Video Game Review: The Wolf Among Us

Details: Took me about eight hours to play through. More information can be found at https://www.telltale.com/the-wolf-among-us/

Score: 7.3/10

The Wolf Among Us is likely the best Telltale game they’ve ever made. I’ve played a few of them, but often times end up more bored than entertained. There’s just something about this game that kept me engaged the whole way through. It may be the art style or the story. Either way, this was fun.

The Wolf Among Us is a video game that is based off the comic book of the same name. That comic book is a spin off of the more popular comic book called Fables. In Fables, there exists many different dimensions and worlds where all the fables and fairy tales of our world actually exist and live. Some calamity happens in those different world and they all flee to our world — the real world — as refugees and live in a building in Upper West Side Manhattan known as Fabletown. Now, all these living fairy tales and fables must coexist and find a way to survive in our very mundane world.

The comic book this game is based on tells the exact same story that is in the game, so you shouldn’t read the comic book because it will spoil this game and because this game is vastly superior to the comic book. The art in the book isn’t great and the story isn’t told very well. It’s impressive that Telltale managed to take the badly told story of the comic book and retell it into something so engaging.

Like all Telltale games, this is an adventure game. That means that there is very little actual gameplay and that this is more like a visual novel/interactive movie than an actual video game. The story progresses and the player mostly just makes decisions about what to do and what to say. The story can branch off in a number of different ways depending on player choices. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure book.

There are some quick time events where you need to press buttons when prompted, but those are few and far between. I actually appreciated that there were so few of these moments because the story and player decisions kept me engaged.

Visually, the game looks great. The hand drawn style of dark outlines and heavy shading works well for this story. I’m playing this game in 2020 and this game came out years ago. Even still, this game looked great.

Telltale Games has a reputation of buggy games. Luckily, I encountered no bugs.

Voice acting was top notch, which is important in such a story driven game.

Overall, this was fun. A game like this depends largely on its story and the story here was very entertaining. The choices presented to me really made me think and I cared about the outcomes. I later looked up potential outcomes I missed out on and while some decisions didn’t really change outcomes, some decisions did, which is what I want from a game all about player choices. If you like adventure games, this is an easy recommendation and likely the most solid Telltale game they ever produced.

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