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  • Summary: After the death of Will, those left behind learn to cope with the loss. This interactive narrative is played in detached first-person view, as if you were the subconscious mind guiding the characters. Fragments of Him is a drama dealing with real emotions that all of us will have to face someday.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 11, 2016
    90
    A beautiful, smart, mature and emotionally deep experiment in interactive narration. If you’re looking for “traditional” gameplay, though, stay as far as possible from it.
  2. May 3, 2016
    80
    Fragments of Him deals with a complex theme, not so easily represented in videogames: death. During the two-hour long path that leads the player to the end, the Sassybot team ask us to reflect on the sense and the consequences of the loss, but also on the value of objects and memories. Whether or not Fragments of Him was able to reach its goal may be subjective, but the game and the concept are still admirable.
  3. May 30, 2016
    80
    A walking simulator-esque introspective visit into a young man's life.
  4. May 18, 2016
    70
    The storytelling and the interactions are not perfect, but Fragments of Him does offer a unique exploration of love and loss, which makes it worth while.
  5. Jun 24, 2016
    70
    Fragments of Him offers an imperfect gameplay, but intellectually, conversationally and narratively pleasant human view of what it means to lose a loved one.
  6. Sep 28, 2017
    68
    Narrative tells us a touching story in a proper way, but this is the only good point. Fragments of Him is a walking simulator with poor interaction and with some technical problems that can't be ignored.
  7. May 3, 2016
    40
    There's a fascinating story here, but it's seemingly stretched out just to justify a price point comparable to That Dragon, Cancer, at the expense of quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 8, 2016
    8
    Fragments of Him is an emotionally engaging tale that makes you think about one of life's toughest topics. The death of a loved one. It's notFragments of Him is an emotionally engaging tale that makes you think about one of life's toughest topics. The death of a loved one. It's not something you think about all of the time, but it's definitely something that has crossed your mind here or there. Fragments of Him takes you through the life and death of the protagonist, Will, and explores the effects it had on those close to him.

    The controls and gameplay mechanics are very simple and take almost no time to figure out. Basically, you need to interact with different parts of each scene and in doing so, the scene and story will advance. The beauty of Fragments of Him isn't really in the gameplay, or even in the graphics, it's in the story and narration.

    Throughout the story, you observe the the movements and emotions that come from those that were the closest to Will. Fragments of Him does a wonderful job of pulling you close to these characters. I often felt myself so engrossed in the story that I truly felt like I was a part of the experience and not just and "observer". Even though I could sometimes predict the outcome of some of the scenarios, it didn't matter as I loved watching how everything would play out. The character animations/models are relatively simple, but by no means does this detract from the experience.

    It's kind of hard to elaborate in detail the specifics of the story without giving away key parts that should really be left for you to experience on your own. With that said, if you are a fan of Walking Simulators, well-written narratives, great stories, or if you are just simply looking for a great game that you can loose yourself in for a few hours, Fragments of Him will easily satisfy.

    The Bad

    Short

    The Achievements

    The review was done on the PC (Steam) version of the game and does not have any achievements :(. Looking at the Xbox Achievement list, they all appear to be story related so they will likely unlock naturally throughout story progression

    Final Verdict

    Fragments of Him does a really good job drawing you into the story and kept me emotionally invested throughout the whole story. I don't really have anything bad to say about it other than maybe the fact that it is short. The price is fair and the game plays well.. If you're looking for a great story and soundtrack, Fragments of Him will not disappoint you.
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  2. Sep 24, 2017
    7
    Fragments of Him
    Good execution with an okay set up
    Fragments of him is a 2 and a half hour long interactive narrative based game about
    Fragments of Him
    Good execution with an okay set up
    Fragments of him is a 2 and a half hour long interactive narrative based game about Will..
    Why is will important?
    I have no idea and this is ultimately my biggest issue with this game…
    This is a very touching story, you play as an observer, as 3 people close to will tell you about their life with him and how he impacted them…
    His grandma, his ex girlfriend, and his boyfriend…
    As the observer your job is to essentially set the scene…
    and as you do so the character a scene is about will narrate telling you stories and their thoughts about will.. really immersing you into the moment… making it feel like youre there instead of just watching and listening..
    ocassionally stepping in to make a choice on where a certain item goes or what one character says in an important moment…
    but other than that youre just walking around and bringing life to everything…
    however you don’t get much time with will himself..
    the game opens with him..
    you find out what happens to him…
    but you don’t get to experience the moments with the characters telling you the stories through him…
    You don’t get to feel what they meant to him, sure you get words.. but no moments..
    you only get their perspective..
    and because of this I had a really hard time caring about any of it…
    its like those old people that pull out their wallets at the park wanting to show you their grandchildren and tell you stories about them..
    I don’t know either of you.. please don’t..
    I loved how the story was told through you as the observer setting the scene and feel this alone should get fans of story telling in general to play through this game and appreciate the delivery..
    this is a story about a gay man and how others perceive him..
    though it isn’t too down your throat except for the chapter about the grandma…
    she spoke about herself in a way a hipster at their favorite coffee shop in sanfransisco would talk about old people.. and that entire section of the game felt a little too agenda pushy for me and unnatural..
    but the other sections were great and didn’t make a big deal out of it..
    of course that was the point with the grandma chapter.. but her awareness level of how unfair the way she thought of him was was a little too high
    Fragments of Him tells a story in a special way..
    you may not care about the journey you just went through by the end…
    But again if youre a fan of story telling, give it a shot just to experience the great delivery despite the poor set up…
    I give Fragments of Him
    a 7/10
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