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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 78
  2. Negative: 21 out of 78
  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. Dec 30, 2019
    10
    Nothing short of brilliant. Thought-provoking narrative, a very neat design. Wonderful acting and a good soundtrack, I encourage everyone toNothing short of brilliant. Thought-provoking narrative, a very neat design. Wonderful acting and a good soundtrack, I encourage everyone to give this a go. Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2017
    9
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2020
    7
    Интересный опыт, на 2 часа игра заставляет почуствовать себя детективом из 90х, собирающим мозаику из показаний одной странной женщины наИнтересный опыт, на 2 часа игра заставляет почуствовать себя детективом из 90х, собирающим мозаику из показаний одной странной женщины на допотопном компьютере с windows 95.

    В основе игры заложена элементарная механика из поиска видеофайлов по ключевым словам, произнесённым на записях. Такую механику можно легко представить в виде какой-нибудь мини-игры в крупном проекте по типу GTA, потому проект был бы начисто проходной, если б не интригующий сюжет, который держит у экрана до тех пор, пока не "докопаешься до истины", и позволяющий строить различные теории произошедшего уже после титров.
    Каноничной версии произошедшего нет, поэтому каждый может видеть ситуацию по-своему, и это прекрасно. Было интересно ознакомиться с версиями других игроков на форумах уже после окончания игры.

    Финальная оценка - 7,5 из 10.
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  5. Aug 13, 2015
    6
    If you love to feel like Sherlock Holmes, you may like this game. Ok, it's maybe not a 'game', more of an interactive story perhaps, but ifIf you love to feel like Sherlock Holmes, you may like this game. Ok, it's maybe not a 'game', more of an interactive story perhaps, but if you want something different then this could be what you're after. I loved it, but it did leave me wanting more content, and some other interaction rather than just 'search for video - watch video - repeat'. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2015
    4
    This is what I call "Polygon Bait" - as in a game with an interesting idea of the type that particular review site loves to laud asThis is what I call "Polygon Bait" - as in a game with an interesting idea of the type that particular review site loves to laud as 'artistic', but in reality it is, at best and being very generous, average in its' execution and, crucially, not very fun as an actual video game. Mostly because it's not a video game, but we'll come to that later.

    Her Story is exactly the above, I give it extra credit for the cheap price point I purchased it at, and to be fair this isn't the worst game in the world - but the problem is that its' concept wears thin extremely quickly and devolves into repetition. The story is the strongpoint of the title, and easily excels beyond other "Polygon Bait" titles such as the atrocious Gone Home, but everything this game has to offer can be enjoyed exactly the same way by watching a playthrough on YouTube.

    There's no incentive to play the game yourself. It is more of an interactive movie than even the likes of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. That's not a bad thing exactly, as some people like those types of things, but I'd really like to begin to see these titles labelled clearly for what they are and not reviewed on a par with actual video games. If that makes me sound elitist or whatever, then so be it, but there has to be a distinction between various media, the same way there's a distinction between television and books. They are two different things.

    So yeah, an interesting but half-cooked interactive movie concept. If you have money to burn, get it on the cheap, but you are not missing out on anything revolutionary here. I'm waiting for the first truly revolutionary title of this type; this isn't it.
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  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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