Tell Me Why: Chapter 1

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Based on 10 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

40%

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Aug 27, 2020

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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7 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

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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7 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2020

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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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

Dontnod offered first chapter of Tell Me Why, another adventure series following in footsteps of Life is Strange

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7.3 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2020

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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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

Without a doubt Tell Me Why tells one of the most mature stories in gaming. It touches on the topics of domestic violence and transgenderism in an incredibly tactful way, creating a world where no character is morally black or white. A fantastic story is, however, undermined by a painfully monotonous and repetitive gameplay. Nonetheless, it might improve in this regard over the course of the next two episodes.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2020

There’s undoubtedly a lot of Life is Strange in the DNA of Tell Me Why. The latest episodic narrative adventure from developer Dontnod deals with similar themes and features two young adults at the head of a personal narrative, with a little bit of supernatural twist thrown in.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2020

Dontnod Entertainment is back with another very promising narrative work and, again, committed to the social plane and inclusiveness, returning to deal with issues that, of course, deserve to be represented.

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Aug 31, 2020

The attention to detail so far truly is astounding, and with the debut chapter clocking in at around less than four hours, I can’t wait until the next one.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2020

Overall, the way the game broaches on mature themes and difficult choices feels natural and true-to-life. This is only made possible by the characters themselves who are realistic, deep, and imperfect, especially Tyler.

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