions you take throughout will directly effect the story arc. However, the major plot points are pretty much locked in, your decisions will only change certain events. Most of the time, it’s regarding some conflict and where you should go first to tackle the issue.
The game was originally an episodic game, so there are 5 episodes in the game. Based on that, every episode does a good job of leaving you wanting more, wondering what will happen next. In between each episode is a recap of the previous events, including key decisions you made and major plot points. The game does a great job at keeping you guessing as the story progressing, with lots of twists and turns. My buddy was with me when I was playing and he was able to predict several of the upcoming events, but the larger part of them were unexpected. As the story progressed, I really felt the weight of each decision even in something as simple as conversation. Throughout the game you find out information about some of the fables that you could use to cause trouble. I rarely chose to stir bad blood between people, instead protecting the fables from having their deep, and sometimes dark secrets let out.
I’m going to shamelessly admit that I found Snow White (who is Bigby’s secretary) to be attractive, even in cartoon form. Every conversation and every choice I made pertaining to her was always about trying to impress her or be nice to her. Long story short, it never happened – and I’m not sure there is a story arc that makes it happen. For that matter, I tried being the smooth-talking Big Bad Wolf to every female I encountered but to no avail, I guess Bigby just doesn’t have the game to pull it off. So early on I figured out how I would play this game, be a perfect gentlemen to any women I encountered and be a badass tough guy to any males I encountered. I think it worked out just fine that way haha.
The graphics are absolutely perfect for this type of game. Whoever handled the art direction in this game did a phenomenal job and the environments and all the characters you run into really brought the game to life. From the gritty environments to the cartoonish yet lifelike characters, it works very well. Yes, I understand that it’s the signature Telltale Games graphical look and overall feel, but I think that it best suits this game in particular because of the content it’s based on. The controls and gameplay mirror all other Telltale Games and are simple but very effective. As far as replayability goes, achievement and trophy hunters will need at least 2 playthroughs to obtain everything. After that I’m not sure that you’d really want to play the story again, as I don’t believe there would be any different paths to take that you hadn’t already seen. The Wolf Among Us is a definite must play and will leave you wanting more – here’s to hoping that there’s a sequel.