Thanks to a friend of mine, I was given a copy of an incredible game called Her Story on Steam and I just had to review it. So, I’m starting a new series called Steam Powered for Steam reviews. I know the pun sucks but Steam Train was already taken, so this will have to do.
Her Story is a FMV (full motion video) game created by Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. The game was released in June last year. It’s a bit like Undertale, in the sense of you can’t say too much about it as it is best experienced with little to no context. That, and it is an indie game that was crowdfunded.
The game is simple, the year is 1999 and you have been given access to a police database containing seven interviews of a woman named Hannah Smith. Mrs Smith’s husband has gone missing. The interviews have been broken down into shorter videos ranging from six seconds to just under two minutes. You need to find and watch all the videos by searching the database using words from the interview itself. A simple idea, but an engaging one to say the least.
The game is so interesting as with every video you watch, more of the story is revealed to you piece by piece. Which makes you all the more fascinated and eager to unravel the mystery.
Her Story won two Game Awards, one for Best Narrative and the other for Best Performance. Both well-deserved if you ask me.
In fact, just a few days ago Sam Barlow tweeted out that the spiritual successor is in development.
HS2 has a 1-pager. Neat. pic.twitter.com/SsVjfETEmf
— Sam Barlow (@mrsambarlow) January 25, 2016
According to an interview, Barlow states that the game will not be a direct sequel to her story but will be a game in the same format. I for one can’t wait.
Her Story is one that will stay with you. If you have a fiver and some time to kill, I highly recommend this game.