I’ve been meaning to get around to playing this game for a while. Telltale Games released The Wolf Among Us (2013) about a year after their critically acclaimed The Walking Dead (2012) adventure game. So they had a pretty good template to use for creating a “gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables (2002) comic books ( DC Comics / Vertigo ).”
Even though I have played through all of the current The Walking Dead games by Telltale Games, The Wolf Among Us surprised me. I found myself way more curious about the story that was unfolding before me in a way that The Walking Dead games did not. Curiosity can kill in the world of The Walking Dead, while curiosity is all that there is for a mundy (mundane human) like me in a world where Fable characters live hundreds of years, and can walk off an ax to the back of the skull.
Maybe my curiosity is due to my unfamiliarity with the Fable source material by DC / Vertigo Comics. However, what stories are more familiar than the classic cartoons and books from our childhood about these same characters? Then there’s the actual source material for all of it, Aesop’s Fables, where we have a mixed bag of familiarity and unfamiliarity. I think this is where my curiosity takes root, in the known and unknown and the narrative possibilities that exist there.