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Tell White Lies

Video games often place you in positions of power, saving the world, righting the wrongs and bringing justice. Of course, real life isn't neat and tidy like that. There are many games where you are challenged to make difficult decisions and some of those put you in situations without power, where the kindest thing to do is to lie.

Whether it's not telling Ellie the truth about her unique response to the infection so she can have a "normal" life in The Last Of Us, lying about who's drugs they are to save a friend in Life Is Strange, deciding not to be honest with friends to save their feelings and avoid confrontation in Oxenfree or rearranging an old man's memory so he thinks he's made it to his dream in To The Moon, telling lies is sometimes the right thing to do.

The games in this list challenge our neat conceptions of right and wrong. Playing them, we face the messiness of real-world justice and consider the power of withholding the truth. We might not always agree with the reasons or ethics, but we have a chance to revisit our values as we play.

This list includes 15 games from the last 19 years, with 434 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to tell white lies.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 434
 

 

Among Us

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @InnerSlothDevs

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

There Is No Game

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @ThereIsNoGame

Players: This is a single player game

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video...

The Last Of Us

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

Last Stop

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @VariableState

Players: This is a single player game

Last Stop is an adventure set in London. You play three interconnected characters, making choices that shape their conversations, and determine where their stories lead.

Mafia Definitive Edition (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @Hangar13Games

Players: This is a single player game

Mafia is a series of action/adventure game about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal activities to rise...

Oxenfree

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Price: Free-to-start

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @NightSchoolers

Players: This is a single player game

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

Triple Agent

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Tasty_Rook

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

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...

Headliner: NoviNews

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 05/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @UnboundCreation

Players: This is a single player game

Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact of the world outside. Which news...

Subdefuge

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...

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...

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 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.

Telling Lies

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 31/07/2019

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @MrSamBarlow

Players: This is a single player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.

Road 96

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @DigixArt

Players: This is a single player game

Road 96 is an adventure game set in the 90's in a nation of strict rules and oppression. To escape, you take on a dangerous journey to the borders. As you make choices you determine your unique journey to freedom.


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