Telltale struck gold with the critical and commercial success of The Walking Dead last year. Now they’ve decided to bring a different comic book series to the adventure game genre with The Wolf Among Us. The first episode covers a lot of ground very quickly. It acts like a pilot episode of a serialized television show, establishing a complex world and characters with around two hours of content. It’s messy, but that doesn’t hinder the impact of its narrative.
*Warning: this piece contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Game
When Telltale announced that they would be creating an episodic The Walking Dead game I was cautiously optimistic. While I enjoyed the idea of the game taking place in the comic book universe, I worried that they would not be able to capture what makes the comic series so great- being its character development and to a lesser degree the harrying tale of survival of Rick and his group. As my game of the year list illustrates however, I should not have worried, as The Walking dead game creates a finely crafted tale of survival and unconventional friendship in a world populated by the living dead.
Recently I completed the game with my girlfriend, and after witnessing the traumatic events of the ending and shedding a tear (a.k.a. openly sobbing), my mind went aflutter with the possibilities for the sequel. With Telltale announcing the development of the sequel in 2013, I have become greatly intrigued with what they will do next. Below you shall find a few ideas that I have been thinking about. It is highly unlikely that these will come into fruition, which is why they are nothing more than guess work from a fan who cannot wait to see what happens next.
With the rising popularity of The Walking Dead franchise and its adaptations into television and video games, Robert Kirkman’s landmark comic series is now one of the most interesting IPs on the market. Telltale has crafted a unique, mature, character-driven adventure game that compliments the main themes of the comic and tells a brilliant and touching story. AMC has adapted the comic series to the screen, taking major liberties with the main story while staying within the boundaries of Kirkman’s tale.