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The Wolf Among Us Episode 3 Review: The Wolf Bares His Fangs

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Victor Chaves

The Wolf Among Us

Episode 3 is easily one of the highlights of the The Wolf Among Us saga so far. There’s some serious drama that occurs concerning the stability of Fabletown, as well as fantastic action that goes beyond mere flair. Some new plots lines are added, as well as closed, and overall the episode ends on an extremely satisfying note.

The Wolf Among Us

To spoil the least amount possible, the first two episodes of The Wolf Among Us ended on dramatic cliffhangers that failed to answer any questions put forth. The stories in the first two episodes didn’t feel complete in scope; most of the mysteries were left unsolved, and subplots were underdeveloped, leaving very little satisfaction for the player. Of course, the noir tale and the fantastic characters are fun to watch and experience, but because there was a lack of closure, there wasn’t much progress.

The best part of episode 3 is that several subplots are resolved. Both cliffhangers from Episode 1 and 2 are explained, and the way Bigby Wolf figures them out is interesting. One subplot involves the manufacturing of counterfeit glamour, which is used for shape-shifting non-human characters into human form. The way this ties into so many other events that occur throughout the other episodes really shows some fantastic cohesion within the universe the game is trying to replicate. Each episode is filled with fantastic characters and enjoyable dialog, and this episode doesn’t disappoint. There were even a few new and memorable character I hope to see again further on.

The Wolf Among Us

Concerning controls, I suggest reading previous reviews of the episodes as they are the same. Simple button presses for dialogue choices, and some action quicktime sequences as well. Where the episode prior seemed more focused on the investigation side, this episode balances the action and investigation very well. Both the beginning and the end create some intense moments that serve well in drawing in the player. The funeral that starts the episode is perfectly tense and serves as an amazing kick off for the next hour or two.

What I found a little disappointing was that the interactive story didn’t deviate at all. There weren’t any consequences for the characters, which makes me feel like there isn’t any reason to replay the game since any dialog choice would end in the same result. You see a little sentence pop-up saying things like, “He Will Remember That,” but it never seems to amount to anything. I understand this is less of a game and more of a story, but little teases like that along the way point to things that I’m pretty sure aren’t there. Perhaps episode 5 will explain this.

The Wolf Among Us

Final Thoughts

This is an excellent showing and definitely the best episode yet in The Wolf Among Us. The visual style, story, characters, and gameplay execution are all top-notch. I still consider this game a “Must-Buy,” so it’s really just a matter of whether you can wait until the rest of the episodes are out, or if you think you can deal with long breaks in between while you digest the story. Pretty much everyone who enjoys story-based games will love The Wolf Among Us, at least so far. We’ll see if the fourth one keeps it up.

Presentation: 9.5

Gameplay: 8

Replay Value: 7.5

Legacy Score: 8.3

Geek Legacy’s review scores are on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest possible score.

Check out Victor’s review of the first episode and second episode.

Follow Victor on Twitter @fake_brasilian to see him collapse under pillars of work, school, and trying to be a good contributor.

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