> @Archer @Tad
> Just finished Telling Lies. It's an okay game. The acting is definitely top-notch,
> though and the story takes a couple of interesting turns. You have all these disjointed
> video clips and you piece the game's story together by searching keywords or phrases
> to bring up certain clips. It's a pretty cool mechanic and it's really easy to go
> down a rabbit hole so I had to keep a pen and pad with me to keep track of things.
> I can't even say whether or not I enjoyed the game because it felt like a chore at
> times, but what I can say is that the game is really oddly designed...
> The majority of clips feature a conversation between two people so you need to watch
> two clips, one from each perspective, to get the full picture. Most clips don't really
> make much sense since you can only hear one side of the conversation and to make
> matters worse, the clips aren't paired so it's not like you can just watch the other
> clip once you're done with the first. You have to try to parse through the first
> clip to figure out what the other person is saying so you know what to search for
> to bring the second clip up. With me so far? Good! Now don't make the mistake of
> searching for a word that's too common because search results are limited to 5. So
> even if the game tells you there are 10 results for the word "love", you'll only
> see the first 5 results. I hope I haven't lost you yet because here's where things
> really get wonky. So you figure out the perfect word or phrase, you type it into
> the search bar and it pulls up a clip. It matches the length of the first clip you
> watched so you know they are a pair. We're in business! You hit play and the clip
> starts right where that word/phrase is uttered in the conversation. But here's the
> problem...the word is uttered right in the middle of an 8 min clip so you have to
> rewind to the beginning. No problem, right? Wrong! These devs, in their infinite
> wisdom, chose not to include in a fast rewind function. There also isn't a way to
> just start a clip from the beginning. You have to use the super slo-mo rewind function
> like it's a VHS or something and it takes forever to rewind to the beginning of clips.
> The rewind speeds are so slow that you can easily read the subtitles in reverse and
> get all the info you need from the scene. And you find yourself in the middle or
> even at the very end of a clip a lot. And there are a lot of long clips so this gets
> old fast. So just rinse and repeat this process for 4-5 hours and that's your game.
> I also want to mention that the way the game ends is really annoying and anticlimactic.
> I guess I'd pieced enough of the story together for the game to trigger the end-game
> cinematic even though there were plenty of gaps I hadn't filled. So while the story
> is definitely intriguing, it just ends up feeling kinda disjointed and incomplete.
> I checked out some reviews and I'm convinced that most of the reviewers were drunk
> when they played this. So many design oversights that some reviewers don't even bother
> mentioning. It's baffling. I've heard Her Story is much better (same developer) so
> I'll definitely check that one out if it ever comes to consoles.
I didn't know it came out yesterday. And this sounds terrible. Her Story was way better than what you are describing. Not sure how they went backwards with this one. This sounds like work and not something fun to do, lol.