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  • Summary: The Wolf Among Us is a five episode series from the creators of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead. Based on Fables (DC Comics/Vertigo), an award-winning comic book series, it is an often violent, mature and hard-boiled thriller where the characters and creatures of myth, lore and legend are real and exist in our world. As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf in human form - you will discover that the brutal, bloody murder of a Fable is just a taste of things to come, in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    95
    Smoke and Mirrors still suffers from the mechanical flaws of the first game, and particularly struggles with frame rate drops around scene changes, but these are minor annoyances in an otherwise top-notch episode that ups the ante for a game that had already gotten off to a great start.
  2. Feb 7, 2014
    88
    A great second episode, even better than the first one in terms of writing and with some pretty good design ideas in terms of the investigative process.
  3. 85
    A more focused, hard-boiled narrative and comic-book artistry make 'Smoke and Mirrors' a more compelling game than 'Faith,' even if it's not necessarily more fun or interesting to play.
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    This second chapter picks up the ball from the first episode and runs with it.
  5. The cast, cues and fracas are still bringing down the house. [Apr 2014, p.86]
  6. A solid follow-up that although enjoyable, doesn’t quite reach the same heights of its debut. [April 2014, p80]
  7. Feb 25, 2014
    70
    It is too bad that Smoke and Mirrors is not as spectacular and balanced as the first episode was, but at the end of the day it leaves us wanting more.

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  1. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    Many may disagree with me, but I feel this was step up from the already enjoyable first episode. I feel that this episode in particular really gives a darker and more mature feeling to a story that had already felt dark and mature in the first episode. There are some big revelations here and it makes the wait for the next episode unbearable.

    The biggest improvement I feel between this episode and the first is that player choice is given an even higher emphasis. This episode gives you plenty of choices on how to handle situations, either civilized or aggressively, and the really made me feel like I was in control of both how the story would turn out and who Bigby was as a person. This gave me a real sense of ownership over this game and story that I felt was missing in the first episode. There's not much in the way of really big choices that will effect future episodes, but I still feel like I made an impact on the events to come.

    Overall this is an extremely well done episode, but it does have some light flaws. The technical issues that have plagued Telltale games since The Walking Dead are still here, and let's be honest the wait for this episode was outrageous. In the end though, as always, these issues don't mean much when you are going to be so absorbed in the story and content of the episode. If Telltale keeps improving with future episodes the way they improved this one then we may have their best work yet. I am incredibly impressed with this episode and highly recommend you play it as well as the first episode.
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  2. Feb 25, 2014
    8
    The Wolf Among Us episode 2 was definently fun and interesting but it barely progresses the story til the absolute end of the episode. But still has a great story interesting characters and good gameplay. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2014
    8
    Served it's purpose of maintaining interest and progressing the story towards something interesting while still leaving enough open for the episodes that follow. The choices are interesting and add replay value. I have currently replayed the two episodes that are currently released about five times in order to try a differing combination of choices, so I definitely recommend this series. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    8
    Don't let anyone tell you different. this episode rocked! Sure it may not have advanced the plot very much. but it takes its time to develop its characters, these guys seem real to me. Another great episode by telltale.
    8/10
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  5. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    It was a long 3 month wait after the introduction to the wolf among us but episode 2 is finally here. The second episode is not as solid as the first mostly because of sloppier writing and a shorter running time. Despite all that the writing is still better than most other games and the world is unique and interesting.
    At the end of the day if you enjoyed the first episode you going to enjoy this one as well.
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  6. Apr 21, 2014
    8
    not quite what I was hoping for since the first episode was so great, but not disappointing by any means. Starts off strong and ends strong, everything in between though lacked the same charm, but hey, got to meet some new interesting characters. the plot has more holes in it now with no explanation, but that is not a ligament complaint since there are 3 more episodes to come which will explain more im sure Expand