Telltale announced quite some time ago that they were working on a Fables game. Since then their other game, The Walking Dead, has proved to be one of the best narrative-driven games released in a long time. A few months ago, they finally released the first episode of their Fables series, The Wolf Among Us. I’m not incredibly familiar with the Fables universe and The Wolf Among Us was somewhat daunting to me due to that. However, after completing the first episode I can happily confirm that all of my concerns were answered for and led to an invigorating introduction into the world of Fables.
You play the role of Bigby Wolf (also known to many as the Big Bad Wolf) – who is the local sheriff in Fabletown, New York. He makes sure things are going to plan and mischief isn’t happening. At this time, the characters (Fables) are living within the same realm/area as the humans and as such they are not their original form; merely human representations of them.
The same gameplay that we’ve come to know in The Walking Dead is here with a few new twists (for example, you have to swipe down or left/right with the thumb-stick’s during a quick-time event). This makes for an enjoyable and interactive experience that Telltale are quite well known for. It’s not gameplay heavy, like The Walking Dead, but makes use of the system they’ve implemented in their previous games quite well. The four selections of dialogue are back and ready to make you worry about what your going to say next too, and like The Walking Dead, you really have to plan what you’re going to say next – or else you, or someone close to you may pay the consequences.
The character development in just this episode alone is fantastic. I connected with each character very quickly after their initial introduction and the dialogue shared between each is wonderfully written and well delivered. Overall, you’re going to have a great time meeting the wacky and wonderful characters throughout the episode.
Of course a game is not going to be good without a good story, and this is clearly where The Wolf Among Us places all of its cards. The story is easily understandable and easy to follow. It’s again all about the choices you make and how each choice makes a difference. Telltale have again made a wonderful story that had me interested right from the beginning.
Telltale should be proud of their efforts with the first episode of The Wolf Among Us. It, like The Walking Dead, thrives on a well written and well delivered story that plays with your emotions and causes you to think quickly. I’m incredibly excited to delve back into the wonderful universe Telltale have managed to create in video-game form. With only a few days to go until Episode Two’s release, the excitement is just about at fever pitch.
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