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  • Summary: Her Story is the new game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band JoeHer Story is the new game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
  1. Jul 2, 2015
    100
    Her Story is likely worth playing if only because it is so profoundly different. When you throw in solid writing, passable acting, and the need for players to reach their own conclusions about what happened, it comes together exceptionally well.
  2. Jun 22, 2015
    95
    An astounding performance by Viva Seifert, immaculate writing by Sam Barlow and a completely innovative concept cement Her Story as one of the most solid and mesmerising releases this year.
  3. Jul 5, 2015
    90
    Her Story is an incredibly interesting twist in the investigative theme. More than that, the work of Sam Barlow could be an illuminating beacon for future games that aim at offering innovative gameplay in police fiction games. A real must.
  4. Impressive performance by Viva Seifert, great job by Sam Barlow. You will definitely feel like a true detective.
  5. Jun 29, 2015
    85
    With a strong script, great use of FMV, and a simple yet empowering core game mechanic, Her Story is the most unique game I’ve played in years.
  6. Jul 9, 2015
    83
    Despite the fact that Her Story barely qualifies as a game, it has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to narrative; having said that, it won't satisfy all tastes, it is a game for the ones looking to be amazed.
  7. Jun 25, 2015
    40
    Despite the addictiveness of a Google-like search for murder clues, neither the artificial screen glare nor actress Viva Seifert's performance lend credibility to Her Story's lady-psychopath clichés.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 80
  2. Negative: 22 out of 80
  1. Jun 24, 2015
    10
    Don't care if this fits into peoples definitions of a game it is an entirely irrelevant point - play it if you want and the huge majority thatDon't care if this fits into peoples definitions of a game it is an entirely irrelevant point - play it if you want and the huge majority that do seem to enjoy it. I play games to be entertained and this engaged me and entertained me more than anything I've picked up in years. Real craft and artistry pushes boundaries and does things others haven't tried before and this does that so very wonderfully, it genuinely is something unique and that is so very rare in this world. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2015
    10
    At first, you'll be a bit disappointed with the "gameplay" and you'll think a lot of the clips are unnecessary. (Like, 'why is she saying theAt first, you'll be a bit disappointed with the "gameplay" and you'll think a lot of the clips are unnecessary. (Like, 'why is she saying the same thing 3 times!?').
    Then, you'll be blown up by an unexpected twist (well, at least I didn't expect it).
    You'll finish the game ready to put a 6 in your review.
    But then you stop, and start actually thinking of what just happened. You'll get a lot of questions and no answers. While you're reading discussions online you'll see that not everybody thought the same towards the end of the game, and you'll realize how much exists to interpretation.
    You'll spend more time thinking about the game afterwards than actually playing it. And I personally love that.

    The only thing I didn't like was the absence of a closure, more than just a couple of texts. I didn't want all the answers spilled to me in a final video, but I did expect something at least different, because it just finishes by telling you "you're done".

    Even though, that's not enough to not absolutely love this game.

    Spoiler: I find the twist quite similar to the twist the creator also did in "Aisle". But that didn't stop me from being surprised.
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  3. Feb 4, 2016
    9
    Amazed by it. I totally felt like a detective trying to solve a case. It has been a great experience, it felt almost real. A puzzle that stepAmazed by it. I totally felt like a detective trying to solve a case. It has been a great experience, it felt almost real. A puzzle that step by step shows the whole picture. You must try it! Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2019
    7
    It's an interactive movie where you're playing detective and trying to figure out the story from a single location. Overall, the story is ok.It's an interactive movie where you're playing detective and trying to figure out the story from a single location. Overall, the story is ok. There are no weak spots, but there are also no outstanding moments. It's kind of forgettable game. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. i like the way that game goes. sit with my girl..play..writing all the evidence that we have (14 papers)..
    but when the game ended i had so many questions.. nothing that we wrote has anything to do with this story.
    ok we all understated she was bipolar or she has a twin but.. this story doesn't make scene at any angle that Im looking it. still i believe it was a good game but hope for same games with better stories.
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  6. Aug 8, 2015
    4
    The acting is horrendous. Hard to take the story seriously, unfortunately. I like the approach to the game concept but given that the videosThe acting is horrendous. Hard to take the story seriously, unfortunately. I like the approach to the game concept but given that the videos of the girl is the base of the entire story, I can't play it. It feels like I'm back in first-year drama class at high school Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2021
    0
    This interactive movie is not a game by any means It's dull and boring. The acting is meh. I'd rather just watch a 1 hour long movie thenThis interactive movie is not a game by any means It's dull and boring. The acting is meh. I'd rather just watch a 1 hour long movie then spend time clicking on 30 seconds clips trying to figure out what's this about. The database search that shows only the 5 first entries defies its own purpose. Expand

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