Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 100
    Telling Lies is a flawless piece of work. This is Sam Barlow perfecting what he was able to achieve with Her Story and bolstering it with a bigger story and being supported by four powerhouse performances. Telling Lies offered me five incredible hours and everyone should experience this masterpiece with their own eyes.
  2. 90
    Telling Lies is a fantastic experience hinged on the themes of context and perspective, with a ton of additional themes layered underneath that wider arc. “There are two sides to every story, and then there’s the truth.” The mystery lies in the human experience, differing motivations, and how conversations change contextually. It’s the same story, but every player will experience it differently based on what themes draw their attention and how they connect the dots. Perspective and context. Sam Barlow is pioneering new ways to bring interactivity to FMV media, blending film, games, and the human experience in ways that shouldn’t be missed.
  3. 80
    Telling Lies manages to deliver an intricate and intriguing tale within a format that still manages to engage. Digging through the files and uncovering new information can be enjoyable and insightful. It could do with a few conveniences and the interface still likes to withhold information, but there's a provocative tale here. It's backed up with some incredible writing and stellar performances across the board.
  4. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    With its high production values, impressive on-screen talent, and an engaging story told in a truly spectacular way, Telling Lies is a truly unique and compelling experience. Whether one prefers to absorb their stories through video games or film, Telling Lies is a must-play for fans of storytelling in any form.
  5. Apr 28, 2020
    70
    Telling Lies is one of the best experiences to make use of FMV on PS4, telling a fascinating narrative that'll have you guessing what revelation will come your way next. What's more, the star-studded cast of characters does an excellent job of bringing the script to life, but it is held back by a perplexing rewind function. Had it been implemented better, the game would be on the cusp of greatness. Although, in its current state, Telling Lies is still a very safe recommendation for fans of the genre.
  6. May 29, 2020
    65
    Telling Lies is a fantastic game…On PC. On consoles it’s playable, and for those who don’t have any other alternative it’ll do in a pinch, but playing with a mouse and keyboard is the way to go. The experience is so thematically intertwined with the pretense of using a personal computer that a lot is lost in the translation to home consoles. Considering the low system requirements, anyone with a relatively recent laptop should be able to run the PC version, making the console versions obsolete on arrival. The devs did the best they could with the port, but it’s still a distant second best to the original.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Apr 29, 2020
    8
    + Story
    + Performances
    + It's more about the journey than the destination +/- Could've used a mechanic where you could 'collect' unlocked
    + Story
    + Performances
    + It's more about the journey than the destination

    +/- Could've used a mechanic where you could 'collect' unlocked clips and re-arrange them on a timeline to help keep track and also to re-construct the fragmented two-way video calls back into one. It would've aided the process, run it a little more smoother, enable replay value, and would've been a nice feature; a video puzzle piece you can playback. I advise folks to use a spreadsheet and get their note-taking game ready or else it's easy to get lost.

    +/- Unlike in "Her Story", you can't add little notes to whichever clips you 'bookmark'. It would've been a nice feature to bring back.

    - How come there isn't an instant rewind feature for clips. Instead we have to manually rewind which, if a clip proceeds for minutes on end, it can take awhile.
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  2. May 3, 2020
    10
    A cerebral exploration of what we think we know and what might be reality. My brother is a detective in LA and he played this game (remotelyA cerebral exploration of what we think we know and what might be reality. My brother is a detective in LA and he played this game (remotely and socially distanced), and his comment was that Telling Lies is about as close as you can get to what it is like to be a detective without having to join the force. My view is that this was entertaining and interesting - and quite a break from the "mash the buttons" games that, while certainly fun, can become repetitive. Definitely worth the money - a must buy. Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2020
    5
    While there is an interesting story here, and I understand the casting cost must have been fairly high.... the game does not warrant the priceWhile there is an interesting story here, and I understand the casting cost must have been fairly high.... the game does not warrant the price tag in playtime and replayability. Full Review »