The Wolf Among Us episode 1 review. So, you played The Walking Dead by Telltale and heard about The Wolf Among Us?
The game takes place in a fairytale infused New York City, while retaining the gritty mean streets vibe, as you play Bigby Wolf the sheriff in charge of keeping order in the fairytale community. The problem? These mystical characters are sometimes not very nice. Bigby himself is known as the infamous “Big Bad Wolf”.
It is no secret that Telltale are now highly regarded, their work on The Walking Dead was award winning after all, and the pressure was surely on when it came to their next project. What The Wolf Among Us does successfully is take the formula of their previous game and apply it successfully to this iteration.
During my 2 hour play-through, hey I had fun ok, I was struck by how engrossing the storyline was. Playing this hated character and having to deal with a communities problems made for interesting gaming. The gravity of decisions also seemed quite intense, so intense, that I regretted some, tried to make up for others, but I never changed my save. My request to anyone playing this game: stick by the decisions you make as it makes for more interesting conversations with others who have played!
The actual gameplay seemed improved over The Walking Dead, the framerate was stable for our PC version, with a frantic sense of urgency during action scenes that felt much more engaging. At one point it seemed like I barely escaped one encounter.
The art direction of the game is also very stylish, the character drawing style is obviously familiar, featuring a lot of neon colors to highlight the seediness of the neighborhood. After all this is a storyline that features a prostitute, a swearing frog and a lot of smoking! Joking aside, it seems like the art direction, gameplay and storyline really come together to create something special. I imagine comic book creators are banging at Telltales door right now to get their story made into a game.
The Wolf Among Us takes the best of The Walking Dead game, improves it and carves out it’s own identity. All signs point to another awarding winning game series by Telltale.
… So buying the comic book.