The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 — Faith
You gotta have Faith
The Wolf Among Us:Episode 1 – Faith
By: Telltale Games
Directed by: Nicholas Herman & Dennis Lenart
Written by: Pierre Shorette
Available on: PS3, XBOX 360, PC & Mac
Rated: Mature by ESRB
I have always enjoyed both horror stories and fairy tales, so combine those two genres together, add a pinch of film-noir and you have the recipe for this game. This game essentially clusters together a plethora of fairy tale characters; with some stemming from the Grimm brother’s classic stories. Included are characters from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “The Frog Prince”, “Beauty and the Beast” and more. This game is based upon Bill Willingham’s comic book series “Fables” which itself is based upon a mixture of classic fairy tales.
You play as a sheriff named Bigby “Wolf” (The Big, Bad Wolf) who lives in a community in New York City known as Fabletown. Characters from fairy tales that are non-human are identified as “fables”. Fables are responsible for getting a cover-up to make themselves appear human (Bigby included). This magic is known as glamour. Glamour helps our fables mask who they really are, so they can fit in amongst the “Mundys” (Mundane humans). Bigby lives in a small trashy apartment trying to figure out what to do with himself, possibly trying to redeem himself of his past. Our game starts out with Bigby trying to help a woman, from a bout of violence brought on by the Woodsman. Things get quite violent from this point on.
You may have played Telltale’s fantastic “The Walking Dead” game and if you have, this game plays out exactly the way that game does. You control our character Bigby as well as an on-screen cursor that has the functions of classic point-and-click games such as open, look, talk and pick up. Also included are modernized QTE’s (Quick Time Events) where you press an assortment of buttons in order to fight or chase after someone. During a conversation you are provided a variety of responses, all of which you get to pick. Some of the decisions you make will alter the final outcome of the game. This means the game adapts to the choices you make, so there are many ways to branch out the story. For example, if you wish to have a bad attitude towards another character, they will remember that later on, which could possibly either hurt you or help you.
The art style of this game is simple, but great. If you’re looking for a game with top of the line graphics, look elsewhere. Telltale Games went the same route graphically with this game, as they did with “The Walking Dead” game. In saying that, it’s a cell-shaded comic-esque world which makes you feel like you’re actually in a comic. My only qualm with this game is the frame rate stuttering which seems to occur often in Telltale games. This might not be the case in the XBOX 360, PC or Mac versions, but on the PS3, it is occasionally unattractive (Most notably and obvious in Ichabod Crane’s office). Aside from that aspect, this game is pretty solid. Also, I thought all of the voice actors did a nice job and the music has suitable undertones that help create a nice atmosphere.
Only the first episode of five is currently available, but the others should be released once a month; which I’m very impatient and excited for. You can spend $5 on the first episode or buy the whole five-part series for $20-$25 depending where you buy from (Getting the rest of the games as they’re released episodically). There is also a demo available for the PS3 and the XBOX 360 versions, if you feel the need to try before you buy. Once upon a time, I played an episode of a game called “The Wolf Among Us” and enjoyed my romp through, and I hope you do too.
OVERALL RATING 9.0 out of 10