The Wolf Among Us (Episode 4)
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Game Reviewed: The Wolf Among Us (Episode 4)
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS, PS Vita, Xbox One, PS4
ESRB Rating: M
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As usual, Telltale Games aims to tell a meaningful story in an impacting way by involving the player in a series of narrative choices in a story full of interesting characters and challenging dilemmas.
The Wolf Among Us is their episodic prequel story to Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. In a district of New York secretly home to a community of Fables (characters from fairy tales that were forced out of their world by some sort of catastrophe), Sheriff Bigby Wolf, formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf, is faced with a series of murders and magical crimes. The player controls him and makes many important story decisions as he attempts to get to the bottom of the killings and deal with his dual nature as man and wolf.
The adventure has been an interesting one so far, with interesting leads and twisting storylines that form a compelling mystery. But it’s also a dark and gritty take on these fairy tale characters, so there’s a lot of content that may not be appropriate for your child.
What Parents Need to Know
This entry does not include as much violence as previous ones, though there is one fight scene with a powerful being that is punched, stabbed, and has an axe put into his head (Fables do not die easily). This all happens with an art style reminiscent of a comic book, so while it is fairly detailed, it does not look realistic.
It is worth noting, however, that previous episodes have had more violence than this one. Refer to the review of the first three for more information.
The f-word, s-word, and all sorts of other, lesser profanities are used throughout the episode.
There are references to prostitution, and somewhat revealing clothing is seen, but there is no nudity in this episode.
It is worth noting, however, that previous episodes have had nudity. Refer to the review of the first three for more information.
Since this is based on fairy tale characters, there are plenty of magical elements. Characters such as the Magic Mirror, Bloody Mary, and Tweedle-Dum all have magical backgrounds. A major element of the plot revolves around the illegal manufacturing of “glamours,” potions that change one’s physical appearance so the less-humanoid Fables can live in the city. This episode also reveals an enchantment designed to kill someone if they say something they should not.
Since the player has a level of control over the story, they can decide how Bigby acts. This means he could either be vindictive and violent, or try to reason with people and help them out. He can also make some decisions that bend the law a bit, or try to stick closer to the book.
A Child’s Perspective: Given the M rating, I did not give this game to a child to play.
This episode is very brief, and it feels as though it’s something of a lull in the story. Considering the next episode is the end of the series (or perhaps season, if they decide to continue it), perhaps it’s just the calm before the storm. Less important things happen here, and it seems as though the important decisions had far less consequence than previous ones. But it does set up the ending, which I am certainly looking forward to.
This series continues to present a compelling mystery story with a lot of interesting decisions that allow the player to shape how it progresses. Though this episode is a bit weaker than the others, it is not enough to drag them down.
That said, it is still as M-rated as ever, and should probably be avoided by younger kids. You can decide whether your children are mature enough to handle its adult themes and content.