| The Wolf Among Us - PS3 |
The Wolf Among Us is an episodic adventure game made by Telltale Games based on the Fables comic book that tells the story of fairytale creatures who find themselves living in the modern human world. The protagonist of the game is Bigby Wolf (the Big Bad Wolf himself) who is the sheriff of this fantasy community and in charge of protecting the other Fables and enforcing the rules.
What starts out as a simple disturbance call quickly escalates into a murder mystery that Bigby has to solve before any more innocent Fables wind up dead. The main focus of the game is the importance of choices made by the player, similar to Heavy Rain.
Players must guide Bigby in finding clues and making tough investigation decisions such as which suspects to bring in and what places to visit. It's impossible to do everything in one playthrough so going through the game again can provide new insight into the characters and setting, which is great for providing replay value.
The world is pretty interesting and most of the characters are very memorable. In addition to starring people from classic fairytales like Snow White and The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow are some fairly obscure Fables that aren't nearly as well known or popular along with a few urban legends. Unfortunately, I can't say much about these lesser known characters without spoiling the story, though they do play a pretty big role in things.
One important note I feel I should mention is that despite the colorful environments and fantasy creatures present this is certainly not a game for children. In addition to some extreme violence and strong language is a nude scene in the second episode as well as some drug use and other sexual content.
All in all, this is probably not a game you would want your children to play so be careful if they can access whatever system you download it on.
The sexism in this game is pretty in check though, with good and evil characters of both sexes influencing the investigation. Its a pretty fun detective story but not something you'd buy for the challenge since most of the focus is on shaping the story and solving the mystery with combat being mostly point and click along with some button mashing.
With all five episodes recently released I'd say its well worth the money and recommend downloading it on the system of your choice. At the very least you should buy an episode (only five dollars each) and see how you like it. If you really enjoy it you can buy the other four episodes, but if you don't you're only out five dollars and still got to try something a bit different from the mainstream.
- Reviewed by MidnightUndead
Rating: M (Intense violence, blood and gore, sexual themes, partial nudity, strong language, use of alcohol and tobacco)