games that wow with impressive, original stories hitting all the right emotional notes.
Probably my favorite game narrative of all time. Deals with themes of choice and agency, has a fantastically developed main character, and tons of emotional nuance. I still figure out new things about it. Killer art and soundtrack to boot.
A wonderful narrative experience about online moderation and corporate irresponsibility. Explores the human elements of Online, while joyfully satirizing it. Disclaimer: Steam version will have Workshop support.
An immersive, fascinating hack-em-up that deals with the actual moral implications of hacking for good or for fun, all while providing plenty of interesting detective puzzles and tests of logic. Has a DLC, Labyrinths, which is only available on Steam.
From the artist of Undertale, this first foray into solo gamemaking is somber and intriguing, with plenty of great art and animation. Short and simple.
A sorrowful and effective post-apocalyptic TTRPG. Not long, and not a lot of effort to set up. Created for sadmechjam.
Fans of Hypnospace may like this one. Very similar playstyles, but with a focus on the dangers of hyper-surveillance and the ways it's very possible to corrupt intent from innocent people. Falters a bit at the end, but tells a compelling, well-paced narrative.
Supergiant's first work. A little unrefined, but still holds up to this day. A fantastic soundtrack and brilliant use of narration, paired with some great combat. Fans of this combat might like their newest game, Hades, which is currently tied to the Epic Games Store but should arrive on other platforms early next year.
One of Supergiant Games' more underrated works, Pyre offers some fantastic sports/action gameplay, even for people who don't like sports game. It also has some fantastically compelling characters and a gorgeous world, paired with some of the hardest choices I've ever made in a game.