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    dkirschner's Telling Lies (PC)

    [February 22, 2022 09:46:15 PM]
    Another compelling FMV detective game by Sam Barlow. Whereas in Her Story, you're watching videos of one woman being interviewed for murder, in Telling Lies, you're watching videos of four main characters who exist in a labyrinth of relationships to one another. I can't say anything about the story because I would inevitably spoil something.

    The game plays the same as Her Story. You're given a database of videos to search by inputting keywords. You can try whatever words you like. As you watch videos, you'll think, "Oh, that sounds important" or "I want to know more about that," and you'll note that word to search.

    One thing that's so cool about Telling Lies is that most of the videos are recorded conversations (think NSA spying) between two people, so there are two perspectives to every conversation. It's easy to guess what to search to see the other side of the conversation you're currently listening to, and that gives more context, you learn more about the other character, and sometimes you learn more important info. The other video type is the "hidden camera."

    Piecing together the timeline of these videos was a task I became utterly absorbed in. I'd give it a 100% if you had the ability to rewind videos with the push of a button instead of sitting there with your finger on rewind for a minute as if you're watching these on a VCR. These videos are digital files, and you're telling me the NSA video player doesn't have a timeline that lets people click to start at the beginning? Honestly I wonder how much gameplay time was rewinding videos.

    Anyway, there is a cool story here, and the way that it comes together based on your search terms and viewing order is fascinating. No two people will have the same experience playing this, will see the story unfold in the same way. There are a good amount of big revelations, and tons of small details to fill in along the way. I loved this.
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    dkirschner's Telling Lies (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Friday 4 February, 2022

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 10 February, 2022

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Love the conversational nature of these videos. Super neat. --------- Incredible storytelling.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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