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I've got to say I'm impressed. I haven't ever played a game quite like The Wolf Among Us. I know this "review" (it's really more of a first impressions) is coming a bit late compared to the release of Episode 1. I picked this game up on Xbox Live back when it was free during the holidays, and it's been in my backlog until today. I finally got around to playing, and I've gotten through the first couple chapters of the episode.
This is the first "point and click" style adventure game I've ever played. That might seem incredible to some, but it's true. All I can really say about it is that The Wolf Among Us delivered exactly the experience I was hoping it would! This game provided the truest "interactive television show" feel I could ever dream of. I honestly didn't feel like I was playing a game. I felt like I was watching an awesome new detective show where I was in control of the protagonist. I haven't played any other game that executes this so well (not that many other games are going for this type of experience). Oh, and before you ask, no, I haven't played Telltale's The Walking Dead games. I'll fix that as soon as I can.
The visuals of this game are simply stunning. The world has a cartoony, yet still mature look. I never knew I could like deep neon colors so much! In fact, all of the colors are very deep, which provided an interesting experience for me as a colorblind player because I could really see all [most] of the colors of everything. The graphical style of the game is very smooth and great to watch. Something about the dark yet vibrant colors, the gritty setting, and the very well done character animations just gets me, and I think it's so incredibly awesome! The music is very fitting to the game's setting as well, and evokes that detective mood that makes The Wolf Among Us so engaging.
One of the most appealing aspects of The Wolf Among Us is getting to see your favorite fairy tale characters in a way you've never seen them before (unless you've read the Fables comics of course, which the game is based on). The voice acting for every character is well done, as is the dialogue making each character believable and interesting to interact with.
Gameplay and controls are decent, and while the fixed camera angles felt odd to me, they were easy to get used to and added to the cinematic nature of the game. The world makes you want to explore and interact with everything possible. The combat felt a bit awkward to me at times, but didn't really detract from the experience. Replayability is very high because you'll want to play through the game again and make some different choices to see the outcomes and consequences.
The only issue I had with this game is that the load times sometimes felt a bit long, which broke up the gameplay experience. This issue is so minor though that I'm not even sure it's worth mentioning.
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