|Genre: Adventure & RPG|
|Min OS X: 10.6|
|The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1: Faith|
November 5, 2013 | Steven Marx
Obviously this is a comic book based adventures game, not a 3D FPS, so we’re talking about a different level of graphics. That said, the graphics in the game are gorgeous, easily as good as any comic book graphics. The colors pop, characters are well drawn and the details in the scenes draw your attention for the simple joy of looking at them. Animations when they occur are a little more hit and miss. Some animations flow smoothly and look as beautiful as the other graphics, while others are a little more simple as if you can see the individual drawings rather than looking at a smooth flow. This is a minor quibble, however, as the game is as enjoyable to look at as it is to play.
Sound in the game is up to the standards of the rest of Wolf:Ep1. The voice acting is simply superb to a character. As most of the game plays out through dialog, this is essential to enjoying the game. The only quibble, which is more gameplay than sound related, is that there are occasional long pauses between lines of dialog as if the game is trying to figure out what comes next, and that may indeed be what is occurring. Other sounds are equally top notch. Ambient noises and related sounds (windows breaking, faucets turning, etc.) help put you in the game rather than taking you out as happens in games where the sound is not so top notch. While the music in the game is limited, it is also high quality. While it may seem that I am gushing over much, it is a pleasure to come across a game where as much attention has been paid to the sound and voice acting as to other aspects of the game.
The Wolf Among Us is available as a full season of five episodes, of which this review covers the first which is all that’s available currently. A season pass is $25 which, if my math skills are good, is $5 per episode. Depending on how you approach it, I estimate this first episode gave an hour or two of gameplay, although again you could replay it many times with somewhat different results. So while inexpensive, the game, again at least the first episode, doesn’t provide a huge amount of gameplay. Future episodes may take longer but I can’t say yet. Still it’s less than a ticket to a movie per episode, and you own it.
While I was playing this game I was totally engrossed. The story pulled me in quickly and kept me thinking as I decided how to approach each situation and character, and I actually had emotional reactions to some events, which I won’t mention so as to avoid spoilers. Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give the game is that after I finished it the first time, I found myself later trying to remember a book I was reading and realized I was actually thinking of the game. As an avid reader, that was an unusual situation in which to find myself and speaks to the quality of the storytelling. With excellent graphics and voice acting, clever dialog and a fun twist on familiar stories, the first episode of A Wolf Among Us provides an excellent start to what promises to be an entertaining and engrossing story and game. I find myself eagerly awaiting episode two.
• Great story and dialog
• Excellent graphics and voice acting
• Easy to jump in and get started
• None of real significance
• It’s over too soon