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Here They Lie Review

Here they Lie is not a very good game. It tries it’s best to bring the scares and sometimes it succeeds, especially in the beginning, however it doesn’t last too long and then starts to become a little stale in places instead.

What’s so great about the start of the game is that you don’t really know what to expect. you’re placed in a mysterious world where you wander along. You know someone is there, but never see anyone, making it a very thiller-like tense affair which has you on the edge of your seat. This scene, which takes part in a train station, is very good at what it does, it’s just that once you leave the station, any hope you did for Here They Lie does also.

Once you do leave the station you’ll find yourself in a run down city and from there, it’s only on the odd occasion that the feeling of tension and mystery once again appears, otherwise things are fairly mundane in all honesty. It’s here that you are also introduced to the enemies, although there is no combat, instead you just need to sneak past them, while they growl and howl in the background.

Things get a little worse later on when the game goes all odd on you, having hallways bending and strange scenes which try their best to provoke some sort of weird horror moment, but only result in trying too hard, rather than providing scares of any sort. It’s all very bizarre really and a far cry from the beginning of the game which at least made you feel on edge.

There were moments in Here they Lie when my stomach started to turn and not because of the horror, more because playing the game in VR made me feel a little ill. This has happened with quite a few titles for me, however, perhaps it’s something the developers will learn to improve. It’s just that there are certain moments when camera movements were all over the place that it forced me to take a break. Doing this obviously breaks up any tension that was building within the game.

While Here They Lie started out well enough, it wasn’t too long before it became a task to play rather than a tension filled thriller. At that point you begin to wonder why you would bother wasting your time playing any longer, especially since it was quite obvious that this wasn’t going to get any better. So I didn’t and mostly likely neither should you.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)


+ Starts out well


- Nauseating in places
- Quite mundane

Edited On 18 Oct, 2016

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PHILIP 3 months ago
Shame I liked the demo as well seemed to look promising.
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Yasin 3 months ago
My thoughts exactly my stomach was hurting while I was playing this didnt happen in any other VR game and ive played quite a few. .

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