Since Wolfenstein, first person shooter war simulators have been a mainstay of modern gaming. All of these games are basically the same thing. You play as a hero in a war. Pick up increasingly powerful weapons over the course of the game and deliver your people to freedom. A new war game from Polish developer 11Bit changes this premise a bit.
What if you were to play the game from the innocent civilians’ point of view? How do you survive the carnage of great powers going to war? How do you preserve your humanity in a hellish environment? The game is called This War of Mine and is a fantastic display of what gaming can do. There’s more to gaming than just saving princesses. This game poses questions, forces the player to consider other humans’ perspectives in nightmarish scenarios, and demonstrates the horrors of war.