playstation

The Wolf Among Us – Game Review

A few days ago I completed The Wolf Among Us, and I’m saddened to say I was a little disappointed.

The Wolf Among Us is the third TellTale Games series I’ve played, the first being The Walking Dead, second Game of Thrones. I really enjoy their style of gameplay, and was lucky enough to buy The TellTale Collection on PS4 during the sale a couple of months ago.

The_Wolf_Among_Us_Bigby

So, why the disappointment? The length of the game. It was just far too short! Each episode is divided into chapters, and after completing each chapter you earn a trophy. I found that I was gaining trophies at an alarming rate, completing chapters in ten minutes, with one chapter in the final episode being less than five minutes long. The ending felt incredibly rushed, and comparing the finale of The Wolf Among Us to The Walking Dead (which had me blubbing into my dressing gown..), it was surprising to think that the two games were from the same developers.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the game. I found myself invested in the characters: having a soft spot for the lovable rogue, Bigby, feeling incredibly bad for Mr Toad and his son, TJ, and hoping there’d be a little bit more going on between Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf.

The graphics are what you’d expect from a TellTale Game, and I absolutely loved it. Each scene looked like it had been taken directly from a comic book page, with the use of dark colours contrasting with vibrant purples and pinks. It reminded me of 80’s cop movies, especially with the emphasis on synths in the game soundtrack – not to mention the reference to the 80’s cop movie, Cobra, during the first scene of the game.

TWAU_Dark_Future

Mongoose? How Sly, don’t you think?

One thing that gets two thumbs up from me? The intro. So. Goddamn. Cool. It definitely sets off the tone of the game – Bigby casually walking through the city at night, with nothing but his burning cigarette and beat of his synthy theme tune to guide the way.

As much as I was enchanted by the story of fairytale characters gone wrong, I definitely felt at some parts of the game that I was watching instead of actually playing. Yes, the Quicktime elements were there, and the decisions I made affected the way other characters decided to trust or speak to Bigby. However, something isn’t quite right when you can eat a whole meal and only have to push a button every so often. It was beginning to feel more like a TV show than a game.

During my playthrough and confusion at the shortness of episodes, I took to the internet to see if anyone agreed with me. It seemed a lot of people were just as annoyed as myself, but to add insult to injury most people had to wait months between episodes. I feel slightly privileged that I was able to jump seamlessly from one episode to the next, and I’ll be honest – I probably would’ve given up on the game if I had to wait so long for short episodes.

Overall? A pretty good game, let down by being far too short, a rushed ending and minimal gameplay. There’s news of a Season Two being released – which I’ll most probably play, but only when all of the episodes are eventually released. Fingers crossed Telltale Games spend a bit more time on Season Two, flesh the game out, and give these characters the story they deserve.

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

Advertisements

Oh my Thor, I bought a PS4.

My friends, the day has come where I have become a proud owner of a PS4. *choir of angels sing*

I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a next gen console for a while now, and as much as I love my Xbox 360, the graphics quality just isn’t top notch anymore. Personally, the new games being released deserve to be played on a higher quality console, and you’re paying pretty much the same price for a game, whether it’s on 360, Xbone or PS4. The day will come when they decide to stop selling games for the Xbox 360, and I don’t want to get left behind! (Of course, it wont be in the near future. Microsoft get a hell of a lot of revenue from 360 players.)

Now I’m a very sentimental person, which is why it’s taken two years to even think about upgrading. But don’t worry, My 360 still has pride of place right next to my PS4. I’ve got a hell of a lot of unfinished games to play on it, and it’ll be played until it’s little green button fades to red.

The trouble it caused me to buy this damned console was incredible. I decided to buy it 2am Thursday night, but wanted it to be delivered to my friend’s house in London, as I was driving down on Saturday for a few days. He also has a PS4, and we had this brilliant idea of setting up two big TVs so we didn’t have to play Call of Duty on split screen. Genius.

Well my bank didn’t seem to like the idea of me trying to send a £300 console to London, rejected the transactions and wanted to call my house phone. By this time it was close to 3am, my parents were in bed so there was no way they could call me. I cancelled the order, and had one last try on Amazon. The console itself was a bit pricier, but as Amazon is a well used website I order from, it worked. It was also the only website offering guaranteed delivery on the Saturday, so it worked out quite well. Except for having to explain to the bank the next day that yes, those five transaction attempts were me.

The PS4 arrived in London before I did, and ahh, what a beauty:

tumblr_nmvay4uf2K1qfzkjio1_540

I had a really great time the past few days, the double TV set up was bloody brilliant. I stupidly forgot to take a photo, but believe me, it was gamer heaven. I only played Call of Duty, as I decided to keep Destiny for once I got home, but we also played the latest Telltale Games instalment, Game of Thrones.

Here’s the set up in my bedroom back home:

tumblr_nmvaxoyDIa1qfzkjio1_1280

I’m having to buy an ethernet cable and feed it through from downstairs, as the WiFi connection isn’t that great unfortunately. I’m not sure if it’s just slow tonight (I only got home about four hours ago!) but I’d rather get the cable set up to ensure I’ve got a good connection. Here’s the problem I had trying to download the Destiny update:

tumblr_nmvaxoyDIa1qfzkjio2_1280

Yes that’s right, THIRTY TWO HOURS. At that rate it’ll be ready Friday morning. Crazy.

Currently I have CoD: AW, Destiny, a few of the free monthly games downloaded, and I’ve just ordered Murdered: Soul Suspect. I’m eager to try Bloodborne, and I’m yet to play The Last of Me, so no doubt I’ll be buying those two games on my next pay day.

Any PS4 game recommendations or tips? Let me know! At the moment I feel like a right newbie, trying to work my way round the menu screen..

Expect lots of blogs from now on of me gushing over my PS4, or moaning about the bad WiFi connection. Either way, watch this space.

– AmyGames

Twitter: littleamyhere