Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 4, 2020
    90
    Telling Lies is an atypical and surprising game that every lover of deep narrative and thrilling stories should try. Digging through tens and thousands of video recordings you'll unearth an intimate but complex world of love, lies, betrayal and human fragility that will glue you to the screen through the end, leaving you in anguish and willing to dig even deeper.
  2. May 1, 2020
    80
    The way the game can allow you to interact with the videos works extremely well. It’s not something you play but is an experience. It’s very much an interactive movie that feeds you the information based on how your mind works. Certain keywords will stick out to you but not to others since you have a different history. This is the evolution of a jigsaw puzzle. Yet I still hated it. I would rather have just watched something than have to dig around a fake computer. That’s a lie! I admired almost everything about Telling Lies and, though I wouldn’t play it through again, it’s very much worth your time.
  3. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    Telling Lies on Xbox One is not going to be for everyone. It is very much a cinematic, interactive story first and a game second. However, the brilliant performances and top-notch writing that stands among some of Hollywood’s best easily makes this a must-play for fans of FMV games or cinema in general.
  4. May 29, 2020
    70
    It’s obvious that a lot of work and care went into crafting the unique experience Telling Lies gives, it simply takes some out of the box thinking to really appreciate and hours of patience to piece it together. While I enjoyed the outcome and its complexity, it’s tricky to recommend unless you’re the type of person that would enjoy snooping through hours of private video conversations and can somehow keep track of it all.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 4, 2020
    8
    Telling Lies is an FMV Intrigue Narrative Desktop Adventure. From the creator of Her Story is a new FMV. Instead of one character, you will beTelling Lies is an FMV Intrigue Narrative Desktop Adventure. From the creator of Her Story is a new FMV. Instead of one character, you will be watching four. You are an unknown investigator given access to four peoples secretly recorded video calls. You're tasked with figuring out the connections between these people and the underlying plots. Each video is fully captioned, and superbly acted. You'll use a search bar to search the videos for key interactions about different nouns you can highlight from the captions. Each search will provide only the top five matches but will tell you how many matches there are. As I said before the acting is superb, allowing you to read expressions to help you along with your investigations. There is so much to dig through as you try to piece together these for people you know nothing about. If you're paying enough attention to details, these four strangers will be no enigmas by the end of the game. Telling Lies is easily one of the best FMV games to date, raising the bar drastically on the Genre. Sleuths will have plenty to go through and tons of in conversation hints. Matching the two sides of a conversation will shed even more light on the ongoing story. Telling Lies is a deep and intricately built experience that can provide rewarding gameplay. Full Review »
  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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