Telling Lies, the narrative FMV thriller from the developer of Her Story, is landing on Switch and other consoles courtesy of Annapurna Interactive at the end of the month. Set to drop on 28th April, the game came out on PC and iOS last year to positive reviews and picked up a host of award nominations for its design and performances.
The game puts a laptop in front of you and has you searching through footage from an NSA database. The player searches the database by inputting search terms, watching clips of four different people and discovering what links them. As you find out more intimate details about a two-year period, new search terms occur and the narrative gradually unfolds.
Developer Sam Barlow's Her Story had a similar set up involving sitting at a virtual terminal and scouring a database for clues to a developing story. While that might not sound particularly exciting on paper, Her Story was extremely effective in firing the deductive reasoning centres of your brain and getting your adrenaline pumping. We'll be intrigued to see how this translates to consoles - look out for a review nearer the game's 28th April release date.
Does that 'FMV' label scare you? Don't worry - if Her Story is anything to go by, Telling Lies is a million miles away from the shlock-y low production values and dodgy acting associated with the genre from the CD-ROM days. Excited for this? Played it on another platform? Let us know below.
I’ve got to keep an eye out for this, I loved Her Story and it was miles away from crap like Night Trap, however funny those early FMVs were.
"Not Tom Hardy" on the left was pretty awesome in upgrade and the invitation.
Wow, I just thought of replaying Her Story yesterday after a pretty long time!
Definitely interested, if it's as well done as Her Story it's going to be amazing.
Not usually my kinda game but quarantine has flipped up how i play games, might check it out.
I recently finished Her Story and loved it, so I'm interested in this game. However, if it plays anything like her story, I don't see how you could "play it" comfortably without a keyboard.
Great news! Here’s hoping they bring Sam Barlow’s previous title, Her Story to Switch, too! I haven’t played Telling Lies as I’d been hoping Annapurna would port it over, but I adored Her Story when I played it on iPad a few years back.
@nab1 Should be fine. I played Her Story on iPad and that was still great.
I'm hoping iam8bit delivers a physical release for this, along with Florence and What Remains of Edith Finch. And how about Switch ports for Journey and Flower while you're at it, Annapurna?
@Magician Great call, I’d love Flower and Journey on Switch. I’m also really hoping that The Unfinished Swan finds its way to the eShop at some point, too!
By the way, how is Florence? I’ve been thinking about picking that, Donut County and/or Sayonara Wild Hearts up on Switch. Annapurna are quickly becoming one of my favourite publishers.
@Magician - My guess is Annapurna has a deal that goes beyond just the three they've done prior. I would say that's a safe bet.
@The_Pixel_King Sayonara Wild Hearts is almost perfect, great songs, good replay value (easy to breeze through the levels, gold medals are pretty hard to get), the only problem comes with its price tag. It’s a bit expensive for something that barely lasts 2-3h.
Wish there was a 720p Phantasmagoria and Gabriel Knight 2 FMV true remaster
Great news! Hopefully Her Story will follow!
I will have to get this.
I bet it brings out the awful folks here shortly.
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