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  • Summary: Here They Lie is a psychological horror experience that injects you into a frightening, surreal world riddled with strange and malevolent creatures. Horrors lurk around every corner, just out of sight, haunting and infecting your mind. Dare yourself to go deeper down the rabbit hole andHere They Lie is a psychological horror experience that injects you into a frightening, surreal world riddled with strange and malevolent creatures. Horrors lurk around every corner, just out of sight, haunting and infecting your mind. Dare yourself to go deeper down the rabbit hole and confront the meaning of your existence. The game focuses on narrative, and the experience of dread. [Tangentlemen] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Oct 17, 2016
    90
    Screaming creatures, cities on fire, underground stations that warp and shudder like an intestine, and a humanoid pig giving an antelope a high-five as they tag team a CRT television. What’s not to love?
  2. Oct 12, 2016
    80
    While the story of what happens to the main characters is unfulfilling, the descent into the hellish world of Here They Lie is, on its own, worth taking. Its dreary, evocative environments, dark tone, and horrific imagery would stand out even outside the realm of VR games. Some of its places, acts, and monsters will stick with me for a while. It creates a strong sense of place, and while I wouldn't say VR is crucial to experience, it definitely amplifies it.
  3. Oct 29, 2016
    70
    Here They Lie is a clever game for the PlayStation VR and its motion sickness does make wonder whether this game would be better suited for the PS4 Pro for faster framerates. The game’s momentum starts slow and every now and then the game will really make you jump which is where the developers have succeeded. However in terms of gameplay, it is a little light in its nature but the nonetheless is an interesting look into both the horror genre and into the psyche of the main character in this horror thriller.
  4. 60
    With Here They Lie, I stared long and hard into the abyss, only this time it didn’t stir; instead, I was left gazing at an under-cooked horror experience that while surreal, fails to deliver a fulfilling end product. Horror games should present an exercise in nerve-shredding tension whether they’re built for virtual reality or not. Sadly, Here They Lie leans too heavily on VR as a novelty to justify a by-the-numbers entry into the genre.
  5. Oct 20, 2016
    60
    Horror elements are overcooked and, alongside seriously limited interactions, lead to a game that’s not half as frightening as it thinks it is.
  6. Oct 14, 2016
    59
    It offers everything we look forward and everything that we fear about virtual reality. It's a charismatic game, but certainly confusing and opaque.
  7. Oct 12, 2016
    10
    Here They Lie smacks of cynicism – a game designed with the knowledge that horror works really well in VR, without anybody involved knowing how VR games should operate. It’s distinctly unpleasant to play, and I fear it’ll be only one of many horror games that pull the same stunt as virtual reality continues to hold sway.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Dec 23, 2016
    10
    I am giving this a 10 for the simple fact, that it does what it is supposed to do....it scares the crap out of you. it is not an action gameI am giving this a 10 for the simple fact, that it does what it is supposed to do....it scares the crap out of you. it is not an action game or anything of the sort, you are simply walking through, finding some clues/notes here and there, but holy crap there are some really scary moments. Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2019
    10
    Here I am, after almost 3 years of waiting, I've finally played Here They Lie as the developers wanted it, with a VR headset.
    I had
    Here I am, after almost 3 years of waiting, I've finally played Here They Lie as the developers wanted it, with a VR headset.
    I had tremendous expectations with this title. The trailers looked amazing and intriguing, they were strange in every possible way and they reminded me David Lynch's filmography, which is nice if you're looking for a very special/cloudy kind of experience.
    The first contact was REALLY intense and I had to take off the headset because I got scared by a simple trick of shadows, creepy sounds and inmersion.
    Then, I decided to jump back in again and I started to experience what everyone fears with virtual reality, motion sickness. I wasn't dizzy, neither did I get some headache, it was some sort of... discomfort in some sections of my body and, particularly with some movements, in the right side of my head. I stopped and I started to think, OK, maybe this is too much for my first true, "complete experience" in VR, so I switched to other games and continued to try out the game from 10 to 25 minutes. Honestly? I'm glad that I did.
    This is probably one of the best games I've EVER played in my life. It may not have the gameplay that you get with other titles, but the experience is so profound that I can't really count the title as just "a videogame" as other may be inclined to say, this is beyond experiences and storytelling in games.
    This is, truly, a heartbraking piece of poetry about the world and the decisions we can take and the terrible consequences of those moments in our life, tenderly screaming at our subconciuous with a STOP DOING that or you will end up destroyed.
    Technically is amazing. The sound is absolutely incredible. The graphics are really good even with the ocasional low res texture and the gameplay, while simple, is effective.
    You're there for the experience, and to experience it as intended YOU NEED VR, "sadly". I say this because some people may think that having the option to play it in 2D will do it, or maybe buying a Playstation VR headset is not something some people wanted, but trust me. You'll thank me.
    Slowly turning in a empty street because you're scared, sorrounded and in complete awe to this world is something I experience just a few times in my life, and Here They Lie has done that to me, as a gamer and as a human being receiving a piece of art directly into my eyes. But not only that, I have experienced something that left me thinking about everything.
    You're there because the developer wanted to say something to you.
    If you're open enough to just listen, and, with a really bad feeling while playing, not physically but emotionally, you're up to one the best games in the last decade. Yes, is that good.
    As with many other titles, you need to give it some time. Again, if you are open enough, you'll receive not only an incredible experience but also, one of those gems that are hidden right in front of you.
    This is the type of games I want to keep playing on VR. This is the type of games that push the medium forward, and we really need those.
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  3. Jul 26, 2019
    9
    legit the eirdest game i've ever played. and i say that in the best way possible. i'm actually willing to buy a VR set just because of it. thelegit the eirdest game i've ever played. and i say that in the best way possible. i'm actually willing to buy a VR set just because of it. the atmosphere is so cool and intense that it's really hard to describe, and the voice acting of the memories and the whole set of sounds of the game is superb.
    i reaaly enjoy this walk-through games. it reminded me a lot of Dear Esther gotta find some more games like these
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  4. Feb 4, 2019
    8
    This was one of the first VR games that I played back when it came out so maybe I would not give it the same score now, but even then it wasThis was one of the first VR games that I played back when it came out so maybe I would not give it the same score now, but even then it was around a 6.5 and I though it was more like an 8. I felt like the graphics were well done at the time and had a great atmosphere. I remember thinking that it went on just a bit too long and could have been tightened up a bit but that isn't the worst problem to have. Expand
  5. Apr 1, 2018
    7
    Here They Lie really nails its surrealistic atmosphere. It's an impressive early VR horror game that gives players a unique, apocalypticHere They Lie really nails its surrealistic atmosphere. It's an impressive early VR horror game that gives players a unique, apocalyptic world to explore. I really loved the level design and how the game keeps pushing you forward and the pace moves at a brisk pace despite not telling you where to go. I especially loved the narrow and twisty passageways that would snake throughout the world. And how you can look up and feel how closed in you are by seeing the buildings towering above you on both sides. I didn't really have any issues with the enemies. And thought they were a good addition to the game. They presented a subtle fear of getting caught and creepiness without getting really annoying. The only major issue I had was the nausea the game gives you when moving around. This really hurts the game because its hard to explore the game as much as you might want to and also hurts the enjoyment of the game. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2020
    6
    Meh. Way too little character development, so couldn't care less for any of the characters, but good aesthetics and atmosphere. Decent VR title.
  7. Nov 6, 2016
    0
    Induces VR sickness ... probably aggravated from left and right eye being badly synchronized with regards to lightening and possiblyInduces VR sickness ... probably aggravated from left and right eye being badly synchronized with regards to lightening and possibly perspective. Run demo, do you have sensation view fields have dark smudges, then alternate between closing left and right eye and you'll see ... one eye sees bright the other sees dark when looking at same area. THIS IS REALLY BAD - Sony must step up and forbid this kind of ****

    0 from being unplayable.
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