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Games of 2014: The Wolf Among Us

Nobody's listening.

When I think about the events that came to dominate the news this past year, two words come to mind - desperation and confusion. This was the year that political tensions, brewing for decades, finally bubbled over. And yet, as I thumb through comprehensive explanations of all the little steps that led to the formation of ISIS, of Putin's renewed bullishness, of the galvanization of class roles throughout the first world, it's practically deterministic. "Of course," I say to myself. "What did we think would happen?"

The Wolf Among Us gets a retail release date

The Wolf Among Us gets a retail release date

Debuts on PS4, Xbox One and Vita.

The Wolf Among Us, Telltale's episodic prequel to Bill Willingham's fantasy noir comic book series Fables, is coming to retail on 7th November in the UK.

North American folk will receive it on 4th November, which is a Tuesday, because that's how they roll.

This physical release will be available on new platforms such as PS4, Xbox One and Vita, in addition to PS3 and Xbox 360 where it's already been available digitally.

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The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Walking Dead next-gen retail release dated for October

The Wolf Among Us to follow in November.

Telltale has confirmed on Twitter that both seasons of The Walking Dead will be hitting retail on PS4 and Xbox One in October.

Additionally, Season Two will arrive in retail form on PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita. Season One already did just that last year.

Telltale also revealed that The Wolf Among Us is coming to retail in November on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf review

The Wolf Among Us: Cry Wolf review

Looking back at the final episode and full season.

And so Bigby Wolf's first gaming adventure comes to a close. It's been an uneven journey, to say the least, with some episodes feeling particularly light while others have crammed plot twists and action scenes in so tightly you can barely breathe. The writing, as you'd expect in a Telltale game, has been sharp and memorable, but the gameplay has wobbled as the developer struggled to adapt this prequel to an existing story (the Fables graphic novel it's based on) into the same framework that served The Walking Dead's standalone side-story so well.

Price and availability

Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS: individual episode 2.99-3.99, season pass 9.99-10.49

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The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us confirmed for PS4, Xbox One

The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us have been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One releases later this year, Telltale has announced.

This will include both seasons of The Walking Dead and these will be available as retail releases, as previously rumoured.

Additionally, retail versions of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead Season Two will be coming to retail on PS3 and Xbox 360, just as the first season of The Walking Dead did last year.

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The Wolf Among Us, Episode 3: A Crooked Mile review

Note: As always with an episodic game, there are potential spoilers here that may impact your enjoyment of previous episodes if you haven't played them yet.

One of the pleasures - and pitfalls - of reviewing an episodic game is that the usual approach doesn't work. We can't judge the whole, so each piece must be considered on its own, the end of the journey which may or may not tie everything together still shrouded in mystery. In a way, it's exactly like reviewing a TV show - you're commenting on the journey as it goes, rather than after the fact.

So at the halfway mark of Telltale's fairytale noir The Wolf Among Us, if this were a TV show, would I still be tuning in? Almost certainly: it's a good story, well told, with interesting characters. But I'd also be starting to worry that it's not going to stick the landing when it comes to the final episode.

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Telltale releases The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3's "launch trailer"

Telltale releases The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3's "launch trailer"

UPDATE: Dated for next week on all platforms.

UPDATE 02/04/2014: The Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile has been dated for next week, Telltale announced via Twitter.

PC and Mac users will gain access to it worldwide on 8th Aprll, along with North American PS3 players.

Those playing on Xbox 360 will receive it worldwide the following day, along with Eurpean PS3 users.

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The Wolf Among Us, Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors review

NOTE: While this review will not divulge any specific plot details, in discussing the events of Episode 2 there is inevitably a chance that it will impact your experience of Episode 1 if you have yet to play it. Consider this your spoiler warning.

Rather later than expected, the second episode of Telltale's adaptation of the Vertigo comic book Fables is finally here. Leaving players on a cliffhanger is one thing - making them wait the best part of four months before continuing the tale is quite another.

That delay will become meaningless soon enough, of course, and for anyone who binges on the whole season once it's complete it won't even register, but right now it can't help but hurt a story that desperately needs to establish momentum. It's especially damaging for a detective mystery, where there are multiple twists and turns to remember between episodes. After a third of a year, you'd be forgiven for replaying Episode 1 again to get back up to speed.

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Telltale's The Wolf Among Us trailer teases Episode 2

Telltale's The Wolf Among Us trailer teases Episode 2

UPDATE: Finally gets a firm launch date.

UPDATE: Telltale Games has finally confirmed a release date and launch platforms for the second episode of The Wolf Among Us.

Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors will launch first tomorrow for Mac, PC, and North American PS3 owners.

Wednesday (the 5th) will then see it launch for PS3 in Europe and on Xbox 360 worldwide.

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Developers' Most Anticipated Games of 2014

Titanfall! Destiny! The Witcher 3! The Last Guardian (hopefully)!

2014 is upon us, and it promises riches and glory unlike any year before it. With their launches under their belts, the next generation of consoles will, hopefully, show us what they're made of. Virtual reality headsets may make their mark on the mainstream. And with a raft of crowdfunded games due out over the next 12 months, 2014 should tell us whether all that money we pumped into promising projects on Kickstarter was worth it.

The Wolf Among Us launches on iOS today

The Wolf Among Us launches on iOS today

Will it huff, puff and blow you away?

The Wolf Among Us, Telltale's prequel to Bill Willingham's Fables series of comics, is coming to iOS later today.

Or at least its debut episode, Faith, is. Set in the world of 1980s New York filled with fairy tale characters, the iOS version of The Wolf Among Us is set to cost $4.99 (about 3), much as it was when the pilot launched on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC last month. Fans can also purchase a season pass of the remaining four episodes for $14.99 (about 9).

Our Dan Whitehead was cautiously optimistic about The Wolf Among Us after playing its first episode. "Story-wise, I'm hooked," he wrote in his review of Faith. "It would be good to see subsequent chapters raising the bar with regards to gameplay," he noted, before adding that, "the characters are fascinating, the plot heavy with potential, and my faith in Telltale's skill is high."

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The Wolf Among Us, Epsiode 1: Faith review

Telltale Games has been trying to reinvent the point-and-click adventure since 2005, when it first adapted Jeff Smith's wonderful Bone comic book. Over the intervening years many licenses have come and gone - CSI, Back to the Future, Wallace & Gromit - and each had their pluses and minuses.

Last year, with The Walking Dead, Telltale finally cracked it, updating the genre mechanics with the immediacy of a casual game and a hitherto unseen depth of storytelling. We'd had moral choices in games before, of course, but never delivered with such paralysing, life-and-death urgency. Awards, quite rightly, followed.

Having found the winning formula, the studio is sticking with what works for The Wolf Among Us, its interactive adaptation of Bill Willingham's graphic novel series, Fables. Both in visual style and gameplay construction, this is very much a partner piece to The Walking Dead, bearing a creative fingerprint as distinctive as anything that came out of LucasArts in the 1990s.

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The Wolf Among Us launches this week on PC, Mac and Xbox 360

The Wolf Among Us launches this week on PC, Mac and Xbox 360

PS3 version expected "a few days" later.

UPDATE: Telltale's latest series, The Wolf Among Us, will launch on XBLA, PC and Mac this Friday, 11th October, Telltale has announced.

The PS3 version is expected to follow in both Europe and North America "just a few days after the initial Xbox 360 and PC releases go live," so hopefully it'll be up the following week.

The first episode, Faith, will cost $4.99 (about 3). Episodes 2-5 can be purchased ala carte for the same price, or in a bundle for $14.99 (9ish).

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Telltale tells of its next tale: The Wolf Among Us preview

Telltale tells of its next tale: The Wolf Among Us preview

How The Walking Dead developer stays fresh with Fables.

Telltale Games has a lot to live up to. Once a niche studio content with making a small subset of gamers happy with its whimsical take on Sam & Max and Back to the Future, the small studio got thrust into the limelight after its critically acclaimed episodic take on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead won loads of "Game of the Year" awards (including taking top honours at the VGAs, a silly, albeit widespread awards show that typically only recognises triple-A titles).

Beyond simply being the follow-up to what many, including myself, consider to be a masterclass of merging interactive storytelling with a somewhat prescribed narrative, the San Francisco-based studio's next project, The Wolf Among Us, is a prequel to its source material, Bill Willingham's Fables series of comics. This means that the developer has to not only spin a good yarn that gives players agency, but needs to make it consistent with over a hundred issues of Willingham's comic. No pressure.

This is especially challenging for Telltale as The Wolf Among Us casts players as a central figure in the series, Bigby Wolf, of "the big bad" fame. This is a major switch from The Walking Dead, which primarily featured an entirely new cast with minimal contact from series' regulars. Furthermore, The Walking Dead's lead, Lee Everett, was never in a position of power, so guiding his fate to a place of dramatic import couldn't have been as difficult for Telltale.

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Telltale debuts its trailer for Fables: The Wolf Among Us

Telltale Games has shown off the first footage to its The Walking Dead successor: Fables: The Wolf Among Us (via IGN).

Based on Bill Willngham's Fables universe, the "series of choice and consequences" follows the exploits of Bigby, the Big Bad Wolf manifested as a human sheriff of Fabletown where he has to prevent his nursery rhyme brethren from killing each other as well as keep a lid on his fablemates' existence to the general civilian population.

Though none of Fables' UI is shown off, the comic-based series is going to function similarly to Telltale's take on The Walking Dead, so expect to make some tough calls where not everyone lives happily ever after.

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Telltale Games details new series The Wolf Among Us

The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games' next episodic series will be The Wolf Among Us, a tale based upon DC Comics' popular Fables franchise.

The Wolf Among Us will act as a prequel to the comic series, which sees fairytale characters uprooted by an evil force and made to live a clandestine life in New York.

Telltale's series will centre on Bigby Wolf (aka, The Big Bad Wolf) a cigarette-smoking, trench coat-clad detective. He works to ensure the safety of famous faces such as the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Toad.

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