Note. This review is based on the PlayStation VR version of Werewolves Within. It is also available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Living in a small village is usually pleasant. Or good. This continued until the Werewolves began to appear and eat everyone. That’s why we called this city meeting. Here at the table, it’s time to discuss the ongoing troubles and get to the bottom of it. The only problem is that werewolves live among us, and they look nothing like anyone else who lives here. It’s time to find the werewolf inside.
If you acknowledge this premise, it’s because you may have seen it before in games like werewolves or mafia. Previously, these party games only worked if there was a group in your house. Now, though, it’s entirely possible — and more fun than it should be — to jump into virtual reality and point out the werewolf in your midst.
Work together or die alone
Werewolf Within is a party game that requires at least 6 players to play. This is because a lot of the gameplay was you interacting with other players and you were trying to figure out which one of you werewolf. While your character will have special skills to help you figure it out, you’ll need to use your wits and work with other players to save the city.
At the start of each match, you’ll be given a card that lists the character you’re playing. In fact, you can be given 11 different roles and each of them will give you a set of skills. You can be a simple citizen or a more specialized ranger, saint, or bloodhound. The townspeople don’t have any special talents, but if you get a special role, you can use it to find out who the real werewolf in your environment is.
In fact, you can have the same 6 people playing over and over again, getting completely different results in each session.
Each skill has its own perks and demerits. The tracker can lean in to listen to other players and can pick up a werewolf growl. However, figuring out who it is is a bit more difficult. This is true pretty much across the board. While every role has a skill that can be used to help narrow things down, unless you’re working with other team members, it’s almost impossible to figure it out.
An additional problem comes when you realize that trusting the people around you may not always be your best option. After all, a werewolf and a defector could be sitting at the same table and completely lying to you about their motives. It’s part of what makes Werewolves Within so much fun. In fact, you can have the same 6 people playing over and over again, getting completely different results in each session.
The visual aesthetic in the city of Gallowston is both cartoony and captivating. The gameplay itself is pretty static, aside from character movements and emotions. Although a background that shows you the real city around you will grab your attention the first time you start the game.
While you unfortunately can’t explore your surroundings, take a few minutes to look around and take in everything is absolutely fantastic. From castles on top of nearby mountains, to a church towering over the moon, to small shops and houses dotted around. Every little bit adds to the overall atmosphere and really helps to move forward and bring the city to life.
When new players join the game, you will see an avatar for each of them sitting at the table. Each character looks a little different, and while they retain the cartoony, rounded art style that the setting showcases. The little details from the jewelry to each character’s clothing are fantastic. The only downside is that you can’t see which character you really are. Thus, you can look like a gypsy or just a city dweller in a hat, shirt and trousers.
More fun than it should be