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Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from other perspectives. This can be entertaining and light-hearted, but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences.

The games selected here each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first-hand experience of what it’s like. It may be nail-biting, heart-breaking or desperate, but often, through all the trials and tribulations, there is still hope. Either way, unlike reading books or watching films about these subjects, here you are emotionally implicated in the choices you are faced with.

This list includes 36 games from the last 18 years, with 183 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to face tough decisions.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 183

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Paradise Killer

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @KaizenGameWorks

Players: This is a single player game

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Cyberpunk 2077

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @CDProjektRed

Players: This is a single player game

Cyberpunk 2077 is a massive open-world action-adventure game inspired by cyberpunk themes, focused on the merging of humanity and technology. The line between human and machine is heavily blurred in every corner of its world. You have a fully...

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Obsidian

Players: This is a single player game

The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the...

Griftlands

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/06/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Klei

Players: This is a single player game

Griftlands is an adventure game where you use cards to fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world. You will die or fail often, but then use your knowledge and growing deck of cards to have a better chance of survival on your next...

Ghost of Tsushima

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/07/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Developer: @SuckerPunchProd

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Ghost of Tsushima is a stealth and action adventure set in 13th century Japan, where you play as a clan leader and samurai warrior trying to protect your people and the Tsushima Island against Mongol invaders.

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Papers, Please

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 08/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Dukope

Players: This is a single player game

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...

Through the Darkest of Times

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Paintbucket_de

Players: This is a single player game

Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game that conveys the sombre mood of the dark period of history between January 1933 and May 1945. With interactive drama, it tells the story and the struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich.

Don't Starve

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Klei

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...

Our Personal Space

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/02/2015

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @Rachel_Helps

Players: This is a single player game

Our Personal Space is a text adventure where, rather than surviving alien attack or harsh environments, it's your marriage that you are fighting for. You play a newly married doctor on a space colony and must decide how she spends her time, responds to...

Frostpunk

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/03/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @11bitstudios

Players: This is a single player game

Frostpunk is a city-building survival game set in an alternate 1886 with a devastating winter setting in. You are tasked with running a city by managing resources to ensure the city’s survival. Your choices can have negative and positive consequences.

One Hour One Life

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @JasonRohrer

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

This is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you can soon fend...

Life Is Strange (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @DONTNOD_Ent

Players: This is a single player game

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...

Beyond: Two Souls

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 08/10/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres:

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

Players: This is a single player game

Beyond: Two Souls is from the same developer as Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain. Although not a series, they follow a similar style and approach. They provide a filmic interactive experience of a story that branches in substantial ways depending on...

Fable (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game

This is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

Dishonored (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/10/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @ArkaneStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.

Closed Hands

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/03/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative

Developer: @PassengerGames

Players: This is a single player game

Closed Hands is an text adventure game set in the lead-up and aftermath of a terror attack in a fictional UK city. You follow five core characters brought together by the same event. It's a branching story that you discover and influence as you read and...

Bioshock (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @GhostStoryGames

Players: This is a single player game

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...

Beat Cop

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @PxCrow

Players: This is a single player game

Beat Cop is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight?...

Detroit: Become Human

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/05/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

Players: This is a single player game

This is a branching narrative game from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This is the third game in the series and offers a more refined version of the filmic branching experience.

Bury Me My Love

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Turn-Based

Developer: @BMMLgame

Players: This is a single player game

Don’t be put off by the name and theme of this intriguing game, an adventure played by choosing responses in what looks like a messaging app. You take the role of the husband of a Syrian migrant travelling to Europe. As the game unfolds in real time,...

Alt-Frequencies

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 16/05/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @AccidentalQ

Players: This is a single player game

Alt-Frequencies is an adventure game played by listen to a series of radio shows. It's a story about people stuck in a time loop without realising it and what you can do to save them.

Disjunction

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/01/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @ApeTribeGames

Players: This is a single player game

Disjunction is an intense cyberpunk stealth-action game set in 2048. You take on missions as one of three characters that lean towards different skills. Use lethal force, hide in the shadows or distract for non-violent ways to reach your objective.

Five Dates

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 17/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres:

Developer: @WalesInter

Players: This is a single player game

Five Dates is an adventure game about finding a partner. You play Vinny, a millennial from London, and join a dating app for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. The game offers five potential female matches that you must pluck up courage to...

Bad News

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/12/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @GetBadNews

Players: This is a single player game

Bad News is a role-play game about building a news media organisation. It's designed to highlight bias in the news by putting you in charge of a series of decisions to build a profitable company. All you do is answer questions, but as you do the...

This War Of Mine

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/11/2014

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @11BitStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a...

Beholder (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/11/2016

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Beholder_Game

Players: This is a single player game

Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...

The Banner Saga (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/01/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Developer: @StoicStudio

Players: This is a single player game

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.

This Is Reality

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @scribblescape

Players: This is a single player game

This Is Reality is a running, jumping and exploration game about a couple's relationship. You play as Liam and Lana, as they navigate the highs, lows and struggles of their relationship. The twist is that the state of the relationship affects what you...

Rim World

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/10/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @LudeonStudios

Players: This is a single player game

RimWorld is a sci-fi strategy game about survival, trading, exploring and developing your colony. You start the game with three survivors of a shipwreck on a distant planet and begin to craft structures, weapons and clothes. The objective of the game is...

GreedFall

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @SpidersGames

Players: This is a single player game

Greed Fall is a colonisation-themed role-playing game with challenging combat and an intricate narrative. You play De Sardet, a noble colonising the remote island of Teer Fradee. However, you must deal with the waring factions, including the natives. As...

Heavy Rain

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 06/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

Players: This is a single player game

Heavy Rain is from the same Quantic Dream studio who made Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. It preceded these games but shared the same branching narrative and photo-realistic aspirations.

Spec Ops: The Line

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/06/2012

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @YAGERdev

Players: This is a single player game

Spec Ops: The Line is shooting game played in third-person where you with an emphasis on squad-based tactics, and calling in support technology and firepower. Unusually, the player needs to make moral decisions at certain points during the game that...

Passage

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Price: Free

Platforms: Web Browser

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @JasonRohrer

Players: This is a single player game

Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...

The Walking Dead (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Narrative

Developer: @TelltaleGames

Players: This is a single player game

Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.

Disco Elysium

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @StudioZAUM

Players: This is a single player game

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...


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