More Reviews
REVIEWS ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red Review
"Unlimited World Red"? More like "Sorta Limited Town and Extended Areas... Red. And Blue. And Some Yellow."

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planesw Review
Flirting with disaster year after year, Duels of the Planewalkers has unfortunately overplayed its hand.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Hand of Fate Preview
Dungeons & Dragons mixed with the Batman: Arkham series... wait, what?!
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

Hohokum
Release date: 08/12/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES Women in the World of Villainy: Achieving the 50/50 Split
We're getting more women in our video games narratives, but why do men still make up the majority of enemies?

The Four Remaining Halo 2 Multiplayer Maps That Deserve a Remake
The Master Chief Collection is getting a total of six remade multiplayer maps from Halo 2 and we know two of them already.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

DAILY MANIFESTO

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke, Mirrors, and Red Herrings

Posted on Monday, March 17 @ 22:17:27 Eastern by gil_almogi

It was Georgie in the tub with the candlestick maker!

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO EPISODES OF THE WOLF AMONG US.

I just finished playing the two episodes of The Wolf Among Us currently available twice in order to see the differences my choices made (and acquire some cheevos). The series is certainly intriguing so far and I can definitely understand one of the major criticisms against the second episode, Smoke & Mirrors, for its length and lack of interactivity. There is more time spent watching the story unfold than performing in QTEs, something I’m ambivalent about, but it makes a difference in how you perceive your time playing.

Either way, now that I’ve sunk my teeth into the story I’m looking forward to what’s coming next. I know a number of people felt that the surprise ending was lackluster and predictable compared to the first episode, Faith, but I feel like Telltale Games is actually manipulating us. Think about it. At the end of Faith, we were floored to see Snow White dead and decapitated, but then Smoke & Mirrors basically said, “Fooled ya! Now, let’s get on with things.” Although I’m happy they didn’t kill two women for the sake of the leading man’s character development, it felt awfully convenient to magic-away the events of the previous episode and return to business as usual.

The end of Smoke & Mirrors pointed us towards the obvious, that Crane is involved with the whole prostitution, Snow White mess. And the immediate response is “OMG he killed them!” but he’s a big red herring, which is apparent despite his connection to the second victim, Lily. Here are a few key points to consider:

  • Why would Crane have a photo of himself having sex with Snow White? Who would take that photo for him if his public persona would not allow for anyone to know about his dirtier predilections? I don’t think he would just leave that hanging out in his book.
  • If Crane is the murderer, what’s his connection to Faith? He slept with Lily, who was hired to Glamour herself as Snow White, but it doesn’t appear that he’s ever met Faith.
  • From his actions in Smoke & Mirrors, Crane was obviously nervous about Bigby and Snow digging into Lily’s personal life. If he murdered her, why wouldn’t he dump the whole body in the East River? The body in the river was not meant to be found, unlike the head. The head on the doorstep just attracts unnecessary attention to Crane.
  • Finally, as someone obsessed with Snow’s story, Crane would want to be the prince that woke her up, not the creep who beheaded her.
These are just a few of my thoughts, but I’d love to hear yours on the subject. Also, to get a better idea of the relationship between Faith and the Woodsman (i.e. why were they fighting and what was she looking for?), I suggest arresting and interrogating the Woodsman instead of Tweedledee, which is the minority action according to the community statistics. I didn’t like roughing him up, but you’ll never know why Faith appeared in the story if you don’t.

While it’s easy to suggest that Telltale Games gave us a predictable twist at the end, looking at the clues suggests that the next episode is going to be throwing the real revelations at us. I think the killer hasn’t been introduced yet. Either that or it’s Colin. He’s kind of a dick.


comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution