A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Wolf Among Us. Telltale does it Again, But I Have Concerns.

TWAU

A bit later than I had intended, my Steam review of The Wolf Among Us is now up!

This game really was supposed to be reviewed last year when I had finished it. But it got delayed to a later time in 2014. Then, delayed several more times until now. This game was really hard to review because I’m still hesitant to spoil the story in story-centric games. So, what else is there to talk about without the review being too long or short? Or unnecessary fluff. I don’t think I found the answer with this one but I think I managed well enough. I don’t know, you can be the judge on this one. You can read it here.

A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Wolf Among Us. Telltale does it Again, But I Have Concerns.

  • Genre: Telltale Adventure Game.
  • Developed & Published by: Telltale Games
  • Platform: Windows and Mac OSX
  • Business Model: Episodic, Season is Complete.
  • Copy Purchased by Myself

Preamble
The Wolf Among Us, a point-and-click story with some quick-time-events abound set in a fantasy mystery in modern day. When I saw the announcement trailer for this one, I was intrigued. I tackled TWAU after all episodes were released as I don’t like waiting for each episode to come out. What I got was an experience that was both fun and worrisome.

Overall Gameplay Thoughts
As far as the overall game is concerned, the quality ranges from really good to questionable. I think it shows many of the weaknesses of either Telltale as a game developer or the episodic model that they’ve chosen to go with. Episode One is great, with its introduction to Bigby, Snow White and the rest of the usual suspects. But then episode two comes along with its abruptly short and limited story. I can only imagine how ticked people were if episode two was all they got for a while. Episode three and four are much better, reaching about the same length and quality level as episode one. However, despite what must have been a wake up call for Telltale, they then seem to almost fall asleep on episode five. Episode five being rather linear with a lot of cutscenes being shown with little input from myself. QA also seemed to slip as I experienced a rather nasty epilogue bug that caused a few cut scenes to be… cut…from the story along with all the choice dialogue text. Sure, a quick restart to the previous save point fixed that, but, it seemed like that should have been caught in testing.

PC Settings
Settings include resolution options, Quality/Texture sliders (it’s a quality slider, not a fan) and AA on/off. Keep in mind that its FXAA only unless you want to force higher quality AA through Nvidia’s settings. Instructions on forcing that can be found at this PCGamingWiki article. V-sync is on by default but can be forced off through settings. You’ve also got audio sliders and subtitles options. It’s not the greatest setting options I’ve seen but I’ll grant that the game probably doesn’t need much more than this.

Final Thoughts
I really liked TWAU. I enjoyed following the Big Bad Wolf in his journey to solve the murder mystery. The aesthetic, the atmosphere and the character interactions are great. What I really enjoyed most is that everyone has a backstory. Even the main villain has a good reason for what he’s doing. Even if the means aren’t justified. These characters are dealing the best they can with a terrible situation. Most of my problems with this game lay with the questionable quality of each episode and some of the bugs that cropped up. If you haven’t finished the story due to episode two being rather poor, I still recommend you finish it out. I’d like to see a second season of this game at some point but there hasn’t been any announcements just yet.

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Thanks for reading!

-KingIsaacLinksr

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