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  • Summary: An investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling, Telling Lies revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé, Angela Sarafyan and directed by Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story and Silent Hill: ShatteredAn investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling, Telling Lies revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé, Angela Sarafyan and directed by Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 29, 2020
    90
    Telling Lies delivers one of the strongest stories I’ve experienced on the Nintendo Switch in quite some time in one of the most original and compelling ways. Though the end credits have since rolled, I’m left still pondering on the game’s memorable cast of characters and the tangled web of secrets I managed to uncover through careful analysis and lots and lots of scribbled notes. I’ve never been one for FMV in video games but after sampling the efforts of Sam Barlow I might just have become a real believer in its use in the medium.
  2. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    On paper, searching a large database of phone-filmed video clips doesn't sound too exciting, but Telling Lies offers an exhilarating few hours of detective work thanks to clever construction, strong performances and exceptional polish. Given that the game takes place almost entirely in windows on a virtual desktop computer screen (and would therefore seem 'at home' on PC), it survives the transition to Switch entirely intact. While there's not much incentive to reopen the investigation once it reaches its climax, uncovering Telling Lies' web of relationships and intrigue is a case definitely worth taking on.
  3. Apr 30, 2020
    80
    Telling Lies offers a great narrative where we control an intriguing videogame from the first second. Although there are aspects that can be improved, the overall experience of the title is positive. It is one of the Nintendo Switch FMVs that must be played by lovers of good stories.
  4. May 12, 2020
    80
    As for Telling Lies itself, it's an outstanding story and one that's told in a novel way. What makes the game especially memorable is the individual acting performances and how the actors are able to convey a range of emotions. There was nothing over-the-top or anything that made me want to mock the dialogue. Everything is well-written with strong performances to match. I missed the original PC release, but I'm glad I got to experience the Telling Lies story on Switch.
  5. May 19, 2020
    80
    Telling Lies is not like most other games and while many could have easily ruled out games that make use of Full Motion Video, this work does a remarkable job at it. Thanks to its plot, a great actors' performance and good implementation of a touch-screen control system, Telling Lies will reward those players who will invest the necessary time and concentration to follow the game's plot.
  6. May 14, 2020
    78
    When compared to other games, Telling Lies is a massive accomplishment, bringing unheard of levels of talent. But when compared to movies or TV, the performances and production design feel a little bit lacking. I’ll certainly be playing future Barlow games — the ideas are too cool to ignore. But in the future, I’d be keen to see him try his hand at something campier, or maybe let a more experienced director handle the actors. Sam Barlow presents Command and Conquer: Red Alert? Yes, please!
  7. 70
    Telling Lies is a strong piece of art, with excellent acting, believable dialogue, thoughtful themes, and layer upon layer of mystery to uncover. However, whether it's actually fun to play will depend on the individual and how strongly they connect with the characters and world over several hours of footage. Some players will just get bored.

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  1. May 8, 2020
    9
    This review also contains INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW YOU CAN PLAY ANY IN-GAME VIDEO FROM THE START OF CLIP instead of halfway through, something youThis review also contains INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW YOU CAN PLAY ANY IN-GAME VIDEO FROM THE START OF CLIP instead of halfway through, something you will want to do many times and an option that the game itself does not provide. IT IS NOT CHEATING and if anything makes the game more enjoyable. Read on to get a mini review but more importantly a handy hint.

    A few years ago I read about a game called 'Her Story' where you sifted through police interrogation videos to piece together a story and solve a murder. So I downloaded it onto my not gaming laptop. This was the first PC game I had downloaded since Rollercoaster tycoon in 2003. Anyway I plugged the laptop into the TV and my wife and I payed it through and really enjoyed it. So when I read that 'Her Story' creator Sam Barlow had made another game featuring FMV I didn't hesitate to download it and this time I didn't have to check the old laptop specs because it was available on the switch! Straight away I was drawn into the challenge of finding clues in the five videos available to me at the start. These clues are in the form of words that I can enter into a database to search the dialogue of other videos and start my journey down the rabbit hole of murder and deceit.
    And all if this is great however there was one feature or lack thereof that became obvious very early on. There are a lot of videos to watch and a lot of those videos are well over 5 minutes. Oddly you are not given the option to start the video from the start, instead you only have the option to start it from wherever the word you searched for appears in the clip. There is a rewind/fast forward feature however they are very slow. HOWEVER.... I have discovered a glich that lets you jump to the start of any clip with the press of a few buttons. If you are thinking of playing the game read on, you will be glad you did.

    How to instantly jump to start of any video...

    I can't find this anywhere else so at risk of looking like a fool I will disclose a little trick that I found while playing Telling Lies on the Switch that lets you watch any video from it's start. Here it goes...

    Once you select the video from the search results you get the option to start the video at the time the matching word showers in the clip. Select any matching word or starting point and as the screen fades to black to load the video press and hold the left trigger (rewind button) until the video appears, normally about 2 seconds. Then once the video appears briefly release the trigger (half a second) and then press and hold it again for about 2 seconds. Now when you release the trigger and press play (A button) it will start from the beginning. This works on all videos regardless of length or search word starting point.
    There's an hour of your life back. You're welcome.
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  2. 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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