Non need to introduce you into the Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. I do believe it is famous enough for the comics fans. And you are comics fan, aren’t you? In this review or presentation, call it as you like, I will try to explain what previous games from the Telltale Games, the developer of this game, made Wolf among us so spectacular. And of course we will have a look into the gameplay and story.
If you will check the Telltale games studio on the wikipedia, you will see a quite impressive list of titles developed by them. From the most recognized I will mention these titles: Back to the Future: The Game; Jurassic Park: The Game; CSI: Deadly Intent; Law & Order: Legacies and The Walking Dead: Season One. What can you conclude from this list? Oh, they love making games based on the series or movies. And now also based on comics book series.
So let’s start with some in depth informations. They release, two years ago, the movie adventure – Jurassic Park: The game and that is what is bringing us our comics based game these days. Jurassic park was not the worst game ever, but the combination of bad 3D graphics and the lot of QTEs (quick time events) was like a slap into face for the games expecting kind of Heavy rain killer. So after this failure they needed to think about moving another way, or to set a few steps out of their current path. And they find the Holy grail. They combined the Jurassic park game features with the classic adventure gameplay, they were famous for (remember the Sam & Max series). And this combination brought them more than 90 awards for the best game of 2012 including the main award in the Video Game Awards. Also they sold out 21 million episodes (yes they love to episode everything) of this game. The game is The Walking Dead: Season One. And the Wolf among us is the same type game just with the different story and different graphics. Oh, no, this is not the criticism, just an observation – they did an excellent job here
To the Wolf finally. You will become the main character – Bigby, the boss of Fabletown. I will not review the aspects that are known from the comics in this place, I will rather introduce you the the game itself. The actions scenes are still present, even if not the such scale, but in episode 1 you will come to two spectacular fist fighting and one wild chase. The action scene are just 5-10% of the time you will play the game and it is around 2 and the half hour. The rest is the adventuring, but not too classic. And for the detective adventures it is enough. No over-combination this time. From time to time you will pick up some evidence and put it into the inventory, which is non-interactive. The key to this game is the point-and-click control, in which you have four possible commands, but mainly just two will be available. This is what gives the player the possibility to decide. And the decision is what makes this game perfect. You can choose your way and you can choose the way in the perfectly written dialogue. Few time you will be put in the “this or this” position, which will affect the whole game.
I personally like this game pretty much as I like the adventure in general. And putting this into the Fables world together with accurate graphic style and impressive gameplay I have not other choice than to give this game 4.5 start out of 5.