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Telling Lies

Telling Lies is the new video game from Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. An investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling, Telling Lies revolves around a cache of secretly recorded video conversations. It stars Logan Marshall-Green, Alexandra Shipp, Kerry Bishé and Angela Sarafyan. Telling Lies sits you in front of an anonymous laptop loaded with a stolen NSA database full of footage. The footage covers two years in the intimate lives of four people whose stories are linked by a shocking incident. Explore the database by typing search terms, watch the clips where those words are spoken and piece together your story. Unlike anything you've played before, Telling Lies is an intimate and intense experience. A game where you decide the truth.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Ambitious expansion of the idea from Her Story that could be reigned in.
Having two sides of a conversation is an amazing idea. The problem is that every conversation has two sides. You might spend 5 more boring minutes watching Discount Tom Hardy do and say nothing with the slim hope he'll drop a single keyword, only to be left yawning.
I would love it if it were tighter, thinner, and denser. More clues in a single scene, not just verbally but in the environment. Or more excuses as to why we can't see the other person, minimizing time in the same convo. Or just more journal vlogs that tell stuff with no downtime and no other person to have to hunt.
My spouse and I sat down for almost 10 hours mapping out words on paper, setting up a timeline, and having a really good time with the idea of it—the craft, the concept. But in the end it wasn't engaging enough to finish. I'll never know what happened between Discount Tom Hardy and Season 9 Scrubs. But I enjoyed it while it lasted and am happy to support it.

Review from Steam

Well, I really liked how immersive the experience was. The actors were really good, and I had fun trying to figure out the story. The ending was a bit sad.
CONS
The rewinding and fast fowarding of the videos as a bit time consuming. I wish it had the same feature as when it was Her Story where there was a scroll bar and I could just click at the place in the video I wanted to see. It doesn't really make sense why the "digital" videos had to have a tape-like feature when we were supposed to be looking at the footage in a laptop.
ALSO, why is the Solitaire game missing a King? I thought it was supposed to be some kind of clue, but it wasn't? Was that just there to annoy the OC players?

Review from Steam

If you've played 'Her Story' you'll know what you're in for - trawling through snippets of evidence, searching for keywords, connections & cohesion. There's no linear storyline here - it's a jigsaw that you work out without knowing what the picture is supposed to look like.
Logan Marshall-Green did a great job as David - special mention for a man who can express almost entirely through his eyebrows ;) All of the acting was well done, though, and I enjoyed seeing the characters become more fleshed out as I watched the snippets.
Unfortunately, the criticisms are valid - the controls suck and the scrolling interface is tedious.
Overall, though I can see why some people didn't like it, I really enjoyed it and would love to see more like this.

Review from Steam

Personally, I recommend this game. For such a simple game it was really immersive, it really felt like I was rifling through people's personal conversations on a database, which was strange but interesting. I enjoy playing it with people so we can discuss different things we noticed. And the way they produced it w/ actual live conversations at different sets is fascinating. I wish more people would give this unique game a chance.

Review from Steam

Great story and great acting. Overall I has a great time, but maybe a bit less than Her Story.
The problem with the game is that the format is a bit rough and many players will be confused or bored very rapidly. I don't understand why they didn't make a chronological report with all the discoveries and fuse videos when you get both sides.
Also, the rewind is so slow, why didn't you put us at the start of the video instead? It feels like you're wasting your time because of some poor gameplay choices, rewinding endlessly and browsing history.
Also, I didn't get why the author chose to not show all endings if you get everything, you can only watch 1 of them...

Review from Steam

Thumbs up only because of brilliant acting by the cast. However, this is NOT A GOOD GAME.
Basic gameplay is close to Her Story, but here it's somehow infinitely more tedious for no good reason. You end up wasting time rewinding videos sloooowly without a possibility to skip to the beginning.
The story was quite confusing in the beginning, but by the end it gripped me to the point where I plan to speed-replay this with key word list to get every video.
So, quite a mixed bag... On one hand, there is a compelling story with good acting. On the other hand, there's the downright hostile UI that tries it's best to make you not like the game. I swear, 30 minutes before the end I was still firm on giving this a negative review. Ultimately decided to recommend this with a large asterisk.

Review from Steam

Such an intriguing story, well acted and made me so invested.
I just feel like it was lacking more in choices for the ending? dunno, just felt like it.
Still, it is an amazing game and I really recommend it :)