The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors

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The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 11, 2014

Episode 2 presents a potential pitfall for The Wolf Among Us to avoid as it goes forward. When the choices are too easy, it's hard for Bigby's story to pack an emotional wallop. Instead, it descends into choosing for choosing's sake.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 14, 2014

"Smoke and Mirrors" has converted me. Shorn of the need to introduce the game's world and characters, it quickly gets to business developing and telling a story with them.

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Scored Reviews

Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2014

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 Fabletown, which is saying something, since episode one opens with The Woodsman beating up a prostitute in a run-down tenement building. Even if you've never heard of Fables before, if you're a fan of noir fiction and like a healthy dose of mysticism, you should be playing The Wolf Among Us.

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Digital Trends
Feb 4, 2014

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.

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RPG Fan
90%
90%
Feb 6, 2014

The content is fantastic, though the timing between episodes holds the game back.

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GameSkinny
Feb 5, 2014

Telltale Games creates another gripping episode in this Fable-based series.

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High-Def Digest
Feb 4, 2014

The first episode was something of a dicey proposition, promising, but also forced to expend a lot of time on exposition with mysteries featuring characters we'd only just met. The long interval, combined with a weak follow-up, could have really quelled interest in the whole series. Instead, my anticipation has skyrocketed. This second episode, 'Smoke & Mirrors,' features a much improved tempo and flow, ratcheting up the story while dialing back less compelling elements. Dare we ask Telltale not to make this next wait so long while maintaining such a refined quality?

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GearNuke
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 12, 2014

Faith had introduced me to an exciting world of magic and monsters and exploring said world in Smoke and Mirrors keeps me wanting more. The case just keeps getting more interesting, I just hope Telltale doesn't keep us waiting long for Episode 3.

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The Escapist
Feb 3, 2014

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.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 6, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors is a solid continuation for The Wolf Among Us. A lot of seeds were planted in Faith, and while a few have borne fruit, most of this episode's running time is spent tending to them.

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The Game Fanatics
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2014

If you've any interest in game's as a narrative medium, buy this one. It won't satisfy the gamers that are looking for "twitch gameplay" (Like an FPS), but it's right on the money for everyone else.

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Cheat Code Central
4.3 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

4.3 / 5.0
Feb 4, 2014

Final verdict? Well if you enjoyed Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us, you'll love Episode 2. If you didn't enjoy Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us… what the heck is the matter with you? Telltale continues to prove why they are a master of their craft with Smoke and Mirrors. In fact, the only thing wrong with this episode, is that we are going to have to wait another few months before we find out what happens next. Go out and purchase The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 today. You won't regret it.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors wants to know how far you'll go to preserve your humanity

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2014

The most important thing is that while I wasn't in as much of a shock when I got to the cliffhanger at the end of this episode, I was left wanting more, and if episode three was installed and ready to go, there is no doubt in my mind that I would've happily played on. Nothing else needs to be said.

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TechnoBuffalo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2014

Telltale's convinced us: The Wolf Among Us is going to be very good. You need to sign up for the ride.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors is a fine piece of story-telling, and retains all the positive elements I outlined in my review of Episode One, along with a slightly more regular frame rate and shorter loading times on my PC.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2014

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors is a good follow-up to the impressive first part in Telltale's adventure series. There aren't that many changes in terms of the gameplay, for better or worse, but the new story elements certainly make up for that, introducing new characters and keeping things going into intriguing directions. Unfortunately, it's a bit short and there aren't enough big moments in this second part.

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IGN
8.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors is a great second act to Telltale's adventure noir.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

The biggest accomplishment with the new episode however is the fact that your actions have more consequences on a personal level. Bigby ceases to be a construct of Telltale and starts to become an extension of yourself, causing hesitation on more than one occasion. Having said that, there aren't really any "big, freeze-the-screen" choices throughout this roughly one-hour tale like in Faith -- just a lot of little ones. Not a whole lot of big choices carry over from your previous story either, as the only major connection is tied to whomever you decide to capture at the end of Faith. It remains to be seen if future episodes will employ more connections.Whereas the first episode of Wolf Among Us had me intrigued, Smoke and Mirrors has me hooked. Although it's not nearly as explosive as its own The Walking Dead series, Telltale has managed to craft a world full of interesting characters, and with the fairytale setting -- the sky is the limit. Let's just hope we don't have to wait so long for part three.

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Game Rant
Feb 6, 2014

Telltale has kept up its quality of writing, atmosphere and mystery, beginning to tie together story threads while heightening anticipation even further. However, there's no question that the relatively slower, methodical pace of this episode will leave less of an impact on some players. Those who favor a slow burn will still welcome the experience, but if Telltale hadn't made audiences wait four months to play this episode, they would have had a much easier time keeping both groups happy.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2014

Short, but beautiful. The Wolf Among Us continues to impress.

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Examiner
Feb 20, 2014

There's a war inside of Bigby, that much is clear. And if the preview for Episode Three is to believed, this story is about to go to some dark places. We can't wait to see what's next.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2014

Episode 2 contains all the elements we've come to expect and deeply admire from a Telltale series, but it's too thinly spread to achieve top marks.

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We Got This Covered
Feb 7, 2014

Technical hitches and an early story stumble are not enough to prevent The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke & Mirrors from continuing its series' winning streak.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

Figuring things out and uncovering the truth in Fabletown surely isn't easy, but with Episode 2 continuing to prove The Wolf Among Us as another excellent addition to Telltale's roster, playing through the latest chapter of the noir crime saga is not nearly difficult at all.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 5, 2014

Despite a few missteps, Smoke and Mirrors is an excellent follow-up to Faith. It's a twisted journey through Fabletown's dirty, neon underbelly exploring the darker side of glamour magic and the exploitation of fables. It ends somewhat abruptly, with a terrible revelation, making the wait for the third episode already agonising.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Feb 5, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors simultaneously excelled while falling slightly short. Despite my gripes, I genuinely enjoyed the entire experience, but this episode did not hit the expectations set up by the first episode of The Wolf Among Us. That being said, this it is still a positive addition to what is turning out to be an absolutely fantastic series.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2014

Smoke & Mirrors isn't quite as good as the superb Faith and is a little shorter, which is a kick in the flying monkey nuts after how long it took to turn up, but it's still an excellent and enjoyable adventure full of intrigue, surprise and emotion. If Telltale keep this up they could well end up eclipsing The Walking Dead for me, and I nominated that for our Game of the Year. Just, er, could we have Episode 3 a little sooner please?

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors is an excellent follow up to a strong start, and while it may not live up to the excitement of the previous episode, it nevertheless makes a worthy successor. Episode 2 will shock with twists, drive the narrative forward and allow the player to steer Bigby through it all in a style that suits them.

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SmashPad
Feb 5, 2014

With the three month break since the first episode, The Wolf Among Us comes back with the right kind of episode to get you hooked on seeing this investigation through all of its many twists and turns as it focuses just on furthering the story.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2014

Telltale is crafting an engaging story in Bill Willingham's twisted Fables universe, keeping both fans and newcomers hooked to see the next thread

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AusGamers
7 / 10.0
AusGamers
Jickle

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors establishes that The Wolf Among Us will likely be worth seeing through, although whether it's worth doing so now or waiting for the season's end is a more open question than one might have anticipated at the end of the first episode. It ends on a cliffhanger, but not one with a whole lot of bite, and the 'next episode' preview reveals a third episode that revisits a lot of already familiar locations and story beats.

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USgamer
Feb 4, 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors treads some dark waters, spitting grit and quiet reminders that the world is a cold, hard place. Like its predecessor, Smoke and Mirrors enjoys great writing, excellent voice acting and a lead who is likeable in all the right ways. That said, the second chapter in The Wolf Among Us feels somewhat too short -- like a build-up, a segue to bigger things. There are also moments where the writing trips, leaving players to wonder if Bigby's been hit on the head one too many times.

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GameTrailers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Episode two puts The Wolf Among Us in an awkward place. 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.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 3, 2014

Huffs and puffs, but doesn't blow us away.

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GameZone
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2014

Admittedly, I still don't know where I stand on the series as a whole, but that's probably because we're only in Episode Two. With three more still planned, I'm anxious to see where Telltale takes the series. I just hope we don't have to wait another four months to find out.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
GameSpot
Kevin VanOrdChris Watters

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 3, 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 - Smoke and Mirrors is another engrossing chapter in this ongoing saga, though it doesn't blaze as brightly as the introductory episode.

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Dealspwn
Feb 5, 2014

Having set the stage, future episodes now need to give us more in terms of puzzles, real detective work and big decisions to make... while translating the cast's deepening respect or hatred for Bigby into pivotal game-changing moments.

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PC Gamer
65 / 100
65 / 100
Feb 5, 2014

A great world and an interesting story, but this short second entry lacks the tense decision-making of the first.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors is a short but engaging chapter but it is hindered by some odd decisions around the choice mechanics and ongoing engine issues. More importantly, the length of time between instalments risks damaging the IP.

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The Skinny
Feb 7, 2014

Wolf makes no bones of its format and continues to give a genuinely diverging storyline that will leave you wondering about every line you utter and every punch you throw.

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Kill Screen
50 / 100
50 / 100
Mar 3, 2014

The Wolf Among Us falters in episode two

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