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Calm Down Tom (Nov 12, 2014)
Episode 1 does exactly what it should, grabs you right from the get-go and leaves you desperate for more. It is a truly captivating story, gruesome and pretty heavy-duty, but captivating nonetheless. Although sometimes you feel there could have been some ambient sound like rain or wind in the background, you can’t help dive deeper into the investigation and lose yourself in the clever art style, interesting characters and solid gameplay.
Worth Playing (Jan 15, 2015)
Like any good episodic series, the first outing for The Detail has a pretty good hook. The obvious cliffhanger is a bit predictable but leaves one curious about where things can go, and the escalation of events for other characters can open up some intriguing things later on. The gameplay might be a little short, and the choices don't make too much of a difference yet, but it's too early to tell if that will always be the case. Aside from the short play time, it's rather engaging, and while it is way too early to say whether The Detail ends up being a great adventure, the first episode will certainly whet the appetites of those who love a good police procedural.
Impulse Gamer (Nov 11, 2014)
The finale also excels thematically. Reggie can (seemingly) be as much of an unprofessional, disrespectful, jaded jerk—and he would be justified, given the circumstances—as he wants, but the result is the same: crime is out of control in this city and something serious needs to be done. The revelation is an excruciatingly successful hook for Episode 2. I’m eagerly awaiting it already.
Darkstation (Jul 30, 2015)
As it stands, the beginning of The Detail proves to be more than just a game. It is a riveting story of crime, gangs, and law. I enjoyed playing the different characters to gain insight on the difficulties that each person faced because of your decisions. I will say that this game does not feel like you control the story, but control the way the story unfolds. You are not in control of the entire outcome, but whether or not you are good or bad does have an effect on how you ‘feel’ you did in the game. We strive to be the best person we can be and The Detail is set to test who we actually are. The very end of the episode does an amazing job at showing you the outcome of your decisions, by displaying statistics about the same dilemma you faced within the episode. Overall, Where the Dead Lie, is a good introduction to what could possibly be an amazing experience.
Hooked Gamers (Nov 13, 2014)
The Detail isn’t bad, it’s just not as good as the games it’s trying to emulate. The story isn’t as good as other noir dramas and the gameplay doesn’t have meaningful consequences like many others do nowadays. Perhaps later episodes will improve upon these grievances and I hope they do, because the genre deserves a good game of this style.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 18, 2014)
(Episode 1) I enjoyed this first chapter of the story and it ends on a strong cliffhanger that makes me eagerly want to play the second chapter. The story can be cliché in many places but it’s done well and when the story hooks sink in, they sink deep. If you enjoy this style of point and click adventure games I recommend trying this game out. I have a hard time fully recommending any episodic title however until the whole story arc plays out. Optimistically waiting to see more.