The Wolf Among Us Review (PS4)

The Wolf Among Us

This is probably one of my favorite Telltale games. I’ve played it on the PS3 and the PS Vita, so when I had a chance to pick it up again for the PS4 I decided what the hell and that I wouldn’t mind playing this game again since I enjoyed it so many times. Keep reading to see if the third time was worth playing or maybe three times was too much.

The Wolf Among Us puts you in the role of Bigby Wolf. Formly known as the Big Bad Wolf, he’s the sheriff of Fabletown. Fabletown is the place that the Fable’s have migrated to after leaving their home world. What’s really interesting about this game is that it takes place in the 1980’s in New York. The time and setting really enhance the overall game play and makes it a little grittier. Unfortunately for Bigby everyone still remembers him as the Big Bad Wolf and the crimes that he’s committed in the home world. As the sheriff of Fabletown it’s up to Bigby to find out who has been killing fables in a story that has plenty of twists and turns and ways to lead you in the wrong direction only to be surprised at the end.

The first two times I played this game I loved it. It was such a different and interesting story and I think the reason why I liked it so much was because it’s like Once Upon a Time but a lot more grittier and everyone isn’t so innocent since moving to Fabletown. The third time around though was actually a little exhausting to play. I knew the story too well from my previous two playthroughs and it just didn’t give off the same feeling of awe and amazement as the story progressed. I think if I would have stuck to the two playthroughs only, then I would have been better off.

While I really enjoyed playing The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2 again on the PS4, because I found there to be no bugs or glitches that plagued the PS3 and PS Vita versions, this was the completely opposite. The same bugs and glitches that plagued the PS3 version were present in this version as well leading to really slow loading times and some unfortunate lag. This all put a damper on the overall experience and at this point made the game play like a chore. This was not good and I would have thought that these problems would have been solved, but it felt like Telltale just had to get this game out for the PS4 since it did it with The Walking Dead so they just threw it together and released it.

The graphics, while the same as the PS3 version did have some problems of their own. While the graphics match the whole graphic novel type of story, which is great for this game because it’s based off a comic book, there were plenty of problems that were present. Throughout my playthrough of the five episodes I noticed a hell of a lot of pixilation in the graphics where certain objects would get blocky and be surround with, well big black pixels. This was really annoying and just something else that made this game less enjoyable to play.

There are a total of 36 trophies for this game and you can get most of them by just playing the game how you normally would. There is one missable trophy in each episode though and it is based on your decisions throughout the game, but it’s easy to go back on a different save and replay the chapter that you’re missing what’s required for the trophy. While this does take up a little more time, if you want the platinum you’ll go back and do it.

There’s absolutely no multiplayer for this game and it’s a single person experience.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A really cool story and really it’s one of Telltale’s best. (I WOULD REALLY LIKE A SEASON 2!)
+ It tells the dark side of some pretty famous Fables who really haven’t migrated from the home world to Fabletown all that well.
+ A nice murder mystery story that will have you guessing until the end.

What’s Not So Great:
Common Telltale problems that made their way from the PS3 to the PS Vita and now onto the PS4.
Graphic problems like pixilation and pixels just breaking up into black pixels all over the play making for a sloppy mess at times.

Unfortunately the third time was not a charm when it came to this game and I’m in the middle of game regret. I really loved my playing experience on the PS3 and the PS Vita because this is seriously one of my favorite Telltale series, but I found the PS4 version to be a sloppy mess of the game that was just thrown onto the PS4 in order to make money. Even though the company has made improvements since this release, it does make me doubt Telltale just a little. I would say that if you haven’t played this game yet, or if you’re not sure what system to get it on, I would say that either the PS3 or the PS Vita is the way to go. I didn’t like this port over to the PS4 and found it to ruin the overall experience of the whole game.

SPOILERS! Here are all the decisions that I made for the PS4 version of this game. I tried to make different decisions, but it’s been a while since I played the game so I’m sure some of the decisions I made were the same as previous ones.

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8 Comments

  1. Some games aren’t meant to be played over, and over again. I love my only playthrough of this game. I still think it’s the best thing Telltale has ever done. I don’t play their games anymore, but I think maybe you were just burned out while playing through this a third time.

    Great review :).

    • This is definitely one of Telltale’s best games. Really wish they would make a season 2, but you’re right I was burnt out after my other two playthroughs. I thought that since I didn’t play in so long it would be like a new game all over again, but it wasn’t.

  2. I also liked The Wolf Among Us, but it’s not my favorite from TellTale. Have you played Season 3 The Walking Dead: A New Frontier yet? I banged through the 1st two Ep. already, they’re both really good!

    • I’m guessing that The Walking Dead is your favorite then? I started playing A New Frontier earlier this week and was able to get through the first episode. Hopefully before the week is up I’ll be able to get through the second episode. At the moment I’m going to keep my hopes for this game a little on the low side even though the first episode was good.

      • It’s a tie between The Walking Dead and Tales of the Borderlands. I’m a big fan of TellTale in general. So my opinion is a bit biased.

      • Tales from the Borderlands was really good, it just took way too long to release. The gap in between each episode just took away from the game in general a little bit. I enjoy Telltale games mostly for the stories that they tell, but I still think they need to make some improvements as a company.

      • I agree with all your points. It’s driving me insane waiting for the 3rd episode of TWD to come out. If they just released all 5 and be done with it, I’d be much happier

      • I think everyone that plays the episode based games would like all 5 episodes to come out at once. I know I would, but then there is the point that if you want to play all 5 episodes at once that you should just wait until all 5 are released and then buy the game. Which is kind of impossible for TWD, at least for me.

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