Telltale, the studio behind point-and-click adventure games, such as Sam And Max and last year's "The Walking Dead", are back. The Wolf Among Us : Episode One, is the beginning of a new five part series, which tells a dark, fantasy tale, based on the Fables comics by Bill Willingham. The game takes place twenty year's before the comics, which gives Telltale a chance to do what they do best, tell their own stories. For newcomers, it's easy to picking up the premise. Telltale do a wonderful job setting the tone, and introducing you to the characters. It's well written, and there's enough here to drag both, fans and newcomers to the series.
The game takes place in Fabletown, a small district within Manhattan. A verity of well known fairy-tale characters live their, such as Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the beast, and even the drunk flying monkey from "The Wizard of Oz". An enchantment, known as Glamour, is used to hide their original identity. It's an expensive spell, but those who can afford it are able to blend in with the real humans, known as mundies. It may sound silly and childish, but The Wolf Among Us is surprisingly gritty and mature. There's lots of foul language and gore, which proves this is no kids fairy-tale.
You play as the town's sheriff, Bigby, aka - The Big Bad Wolf. He lives in an apartment with Colin, one of the three little piggy's. Bigby's job is to enforce the laws, and making sure the existence of the town's fables remains a secret from the outer world. It's not long before things turn ghastly, with Fabletown suddenly struck by a murder. Throughout the episode, Bigby is left trying to unravel the mystery, which sees him solving puzzles and confronting suspects. The puzzles here are very light, and work similar to Telltale's previous work, such as "The Walking Dead". You'll find yourself examining objects, completing timed dialogue sequences, and performing quick-time events.
"The Wolf Among Us" follows in the same veins as Telltale's previous work. If you've played last year's "The Walking Dead" you will be immediately familiar with the controls. It's pretty much the same setup, with you moving around linier environments, hovering a cross-hair over objects to interact with them. The quick-time events work as you'd expect, but they seem much more fun and varied than before. There's lots more freedom in how you approach them. For example, the opening fight sequence provides you with various ways of tackling the fight. You can interact with various objects in any order, which makes quick-time events much more fun. It's still scripted, but it's nice to have that extra bit of freedom.
On a visual standpoint, the game looks striking. It's Telltale's most attractive game yet, with it's neon-glow and bold comic-style outline. It seems much sharper than in past titles. Unforchanatly, there's still issues that crawl on over from The Walking Dead. This is mostly freezing, which can break up the immersion slightly. However, these instances are brief, and it shouldn't stop you enjoying the game any less.
The Wolf Among Us : Episode One - Faith, is a spellbinding opening act to Telltale's new five-part series. I'm not sure whether it will have the same emotional impacted as The Walking Dead , but it's certainly the most enjoyable episode I've experienced from Telltale yet.