Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 30, 2022
    Immortality is unlike any other game. It's wildly ambitious, gorgeously shot, well acted, and incredibly unique. You might think you understand the straightforward gameplay, which requires you to match clips together to uncover the story of actress Marissa Marcel, but you have no idea what you're getting into and what you'll be at the end.
  2. Aug 30, 2022
    By uncovering the mystery of Marissa Marcel through the very visual language of cinema with both intuitive and tactile controls, Immortality raises a new high bar on what’s possible with video and game mechanics. Anchored by its cast’s stellar performances, a script and production that perfectly captures the film genres and eras depicted, this is an arthouse masterpiece destined for, well, immortality.
  3. Aug 30, 2022
    Immortality is easily Sam Barlow's best game to date and, when you consider the delights he's served up previously, well, you get an idea of just how good this one really is. It's a dazzling display from any angle you to choose to admire it; top-notch acting, brilliant writing, a core mechanic that's mind-bendingly complex but carried off with style and grace, intuitive controls that draw you into your role...just remember to avoid spoilers, dive into the mystery of Marissa Marcel completely unsullied, and you're in for one of the most exquisite gaming experiences of this year, or any other, by quite some distance.
  4. Aug 30, 2022
    It is a triumph in the FMV game genre and one of the, if not the best gaming experiences of my lifetime.
  5. 95
    Immortality ambitiously succeeds at evolving the formats introduced in Her Story and Telling Lies to offer some of Sam Barlow’s best work yet and one of gaming’s most well-justified open-world experiences. Bolstered by some fantastic performances and a compelling mystery to uncover, it’s engrossing and engaging from beginning to end. While it might assume some prior knowledge in telling it’s underlying story, Immortality is an experience that’s not to be missed and one that I’ll never stop thinking about. It is truly fantastic and well worth your time.
  6. Sep 9, 2022
    Throughout its gameplay, you are going to ask question about the game and explore the movie itself. The interesting story tells you about an immortal art and ugly reality, also an unknown phenomena time to time. However, the lack of interaction in gameplay was highlighted even more, under Sam Barlow's intention. That is why someone is talking about its perfection, while others point out its insufficiency.
  7. Sep 6, 2022
    Sam Barlow’s latest title is fascinating, curious and much darker than it seems.
  8. 90
    Nothing less than a whole new genre of video game, that evolves the interactive movie into something that feels dynamic and excitingly different.
  9. Aug 30, 2022
    Immortality is a stunning game overall. It's a truly effective mystery that has a great understanding of the kind of story it wants to tell and the kind of topics where it wants to peel back the skin. It certainly won't be for everyone, but it's a demanding and brilliant experience for those who want something a little more cerebral.
  10. Aug 28, 2022
    Immortality is a new demonstration of the art of Sam Barlow. Mystical, captivating, Marissa is the main subject of a work of absolutely remarkable screenplay consistency, with polished shots and whose non-chronological grouping makes the whole experience gripping. And if it is true that the redundancy of the gameplay based on a simple click mechanism can prove to be heavy at the end of the experience, the adventure is nonetheless incredibly striking and controlled.
  11. Sep 14, 2022
    Immortality certainly gives you that leeway for your own interpretation and enough compelling mystery that its puzzle can get under your skin and spill out of the game itself. There are already some fascinating readings of the game out there and much of the fun will come in discussion and dissection. I still don’t think I have a perfect handle on what it all means, despite reaching the game’s ‘conclusion’, but I have some ideas. What I do know is that this is a brilliantly clever, disturbing and singular piece of work.
  12. Sep 12, 2022
    I guarantee you will have never played anything like Immortality. It’s a compelling enigma, but one I am glad to have had the privilege to soak up and enjoy.
  13. Aug 30, 2022
    Immortality finds creator Sam Barlow building on the found-footage FMV framework of Her Story and Telling Lies in ambitious and surprising new ways. That boldness pays off in the frame-shifting narrative, which encompasses three meticulously crafted feature films, their creation, and the sinister truth of what happened to the woman who starred in them. But the “match cut” system you use to navigate between clips and discover new ones means the actual process of piecing together the story is messier and less satisfying than in his previous work.
  14. Sep 6, 2022
    Ultimately, one's enjoyment of Immortality is going to depend entirely on two things: if they like art house films and if they have the patience to sift through over 200 clips of mostly-boring footage to get the story's full picture. The story itself is interesting enough that players will find themselves compelled to keep returning to the game to look for more clues, even if they're otherwise bored, but gameplay-wise, it doesn't have much to offer beyond its one genius trick. Immortality is something that everyone should at least try through Xbox Game Pass, but they should go in understanding that the game is going to demand a lot from them and not always offer much in return.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 73
  2. Negative: 18 out of 73
  1. Sep 4, 2022
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Game was great. The beginning to end had twist and turns in it that left me stumped. Should try it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2022
    As others have mentioned - this can hardly be called a game. I gave it a shot anyway because of all the great reviews but I spent about 45As others have mentioned - this can hardly be called a game. I gave it a shot anyway because of all the great reviews but I spent about 45 minutes and did not find the content compelling at all. The acting was mediocre at best and I really don't want to waste time pouring over old uninteresting fake film footage. Not to mention there is no backstory at all about how the actress just reappears 25+ years later and looks younger than she did before without anyone batting an eye - it just offers up the film as if this is completely normal. I don't get the hype and am not willing to invest any more gaming time into this as I would much rather play an actual game. Full Review »
  3. Sep 1, 2022
    another true masterpiece from the creators of "Her story" and "telling lies", the mystery and horror is so good and the writing is just topanother true masterpiece from the creators of "Her story" and "telling lies", the mystery and horror is so good and the writing is just top notch this is the best game I've seen this studio make and it outperforms the previous ones. really really good, 10/10 so easily. Full Review »