The Wolf Among Us: In Sheep’s Clothing Review

The Wolf Among Us:In Sheep’s Clothing brings us back to the world of the Fables, where fairy tale characters live in a gritty modern day world.  Unlike the graphic novels published by Vertigo Comics, players all around get the chance to be part of the story.  Bill Willingham has received a vast amount of praise for his graphic novel series, and as of 2012 the Fables series had won its fourteenth Eisner award.  Episode 4 of The Wolf Among Us gives us a look into the life of Bigby Wolf and his role as the sheriff of Fabletown.  Just like the episodes before, we know that certain fables can be vicious and cold.  Sex, greed and murder continue to be a plight for all Fabletown residents as Bigby continues to track down those who are responsible for the murders plaguing the area.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for episodes 1-3

We left off after the introduction of Bloody Mary, the most infamous Fable involved in middle-school bathrooms and adolescent satanic rituals.  After shooting Bigby Wolf with a silver bullet, she takes off with the mysterious Crooked Man, the lowly maggot Ichabod and the one remaining Tweedle (as I chose to help Tweedle Dum with an itch he had in his throat).  Bigby wakes up to Doctor Swineheart pulling silver remnants from his open chest cavity and Snow White anxiously worrying at his side.  After his treatment, Bigby is given strict orders by the doctor to only stick to light duty.

Lots of rest and adequate white meat should get you back on your feet in no time!
Lots of rest and adequate white meat should get you back on your feet in no time!

Snow makes the most of her appearances in this episode.  She is beginning to adapt to her new title known in the Fablescomics as the ‘Ice Queen’.  In Episode 1, I did not see Snow’s personality match that of the Snow from the graphic novels.  After Episode 3, Snow’s demeanor changes to something a little more cold, as she had nearly lost her sheriff.

You cast WHO to play as me in Snow White and the Huntsman!?...
You cast WHO to play as me in Snow White and the Huntsman!?…

The story continued to surprise me to the end with its introductions of new characters, friend and foe alike.  Overall, the story was still amazing, keeping a perfect pace up until the end.  I loved the interactions between characters this episode.  Alliances shift here and there and relationships with your friends begin to stress whenever you make a bad choice.  This began to wear on my mind after thinking about all of the abuse that I had given some of the other Fabletown residents.  While the story was short, it was incredible.

Now, all we need is the baker and the candlestick maker and our band is complete!
Now, all we need is the baker and the candlestick maker and our band is complete!

The animation and graphics are the same as the prior episodes, giving the world of Fables its cell-shaded look.  This remains to be on par with what we have seen in the episodes before.

Bigby participates in the next 'Amateur Surgeon' game.
Bigby participates in the next ‘Amateur Surgeon’ game.

Gameplay is similar to the other chapters, as you get to interact with many different items and people again.  The gameplay seems to have less moments of sleuthing than the other chapters, but is packed with more communication between characters.  Bigby is angry, and he is going to get his revenge come hell or high water, and he lets many other characters know this, in and out of confidentiality.  Just like before, you are given choices that can change the story altogether.  While many of these choices haven’t come back to bite me yet, I do expect some negative and positive consequences come Episode 5. The only thing that brings the score down on this game is its short length.  Just like the episodes before, the chapter is over too soon.  To be fair, doesn’t it always feel that way after playing an amazing game?

Look sister, Dick Wolf is my father. If I decided to bail on this sheriff thing, he would have to cancel another one of his spin-offs.
Look sister, Dick Wolf is my father. If I decided to bail on this sheriff thing, he would have to cancel another one of his spin-offs.

One thing that was improved with the choice system was the amount of time you had to reply back to other characters. This gave me an extra moment to think about what awful things I could have Bigby reply to his Fabletown cohorts.  The extra time would have been useful in the past, as a couple of rushed choices ended with me slapping the hell out of Mr. Toad, showing his son the awful bastard that I really was.  (While slightly unfortunate, totally worth going back to do it again.)

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Give this invasive specimen the cleansing he deserves.

Verdict: 8.0 out of 10

Telltale Games has given us another masterpiece in storytelling with Episode 4 of The Wolf Among Us.  The colorful art and animation makes this experience easy on the eyes.  Unfortunately, this chapter was really short.  Gameplay was improved with a prolonged timer to help you with your responses.  It was always a riot when you were allowed to respond negatively to those to work with/against.  Beware of your choices though, as the consequences can come back and deliver in the end.  The Wolf Among Us is available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC/Mac for $24.99.


Landon Luthi is one of MONG’s newest editors.  You can follow him on Facebook.

 

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