Justin has been playing “The Wolf Among Us”
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I love a good narrative. The chance to start with a character at the beginning of their adventure, embarking with them on their journey, and seeing how their story develops as they make choices due to the events around them. It may be one of the reasons I love video games and TV! Years ago, I played a video game series influenced by one of my favorite TV shows. The game, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, featured an episodic-style adventure where the events/dialogue/characters/content shifts based on the actions made by the gamer. I enjoyed the experience of playing through the first two seasons of the game so much that, when I saw another story by the same developer with a similar style, I decided to check it out.
The Wolf Among Us is based/influenced on the DC Universe comic book series, Fables. The five episode game serves as a prequel to the comics, which means that everything discussed in the game is canon, with some influenced leeway (the player does affect the course of the game, after all). The characters are inspired by iconic characters from classic storybook fairytales who are forced to live in the real world and adapt. It’s a modern, dark twist on the stories we love – be prepared to see your favorites in a new light.
Now that I’m a few episodes into the story, I can say I didn’t know what to expect. There are discussions about drugs, sex, murder, fights, and dark developments for these classic names; like I said, these aren’t your Disney fairytales characters. I love the gritty, comic book-inspired design of the game; it’s something that feels mature and suits the tone of this story. The characters are well-written, the story is developed for a five episode series, and the twist at the end of the first episode got me hooked (I really didn’t expect it). For those who love the plot aspect of a video game, this would be a good one to check out. – Justin Carreiro