The Wolf Among Us: Video Game Based On the Fables Comic Book by Bill Willingham
I was randomly browsing around on Steam last night, and happened to come across an amazing find: there’s a video game based off of the comic Fables! It’s called The Wolf Among Us and is created by Telltale Games (the same folks who created Poker Night at the Inventory).
They’re billing it as a season premiere, which is an interesting approach promising connected games that play out like a television show – a total of five different episodes will comprise one “season.” Additionally, the game will have a lot of decision-based mechanics, where choices you make will (purportedly) influence elements in the game – promising that one person’s experience with the game will be different from another’s. I like the fact that they will be pressuring players to make these types of decisions quickly, “reflecting the pressures of real-world decision-making,” but I’m cautiously optimistic whenever someone touts decision-based games offering up truly different outcomes.
I’ve long been a fan of this series, ever since Ben got me hooked on it. The first trade paperback volume wasn’t all that great, starting out… but after that, the stories really take off and are simply fantastic. I can’t recommend the series enough.
As excited as I am by the existence of this game though… I’m still curious how it actually plays. Most of the trailer (while visually stunning and true to the comic) seems to be all cinematics. I have no idea what the actual game itself looks like.
Also – I’m not sure how interesting this game would be to those not already familiar with the comic. Watching this trailer, the storyline seems a little ‘meh’ to me. But because I’m so into the characters and the world, I’m incredibly jazzed to see Bigby and others in an environment that’s beyond the page. For someone unaccustomed to Fabletown and its host of inhabitants… would this game have the same draw?
I don’t think it’s a question of whether or not I’ll buy this game, but mostly one of platform. I could easily see buying this on Steam, but maybe I’ll wait and get it on the PS3 so that Liz and I can play together. I might have found a game, besides Uncharted that she might actually like!