The Wolf Among Us - Xbox One

Release Date:

November 04, 2014

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7.3

Summary:

The Wolf Among US is a point and click adventure game which draws very heavily on material form the Fables comic book series (created by Bill Willingham) which first appeared in 2002 but the game itself begins in 1986 and so forms a prequel to the comic book stories although given the nature of the material exact dates matter little. The game is split into five episodes each connected to an overall plot.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Telltale Games
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 4, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 4.95GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Telltale Tool
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 10 Hours
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The Wolf Among US is a point and click adventure game which draws very heavily on material form the Fables comic book series (created by Bill Willingham) which first appeared in 2002 but the game itself begins in 1986 and so forms a prequel to the comic book stories although given the nature of the material exact dates matter little. The game is split into five episodes each connected to an overall plot.

There are a wealth of characters most of whose names will be known to most people from their childhood but whose behavior and function within the game may not be what we would expect. The comic book series from which the material is pulled is itself based on folklore and folk tales mostly of European origin and as with many such tales there is a darker side to them.

The character whose part the gamer takes on is that of Bigby Wolf and the primary locations are the mystically fabled regions referred to as the Homelands which are occupied and ruled over by a tyrannic dictator known simply (and perhaps unimaginably) as the Adversary. In a bid to be free many of the downtrodden inhabitants of the Homelands, the Fables, fled to a safer place in the mundane world, as opposed to the fabled world, and known by the name of Fabletown and now a part of contemporary Manhattan. The native inhabitants of this place are humans referred to as the Mundies and to blend in without being recognized the Fables must buy the magical ingredient called Glamour which renders them human like and enables them to live in the Farm whose enforcer and protector is the playable character Bigby Wolf formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf before he became a reformed character.

Anything said about the plot would spoil the fun for players and in fact it is not possible to describe the plot in detail as its progress depends on the players actions and the paths taken in conversation trees with other characters. A brief mention of some of the characters or, more correctly Fables, will give some insight into the tenor of the game.

At the very beginning you will meet the Woodsman who lives along with Mr. Toad, and Faith and Prince Lawrence taken from the Donkeyskin fables in which, originally, interestingly, there is a donkey whose droppings are made of gold. We also meet the Tweedles, Dum and Dee portrayed as a pair of hired henchmen. Bigby works for the mayor, Ichabod Crane who is associated with Snow White and her mirror and a monkey with wings called Bufkin. Beauty and the Beast also dwell in the Woodlands Appartments where Bigby lives but are having marital problems. Later we meet Georgie Porgie who runs the aptly names Pudding and Pie Strip Joint and is Faith's pimp (the plot will explain this) and Clever Hans the club's bouncer.

The episodic nature of the game allows players to restart from certain checkpoints in a particular episode if they fail in their objectives giving them a chance to review their decision making, a history of which is displayable. for a better outcome and also adds replay value. Events which occur from choices made in any particular episode are often carried through to later stages and may have unexpected consequences.

The Eighteen or Mature rating gives a pointer to the fact that much of the material is violent and has a darker side, as did much of the original material, but there is really nothing too much over the top and anyone playing it will see it mainly as a bit of harmless fun using much loved, or hated, characters from childhood. Similar things have been done before with Comic Book or Disney creations but not so many drawing from such a wide range of Folk and Fairy Tales at the same time as the Wolf Among Us.

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