The Wolf Among Us: Season 1, Episode 3 – “A Crooked Mile”

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spoilers from The Wolf Among Us follow. You’ve been warned.

The Wolf Among Us has been one of the best series I’ve ever played. After debuting with their first episode “Faith”, I was instantly hooked. The art style, the story telling and the investigative gameplay were all so captivating. If you played the first season of their episodic tale for The Walking Dead last year, you’re familiar with how great Telltale games can be. Taking on an entirely new franchise is always difficult, but Telltale has proven with The Wolf Among Us that they’re more than up to the challenge and they continue to outdo themselves in terms of quality.

The series started off with a bang with the debut episode “Faith”, but the second episode “Smoke and Mirrors”, while good, wasn’t quite as captivating. “Faith” set the story well, while “Smoke and Mirrors” served as more of a teaser than anything of major value. “A Crooked Mile” is the best of both episodes.

During the course of “A Crooked Mile”, nearly every scene serves to move the story forward in a major way. New characters are introduced while other characters have their stories hashed out even more. With these new developments in the story, especially in that final showdown, I can’t begin to describe how excited I am to see where Telltale will take us with episode 4 – “In Sheep’s Clothing”.

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After finishing up at the hotel, discovering the crime scene where Holly was murdered, you’ll jettison off to search for Snow White. This sets up one of the most touching and prolific scenes from the season was the setting for the beginning of the episode. You discover Snow White and several of the other fables under a bridge, speaking their eulogies of Holly. It’s fantastic to see how each character deals with the loss and it’s just as great to choose how Bigby handles the tense situation as well.

Over the course of the season, you’ve seen Bigby evolve in such a relatable way. My version of Bigby is really starting to show a lot of wear and tear from other peoples perceptions of him, not only of how he is now, but how he used to be as well. These perceptions are noticeably taking their toll on Bigby and it’s hard not to have that emotional connection with him. I’ve spent the entire series trying to “do the right thing” by those I care about, but I only seem to push them further away.

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While “Smoke and Mirrors” seemed to drag a bit to make the episode seem longer, “A Crooked Mile” seemed to work at a furious pace, occasionally negating you from further exploring certain areas and plotlines. That said, the entire episode was one adrenaline fueled ride that culminated in an unbelievably hectic and pulse pounding finale. Please don’t make us wait too long for episode 4, Telltale. We’re begging you.

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The Good

+ A new high point for the season.

+ That final scene...wow

+ Great characterization.

+ Major consequences.


The Bad

- Lack of time to explore certain areas.

- Clipping issues persist.

Verdict9.5

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