I am a great lover of urban fantasy, Telltale games, noir, and fairy-tales. I'm not, however, a big fan of Bill Willingham's Fables. Bluntly, there's just something about his writing which pushes me away and I was never able to get past the first two of his graphic novels despite the absolutely gorgeous art.
So, I entered this with a kind of trepidation.
I shouldn't have.
The Wolf Among Us is better than its source material.
And a world with no happy endings.
|Bigby's relationship with the Three Little Pigs has improved markedly.|
And she's not the only one.
|The thuggish-ness of the Tweedles is hilarious.|
Poor Beauty from Beauty and the Beast is forced to work as the night manager for a sleazy hotel in order to pay her bills while her husband suspects she's cheating on him. Nerissa, the original Little Mermaid, is forced to act as a stripper for a club which may pimp her out. Snow White? Well, Snow White is doing the thankless job of keeping Fabletown running while her male superior takes all the credit.
|Bigby is a knight in furry armor to a lot of girls. Something which, oddly, works for this noir-ish tale.|
The characters relationships are all well-handled, giving us a real sense of who Bigby is and what he thinks of everyone around him. He's painfully in love with Snow White who is not remotely interested, at least at the beginning, and trying to do the best job he can but frustrated with how everyone is constantly giving him crap. Even though you can choose how Bigby responds, everything feels in-character.
|Snow and Bigby have a great contrasting set of personalities.|
I give Telltale props for the art style of the game as well. Everything has a beautiful painted comic-book appearance which really transports you to the reality our characters dwell in. It's similar to The Walking Dead video games but has a lot more oddball stuff to animate like magic mirrors and werewolves. This is a lovely game even if it does depict a New York City which is hell for the impoverished and not that much better for the rich.
|I loved the character of Faith, as short-lived as she was.|
In conclusion, The Wolf Among Us is a really-really good game. One of Telltale's most entertaining and offbeat hits. The characters are strong, the storytelling excellent, the mood gritty, and the plot strong. Even the moral choices are well-handled as they actually have serious affects on how various characters end up.
10/10 (9/10 if you're playing on a past-generation console)