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Mixed or average reviews- based on 422 Ratings

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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: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  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: 32 out of 72
  2. Negative: 18 out of 72
  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. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    Super interesting concept - I really loved this game and I felt like I had a really unique experience trying to solve the mystery of what wasSuper interesting concept - I really loved this game and I felt like I had a really unique experience trying to solve the mystery of what was going on. 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. May 16, 2020
    7
    Very unique game. This is very different experience. But the story needs more clear.
  5. May 10, 2016
    6
    The actress (Viva Seifert) in the video sequences actually gave a fairly decent performance, but here's the problem : Being "unconventional"The actress (Viva Seifert) in the video sequences actually gave a fairly decent performance, but here's the problem : Being "unconventional" and "artsy" doesn't automatically make engaging gameplay. You basically sit in front of a "screen" and enter search terms as vague as "yes" and "us" to unravel a murder-mystery. A list of up to 5 matching videos is then brought up to watch in out of order sequence. This is interesting and different for the first 50 searches at which point you'll have already figured out the plot long in advance of watching all available videos. Then you have a choice to make : spend the other +400x searches in boredom filling in the gaps awaiting a "proper end" that never comes, or "end" early and treat it as a 30-45min game-less "narrative experience" whose "effect" on you is entirely relative...

    At time of writing, the user score is averaging 5.7, and honestly that's not unreasonable. The acting is well done, and plot fairly interesting so it doesn't deserve a zero, but likewise if you guess the right search terms early and figure out the plot fairly quickly, there really isn't much "game" there at any stage regardless of "narration".
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  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. Sep 6, 2016
    0
    Why isn't this in the movie section? This is NOT a video game.

    I'm not joking. Look it up on youtube if you don't believe me. This is a
    Why isn't this in the movie section? This is NOT a video game.

    I'm not joking. Look it up on youtube if you don't believe me. This is a movie where you are rarely forced to click your mouse sometimes.

    Interactive movies are not video games, regardless of what some people who like final fantasy might tell you.
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