This War of Mine is to games what Schindler’s List is to movies – a depressingly beautiful experience that makes you think hard for a long time and possibly changes your life.
The game is a simulation of what regular civilians, like you and me, went through during the siege of Sarajevo in the early 90’s. It’s very dark and realistic in it’s depiction of the brutalities of war, and I actually cried once while playing. The art style is phenomenal, most everything is black & white, they did a great job with the animations.
The gameplay is a rogue-like sidescroller that involves a lot of crafting, inventory management, and stealth/combat mechanics, and it’s really fun. Everything you do is a difficult decision and since the game autosaves, and you only get one save file, you either finish the game accepting the consequences of your actions or start over from the beginning. I’m still shocked at how much empathy this game can generate from me regarding the characters. Over the last couple of weeks, I have become thankful for every meal and luxury (heat/running water/wine/etc) I have had. STRONGLY recommend trying this out. This is a game I will point to in the future when I have to explain to someone why games are a form of art.
Game is available on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/282070/
P.S. You will most likely lose your first couple of games.