The Wolf Among Us By Telltale Games

A somewhat informal review of this excellent game.

Honestly, when I first heard Telltale Games had made other games besides The Walking Dead Series, I was pretty surprised. I had no idea Telltale Games had made any other games. And after playing The Wolf Among Us, I gotta say they have not disappointed me. The story, the decisions you make and the characters you come across are all brought together to make this intensely dark and gritty story. 

The greatest thing about this game has to be the background story, which is both beautifully unique and extremely realistic. A bunch of fairy tale creatures flee their home world to become refugees in the real world, and because of their appearance, they have to wear glamour charms to appear human. All of which is enforced by a special task force, which includes Bigby (the protagonist), Snow White and Ichabod.

The sheer amount of darkness you see in this world, which includes black markets, shady loan sharks and thugs for hire, all keep you wondering about their past lives. How bad was life back home for them to flee to here? To live in this rank cesspool of humanity. I have never come across a game that so actively builds up this morbidly fascinating world, full of characters that have been twisted and warped.

Then there are the characters Bigby the big bad wolf from Three Little Pigs, who is constantly haunted by a past that people will not forget. Snow White a woman, who only sees the world in shades of black and white. The Woodsmen from Little Red Riding Hood has become an abusive drunk that is stuck in the past. Toad a father, who tries his best to provide for his family and is constantly beset with money problems. And many more characters, all of whom have colorful past lives and intriguing background stories that are absolutely riveting.

And finally the choices, this game is full of decisions that need to be made and all those decisions will impact the ending of the story. Which is exactly the type of game, you won't want to put down till you've played it a few times to see how things would work out differently if you had done things a certain way.

The creators, the artists, the voice actors, and the writers have all done an amazing job. They have brought this imaginary, fictitious world to life and you can't ask for more than that.

"I thought we were all supposed to have a fresh start here. I can't change the past" - Bigby 

Published Oct. 31st 2016

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