The long awaited third episode of The Long Dark has finally been released. Crossroads Elegy finds us playing as new survivor, Astrid. It also introduces many much needed improvements and quite a few cool (or perhaps ice cold) gameplay features and quests alongside the continuing story.
Telling Lies is a voyeuristic full motion video game where player sleuths try to unravel a compelling and realistic mystery involving sex, lies, terrorism, the FBI and murder. Your tool to accomplish this is a searchable database of video files, all captured without their subject’s knowledge.
In the same vein as Papers Please, Headliner: NoviNews puts you in the role of a normal citizen trying to balance their conscience and their need to survive in a dystopian society. In this world you are a newspaper editor, and it’s a dangerous profession.
Winds of Change takes the normally more comical Furry genre and places it into a much darker world and plot. It’s fairly standard as a visual novel type of game, but it might be difficult reconciling the cute characters with the serious story.
The Sanator: Scarlet Scarf game is a graphic novel with a dark story where you make decisions that affect the main character and the game’s world, sometimes in definitive ways. But it also has a unique mechanic that forces players to eventually see all possible paths, plus one hidden ending.
Set in the dark streets of Paris and seen through the rainy windows of a busy night shift taxi, you play a driver with a silver tongue in the Noir-like adventure Night Call. Talk to your passengers. Observe the world around you. And don’t get framed for your own attempted murder.
The studio behind the excellent Layers of Fear and the cyberpunk thriller Observer have crafted another masterpiece in Layers of Fear 2. This one delves deeply into a world of horror, and uses all kinds of sight, sounds and narrative techniques to portray its creeping dread.
Don’t Escape: 4 Days to Survive is an old school style point and click adventure that tries to stay grounded with real world solutions to the game’s many problems, while also presenting a compelling and somewhat epic sci-fi story.
After stumbling a little bit in episodes two and three, The Council comes back really strong in its final chapters, cementing it’s legacy as a great narrative journey that perfectly balances storytelling, puzzle solving and meaningful dialog choices in a tight adventure game.
Arcade Spirits is a romantic visual novel set it a wonderful alternative history where the videogame crash of 1983 never happened, and the arcades of yesteryear never went out of style. You get to run your own arcade while trying to find true love.