The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors

9.5 Overall Score
Story: 10/10
Immersion: 10/10
Sound: 9/10

Excellent Story | Moody Environment | Surprising Twists

Occasional Frame Stuttering

Written by on March 3, 2014 in [, , , , , ]


Bigby Wolf has some anger issues. The residents in Fabletown are making his life more complicated from one day to the next. In the space of a day, his problems have been on the verge of bringing out a darker side of him. There are domestic disputes, individuals not complying with the rule to maintain their “glamour” appearances, and a little case of deaths caused by an unknown serial killer. Bigby has had a long day in The Wolf Among Us series from Telltale Games.

It’s just going to get longer. (But first beware: minor spoilers are contained in this review, so if you haven’t played Episode One: Faith you may want to stop reading now.)

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First, we’ll get the bad out of the way. The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors continues to suffer the same takes-you-out-of-the-moment framerate stuttering when the game is processing decisions you’ve made. Part of this could just be uploading information, as it’s well known Telltale Games tracks all decisions for comparison between yourself and all of the other gamers traveling the darkened and ultra-twisted paths of Fabletown.

Our angry protagonist is currently investigating a new case involving the murders of two Fabletown residents; one of which he has a close friendship with. Things are getting out of control, and Bigby’s anger is the least of them. As episode two begins, Bigby is currently unable to continue his investigation because the “mundy” police are questioning him about the recent murders in his little slice of the world. He’s just a little aggravated by this.

As expected, more familiar characters from our childhood fairy tales make appearances in episode two. Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Peter the pumpkin eater, and even a certain little mermaid all make their debut appearances in this installment.

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One emotion the characters appear to share in the real life world is depression. Virtually nobody is happy in this story. Actually, I can’t think of any character that’s been introduced that’s happy. There are some that are successful, but use shady methods to get there; while others are just unhappy with everything. Such is a stark lesson that fairy tales are just that: tales. Real life is not rainbows and happy endings.

The varying twists and turns in the story will keep you guessing every time you make a choice. Will another character die because you chose to say nothing? Or because you went one place to further your investigation over another? Tensions are running high, and as the deaths in Fabletown mount up, everybody is suspicious of everybody else. Everyone has a secret, and nothing is as it seems on the surface. Even the dead may not be telling the true story.

For a point and click story with a thorough method of checking out all of the facts, the pace is pretty quick, moving you from start to finish in a way that leaves you wanting so much more. The finale of this series is sure to make you wish there was more to do, or say, or investigate; it’s just that involving.

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Telltale Games continues to cast a mesmerizing spell with the mystery of The Wolf Among Us, and should leave you breathlessly waiting for the next episode.

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Author: Erik Johnsen View all posts by
A married gamer that spends time editing many of the articles you read right here at The Married Gamers. Erik sometimes reviews Xbox One games and writes articles, but spends his available free time from work or hanging out with his family hunting achievements for a higher gamerscore.

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