Murder, prostitution, black magic and cigarettes are the four staples of '80s New York Fabletown. The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game about once-idealistic fairytale archetypes clashing with contemporary urban decay. Toad of Toad Hall, the Big Bad Wolf and their compatriots are ghettoised, poor and distanced by eons-old grudges. It's a great setting for a hardboiled detective story.
The Wolf Among Us Episode 2
The Wolf Among Us is nicely poised. We know the main players. We know the rules of the run-down New York district that houses the ancient fables. We know that Bigby - the big bad wolf - has a violent past, and plenty of reasons to relapse. Cue the latest trailer, which layers themes of interrogation and torture on top of murder, and shows Bigby in an increasingly fractious state. The Jekyll/Hyde man/monster conundrum is a familiar one, but I love the idea of guiding such a character through that internal conflict. Can I redeem him? Do I want to? These are the questions I ask as the video moves into dark underground chambers below fabletown.