The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors

  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors
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Based on 15 scores, 16 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    4
  • Good:
    5
  • Average:
    6
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Pros:

  • Excellent atmosphere makes it easy to buy into the plot and characters.
  • Detective work thatís believable and matters.
  • Top-notch voice acting.

Cons:

  • Some dialogue inconsistencies.
  • Fight scene seems tacked on.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Gaming Nexus on 95

While Smoke and Mirrors is a little on the short side, The Wolf Among Us continues to impress with its story-driven gameplay that adapts to your previous decisions in unexpected ways. The story gets even more sinister and takes us to the darker parts of...

By EuroGamer on 70

That's not to say it's not without its own unique pleasures, but while I'm curious to see what happens next, it so far lacks the edge-of-the-seat impatience that The Walking Dead conjured up at the end of each episode.

By Strategy Informer on 80

In the time between The Wolf Among Us episode 1 and 2 I managed to read 115 issues of Fables, the comic on which Telltale’s newest series is based. This fact can tell you three things: 1) that I enjoyed the first episode so much I was compelled to...

By Gaming Age on 77

CommentIt’s taken a bit longer than any of us would have liked for the second episode to Telltale Games The Wolf Among Us, but thankfully this week the wait is over for patient fans. This episode is dubbed “Smoke and Mirrors”, for reasons that’ll...

By HardcoreGamer on 90

This episode has a fairly basic story, driven forward by great character writing and a compelling air of mystery, but it’s plain to see that there are many dramatic, earth-shattering moments yet to come. Now that everything’s been set up, I’m excited to see how it’ll all come crashing down.

By PCGamer on 65

Future episodes may imbue Smoke and Mirrors with retrospective significance, but on its own it feels like a brief setup for more important revelations to come. I'd give the series another episode or so before deciding to buy in, but I remain hopeful. The setting is fantastic. It looks beautiful. The Wolf Among us still simmers with potential.

By GameSpot on 70

There's a moment when Bigby lights a cigar and contemplates his next step. That's exactly where The Wolf Among Us stands now: percolating and pondering before the next punch to the gut.

By InsideGamingDaily on 70

Familiar camera angle issues and an oddly placed fight aside, The Wolf Among Us continues to deliver. The game is still a great bridge for new fans to familiarize themselves with the Fables lore and old fans to connect the dots only they know exist.

By TheEscapist on 90

The writing in the second episode of Telltale's A Wolf Among Us series does more to investigate the dark corners of your soul than your shrink can in an hour. Sadly, you can play through the episode in just as much time.

By GameFront on 80

That’s the risk with episodic gaming, however. Television never carries with it the promise of quality, regardless of what your personal investment may be. It does however; guarantee a new bit of content every week.

By Joystiq on 80

As bleak as "Smoke and Mirrors" is, it makes you want to help these characters, to give them something besides another day of nothing but despair and heartache. Things in Fabletown will almost surely get darker before they get better, but "Smoke and Mirrors" guarantees we're in this for the long haul.

By GameTrailers on 70

Telltale shows enough of its hand to interest players in the rest of the story, but the unevenness of this second episode deflates the enthusiasm that first worked so hard to earn. It's difficult to tell how strong the series will become, but right now, it's tough to accept good when you're used to great.

By VideoGamer on 70

After a shoddy narrative decision revealed within the first 15 minutes of Episode 2, my trust in the series has diminished. Shorter – and seemingly far less interactive – than what came before, the finale of Smoke & Mirrors will leave you wanting more, but it will also leave a slightly sour taste in your mouth.

By DigitalTrends on 90

Episode Two of The Wolf Among Us is exactly what you want: more of Bigby’s journey through an early period from the Fables universe.

By GameInformer on 75

I still can't wait to see where Telltale goes as it explores more of the seedy world of Fabletown, but Episode 3 needs to cover more ground. This episode hardly fails though; the "that's messed up" reactions that hit during this episode are its strongest offerings, making it worthwhile. I just wish it had a little bit more meat on its bones.

By GameSpot on -

There's a beast lurking inside all of us, but the creature sheriff Bigby harbors is difficult to keep silent. In The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors, you determine just how sharp Bigby's claws can dig, whether you're dealing with a mouthy...