Fragments of Him is an interactive narrative played in detached first-person view, as if you were the subconscious mind guiding the characters. Fragments of Him is a drama dealing with real emotions that all of us will have to face someday.
Fragments of Him is an emotionally engaging tale that makes you think about one of life’s toughest topics. The death of a loved one. It’s not something you think about all of the time, but it’s definitely something that has crossed your mind here or there. Fragments of Him takes you through the life and death of the protagonist, Will, and explores the effects it had on those close to him.
The controls and gameplay mechanics are very simple and take almost no time to figure out. Basically, you need to interact with different parts of each scene and in doing so, the scene and story will advance. The beauty of Fragments of Him isn’t really in the gameplay, or even in the graphics, it’s in the story and narration.
Throughout the story, you observe the the movements and emotions that come from those that were the closest to Will. Fragments of Him does a wonderful job of pulling you close to these characters. I often felt myself so engrossed in the story that I truly felt like I was a part of the experience and not just and “observer”. Even though I could sometimes predict the outcome of some of the scenarios, it didn’t matter as I loved watching how everything would play out. The character animations/models are relatively simple, but by no means does this detract from the experience.
It’s kind of hard to elaborate in detail the specifics of the story without giving away key parts that should really be left for you to experience on your own. With that said, if you are a fan of Walking Simulators, well-written narratives, great stories, or if you are just simply looking for a great game that you can loose yourself in for a few hours, Fragments of Him will easily satisfy.
The review was done on the PC (Steam) version of the game and does not have any achievements 😦. Looking at the Xbox Achievement list, they all appear to be story related so they will likely unlock naturally throughout story progression
Fragments of Him does a really good job drawing you into the story and kept me emotionally invested throughout the whole story. I don’t really have anything bad to say about it other than maybe the fact that it is short. The price is fair and the game plays well. If you’re looking for a great story and soundtrack, Fragments of Him will not disappoint you.
Fragments of Him is out now on Xbox One and PC (Steam) for $9.99