The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors Review

Right, this is a short review.

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 continues on from episode 1, with surprises and plot twists galore! If you want to find out more, read my review of the first episode here. Essentially you play the sheriff in a community of fairy tale characters. There have been a series of murders and it is your job to work out what is going on.

The game play is the same as before, with you controlling Big B examining scenes, talking to other characters and occasionally having a fight with them.

I won’t lie, the story is top notch. Every decision feels like it will make a difference along the line, as Tell Tale is now famous for.

However, there is a problem. It is a problem I and many others have overlooked since we first played Sam and Max way back in 2006. At the time it was a quirk that was forgivable of a small studio creating games that centred around stunning story telling. The problem is, the core engine of the game is broken. This is true of Walking Dead as well. Load times are huge, animations stilted. Often audio is totally out of sync with what is happening on the screen, usually as the game stutters out of another unexpectedly long scene load.

As I say, I have usually overlooked this, but in this case it is so bad that it breaks the flow of the game totally. Every time I found myself immersed in the game, another epic load had to take place, or the camera would pan and stutter so badly as it did so that it was unwatchable. If it was streaming from the disc constantly, I could sort of see why this happens, but it isn’t – it is sat on my hard drive and should have almost no loads at all. Other, much more intense games can manage this. In a funny way, I feel let down by them. It seems they have become complacent about fixing these glitches because they keep getting great reviews despite them.

So, it is with heavy heart that I give Wolf Among Us 3 out of 5. I would love to give it 4 or 4.5, because it tells such a good story and when it is not glitching it feels great. That is the only reason I have not given it a 2!

Must try harder I feel, yet still I look forward to episode 3, but please fix the glitches!

3 3 / 5

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