Review: The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf Is An Exhilarating, Satisfying Conclusion
At last the final episode of The Wolf Among Us is here, and it certainly had a lot of questions to answer and many threads to tie up in order to be a satisfying conclusion. Has Telltale succeeded?
- Worth The Time?Overall, this series is absolutely worth your time.
- Things LovedThe amount of content in the episode, the admirable way Telltale manages to wrap up the story after so many loose ends, the fantastic action, the decisions are brutal, a number of memorable moments.
- Things HatedDespite the closure it still feels like a lot went unsaid - although mostly with the characters, some issues with pacing.
- RecommendationIf you've been waiting for the series to end before making your purchasing decision, now would be the ideal time to buy and play The Wolf Among Us. Cry Wolf excellently completes the series, and is the best reason to invest if you haven't already.
- Name: The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf
- Genre: Point & Click Adventure
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, iOS
- Developer: Telltale Games
- Publisher: Telltale Games
- Price: $25 (Season Pass)
- Reviewed On: PC
The previous episode of The Wolf Among Us, In Sheep’s Clothing, caused some concern with us as it slowed things down dramatically and served as a build-up to the finale. While that’s nothing new, the reason I was a bit hesitant towards Cry Wolf was because there were many threads left for the final episode that it almost felt as if Telltale had left themselves with far too much to do in the last act. Any number of things could have gone wrong, whether it was to be excessive rushing, a lack of closure or unsatisfactory answers to the mysteries. However as always Telltale is ready to face the challenge in full vigour, and fortunately in this length episode that is jam-packed with action and story, the studio has managed to provide an ultimately satisfying conclusion to this tale.
I’m going to say little about the story, because it’s best if you just experience it for yourself. But let it be known that you will delve into The Crooked Man’s character, and you will find the answers to the mysteries set up in previous episodes and you will get to see how it all unfolds in light of everything you’ve chosen to do in your mission as the big bad wolf. The episode starts off with a full recap of all four previous episodes, reminding you of the important decisions you took and any relevant information for the final act. What impressed me most was that Cry Wolf was filled to the brim with action, suspense and story and despite that it still somehow managed to wrap up events and offer closure.
I do have a few criticisms. Naturally with Telltale leaving so much for the final episode there were bound to be issues. One of them is that despite the closure provided in Cry Wolf, I felt like a fair amount was left unsaid at the end, particularly between characters. It felt like there needed to be more core character dialogue, especially between Snow and Bigby. This wasn’t a major issue, but it would have definitely helped to make the final few minutes seem less empty. Fortunately, there’s something pretty great at the end which I won’t say anything about, and it definitely leaves you with something to think about. The other issue I had was that at various parts in the episode the pacing felt a bit off. To explain the issue would mean spoiling the situation, so I’ll simply say that it feels a bit uneven at times.
One of the highlights in Cry Wolf is the fantastic action. By far it has some of the most exhilarating moments in the series, and the tangle with Bloody Mary in particular is awesome. Again, it’s admirable how much Telltale managed to put into this single episode, and it’s just an exhilarating journey from the moment you hit begin. Also topping the list of positives are the decisions you have to make in Cry Wolf, which are brutal to say the least. Let’s just say that if you’re someone who is in touch with your feels, Cry Wolf will take you on a bit of a roller-coaster ride. In many ways it’s a fascinating character study of the main players in the series, and by the end of it you will definitely feel like you understand most of them a lot better. Even some of the villains – well, The Crooked Man’s lackeys – get their moments in the spotlight, which helps to shed some light on their roles in the story.
When you reach the end you’ll get a nice little infographic that showcases some of your achievements within the story, as well as your narrative landmarks in connection with the characters you interact with. It’s a great way to summarise how you left things with many of the characters in the game, and which decisions you made. Furthermore, more so than any other episode in the series, Cry Wolf will definitely make you want to go back and replay a number of moments to explore alternate paths and decisions, because as already mentioned some of the decisions are just brutal. In fact I’d go as far as to say that it’s one of the best offerings in Telltales’ episodic adventures as far as replayability is concerned.
The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf is an excellent way to close off the series, and it delivers some of its finest moments. It’s just an exhilarating ride that has everything from action to suspense to answers to defining character moments. If you’ve been waiting for the conclusion before getting invested, then there is no better moment or reason to pick up this game and experience it, because Cry Wolf cements The Wolf Among Us as a great game overall, and one that can easily fit in line with Telltale’s fantastic pedigree. With Cry Wolf I was left completely satisfied with this adventure.