Not all of us are born pro-gamers. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good video game with a captivating story. Whether it’s a riveting tale of survival in a dystopian future or a heart-wrenching narrative about love and loss, these games have storytelling at their core. And most importantly, they have heart. So, if you’re looking for a gaming experience that will leave a lasting impression, here are five titles to consider:

1. Papers, Please

The game’s blurb on Steam reads something like this:

Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.

2. Detention

Detention is an atmospheric horror-adventure game set in 1960s Taiwan, during the White Terror. It follows high school students, Wei and Ray, through a haunted school on a deserted island in the wake of an incoming typhoon.

3. VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

As they say, it’s not a good list if it ain’t got no cyberpunk action. Dubbed a “cyberpunk bartender action game” by its creators, Sukeban Games, the premise is a small dive bar in a dystopian town.

You’re the sole bartender, catering to a highly demanding clientele.

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