Werewolves have appeared in games for decades as both heroes and villains. But what are the best games with these creatures?
Werewolves are half-humans, half-monsters, and a significant part of pop culture, appearing in films, TV shows, and games. Unlike their nocturnal counterpart – vampires, werewolves do not often become stars of games, they are often referred to as minor characters. However, there are many games that feature werewolves in one form or another. Some of these beasts are good, others are villains.
No matter which side of the spectrum these furry mythical creatures are on, one thing is for sure – humans love werewolves in games. Werewolves are a little closer to us, because most of the time they retain their normal human qualities, but only until the full moon. After transformation, werewolves can become terrible, irrational, and lonely. There are a number of werewolves in the games listed below.
The Wolf Among Us
Adventure game with a choice-based storyline. The main character in it is the werewolf Bigby Wolf. Bigby was once the Big Bad Wolf of fairytale legends, but now he is the sheriff of Fabletown. The Wolf Among Us is based on fairy tales familiar and loved by many, but it gives them a dark and modern touch.
This title is a prime example of great werewolf play, as players can see both sides of Bigby. Bigby has to work with a corrupt interim mayor to solve crimes in the world of Fabletown.
Werewolf the Apocalypse: Earthblood
It should be pretty obvious from the title that there are especially many werewolves in this game. The action takes place in the World of Darkness universe, where players control Kahal, a werewolf who is part of the Irish Fianna tribe. The game is set in the American Northwest, creating an unkempt, musty and mystical aesthetic.
Players can control Kahal like a human, a wolf, or a real werewolf, depending on the situation. The game is especially interesting in werewolf mode because that’s when Kahal can do the most damage. Werewolves are just a few of the supernatural beings in Earthblood seeking power.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
This is a fantasy fan’s dream come true, which is why the game is still selling like hotcakes on various platforms. Aside from the incredibly tense and exciting moments of battles with dragons, becoming a powerful werewolf can surpass everything. Yes, your character can be infected with lycanthropy and turn into a werewolf.
In Skyrim, in addition to lycanthropy, there are several additional quests directly related to werewolves, but it is the Companions Guild and the quest line that really bring this supernatural creature to life. After transformation, the characters give up their conventional weapons and magic, but instead gain unbridled power.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
To understand that Link is transforming into a wolf in this game, simply look at the main poster of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. In this title, the werewolf doesn’t quite look like werewolves from traditional supernatural tales, but rest assured that Link can actually transform into this furry beast.
At certain points in the game, namely at dusk, Link will move into this sacred creature. Wolf Link will have to talk to other animals and solve puzzles. Link the wolf has less protection and cannot use objects, but what he lacks in the traditional aspects of Link is compensated for by animal behavior.
The Order: 1886
While The Order: 1886 is still controversial due to its very short gameplay, overly scripted moments, and too much lack of player control, it at least has terrifying werewolves. The title is set in London at the end of the 19th century. The Order of the Knights is called upon to repel all kinds of inhabitants of darkness.
The protagonist Sir Galahad is one of the Knights of the Round Table, who must use modern technical weapons to defeat these half-monsters. The most intense parts of this game are devoted to battles with werewolves. The werewolves in the title are shabby, frightening and deadly. The moments with them are short, but they make an impression.
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness was one of the first 3D Castlevania games to hit the Nintendo 64. The werewolf in this game is none other than Cornell, the protagonist who must save his sister Ada from being sacrificed to resurrect Dracula. The title is an excellent supernatural adventure with a confrontation between monsters and vampires.
Of course, Cornell isn’t the only werewolf in the game. Ortega is Cornell’s rival and werewolf. Even though both characters are under the curse of the human beast, Ortega has joined Dracula to gain more power. It’s an interesting, albeit cliché, story, but at least the werewolves are prominently featured in it.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, there are both ordinary wolves and much more powerful werewolves – lycans. Protagonist Gabriel Belmont fights all dark and terrifying monsters in an effort to save his beloved. However, there is one dire werewolf who is waging a massive battle against Gabriel.
This powerful werewolf is called Cornell and he is the lord of the lycans. Yes, Cornell, a super-powerful werewolf who also wields a huge hammer, is the main boss in this game. Cornell is a mysterious character in Lords of Shadow because he was once one of the founders of the Order of Light, but now lives in darkness, looking after his fellow wolves.
It’s strange to see a Sonic game here, given that the series isn’t particularly famous for werewolves, but a werewolf hedgehog has appeared in Sonic Unleashed. Werewolf Hedgehog is a werewolf-like form that Sonic now assumes due to the curse received after contact with Dark Gaia.
Yes, it’s completely foolish to see the super-fast Sonic now wander around awkwardly, meleeing enemies, but the game sticks to the werewolf theme. The game still has the faster Sonic moments that the series is known for, but it is during the night period that Sonic turns into a werewolf and things get really weird.
A game full of dark aesthetics and tall monsters. Ghouls of all kinds pursue Yharnam, ready to send him to his death if he goes off the beaten path. Despite the fact that players encounter mad and evil werewolves while exploring this dark world, it is the first werewolf at the beginning of the title that remains forever in the players’ nightmares.
At the very beginning of the game, in a kind of doctor’s office and laboratory, players meet a terrible werewolf. This werewolf doesn’t need to be defeated, but if you’ve never played a title or watched a video about this part before, you didn’t know that. A terrible start to a hard game. Some diligent players even managed to defeat this “invincible” first werewolf.
Nightmare Creatures is scary, period. Yes, this action-adventure horror game for PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64 may seem outdated and mundane by modern standards, but it used to be incredibly scary. Some of the main villains of the game are cruel werewolves. They were not weaklings, and they could only be defeated with strategy and skill.
Nightmare Creatures stands out among others with a supernatural atmosphere. Due to the technical constraints of the time, players could not see far ahead. Most of the upcoming level has always been covered in darkness. When the bloodthirsty werewolf finally rushed to attack, it was an unforgettable experience.