Friday, December 27, 2013

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1

     As I mentioned in my last post, I've played a few games from TellTale.  Some didn't interest me at all, some could hold my interest for a while.  Only "The Walking Dead" kept me hooked from beginning to end and had me eagerly waiting continuation.

     I mentioned this preference to some other fans of the "Walking Dead" games, and one of them recommended TellTale's newer title, "The Wolf Among Us".

     I beat episode one in a single sitting, and I have to say, I was not disappointed.  In fact, "The Wolf Among Us" might even be better than "The Walking Dead".

    From a storytelling standpoint, it is a bit harder to relate to the characters.  Pretty much the entire cast (everyone that you interact with at least) is directly pulled from another story.  Even one fable, that I could have sworn was written specifically for this game (or the source comic), turns out to be a french fairytale published in 1695.  Identifying with a normal person stuck in a survival situation is certainly easier than identifying with a non-human entity who's existed for hundreds of years.  Still, the creators did successfully humanize and modernize the characters.

     Players of "The Walking Dead" will probably remember a few moments that were unexpectedly cruel, were you witness a characters fate and can simply dwell in the dejection while saying to yourself, "I can't believe that just happened".  Similarly, I can think of a few times in this episode that gave me the same feeling.  The fact that a video game that emotionally shock you in such a way is actually very impressive.

     I highly recommend everyone buy this game.  Even after hearing good reviews and positive endorsement via word of mouth, it turned out to be better than I expected.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, and have already preordered.

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