Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: The Wolf Among Us – Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors

Some would argue that the cracks are beginning to show; that Telltale Games’ progressive point-n’-click formula is aging faster than the traditional methods of visual story telling. This could well be true, but it’s also utterly irrelevant. Telltale Games’ fortunes now rest on their ability […]
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Some would argue that the cracks are beginning to show; that Telltale Games’ progressive point-n’-click formula is aging faster than the traditional methods of visual story telling. This could well be true, but it’s also utterly irrelevant. Telltale Games’ fortunes now rest on their ability to weave a captivating tale, and in The Wolf Among Us that’s exactly what they’re doing.

The first instalment of The Wolf Among Us, Episode 1: Faith, was an invitation to a brave new experience. Building on the foundations established with The Walking Dead Telltale Games were far bolder, telling a very adult fairytale through brutality and betrayal. So heavy was their conviction that the end sequence was a dramatic twist that few will ever Electronic Theatre Imageforget. Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors may not deliver such a heart-wrenching cliffhanger, but it’s no less engrossing.

The episode begins with a recap of that which has gone before – after all, it has been a few months since the debut episode arrived – and the biggest problem with the videogame is evident from this earliest point: stutters. Despite being installed on the local harddisk drive and being well within the means of modern console’s processing capabilities, The Wolf Among Us does stutter far too often in both it’s animation and it’s audio delivery. It’s truly a shame – an unsightly blemish on an otherwise Electronic Theatre Imageimmaculate façade – but those already invested in the series will undoubtedly be able to overlook this irritating flaw.

As the story progress the player is met with a number of interesting outcomes; unexpected turns from both the established characters and the core plot itself. New faces are introduced and familiar ones show new sides. The fact that this is only the second episode of five hasn’t deterred Telltale Games from making bold, unexpected statements about their characters, and this is exactly why The Wolf Among Us is so easy to fall in love with. It’s a videogame that is as much about its unique personalities as it is about the personal relationships you as a player develop with them. We’re only two episodes in and yet Electronic Theatre simply can’t wait to see who comes out of the woodwork next.

Score: 90%

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