Geek Citadel Reviews – The Wolf Among Us

We’ve all heard of fairy tales, and they usually have horrible endings or a happily ever after. What happens if the stories continued when the books stopped, and somehow those characters were pulled into the real world to live right under our noses? How would humans react to seeing The Beast or Mr. Toad right before their eyes? Would we embrace them, or hunt them out of fear of the unknown. That’s a place that Fables don’t want to be, and it’s up to B.B. to stop that from happening.The Wolf Among Us 1

Those that came from the fairy tale world now live in a section of New York City that they call Fabletown. Bigby Wolf or as he’s better known, The Big Bad Wolf, is the Sheriff in charge of keeping Fables in line. He’s done a great job so far at keeping people from walking around in public in their true forms, but something devilish has changed the town forever. Fables are damn near impervious to harm, you can stab them, shoot them, and they will probably just shake it off. So that makes the act of actually killing another Fable a torturous event.

B.B. is burdened with finding the killer of a young woman he saved earlier that day. He works together with the icy Snow White to speak with other Fables and find a culprit. Like most detective stories, B.B. will spiral down the rabbit hole and find out that this murder is far from simple. It’s a well-done mystery when viewed in its entirety. There are rare gaps that don’t exactly fit in completely with the ongoing mystery at times, but that seems to be the work of manufactured choice options.

My only gripe with the story is that it doesn’t really allow you to be a detective in the full scope of things. Maybe it’s because Bigby doesn’t seem at all like a good detective. He’s keen on observation but not actually at putting things together well. The end focus tends to be about his eternal struggle with becoming a monster. Hell… I think the only real investigating happens on the third chapter, the rest is about intimidating people and fighting monsters.The Wolf Among Us 4

You will wander around the city as Bigby checking up on leads, and speaking to various Fables at their places of leisure. It’s an interactive story that allows you to choose your own adventure, but with less actual impact on the storyline itself. It’s what you should expect from a Telltale title or any adventure game that ever existed. Actual freedom is limited to what’s happening in the story at the time. Choices will appear for Bigby to head to different locations to save a life, or chase after a suspect.

Like I mentioned before, some of the choices don’t make much sense in the long run. Most of them feel as if they could have been excluded completely. I think Telltale has adapted to making so many games with choices, that they feel the need to put filler choices in their games because it is expected of them. The portions where the player actually investigates for information are far and few between.

It all tends to be about casually searching for items in a set room until Bigby finally figures it out for himself. The actual functionality that allows the player to feel as if they are invested will happen at a casual level. Which is a bit frustrating when a game like Phoenix Wright has more to do than an adventure game. The need to figure out cool puzzles, combine items, or anything requiring thought – is relatively low

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The Wolf Among Us is possibly the best looking adventure title that Telltale has ever graced us with. It has some vivid color patterns, fantastic backdrops, and excellent animations that bring many a wondrous creatures to life. Compared to The Walking Dead series, the Wolf Among Us excels a bit more at copying the art of a comic book. The voice acting matches the splendid visuals, with a great cast to accompany the Fabled characters. Adam Harrington excels at playing Bigby Wolf, but excellent interactions with side characters like Mr. Toad make for a believable world.

It’s an adventure game for the masses, and that’s not meant as a derogative term. Story trumps gameplay in most Telltale titles, and The Wolf Among Us delivers that in spades. The moments of tension, thrills, and the need to understand each character is the heart of the media. Studying how Bigby relates with the townsfolk that he’s been terrorizing his entire life is entertaining. Bigby will always struggle between the battle against becoming the Wolf or being the Sheriff, and that’s no easy feat when everyone hates your guts.

Bigby’s journey is like reading a great book that you can slightly interact with. You won’t feel as if you’ve accomplished much from the gameplay, but you will enjoy the story on the way there. The Wolf Among Us receives a “Wait for a Sale” from Geek Citadel. This is a game about interacting with QTE’s and barely about using adventure game mechanics. However, that doesn’t stop it from telling an excellent story and being well worth the trip to Fabletown.

Gamer Value Review – Enemy Front

Enemy Front takes us back to World War II with a serious tone. You play a journalist who is right up on the front lines with various Resistance fighters all over Europe. He joins up with each of these groups and writes down their heroic deeds, so that the world will one day know of the people who fought for freedom. That sounds like it could be the start to a pretty cool game… but that’s not at all what Enemy Front ends up being. Continue Reading

Geek Citadel Reviews – Watch Dogs

I make it my business to try to play as many Open-World games as possible. I’m an absolute fanatic for titles like Grand Theft Auto, and I do my best to get my grubby little hands on them all. I was definitely prepared for Watch Dogs on its initial release, but a couple of warning bells began to ring when it was suddenly delayed right after the release of GTA V. Continue Reading

Geek Citadel Reviews – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns after a deep sleep – 500 years to be exact – and she’s quickly given the role of the Savior of Mankind. God has stopped the aging process of humans for centuries, but now in thirteen days he will return and start the world anew. Lightning is tasked with retrieving the souls of as many remaining humans as possible, in exchange she will be able to see her sister Serah again. Oh right, Hope is not only a records manager on the Ark but he’s returned to his child form from FF XIII. Continue Reading

Geek Citadel Reviews – Dark Souls 2

Difficult games are coveted by the most hardcore gamer’s, and this may be due to many games grabbing your hand like a loving child and never letting go. The Dark Souls series is not one of those games. Dark Souls takes pride in letting you know little to nothing, and punishing you for your ignorance at every step. It is all about challenge in this world where two swings from a sword can send you to your doom. The wrong misstep can send you spiraling off a cliff, or into the hands of a hungry beast who will take you out in seconds.

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Geek Citadel Reviews – South Park: The Stick of Truth

A new kid moves to South Park and is forced to gather friends on Facebook by his sub-standard parents. This kid finds himself involved in a local game that stretches the entirety of South Park. It is orchestrated by none other than the resident all around dick, Eric Cartman. He quickly names the new kid “Douchebag” and proceeds to order him about as his King to take down the Elves faction. It doesn’t take long before this game spirals out of control and dips into the lives of every citizen in South Park. Continue Reading

Geek Citadel Reviews – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2

It’s been a few years since the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Gabriel is no longer the power vampire that he once was and here in Lords Of Shadow 2 there are people…including his own son Alucard who are seeking his destruction. To be honest, if I were in his shoes, I would just die without putting up a fight. I’m not Dracula however and I am controlling him as he goes about his duty of killing the evil spawns of satans army as you try to regain your strength to fight the big man. Continue Reading

Geek Citadel Mini-Reviews – Madden 25, FIFA 14, Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Aqua Pazza

Aqua Pazza
PlayStation 3


Aqua Pazza is best described as an Anime-Fighter with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 like controls. This game is pretty easy to pick up but does involve a little skill to string together combos. This game also has a story mode, actually it has two story modes. While I didn’t care enough for it to check out the second story attached to each character, I think that BlazBlu’s story is a lot better. If you are looking for a fairly easy fighter to get into then get it, but I would advise against it.

Madden NFL 25
Xbox One

We reviewed Madden 25 on Xbox 360, now it’s out for Xbox One and here are our thoughts. Madden 25 on Xbox One is a different monster when it comes to gameplay, A.I defenders are smarter and so are you A.I. linemen. It brings a more realistic feel when you see players planting to make a cut unlike on Xbox 360. However there are some downsides to the Xbox One version, for one the graphics suffer a bit. By suffer I mean that you notice some scanlines and some of the lighting effects that have gone awry. They also took out the Game Face feature for your created player, coach and owner. While everything else stays the same. If you got rid of your Xbox 360 and that copy of Madden 25 and don’t mind seeing some graphical issues, pick it up.

Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Xbox One

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When I loaded Call Of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox One I could immediately tell the difference. Sure, gameplay hasn’t changed from the Xbox 360 version but the graphics are a bit sharper and shinier. Multiplayer on Xbox One is still a very smooth and enjoyable experience. I noticed while I was using a wireless connection that I was able to connect to a match in a fairly good amount of time. Overall, I would say to pick this game up if you’re a fan of the Call Of Duty Franchise.

Xbox One


FIFA 14 for Xbox One looks and plays great. It a little change graphically from Xbox 360 which we reviewed earlier but the gameplay has changed with the introduction of the Ignite engine. I also enjoyed the new presentation that we saw a little of on Xbox 360 but there are less in game cut scenes which adds to the flow of the game and brings more realism. I also have to mention that unlike Madden 25, they kept the Game Face feature in the game and it looks great. No scanlines and it doesn’t look like your hair is afraid to touch your scalp. This game is an improvement and should be picked up if you like soccer games.

*Aqua Pazza, Call Of Duty: Ghosts and FIFA 14 were all sent to us by their respective publishers for our consideration. Madden 25 was bought at retail*