Developer: Telltale Games
Release Date: July 8th, 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.
This is it. After a rocky fourth episode and months of build up The Wolf Among Us finally reaches its final episode. Cry Wolf concludes the series, but does it go out with a bang or a whimper?
Episode 4 ended with Bigby finally about to confront the Crooked Man, so it’s fitting that Cry Wolf opens up with that. The final action-heavy episode features Bigby finally shutting this case. It has a few weak spots, especially involving Vivian and Georgie (You’re running away… so you go back to the place everyone would look for you? Also, when the hell did Vivian become such a vital part of the story?) but overall it manages to conclude The Wolf Among Us on a very satisfying and well done note.
One scene, late in the game, involves a trial. I have to say it was probably one of the best moments the game had to offer. Having to convince a crowd that you’re not the menace that everyone thinks you are while trying to give another, clearly better speaker, a fair and fitting punishment was pretty great. Since this is the last episode of the season nearly every decision you made will come back to either help or hinder you in some form. It’s interesting how all the little things you said can come back to bite you in ways you may not (or may be) expecting.
Cry Wolf is also a surprisingly action heavy episode. An early brawl sees Bigby fighting off not one, but four different fables. Shortly after Bigby wolfs out and has a pretty dramatic car chase. Of course the episode also couldn’t end without the dramatic final fight between Bloody Mary and Bigby. The car chase is the weakest of the bunch, suffering again from Telltale’s problematic unresponsive quick time events. It reminds me that, quite frankly, I don’t enjoy Telltale’s action segments very much. The fight with Bloody Mary had some issues too, but at least nothing as bad as the car chase.
Despite a few weird story beats and the less than satisfying car chase, I still came away pretty happy with Cry Wolf, and The Wolf Among Us as a whole. While I feel the ending wasn’t as strong as The Walking Dead, it still left me happy and I wouldn’t mind seeing a second season with Bigby.