The Wolf Among Us - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

November 04, 2014

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The Wolf Among Us presents a violent and adult-themed take on classic fairy tales. Players assume the role of the former Big Bad Wolf, who in human form goes by the name of Bigby Wolf and serves as the sheriff of Fabletown, as he searches for a serial killer and infiltrates his town's criminal underground. The action finds gamers exploring small areas, speaking to a variety of characters, and making decisions that have long-lasting implications. Even in a place like Fabletown, where magic can be real, people still suffer and try to scrape by. But are these people, the poor and the destitute, the true problems?

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Release Date: 10/21/2014

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 4.5GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Telltale Tool
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 10 Hours
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2015-02-19

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'The Wolf Among Us' is an interactive point and click adventure game that was released for the PlayStation 4 on November 2014. The game was developed by Telltale Games, who also have a history of producing top quality content that is driven by story. Their prior work, 'The Walking Dead', has become one of the best story driven games in the world. Much like 'The Walking Dead', 'Wolf' is an episodic game that requires its players to download the next installment in order to move on with the story. Let's take a long hard look at what makes 'The Wolf Among Us' so special.

So what's it all about?

So a brief glance at the character list for 'Wolf' will have you nodding your head in recognition. The main character of the story, and who we follow, is Bigby Wolf. He is the sheriff of a gritty little place called Fabletown. There he serves under Ichabod Crane, the deputy mayor, and alongside Snow White, his secretary. The beginning of the game introduces us to just how dark the story will get as we, playing Bigby, are immediately saving a young prostitute from a drunk and violent woodsman. We escort her back to safety and before we part ways she says these stark words: "You're not as bad as they say." And, unfortunately for the young prostitute, those would be the last words we ever hear her say. For the next time we see her she is beheaded and her head is left on the Woodlands doorstep. And thus begins the twisting and turning dark adventure into the world of Fable. Bigby is sent to investigate the murder and to find just who is responsible for the ghastly deed.

So how does it feel on the PlayStation 4?

I don't know when exactly it happened, but at some point there was a unanimous decision from within the entertainment industry to make everything 'gritty'. Batman was given the Nolan treatment. Superman and the Fantastic Four quickly followed. Now you can't look down the aisle of a movie store without staring at a dark and violent re-imagining of a classic or innocent tale. So we shouldn't be surprised to see that Telltale Games chose to go this direction with Bill Willingham's material. Instead of following Willingham's original thread of style: character studies of fairy tale figures in real life, we are greeted with a scathing commentary on the flaws of man and the errors of a class system. The game feels dirty due to how graphic and corrupt the themes within are. Is that bad? Well, if you are playing a Telltale's game then no. You know what you are getting from the company. But it is definitely different, and that isn't something to forget.

So how does it look?

The selling feature for these sorts of story driven adventures, outside of the plot, is how the art can grab you. Even the most interesting game will fall by the wayside if the artwork is off-putting. In signature Telltale fashion, 'The Wolf Among Us' looks as glorious as ever. The series of episodes look ripped straight from a comic book and the HD textures of the characters absolutely pop off our screen. When Bigby fills the screen with anger we can really feel his hatred emanating through to us. When smarmy Ichabod tries to control the flow of things, we can see in each twitch of his facial features how he is going to act. To put it simply, the game looks great. However, to truly appreciate the art direction you must have some sort of familiarity with comic books and the way that Telltale does their job.

So how is the gameplay?

This seems an odd question to ask for those that are interested in what is essentially a point and click adventure. Yet the question is still worth answering. In 'Wolf Among us' you will be granted new areas in each Episode that you play. Once you are in these areas you will need to get down and dirty to work over the scene. You need to investigate rooms, interrogate people, and collect items. You will be granted occasional moments of quick time action where you are forced to react quickly in order to survive. These moments are sparse but they keep your blood up for quite awhile afterwards. Once you've exhausted each area the game will push you forward. It's all simple, in a way, and that makes it all the more satisfying when you do mess up. The game doesn't let you play it perfectly and you will make choices that dramatically change the events going forward. This is a live 'choose your own adventure' and Bigby walks down the path that you lead him on.

Some of the most enjoyable sections of the game occur when you are trying to get information out of some of the more colorful characters in the game. You take on the role of a simplified detective, not unlike 'L.A. Noire', and you have to use all of your tricks to get information out. You will have options to be verbally or physically abusive. You will have options to try and win over your suspect with honey and sugar coated words. But be sure to act quickly and with confidence. Your enemies are smart and they will clam up or run off if they feel your tactics going forward. So in that way you have to always be on your toes. You have to be ready to make things work to crack this case open.

In conclusion.

At its core 'The Wolf Among Us' on the PlayStation 4 begs gamers to take a look at the dregs of society. Even in a place like Fabletown, where magic can be real, people still suffer and try to scrape by. But are these people, the poor and the destitute, the true problems? Bigby Wolf is a flawed man, trying to make good on a life full of hate, and the characters he runs across may be no different.

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