The Wolf Among Us is a story based choose your own adventure style game by Telltale Games. It is available on PC and Mac, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the App store. I played it on PC using a controller because wrong never felt so right (Blasphemy! -Ed). You can also use your keyboard and mouse if that’s your preference. The controls are pretty basic and game play is primarily based around button prompts (quick time events) and some exploration. There are several achievements which can be gained mainly through finishing the story.
The completionists out there should know that you will have to either play through the story multiple times, or do what the game calls “rewind”ing (essentially replaying story chapters to allow different choices) to get all of the character information unlocked. That may sound tedious, but it’s actually a really great way to see all of the different ways the story can play out. Your choices matter, and can have benefits or consequences as the story progresses. The Wolf Among Us takes place in the Fables universe from Vertigo Comics. Those familiar with the universe of Fables will be aware that while it is based on the fairy tale characters and stories that most of us grew up on, it is geared towards adults. The game contains instances of prostitution, smoking, drinking, drugs, corrupt government schemes, gang violence, gore, and plenty of naughty words. Seeing the little pig who built the straw house dragging a six pack down the hall only seems to add to the charm of this universe.
Players will experience the story through the eyes of Bigby Wolf (get it?), the Sheriff. A night of chaos leads to a murder investigation and you are joined by Snow White, Mayor Crane’s assistant in investigating the grizzly crime. One of the best parts of the game is trying to choose whether to be true to your big bad reputation and intimidate your fellow Fables, or to take the more diplomatic path and earn trust from them instead of inciting fear. You are always given several options for your responses that vary across the spectrum. One of the choices that is almost always available is silence; after all, sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all.
The Wolf Among Us is not shy about making fun of itself either. One of my personal favorite puns is Bigby’s favorite brand of smokes, “Huff an Puffs”. They spent quite a bit of time on that sort of little detail, and it adds to the experience trying to find them all. When it was first out, the game was released in chapters, but now that they’re all out it seems to only be available in the complete version. In the end it may be better to get it all at once anyways, since like any good story this one leaves you on an edge in between the chapters. The first chapter is amazing, and while the intensity drops slightly for the next two, by the end of the game you will be craving season two. Some of the more intense chapters have scenes with combat which plays out in a similar fashion to the major fight scenes in God of War. Button prompt, directional slide, button prompt, mash A. Somehow the game keeps these portions interesting enough that they don’t feel tedious as this sort of combat style sometimes can.
One caution, the final part of chapter 5 has a well known glitch that is harmless, entertaining, and a bit frustrating all at once. I was fortunate enough to experience it myself so that I can share that experience with all of you. There I was, done with all the huge story moments, the final part of the chapter begins and suddenly all of my responses say “This choice is blank” except of course “….” (silence). Next thing I know the game time travels back two chapters. The story starts up and all there is to Bigby is his head, while half of the other characters are invisible. I played this way for a bit because it was hilarious before turning to the forums for help. Thankfully it’s an easy fix: exiting the game and then restarting it should resolve the issue. Just to let you know, this doesn’t happen to everyone so don’t worry. Some of us are just lucky like that. Some of us are especially lucky and got a glitch where the Sheriff lost his shirt. It’s all in how your cards fall I suppose.
Glitches or no, I sincerely enjoyed The Wolf Among Us, and I can’t wait for the second season. I left my save file in the land of friendliness, doing my best to earn my fellow Fables’ trust and respect, and I hope to see that pay off in the next installment. Have you played this game yet? Did you get any glitches? Are you a big bag wolf, or a tough looking puppy? Comment to let us know your thoughts. I’ll be back soon with another game review. In the meanwhile, take care.