One of the most interesting features of Her Story is the way it presents a lot of information but surprisingly little context, not only because the videos are completely out of order, but we only ever hear responses, never questions. I was really keen to try to find the lie detector videos thinking they would be really revealing, only to realise that of course the videos consist only of Eve saying “Yes” or “No”, without the questions those answers are completely useless. Here I spend a lot of time initially trying to find out more about the murder and the items that have been mentioned previously but ultimately just trying to see every single video. The game is ultimately a very self directed experience it will never give you an outright answer but it’s few extrinsic rewards are based around simply viewing as much as you can.
I will say this actually finishing the game (not shown in this video) does hand you the single most important piece of context of all. A clue as to why the character we are playing as is looking in the database to begin with. Something I only spent a little bit of time thinking about while playing the game itself.
I really recommend you go out there and get Her Story for yourself so you can see what you can piece together about what happened and why, not just during the crime but during the interviews.
I was pretty surprised by the video we see towards the end of this episode. I have spent so much time trying to dig into the back story of Eve and Hannah and ignored basically everything about the murder itself, getting an explanation from Eve, almost a straight confession felt like it came out of the blue. I am pretty sure that video in particular is what triggers the “You done” message, which I have of course opted not to accept, there are still many videos left to uncover. The confession included so many details that I hadn’t heard of before, but the broken mirror and the watch. Next time I should try to find those.
I think I am perhaps avoiding the central murder mystery a little bit too much now. Instead I’ve been focusing heavily on the background of the woman we are interviewing and hearing the increasingly incredible tale told in the later interviews about Hannah and Eve. I wonder how that will colour my perceptions of the earlier interviews when I start focusing more heavily on the murder itself.
This non-linearity is one of the more novel parts of Her Story. It is really kind of difficult to keep straight exactly what was said at each interview, the searches bring up material from all of them, though obviously some interviews cover specific material much more than others. I focused pretty heavily on some of the more innocuous details, focusing on items that I had seen on the table. It revealed some quick little linking material, but I am not sure any of it is particularly useful.
You can see my notes up on Google Drive. Feel free to give suggestions for searches.
Her Story has been sitting on my wishlist for quite some time and during the winter sale I snapped it up, eager to see what this unusual game had to offer. It is an investigation game, you have been provided to an aging computer database which contains all of the interviews with a particular woman relating to a murder that took place in 1994. The twist is that we do not have linear access to these videos, we just have fragments accessed through searches that use transcripts we cannot read. Neither do we have access to the questions she was asked, which means we have to scramble to assemble whatever context we can find and link potentially unrelated videos.
It is really easy to get stuck on a track with these investigations, I find I am half listening not for general information but for words and phrases that I think would make good future searches as I follow story threads. In retrospect it is kind of strange to realise how quickly I stopped looking into Simon and his death, I will get to that later for now I really want to know who this woman I am talking is. What makes her tick? What on earth is going on in Her Story.
I kept a loosely organised set of notes in notepad, I have since transferred them to Google Docs and have added a section where I organise them and add my own theories (some of which you can hear at the end of the video). I am really keen to hear what others think based on this information, both of my theories and what things I should focus on next time? Are there any interesting search terms I should use to try to uncover more linking information?