The time finally has come for the conclusion of Telltale Games’ hit rendition of Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series, the Wolf Among Us. Episode 5, entitled “Cry Wolf” may very well be the most action-packed episode yet, and a stunning finale to the series. Minor spoilers for the first four episodes may follow in this review so if you haven’t played the first four, you’re not living life the right way, so go and do that before proceeding. As for the episode at hand I like to keep things vague as to not ruin the game for anyone that hasn’t played it yet. Because I’m a nice guy.
Cry Wolf picks up right where we left off with Bigby Wolf ready to apprehend the Crooked Man. It can’t be THAT easy, can it? You knew it wouldn’t be and you immediately get hit up with plenty of action, chase scenes, and a few pretty intense quick-timer event battles, as is the standard fare of Telltale’s genre. A reckoning with the Crooked Man’s thugs is in order, because those guys just aren’t tired of getting their asses kicked. Also you’ll finally find out who was responsible for the murders of Faith and Lily although the answer might surprise you. One thing I noticed about this one is the pace is at a fever pitch and it feels like you really don’t stop moving for the majority of the episode with a series of “think fast” battles and chases. Admittedly it keeps you somewhat on your toes. Also as seen on the title screen at least one event will show Bigby’s “true form” in-game, which is something I feel as if the developers have been building up to. In typical “Fables” fashion, Bigby’s true form means “shit gets serious.”
You’ll also get the final showdown with Bloody Mary, who has been the primary muscle for the Crooked Man and the only one that has truly given Bigby a run for his money in a fight in this series. Finally you’ll get the Crooked Man, but the condition you bring him back in is up to you…
What I think is the most interesting here is the fact that Cry Wolf addresses several reviewer complaints, especially in regards to Episode 4, In Sheep’s Clothing. Reviews were mixed with many of those who played it feeling like in this particular title their actions didn’t really have a profound impact on the game or matter. It is not the case here; much like the final episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead (Season 1), you’ll find all your actions have been watched, and have been judged – sometimes harshly. Was burning the tree the right decision? Did you rip Gren’s arm off? Was it dumb to kill Tweedle Dum? Was it all necessary or were you just being an asshole? You’ll find yourself in a battle of wits in the Fabletown version of due process, and you’ll find you have to convince others that what you did was less about malice, and more about justice. It’s a nice look back on events you may have thought were inconsequential but have come back to haunt you. I find that psychologically realistic as “that’s life.”
The Crooked Man’s final fate is up to you, however and you’ll be given several options with increasing levels of cruelty. Will you do the right thing? Or does the wrong thing just feel too good to pass up? However, the fun doesn’t end there as the game ends on a rather interesting plot twist where its revealed things may not always be as they seem, as Bigby’s final conversation ends in a fashion his investigation truly began and sets up the seeds for the possibility of a sequel.
So the burning question is “will there BE a sequel?” With Wolf Among Us gaining a measure of success, and Telltale already confirming Season 3 of the Walking Dead, it seems natural a second game is on the way. So who will the next main villain be? Will we finally fight against the Adversary? Or will Bigby continue seeking the truth about Faith’s “death?” It seems like there are a lot of possibilities in place for a second “season” of the game and I am eagerly awaiting the news when it comes down.
All in all, “Cry Wolf” was a nice wrap-up to what is hopefully the first in a series of games from Telltale. When your subject matter includes just about any and every fictional tale ever there is a lot to work with so let’s hope that this isn’t the end for the adventures of Bigby Wolf.