When playing any game with episodic content, you can come to expect a certain level of intensity as you get to the end. The Wolf Among Us has already established itself as one of the craziest games Telltale Games has come out with, and episode 4, In Sheep’s Clothing, doesn’t disappoint at all.
It was great to see how Telltale handled this episode, as it could have gone a number of different ways. The 3rd episode of the series was so good, so action packed, that following it up with an episode full of story could have been the easy way out. Instead, they gave us a mixture of both story and action, establishing what has to be the best episode of the series to date.
In Sheep’s Clothing, the penultimate episode of The Wolf Among Us, takes us to the home stretch of the game, as we finally get to meet the Crooked Man (albeit at the very end) and set the stage for the 5th and final episode. Assuming that you have played any of the episodes prior, you will already know of the problems of playing it on a console. Due to that, instead of doing a conventional review, I thought that for this episode, I would try something a bit different; we’re going to break down some of the things in this episode I liked, and go a bit more in depth on them. Without further ado:
- Colin’s back. I might be the only one, but I think Colin is an amazing character, and someone that keeps Bigby grounded as a person, as he seems to be the only one that truly knows him. Not sending him to the farm is probably the best decision I’ve made in the entire game.
- Nerissa’s interrogation. We’ve seen Bigby interrogate plenty of people so far, but no one like this. A clever addition to this scene was the fact that Nerissa couldn’t flat out tell us anything. All the clues and answers Bigby found were dependent on the gamer figuring it out, for the most part. More of this in games, please.
- THE. JERSEY. DEVIL. Seriously. This was probably the best part of the episode for me, and by far the second most thrilling fight of the game. Everything from his attitude as a fable to his transformation was awesome, and the finished product was just great. Just look at how amazing he looks.
- The Crooked Man. We had been waiting for quite some time now to find out who this guy is and what he wants. Well, as it turns out, he wants everything, and he’s been preparing to take it. Along with running a very successfully pawning ring, The Crooked Man has also apparently been prepping for a showdown with Bigby, which can only mean a ridiculous ending is in store for us.
Don’t get me wrong, there were other things in this episode that are noteworthy, (Snow White showing more interest in Bigby, maybe sending Toad to the farm?) but where this episode excelled is how it was presented. Exploring the world of Fabletown is a lot of fun, but Telltale knows there is only so much time left in the opening season, and they do an amazing job getting us through the last few hurdles until we are standing right in The Crooked Man’s room, ready for whatever is to come. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for Episode 5.
- The Jersey Devil. Again. Seriously.
- Pacing was a bit faster in this episode, allowing for more story.
- Glitches/Lag continues to hinder the game on consoles.