PC is where the most interesting games are right now for me. I’m not talking about the so-called AAA, blockbuster video games.
I’m talking about games like Papers, Please. Even after so many years and disappointments games can still excite me and surprise me.
What we have here is the literal opposite of the usual power fantasy. You don’t play as anyone special, just a downtrodden citizen of the ominous Soviet-styled nation of Arstotzka in the dying months of 1982. Assigned by a labour lottery to work for the Ministry of Admission, you spend your day stuck in a dank booth at a border checkpoint, responsible for deciding who gets to enter the country and who gets turned away – or worse.
You also need to process enough people and earn money to support your family. Only it’s not that simple.
A truly unique and fantastic game. Eurogamer has an excellent review which does a better job of selling the game than i ever will.