Tell Me Why: Chapter 1

DONTNOD Entertainment , Xbox Game Studios

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OpenCritic Rating
72
Top Critic Average
40%
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Based on 10 critic reviews
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Tell Me Why: Chapter 1

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Based on 10 critic reviews
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72

Top Critic Average

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Available on:Xbox OneAug 27, 2020
PCAug 27, 2020

Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios

Genre: Adventure

Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life is Strange. In this intimate mystery, reunited twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their supernatural bond to unravel the memories of their loving but troubled childhood. Set in beautiful small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices. As you conjure up memories of the past, your choices will affect the twins’ relationship, determine the strength of their bond, and shape the course of their lives. Tell Me Why’s first chapter releases August 27. The second chapter will be available September 3, and the final chapter will be available September 10. Revisit your past, discover the truth, and shape your future • Uncover the truth – Use the twins’ supernatural bond to relive and explore their conflicting childhood memories. • Shape your Story – Influence the relationship between Tyler and Alyson with choices that will determine their future. • Unlock even more secrets – Match wits with puzzles that deepen the story and open a window into the twins’ fantasy world, “The Book of Goblins.” Experience true-to-life setting and characters • Unique characters – Build relationships and solve mysteries through the eyes of compelling and realistic characters. • Alaskan splendor – Explore locations set in beautiful, highly detailed small-town Alaska in stunning 4K and HDR. Storytelling with purpose – DONTNOD Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios conducted on-the-ground research and partnered closely with cultural, mental health and gender advocates to craft a thoughtful, true-to-life experience.

Tell Me Why: Chapter 1 Critic Reviews

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Tell Me Why: Chapter One is certainly a promising start for Dontnod's new tale, as the developer looks for a slightly stunted but more mature take on difficult subject matters. Tyler Ronan is a surprisingly positive depiction of a transgender character, even if the bar is set incredibly low, and it's a relief that for once a Dontnod protagonist isn't put through drawn out, traumatic events as a rite of passage. I'm cautiously optimistic to see if Tell Me Why can build on this solid start.

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Compared to the past works of Dontnod, Tell Me Why begins in a more lukewarm way, but in any case it hides, in the folds of its script, some very intriguing ideas that are just waiting to be gutted properly.

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There’s no point in finding answers to the question in the title; think of it just as a new beginning of a captivating story. I enjoyed meeting Tyler and Alyson - you don’t meet such vivid characters everyday, but was disappointed by the central intrigue of the game. However, the game merits the attention for setting a new trademark for transgender representation in the video games industry and hopefully it will gain momentum in the future.

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DontNot Entertainment presents a brotherhood story that, although entertaining, is rather simple. Tell My Why tackles Alyson and Taylor Ranon's journey in search of answers of their childhood filled with tears and tragedy. A recommended game to pass the time without complications on a boring afternoon but after finishing it, it will be forgotten.

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