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The Wolf Among Us: It’s Like The Walking Dead, Except You Haven’t Played It

Earlier this month, Telltale Games released the first episode of their adventure game The Wolf Among Us. I get the feeling most of you haven’t played it. That’s a shame because, Wolf is just as good as Telltale’s The Walking Dead game.

The Wolf Among Us is based on Bill Willingham’s comic book series Fables. In this series, fairy tale characters like Snow White and Mr. Toad were forced to flee their homelands because of a mysterious enemy. These Fables resettled in a section of New York City and now try to eke out a quiet living. The Fables with more exotic appearances wear magical disguises called glamours to appear human. Bigby Wolf, formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf, is charged with maintaining order in Fabletown and ensuring that the Fables maintain their masquerade.

When the premise was first described to me, I expected a more slapstick story. You know, with scenes of the Three Little Pigs walking around Manhattan underneath a single trenchcoat so they can buy falafel or something. However, the premise is treated with complete seriousness by the game. The Fables, as magical and fantastic as they are, still exhibit very human emotions. They haven’t adjusted well to their exile and lose themselves in alcohol, sex and other vices to pass the time.

Though he’s the sheriff of the bunch, Bigby’s no boy scout. He seems like the cliche, poor-as-shit private eye who hates shaving but that’s just his glamour. Beneath his magical disguise, he’s still a monstrous wolf. He’s supposed to keep the Fables in line but they keenly remember all the years he spent terrorizing him back in the old country. Part of him would love to just stop playing nice guy and start blowing down pigs’ houses again. The game follows him as he tries to do his job in spite of others’ expectations and his animal instincts.

Like Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us is sort of a point-and-click adventure but not really. You explore the environment and find objects but there are no real puzzles to speak of. Most of your choices will come through the branching dialogue. While chatting with other Fables, you can be a calm officer of the law or act like the fierce wolf everyone knows you are. You’re also confronted with moral dilemmas, small and large. How you behave in each of these interactions will affect the storyline later in the episode and potentially later in the season.

If I had a complaint about the decision-driven gameplay of Wolf, it’s that Telltale goes a bit overboard in trying to convey how important your choices are. If you tell the flying monkey that you had a bad day, you’re told in subtitles that “he’s going to remember that.” During the two crucial decisions in Episode One, the action stops so you understand the utter gravity of the situation. We get it, guys. Choices matter.

Wolf has virtually the same QTE-driven combat as The Walking Dead, which is…fine. This isn’t an action game; you’re playing it for a good story rather than a good fight. Still, to Wolf’s credit, it required slightly faster reflexes and precision than TWD. The action’s more exciting, too, because you’re not just fighting shambling zombies anymore. Bigby has to face down all types of magical beings in his investigation so there’s no such thing as a normal brawl.

Some fans of Walking Dead probably won’t pick up The Wolf Among Us because it doesn’t have Walking Dead in its name. If you enjoyed Lee Everett’s tale, though, you really should check out Wolf. Bigby’s adventure is just as exciting!





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Best Adventure Games

10. To The Moon

9. Minecraft

8. Tales From Monkey Island

7. Life is Strange

6. Grim Fandango

5. Day of The Tentacle

4. Tales from The Borderlands

3. Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse

2. Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us

1. Telltale’s The Walking Dead


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Best Spin-off Games

5. Mario Kart Series

4. Tales from The Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series

3. Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City

2. Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us

1. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

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Best Rockstar Games

10. Grand Theft Auto IV

9. Grand Theft Auto


8. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

7. Grand Theft Auto Vice City

6. Grand Theft Auto San Andrea’s

5. Grand Theft Auto The Ballad of Gay Tony

4. L.A. Noire

3. Bully

2. Grand Theft Auto V


1. Red Dead Redemption

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BioWare Games Ranking (Worst to Best)

10. Mass Effect: Andromeda

Its a Sad thing to see, When a developer has so much potential squandered because of a few people that are a bad batch and even more infuriating when companies care more about profits than production. This obviously hasn’t been the first time EA has treated it’s developers terrible and their IP’s Worse. Many have already desensitized themselves from the abysmal “Devil’s Cartel” that sunk any success in the “Army of Two” franchise and Lets not forget how both, “Maxis” and “Pandemic” studios were treated after their games underperformed.

Despite lackluster facial animations, the environmental animations/scenery can still be killer, and major cutscenes still look slick and detailed.

So we have come full circle it seems, I am not one to find joy in the misfortune of others. However, Electronic Arts (EA) had this coming. This is what happens when you try and pander to the so-called Social Justice Warriors and the video game press and media who support them. No matter how much you pander to them no matter how much you give to them they will always want more and never be happy with what was given to them. Case in point; gay and transgender “representation” in Mass Affect Andromeda. Video game journalists and Social Justice Warriors have been complaining about a lack of diversity in video games for years.

Most every BioWare game, up to and including Inquisition and Andromeda, is at its best and most memorable when it focuses on three interconnected components: strong storytelling, level design and moral choices. The open-world design of Inquisition and Andromeda not only fails to support these things, but also it actively makes them worse. The problem is simple: it’s extremely difficult to maintain a storyline across multiple parts because you have no idea when a player’s gonna do them. You know what’s possible? A quest that takes place across a specific range of geography, started here, ended there, and the writing in the middle. You know this because you used to actually do it.

While combat may be the most competent part of Mass Effect: Andromeda, it’s held back by too many bad decisions. They put a lot of effort into making combat feel fun and engaging, and it mostly works. The wonky cover system can be forgiven by the freshness boost jumps and dashing brings to combat. Guns feel better than they ever have, and there’s a lot of variety there to really cater to your play-style. Unfortunately, most enemy encounters play out on the open world maps, where the level design is generic and simple. The combat only really shines in the far less common, meticulously designed main-story levels that feel more like classic Mass Effect. It’s a shame that the heavy reliance on open-world encounters – Andromeda’s only substantial addition to the Mass Effect formula – fails to take full advantage of its strongest mechanics.

9. Dragon Age 2

Ultimately, Dragon Age 2 still manages to be a good game, but it will also be a VERY divisive title among RPG fans. As a game, its streamlined mechanics and more action-oriented combat should appeal to console players, but hardcore fans of RPGs will most likely feel disappointed.

8. Dragon Age Inquisition

With a huge, expansive world, a simple story, and choices that leaves a significant mark on the world around you, Dragon Age: Inquisition is a good game. However, the gameplay feels clunky and the story (although grand) lacks character depth and the absence of emotional investment anchors this game down.

7. Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare has largely delivered and will have answered many of its critics, but there is not much in the way of innovation here. The Force alignment structure may be systemically unsalvageable, and with little end-game content currently available for those characters who have reached level 50, one wonders whether BioWare will be able to hold on to the more serious gamers and guilds who yearn for a variety of large-scale challenges. This is definitely a good game. However it lacks any ambition, depth, or originality. EA is always on the pursuit of financial gain, regardless of quality.

Dear EA, who do you want to be? Do you want to be a company that tries to cash in on other companies’ successes, or do you want to be a company that tries to create the best and most epic goddamn role-playing games in the world? Because if it’s the latter, open-world games and leftist political agendas are working against you.

Dear BioWare, We fans will always love and remember you. EA may have bought and destroyed your company, but even in death, your legacy will forever live on.

In your honor, we shall now commemorate your ultimate achievements, your greatest masterpieces.

Rest In Peace, old friends

6. Baldur’s Gate (Series)

It’s a huge, sprawling, wonderfully involved game that makes you feel as though you’ve read a fantasy trilogy by game’s end.

Not only has the game shown that you can build a statistics heavy game without making it boring or confusing, but it has shown that it’s possible to build them with style and beauty.

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It’s not just vast, but flooded with quests and side adventures. There is always something to do in this game and, after that, there’s always something more.

A diversely beautiful and deadly environment filled with amazing characters and a myriad of possibilities. For any fan of the original, this is a must have – it’s just too good to pass up.

Great quests, solid story, very good voice acting, challenging battles, and engaging dialogue and characters make this an RPG that stands head and shoulders above the competition.

5. Neverwinter Nights

It’s hard to fathom, but what it really boils down to is the fact that gamers may never really have grasped just how faithful an adaptation of the D&D ruleset we are looking at. It is totally accurate in every, single detail.

If you’re going to play on your own there is enough to keep you playing for days, take it online and you have a masterpiece that could last you a lifetime.

This game is terrific and engrossing.

4. Jade Empire

Jade Empire is a beautiful, resounding triumph, much like the strong, highly polished gemstone the game takes its name from.

A game of such rare emotion that we became attached to our characters to the point of missing them now it’s all over.

3. Dragon Age: Origins

For the true RPG gamer, this game is of a level that has never been seen before. It is the new benchmark. The story is rich and engaging, the characters are memorable, and the journey is one that pulls you in, captivates you and compels you to move forward toward the conclusion.

Overall Dragon Age: Origins is fantastic, and is a must play for any fan of the genre. Doubly so since it readily promotes multiple play throughs. It’s the player that controls the game more than the story , so everyone can look forward to spending endless hours in a wonderfully fleshed out fantasy realm.

2. Mass Effect Trilogy

Mass Effect is a transcendent experience, the new standard-setter for what a game can be. You have to play it, and that’s why we’re kinda jealous of you. Even if you memorized all the previews and trailers, you’re not ready for how awesome this game is.

Mass Effect 2 stands represents near-perfection in the genre. How the story plays out is really up to you. Choices are presented throughout the game, both large and small, that completely change the future of the series. What you say to different people can effect how they treat you in the future, and which characters you side with will change the galaxy’s perception of your Shepard. It’s empowering to know how much of an influence you have over the events of a game, and made us feel much more connected to the story than we may otherwise have been. The improvements to the combat, the robust, interesting story, and the absurdly powerful ending made for one of the most memorable gaming experiences ever crafted.

Mass Effect 3 will force you to make tough decisions on a galactic scale. You have to think them through and you feel bad about yourself afterwards. The story is emotional, hard hitting, and diverse. BioWare once again delivers a masterpiece.

1. Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic (Series)

Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) accomplished what virtually no other Star Wars game has: it created a story that’s even better than anything in the movies. The tale of your character’s growth as a Jedi and the story’s big twist are still beloved today. No other Star Wars game other than it’s own sequel Knights of the Old Republic II has given you as much power over the fate of the galaxy either, allowing you to choose whether to save the Republic or rule it with an iron fist.

Star Wars is escapism. It’s a space fantasy, not just science fiction, and more often than not it attempts to paint a picture of a world that is easy to understand and feel comfortable with. That black-and-white portrait is a demonstration of how we wished our world would be, with good and evil and a clear dividing line between them. KOTOR collapses that construct, humanizing evil and obscuring that dividing line. Whereas other Star Wars stories provides surface-level enjoyment, KOTOR goes deep enough to be intellectually stimulating.

What makes KOTOR earn its spot among the greatest games ever made is its engrossing, epic story.

The difference between the KOTOR games and other Star Wars fiction is apparent in their basic premises. In most Star Wars stories, you are someone important/powerful who is trying to save the galaxy. In KOTOR nobody knows you nor cares about what you’re doing. Most Star Wars fiction is fun and simple and earnest, and KOTOR is heady and heavy and noir-ish.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Bioware managed to completely capture the essence of the Star Wars Universe, build upon it, and create it’s own identity in Star Wars lore and video game history.


May the Force be with you

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Best Superhero Video Games

15. The Adventures of Batman and Robin

14. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

13. The Punisher

12. Iron Man: The Game

11. The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

10. X-men Origins: Wolverine


9. Captain America: Super Soldier


8. Deadpool


7. Superman: Shadow of Apokolips

6. Marvel Ultimate Alliance

5. Lego Marvel Superheroes

4. The Injustice Game Series

3. InFAMOUS Game Series

2. The Spider-Man Game Series

1. The Batman Arkham Trilogy

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Surreygamer’s Game of the Year 2003

5. The Simpsons: Hit & Run

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4. Beyond Good & Evil

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3. Final Fantasy X-2Image result

2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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1. Star Wars: Knight’s of The Old Republic