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  • Summary: Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life Is Strange. In this intimate thriller, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood. Set inTell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life Is Strange. In this intimate thriller, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood. Set in beautiful small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Aug 27, 2020
    100
    I’ve no hesitation in saying that Tell Me Why is Dontnod Entertainment’s best game yet. Its narrative may be somewhat small in scope, but the subject matter it deals with packs a punch much greater than any tall tale of time manipulation ever could. Its characters are some of the most well-realised I’ve come across in a game yet, and their story is one that’s not going to leave me any time soon. Dontnod deals with difficult subject matter bravely and commendably, but that’s not why Tell Me Why is so special. It’s the combination of everything altogether – its characters, actors, visuals, story – that makes this an experience I’m not soon going to forget.
  2. Sep 9, 2020
    90
    Tell Me Why is a memorable experience that's done well. The adventure portions are a good reminder to adventure game fans that the classic experience of logical puzzle-solving is alive and well, but the narrative becomes the driving force for completing the title. From the natural reactions to the characters to the assurances that the subjects of culture and transgenderism aren't just there for show, everything is elevated to the level of some of the best television dramas. For those who want something that's still considered new in the gaming landscape, Tell Me Why is a title that's well worth checking out.
  3. Sep 2, 2020
    88
    It’s abundantly obviously that Tell Me Why was made as a labor of love, and my time with Tyler and Alyson, while short, was very memorable. More importantly, it made me learn something new, ask questions and broadened my knowledge to other people’s plights that I’ve never had to personally experience. Not many other games have had the same lasting impact that Tell Me Why has.
  4. Aug 27, 2020
    80
    A lot of families hide pasts that, well, those living in the present day would rather not talk about. The Ronan twins' past is one touched by darkness, by actions and individuals who they have, understandably, pushed to one side. Going through this journey of rediscovery with them is a sometimes shocking but often joyous experience, and if you're someone who loves a tender yet twisted narrative adventure, Tell Me Why absolutely deserves your attention.
  5. Aug 27, 2020
    78
    Tell Me Why doesn’t exactly answer the question it poses in its title, and maybe that’s the point. Even so, I came away with mixed feelings by the end. I really enjoyed getting to know Tyler and Alyson, and I felt the suspense and intrigue of figuring out this larger mystery, but it also disappointed me. This was only further illustrated in the ending choice, which is just absolutely awful in terms of how it’s presented and how the characters rationalize it in the scenes that follow. It doesn’t end on a strong note, and what’s in between is full of highs and lows. The highs make it worth playing, but just expect to be shaking your head when those low points hit.
  6. Sep 14, 2020
    71
    Tell Me Why keeps you invested and interested story-wise for the full nine hours, but is lacking in the gameplay department. It's clear that this genre in its current state is standing on its last legs.
  7. Aug 27, 2020
    50
    Tell Me Why doesn't allow players to skip most of the dialogue in the game, meaning those going back through for collectibles or to see how different choices impact the story will experience a lot of deja vu. This inability to skip dialogue significantly brings down Tell Me Why's replay value, unfortunately.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 115
  2. Negative: 40 out of 115
  1. Sep 13, 2020
    10
    One of the best stories of the year. Whoever adds 0 to any game here doesn't know what video games are, and clearly hasn't played this one
  2. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    História muito boa. Te prende na frente do vídeo game. Personagens carismáticos.
  3. Aug 30, 2020
    10
    No spoilers. THIS GAME IS MAKING XBOX AND MICROSOFT THE NEW GEN CHAMPIONS. The fluidity and open mindedness of the developers and MicrosoftNo spoilers. THIS GAME IS MAKING XBOX AND MICROSOFT THE NEW GEN CHAMPIONS. The fluidity and open mindedness of the developers and Microsoft Game Studios really shines throughout the story of this game. I have enjoyed and completed each section of Chapter 1 and CANNOT wait to get my hands on the rest. Thank you Microsoft and DONTNOD for giving me such an exhilarating and thought provoking campaign. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Its a solid story, which is lacking some of the shining moments LiS had. I really enjoyed the Game and hat a lot of fun getting the coilectables, lurking for more informations in this world and just experience this very well made Story of the two siblings.

    Both characters were well chosen.

    It just felt a bit to rushed in the transition from Episode 2 to 3. I wanted a little bit more processing with the character of Alysson. We could have needed probably a longer Episode 3 or an Episode 4 to get a clean package here.

    But all in all they did a fantastic job with their narrative and highlighting some serious themes (depression, climate change, transgender). Besides the Depression which is main part of this game with also the Forgiveness and being done with memories, the other themes were very subtle and smart brought into the game.

    For me 8/10
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  5. Jun 6, 2021
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First 2 episodes are great, 3 is just ok.
    The main problem is the too much attention to Tyler and i don't get why he gets only one romance option. He chose his gender and he cant choose his romance?
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  6. Aug 29, 2020
    2
    El gameplay del juego es nefasto.
    Nada que ver a juegos como Gears of war, the last of us parte 2 y Death stranding. Es una serie interactiva
    El gameplay del juego es nefasto.
    Nada que ver a juegos como Gears of war, the last of us parte 2 y Death stranding. Es una serie interactiva realizada para rellenar el pass
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  7. Aug 22, 2021
    0
    Если после шедевральный первой части и приквела к ней вторая казалась местами слабовата, то эта часть просто позорище, зауши притянутыеЕсли после шедевральный первой части и приквела к ней вторая казалась местами слабовата, то эта часть просто позорище, зауши притянутые персонажи с такими же проблемами Expand

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