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  1. Jun 3, 2016
    95
    Fragments of Him, a collection of "fragments" from the memories of his closest friends and family, is a fascinating yet heartbreaking look into the life of a man who died way too young.
  2. Jun 8, 2016
    80
    It’s rare a story can be so powerful without the need to rely on some kind of grand narrative. It may not be the best in terms of gameplay, and at times you may wish you were just watching a movie, but the story that Fragments of Him tells is in equal measures important, beautiful, heartbreaking and uplifting. For that reason alone, it’s an experience well worth investing in.
  3. Jun 14, 2016
    80
    Honestly, I might be pushing it with the gameplay being lackluster and the abundance of loading screens, but this game deserves credit where credit’s due. I may not have connected with it emotionally, the style of story told - whilst not for everyone - is something I’m sure will hit home or strike a chord for some people and whilst I didn’t focus on the value of loss. It definitely gave me food for thought of expressing a narrative that felt genuine and earnest.
  4. Jun 12, 2016
    70
    Fragments of Him is a very emotional experience, dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one, and much like the recent That Dragon, Cancer, it tells a personal story that will send you on a very emotional ride. You can either dwell on the technical issues, or you can let yourself be drawn in and feel the feelings.
  5. 60
    A game about love, loss and the human condition, Fragments of Him is a quality, narrative-driven affair with a message. It is, however, more of an interactive movie than a game, not to mention one that moves at a very slow pace. As such, it won't be for everyone.
  6. Aug 5, 2016
    58
    Basically, that closing chapter is compelling enough to raise the final evaluation of Fragments of Him a letter grade, if not two…but it's still probably not enough to make it a game worth checking out.
  7. Jun 12, 2016
    50
    While other similar games offer a little bit of interactivity and control on what's going on, in Fragments of Him we act as a mere camera operator through various people memories, which even fail to trigger in us any empathy for the dead boy they talk about. Maybe a video game wasn't the best medium to tell this story.

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  1. Sep 24, 2017
    7
    Fragments of Him
    Good execution with an okay set up
    Fragments of him is a 2 and a half hour long interactive narrative based game about
    Fragments of Him
    Good execution with an okay set up
    Fragments of him is a 2 and a half hour long interactive narrative based game about Will..
    Why is will important?
    I have no idea and this is ultimately my biggest issue with this game…
    This is a very touching story, you play as an observer, as 3 people close to will tell you about their life with him and how he impacted them…
    His grandma, his ex girlfriend, and his boyfriend…
    As the observer your job is to essentially set the scene…
    and as you do so the character a scene is about will narrate telling you stories and their thoughts about will.. really immersing you into the moment… making it feel like youre there instead of just watching and listening..
    ocassionally stepping in to make a choice on where a certain item goes or what one character says in an important moment…
    but other than that youre just walking around and bringing life to everything…
    however you don’t get much time with will himself..
    the game opens with him..
    you find out what happens to him…
    but you don’t get to experience the moments with the characters telling you the stories through him…
    You don’t get to feel what they meant to him, sure you get words.. but no moments..
    you only get their perspective..
    and because of this I had a really hard time caring about any of it…
    its like those old people that pull out their wallets at the park wanting to show you their grandchildren and tell you stories about them..
    I don’t know either of you.. please don’t..
    I loved how the story was told through you as the observer setting the scene and feel this alone should get fans of story telling in general to play through this game and appreciate the delivery..
    this is a story about a gay man and how others perceive him..
    though it isn’t too down your throat except for the chapter about the grandma…
    she spoke about herself in a way a hipster at their favorite coffee shop in sanfransisco would talk about old people.. and that entire section of the game felt a little too agenda pushy for me and unnatural..
    but the other sections were great and didn’t make a big deal out of it..
    of course that was the point with the grandma chapter.. but her awareness level of how unfair the way she thought of him was was a little too high
    Fragments of Him tells a story in a special way..
    you may not care about the journey you just went through by the end…
    But again if youre a fan of story telling, give it a shot just to experience the great delivery despite the poor set up…
    I give Fragments of Him
    a 7/10
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