After finally following Bigby Wolf all five episodes, I can happily confirm, that Telltale did a magnificent job once again, in catching the atmosphere and even more importantly the characters of the comic.
You get sucked into the world of Fables, where well known Fable figures have to live in the human world, after escaping their home dimension, and you try as Sheriff Bigby Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf) to not only solve a series of strange murders but also battle against your inner demons. For fans of the comic it offers a very interesting pre-story to where the series begins and you meet and get to know some characters, which were presented shortly in the comics.
The graphics style fits the shrill world of Fables perfectly, and the voice acting is once again nearly flawless. Gameplay was wise just like The Walking Dead, more of an interactive movie than a true adventure, but it was done very well. Last but not least the music was excellent.. from the well done intro with Bigby wandering through town up to the whole game, the “Film Noir” atmosphere is present everywhere which was another aspect I personally adored playing this game.
But what I loved the most was the formation of the characters. Telltale incorporated personas from every fairy tale mixed with a modern twist located in New York City. Basically, Every character has its own unique ‘humanised’ personality complementing their fantasy persona. This adds depth to each one of them, which allows for some creative (and sometimes unexpected) scenes that also has the benefit of adding greater weight to your decisions. The consequences of your decisions remains an important feaure of WAU (just like TWD) & you will also find and realize that you can only choose one location in one point or another through out the story and the provided options to explore, each giving you a different clue or story arc to experience each time I can certainly say that after playing WAU, you will never look at your childhood fairy tale characters the same again! :) Definitely pick up this game if you want something similar to the Walking Dead!
MASSIVE SPOILERS AND WILD SPECULATION BELOW
Crooked Man’s Lair – Night (Pt. 1 + 2) + Pudding N Pie
Firstly, the way I approached the crooked man was so badass. I mean, forget Bigby, he’s a badass regardless but I made sure I chose all the right and logical answers whenever “the boss” questioned my knowledge concerning the whole situation. But what irritated me the most was how relaxed he was, which prevented me from letting Bigby go off and make him look more hot-headed than he already is.
Also, my first impression of the crooked man was accurate and I know that for sure by the way he tackled each question as well as repetitively claiming that he was an open-person and has no need for treachery. He is obviously the typical psychotic leader that has made this group of needy individuals under his control due to his wealth and decent connections as he himself put it to Bigby which over-powers the system Crane and/or Snow and Bigby had put out for Fabletown.
And when it came to who killed the girls? I didn’t say “Who did it”, to add more suspense I said “I know who did it” even though I absolutely had no idea and for legitimate reasons, I chose to blame it on Georgie because all the other options were strange and made no sense to me, plus he’s a fucking dick, moreover it turned out to be the right answer, so that was a great opportunity for me to reveal my wit and intelligence to the crooked man as well as punch Georgie in the fucking V-jayjay, oh and Jersey too (CAN SOMEONE PLS TELL ME WHAT IS JERSEY’S FAIRYTALE CHARACTER, HE’S SO FUCKING UGLY WHEN HE TURNS).
Bloody fucking Mary. As much as I hate her, her entrance was SUPER BadfuckingA$$. Sadly the bitch and the Crooked man evaded as soon as Georgie got mad and things got out of control which meant the fight between me and these freaks started.
So as they left, Georgie “attempted” to kill me but failed and killed Tweedle-Dum which is less work for me (Thx Georgie), But I did stab Georgie in the stomach, he eventually escaped with the help of Vivian, so I killed Jersey and followed them back to the Pudding N Pie which was PRETTY FUCKING INTENSE, look at them GIFS bruh.
So I didn’t really realize how consequential those two characters were until I followed them back to the Pudding N’ Pie, which was by the way such a dumb fucking idea, escaping to the most obvious location, gr8 job Georgie.
Before going inside the club, Bigby can take a look at the car and the blood on the ground. Don’t worry, Georgie isn’t going anywhere. I got all the information I could, then went inside. In the hallway, you can choose to stand outside and listen to the conversation. Take a moment to hear what Vivian and Georgie say to each other instead of barging in. It seems Georgie was close to at least one of his employees. Georgie isn’t just hurt… he’s on the verge of death, lololol. I choose to play it safe. As angry as Bigby is, he wants answers and evidence, nontheless everyone knows Crooked Man is behind everything. No need to get overly aggressive with this pussy.
Vivian tries to defend Georgie. She is embroiled in all this, so I ask why she’s protecting him. She’s got the ribbon too, she should hate him, right? It turns out Faith and the other victims were planning to escape. Georgie admits it was Crooked Man giving the order to “take care” of the problem. Sounds pretty open-and-fucking-shut. Keep pushing and yelling, and Georgie will finally reveal why Vivian is involved even though he promised her that he wouldn’t (asshole). “She was the original”, through her ribbon the others were created to force discretion or death. Vivian went along with the plan openly because she thought “things would be different”
Moreover, the only way to free Nerissa is to remove Vivian’s ribbon. Georgie even offers it, saying that I should remove it since he was offended. Later, Georgie admits he wasn’t serious, and I choose not attempt it. Not that my efforts mattered. Conclusively, Vivian said she is tired of being controlled – by Georgie, by Bigby, and Crooked Man. She pulls her own ribbon and dies. IT WAS THE MOST TRAUMATIC SHIT I’VE EVER SEEN, THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE, BUT THE GIRL WAS ACTUALLY DEAD, HAD HER NECK DISCONNECTED FROM HER BODY, twas kind of really fucking cO0l. So, the spell is lifted, but that removes another witness to Crooked Man’s crimes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Georgie is coming either. His guts are spilling out of the wound.
In this last act, Georgie reveals that the Crooked Man retreated to an old foundry by the river. Now Bigby knows where to go, but that still leaves Georgie. You can choose to kill him, or leave him to die. I left him, but my intentions were good, I thought he’d live, and I didn’t want to kill him because I’m tryna change my reputation as the big bad wolf, but if you do leave him, they take it as “leaving him to suffer” which WASN’T my intention. But he did deserve it, piece of shit offered me to kill his fucking gf, way 2 go A+++ relationship skills, #1 ladies man . Whatever you choose, Bigby leaves for the Metalworks factory to confront his prey.