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Where the Heart Leads

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

56%

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Based on 34 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 12, 2021

Developer: ARMATURE STUDIO, LLC

Publisher: ARMATURE STUDIO, LLC

Genres: Adventure, Interactive Story

Take the journey of a lifetime in Where the Heart Leads, a surreal narrative adventure from award-nominated indie developer Armature Studio. One fateful, stormy night, husband and father Whit Anderson descends down a massive sinkhole to save the family dog. Tumbling into darkness, Whit emerges in a realm beyond his imagining, where moments from his past, present and future manifest like dreams. Bearing witness to the story of his life, Whit gains the power to change it. Given the chance to do it all over again, what would you change? Who would you become? And who will stand by you at your end?

Where the Heart Leads Critic Reviews

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Where the Heart Leads offers a supremely compelling and fascinating overall narrative, one that is filled with genuinely meaningful choices – surely a rarity in video games? Unfortunately, its tall tale is also bogged down with numerous presentation issues that result in dull characterisation. Overall an uneven experience that's both brilliant and boring – sometimes at the same time.

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Where the Heart Leads does well for what it seemingly aims to do. It’s the surreal narrative journey of a family through years of happiness and sadness with the connective tissue of a disastrous event tying it down to the present. Putting the puzzle pieces of memory, decision, and consequence together as you go takes this game in a number of directions. Not every direction is riveting and there are some definite lulls, but there are also deeply difficult moments to choose between with consequences for the choices made and the paths untaken. If you’re looking for a chill and often lackadaisical journey you'll steer in meaningful ways, Where the Heart Leads is a narrative-heavy series of roads you may be inclined to explore again and again.

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All in all Armature Studio has done a good job with Where the Heart Leads, offering a story-driven adventure based on choices that influence the story of the protagonist, but not very satisfying in terms of gameplay.

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Where the Heart Leads is a wonderfully crafted narrative adventure, where every choice is felt throughout the story of Whit and his family.

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