“Her Story is the new video game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. It stars Viva Seifert, actress and one half of the band Joe Gideon and the Shark.” – Steam Store page
Her Story is a murder mystery that plays out very different from any other title you have played before. You are placed at a desktop that is logged into a police database of video interviews conducted. The footage is spread over 7 interviews about a British woman’s missing husband.
The main part of this game is watching each video and piecing together what has taken place. After watching a video you are also able to search for key words that you may have picked up on, this will bring up all videos related to that topic.
This game was more then a pleasure to play and held my attention the entire time. I had so many wild theories and kept digging deeper. With the videos being live the game feels so much more personal. Very little prompting is needed for you to get invested in what happened and why. This very unique feature puts this title at the top of it’s class in my books.
There is not that much game play as most of the time you are watching video playback. What this title lacks in game play mechanics it pulls off in an experience. Some of the best titles will have a simple concept that they do very well, and Her Story is no exception. Her Story delivers a full rich time even at its short length.
I would say that for its asking price Her Story is well worth your time, but realize that you are not getting a long game or multiple locations. You do get an open ended story that will have you thinking the entire time. With a small amount of attention to detail this is great piece of work.
Final Verdict – Recommend for any murder mystery fan or for fans of a story experience.