Great stories to play right now
Time to ditch your plans, take a sick day, and have food delivered. These games will sweep you up in tales as binge-worthy as your favourite books or TV shows.
Three journeys, three very different universes. In Banner Saga 2, you’ll explore a realm of Viking fantasy, befriending brave comrades you’ll think about long after your epic battles. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is full of memorable characters (like HK-47, a hilarious assassin droid) and has a deep, surprising plot. Walking Dead: The Game’s intense take on the zombie franchise poses some of the most brutal choices a game will ever ask you to make.
Modern Text Adventures
Device 6’s interactive novel will have you twisting your screen to follow text, bending your brain to solve puzzles, and marvelling at how perfectly it wraps up its tale of an amnesiac heroine. Lifeline, a game played via text notifications that represent chats with a marooned astronaut, spawned a sub-genre of bite-sized storytelling.
For an even more unusual narrative, try Her Story, an ingenious game where you view video clips of a suspect’s interrogations and gradually piece together what happened. Or there’s Reigns, a non-linear story that’s more lighthearted and funny. Played Tinder-style, with your king saying yes/no to subjects’ requests, its silly conversations gradually fill in a seductive mystery. Thomas Was Alone has the same kind of unexpected depth, infusing a minimalist platformer about a jumping rectangle with meaningful themes of friendship and freedom.
Oxenfree’s high-school heroes love to talk, and you’ll genuinely care about their conversations and what happens to them in this supernatural adventure. In Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons the main characters convey emotion mostly through body language. Their relationship is the backbone of a heart-tugging game about risk, sacrifice, and family.