Oct 16, 2013Better than the Walking Dead. The Walking Dead and its pint sized protagonist (Clementine) gained mass appeal and rented a place in the hearts of gamers everywhere, however this love affair blinded many to the minor voice acting and gameplay flaws that it presented. These minor blemishes do not show up in the Wolf Among Us as Tell Tale seems to have perfected the formula with stellar voice acting and a perfect mix of narrative and action including an early fight sequence which closely resembled the opening fight sequence in the sleeper hit Heavy Rain. For a story involving fairy tale characters it is decidedly adult with mature language and mature themes, but this odd mixture of fairy tale and gritty adult themes plays out like a beautifully composed symphony of video game greatness. Tell Tale seems to have translated the wonderous world of Fable Comics and creator Bill Willingham's hit comic book series with flawless execution. Sadly The Wolf Among Us won't sell like The Walking dead sold, but it deserves to. Tell Tale has clearly perfected the genre which they created from a fledgling and admittedly unpolished Back To the Future series to what i believe is their magnum opus in The Wolf Among Us. You owe it to yourself as a gamer to at least try the demo and tell me it isn't great. 10/10… Expand
Dec 17, 2013If The Walking Dead is the depressing, moving drama of Telltale Games, The Wolf Among Us is the policial with an 80's Vibe, and boy is it good!
I was never familiar with the Fables Comics until this game was released. The concept is interesting: The character from our favorite childhood stories live among the humans, in New York, disguised thanks to a potion called "Glamour". Bigby, or Big Bad Wolf, is the one that keeps the Fables from killing each other. And there you have it.
Let's start right off the batch that If you are expecting to sob uncontrollably for hours while watching a father-daughter like relationship in the middle of a miserable world like in The Walking Dead, then this is not the game for you. But if you are willing to look this game as an only title, specially this first chapter, and just try it, you will want more. It is unpredictable, daunting, violent and, maybe just maybe, childhood-ruining (And that is a good thing). I think fans of the comic will be pretty happy with this game, and I will definitely consider reading "Fables" after playing this awesome first chapter of a new Telltale series, that smells GOTY already.
AND THE GAME IS BEAUTIFUL. Against all odds, the colourful art-style mixed with the dark tone, a finally deserving framerate and comic book design make the game enjoyable to watch and feel. The character development, while short, really packs a punch, and after playing the episode twice, I find myself going back as every time I play again I find some little clues, and new suspicions.
Anyway, all this greatness comes in a 2-hour episode, and I can't wait for the following ones. "Faith" is proof that Telltale is another company after The Walking Dead, and they want to receive more awards again.… Expand
Oct 20, 2013Having never read the Fables comics I was going in with absolute no knowledge of the series or its lore. All I knew was that it was about fairy tale characters who were banished to New York.
The first episode made sure that people like myself were not lost, it presented the characters, the setting very well and even has a guide in case we get lost.
The game is on the verge of beautiful, it's very colourful, the characters are very well designed and the story takes off almost straight away.… Expand
Oct 17, 2013The artistic style, concept and music that TellTale have generated out the Fables universe create an extremely tense and noir-ish atmosphere. The numerous wonderous characters are so well designed and their voices and dialogue are perfectly written and adapted for each one. But one has to bear in mind that this is an "interactive" experience where the story plays a bigger part than the actual gameplay. I would give this game a ten if it wasn't for the many technical issues (choppy framerate, lagging, sound occasionally out of sync). The action sequences in particular suffer at times because of this. I've heard that this is not a problem for PC and Mac users. Anyway, I highly recommend this game!… Expand
Feb 10, 2014Music 10/10 Visuals 10/10 , if you like cell shading Background story 10/10 , extremely unique Actual story 9/10 , it's exciting but lacks a deeper introduction into the characters relationship Playtime 7/10 it's short - bu there are 4 more parts to come. Just make sure to buy the package, not the chapter Impact of your choices 4/10 it will be different how people talk to you, but there doesn't seem to much influence in the actual outcome.
Overall a really fun and exciting story-telling experience with beautiful sound and visuals.… Expand
Oct 19, 2013It's hard to really rate until you've played the whole game so this is a strange one but I'll rate episode one.
Very impressive indeed. The artwork is fantastic as is the voice acting and a real chiller of a story so far.
I expected that though since the brilliant walking dead raised my expectations of the new full game.
What really scores highly with me though is the new fighting system which is fantastic.
Sure it's quick time events but they've managed to put in a real challenge to it so fights fell adrenaline violent and real heart pumping events in the game and are the highlights of an excellent narrative lead story. I can't praise the new system enough, so simple yet so effective why is are we only seeing this now? It's really fantastic.
There are a few frame rate and loading issues with the game though which if I am to be honest are a little disappointing but bearable.… Expand
Oct 25, 2013Telltale did very good story telling again. The main Character(s?) are not that interesting so far in this episode 1 than in walking dead, but side Characters are more interesting because they are from stories. Story is interesting. You just want to see what happens next. Sadly there wasn't hard choices (yet i bet), but i really hope there will be in next episodes( really cant wait for them)
Good work from the voice actors also. And about the gameplay well there isn't that much. I don't really mind that, i like following the story. Just easy, laying back style works for me and many others i assume. If you loved walking dead you like this one. Just buy it already, its cheap if you ask me 2-3 hours first episode. It really worth's the 4 euros (season pass: 5 episodes 20 euros or 5 euros if you don't buy the season pass.
With all this said i will give this Episode 9 of 10.
story 9 out of 10.
Characters i will give 9 out of 10.
gameplay 8 out of 10.… Expand
Oct 17, 2013Telltale has done it again!! actually it's not surprising really. They have proved once again that they really have a knack in telling stories. Before we start, the dialogue system and the art styles are similar to those in the Walking Dead. Although I think that both the Walking Dead and this game are extremely good, I personally like the Wolf Among Us better. Why? Let's start with the fact that Telltale have improved the technical aspect of their games considerably, and I feel that the Wolf Among Us is much smoother compared to the Walking Dead, despite some ongoing technical hiccups (especially when you repeat a QTE section in the game after you died). The action sequences are longer and more brutal and physical and the improved technical aspect have make it even more engaging. The artistic design and the color palette are also creative and breathtaking. I love how Telltale recreate New York in this game. The neon lights and the manipulation of shadow makes the setting of the game seems mysterious and makes you really feel like you are living in a place full of secrets. All of the characters in the game are interesting and this combined with the setting have make fitting in Bigby's shoes very enjoyable. I also feel that the episode (at least the first one) is longer than those in the Walking Dead which adds even more points to this game. For me, one little thing that occasionally takes me off from completely enjoying the game's narrative is there are some occasions when the game gives you such a short time to do or say something is so short that I can barely think about it (I mean I also have to read all the dialogue options available and think about it!!). Overall, this is a must own game, especially to gamers who can appreciate good stories.… Expand
Nov 5, 2013Telltale Games showed already with The Walking Dead that they are capable of turning great existing franchises into good games, on the other hand they are not for every taste. Games like these that are mostly based on storytelling, emotions, visuals and decision-making might scare off a few people, therefore if you don't like The Walking Dead or more cinematic games (like Heavy Rain) you might want to pass on this, everyone else, you are in for a treat.
The game puts familiar Fables like Snow White, the Beauty and the Beast, etc. in a modern setting. The main character, Bigby Wolf (the Big Bad Wolf) is the Sheriff of Fabletown where most of the Fables now live, he is feared for his past but tries to show that he changed for the better(depends on you choices). The story evolves around a crime that Bigby tries to solve, this is roughly the extend of the story without spoiling anything(I'm sorry for not saying more about the story but it really changes on the way you play). The story however is the strongest point of this game, Telltale excels at making games where you actually feel like your choices change the outcome of the game and change the fate of some of the people you meet along the way,different from example from Beyond:Two Souls where your choices don't matter, here you can get different outcomes depending on what choice you make.
The visuals are highlighted by a very distinct and stylish look that reminds me of a more comic-book style, since this is a game adaptation of a Comic Book it seems very fitting (although every game from them has this style (The Walking Dead, Back to the Future). The artistic style goes very well with the fable storyline.
The voice acting is fantastic and in combination with the writing keeps you engaged and interested in the characters but since it was only the first episode they always leave you wanting to know more about specific personalities. Especially intriguing is the fact that all we actually know all the characters (from all the books, movies and stories) but it still feels like meeting and getting to know new people because of the modern setting of the game. At the same time you feel familiar with the characters and curious how those characters developed and fared over the years.
The game isn't perfect though, it has two problems in my opinion. The first being that the console versions (I watched a playthrough on the 360 and played it myself on the PS3) have some lag problems, especially in the fight scenes which can take you out of the experience. The 360 version in particular had some extended loading and lag problems. I recommend playing it on the PC if you can.
The second problem is much more confusing to me since they changed it for the worse from The Walking Dead series. For every choice you make there is a timer running, which puts you on the edge every time you have to make a decision, in The Walking Dead they only used a timer in action/fighting scenes which enhanced the experience because it conveyed the feeling of urgency, for the rest you could take your time, read the options and think about the possible consequences. Now the gamer is rushed for every decision and in a few instances you don't even have the time to read all the options. I really hope they go back to the old system.
Again, I can only recommend everybody to play this game, it is a fantastic experience that presents something unique in the gaming culture and a welcome change of pace from high-octane action games.… Expand
Nov 16, 2013Telltale has delivered yet again! Based upon the popular "Fables" graphic novel, the Wolf Among Us acts as a sequel, starring the rugged sheriff Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf). This is a really cool take on classic fairytale characters in a contemporary setting. Moreover, the whole "noir" vibe is introduced in a great way, ensuring a dark and violent adventure awaits. Gameplay is very similar to the Walking Dead, so nothing out of the ordinary here, though it works perfectly for this game as it did Telltale's last project. Give this title a shot, you won't regret it!… Expand
Dec 2, 2013Mixing story telling and gameplay has been a struggle for developers for decades. Last year, Telltale Games took a fantastic lead in its dark, heart warming interpretation of The Walking Dead. Now in a formula familiar to last year's, Telltale moves away from the apocalyptic wastelands of zombies to a gritty suburban populated by fairy tales. Despite its change of scenery, Telltale stays true to what made The Walking Dead so great with its excellent storytelling and quicktime based gameplay all rendered in beautiful comic book visuals.
The story takes place in New York, in a small community known as Fabletown, where famed fairytale characters resign and conceal their true forms with magic. You are Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, and former Big Bad Wolf, you have been entrusted to keep the Fables of Fabletown safe, while also trying to refrain from your Big Bad ways. A Fable is dead on his doorstep and it's up to Bigby as well as the strong-willed Snow White, to uncover the mystery within the Fable community. From a toad who refuses to conceal his fairytale appearance from the world, an alcoholic flying monkey, and a lumberjack who has fallen on hard times, Fabletown is filled with interesting and intriguing characters.
Where Faith stands strongest though is in its character of Bigby. Bigby is a complex character faced with a difficult problem; trying to prove that he has truly refrain from his old ways. How can you convince people to trust you when you were once a murderous savage? Do you give up and use force to get what you want, or show the Fables the kind-hearted side to the Big Bad exterior? This is a choice Telltale leaves to you.
As with most Telltale games, The Wolf Among Us is another point and click adventure, much like its spiritual successor The Walking Dead. It takes many ques from its previous success, from the dialogue choices involving the four face buttons to informing you if a character will remember your action or chose. The decisions not only make events unfold differently, but make you second-guess and wonder about the outcome of the other. This helps the player stay engaged in the story as well as really consider the decision you're about to make and weigh on the positives and negatives. With action comes consequence so chose wisely. Its through these big moments where the game shines brightest.
The other factor of the game, the game-play itself, is filled with intrigue. You'll be spending your time investigating crime scenes and in heated action sequences. This is where the game feels linear to an effect. Most crime scenes are limited to one room, so you'll be spending your time walking around, with little to explore, until you find something to click on. After you found all the items and clues to a crime scene, the narrative shuddles you off. As for the action sequences themselves, they are fast paced and filled with thrill. The sequences are played out through quick time events, which are controlled using the face and directional buttons. You will have objects thrown at you, leaving little time to react, as well as grabbing items such as glass bottles and pool cues to use in combat for the satisfying hits
One minor issue I had with the game is its frame rate. Sometimes during cutscenes, the game will begin to hiccup. Its an unfortunate issue considering that a player can be so easily attached to this world then feel completely lost for a second or two. This isn't a deal-breaking mind you, it didn't for a second stop me from enjoying the story. This is but a minor issue when compared to the excellent story arc of Bigby Wolf.
For what it is, The Wolf Among Us is a strong recommend for story lovers. While the game-play is still second-rate compared to the story, Faith succeeds most because of its unpredictability. Even fans of the “Fables” series will be surprised by some of the revelations. The game shows great promise and an excellent beginning to what should be a phenomenal story. As soon as the credits started to roll, I already wanted more and am left agonizing waiting for the next episode to be released.… Expand