Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Available On: Mobile, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Reviewer’s Note: I played this game on the PC. There may be differences between versions.
Episode 3 of The Wolf Among Us was a crazy good success. It managed to successfully make The Wolf Among Us into the epic a lot of people felt it could be. Unfortunately episode 4, In Sheep’s Clothing, comes around and promptly undoes all that good will.
After getting his ass kicked by Bloody Mary, Bigby is sent back to the drawing board. He knows he needs to hunt down the Crooked Man, but not where to start. Luckily a last minute lead shows up giving Bigby a few places to look at. Now the hunt is finally on for the real criminal behind the two murders. Unfortunately the plot pretty much doesn’t move forward at all. Bigby investigates a couple leads and runs into a few new characters (Jersey Devil? Great idea. Poor execution.) but eventually it all goes nowhere. Worse is the fact that this episode could easily cut characters out of it to no consequences. Colin, making his first appearance since the first episode, pretty much does nothing of value other than remind you of his existence. Same goes for characters like Jack and Mr. Toad. The worst offender is Bloody Mary who, after playing a huge role in the last episode, has pretty much been reduced to a bit role here.
In Sheep’s Clothing also suffers from not being nearly as powerful as the last few episodes when it comes to decisions. It honestly felt like a lot of the choices I made in this episode just really didn’t matter. In Mr. Toad’s bit role I can choose to give him money so he doesn’t have to go to the Farm, or tell him I can’t. Yet either way it doesn’t really seem to matter because he really doesn’t have much of an effect on the game anymore. I could tell Beauty and Beast off for spending all their money on frivolous things, but who really cares when they’ll never show up again to respond to that? At this point they’re only in the game to tell you where to go before they vanish and are never seen again.
Similar to Episode 2 this episode is rather light on the action. A single short fight with the Jersey Devil makes up the entire action segment in this episode. The most I can really say about it is that, similar to last episode’s fighting, it works fine and there’s no broken parts around it. Teaming up with the Woodsman to beat up Jersey was a pretty nice bonus.
The worst part is that the episode ends right when the plot felt like it was advancing. The game gets you all pumped up for Bigby to finally confront The Crooked Man only to cut it off and save it for the last episode. The Wolf Among Us really suffers from this fourth episode. Hopefully they’ll at least manage to recover from this stumble with Cry Wolf, as the series could really use the strong note to end on.