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The Wolf Among Us Episode 4 Review: The One Before Episode 5

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:15 am by Victor Chaves

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Mysteries are explained, the world was expanded, and the characters, both new and old, are excellent. By now the game has made me extremely attached to the inhabitants of Fabletown, and every fact uncovered adds greater dimension to them, as well as the story. What I originally thought were bland characters—the classic pair, Beauty and Beast—both surprised me when the game expanded upon their mindsets toward each other and the world around them. It made these characters more than just throwaway actors meant to further the plot; they became important players in a fleshed-out world. It’s not just these two; everyone Bigby meets gets awesome treatment with either fantastic characterization or interesting scenarios that show how important everyone is to Fabletown.

Plays the Same, But Better!

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the mantra for this episode’s gameplay, and I have to agree with it. Where the second episode barely had any action, the fourth sticks with a single fight that both surprises and applies new angles to current characters. It’s fantastic and will definitely be the most memorable sequence of this episode. The investigations are strong—depending on your choices, you learn different things by exploring different paths and dialog options. After playing this episode twice, making completely different choices the second time around, I discovered that there are several important pieces of the plot that changed enough to make replaying this episode extremely satisfying.

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The visuals and audio cues heighten tense moments; where the most atmosphere witnessed in the first three episodes was the open credits, episode four applies some amazing visual styles to characters, and surprises that made me wonder how much extra attention this episode really had. The audio direction from the opening scene to the final moment are like hooks that pull you into the screen, begging you to throw on some headphones and crank up the volume.

Mixes the Best Elements of Each Episode

The way the action, story, characters, and scripted sequences in this episode blend together is amazing. The fight mentioned earlier epitomizes this effort; in no other episode does the player see action, great choices, excellent characterization, and surprise like this sequence. Other scenes have sprinkled in one or two of these concepts, but episode four makes a great effort to apply each of these facets carefully, like a master-class chef. I know this is a broad concept, but to go any further would be spoiling, and such fine dining as this game should not be spoiled.

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Final Thoughts

This review is easily one of the more difficult ones to do, as it is a reflection of how excellent the last episode was. With this being the penultimate episode, I’d be shocked if the final episode can match it in style, action, and mystery. It may seem weird how overwhelmingly positive this review is, but this episode hits all the targets the first episode sets out: excellent story, great characters, fun gameplay, and awesome direction. This was an amazing episode to play, and I can’t wait to finish the series.

Presentation: 10

Gameplay: 9

Replay Value: 8

Legacy Score: 9.0

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 episodesecond episode, and the third episode.

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