If you agree with the statement that every man is the artisan of his own fortune, then you should try some of the games which really let you feel that your fate is in your hands. The games below are those where your choices matter. These games defy the old formula of fate controlling the destiny of the main hero -no matter what he does.
Games where your choices affect the story
But before we go any further, let us just clear out the controversy of including just a handful of video games in this article. We did not want to repeat the same formula and praise the esteemed and popular games that are often included on our other articles. That is why we have focused on games that are still huge and praised, but have not appeared as many times in our lists and rankings.
Honorable mentions: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Undertale, Mass Effect trilogy, Dragon Age games, Frostpunk.
Games Where Your Choices Matter - Honorable Mentions
|Genre||Interactive drama, survival horror|
This exclusive for PS4 is survival horror, in which you take control over a group of eight young people, who gather for a party at a lodge on Blackwood Mountain. From now on, their fate is in your hand.
Until Dawn is the true “choice game” in its design. Each and single decision and act may have a tremendous influence on the game’s story and further events. It is more like an interactive film, which traps you inside and won’t let go until the very end (or until… dawn).
Detroit: Become Human
|Release year||2018 (PS4), 2019 (PC)|
Detroit: Become Human puts us in the distant future Detroit, Michigan. The city is full of androids – machine-and-human hybrids, which are programmed to function in the only one way possible.
The game features three playable characters, all of which are androids, but experience a completely different life. Some androids, like Markus, has managed to evoke their inner consciousness and strive to be more “human”, but the system they function in does not let them to do so.
Red Dead Redemption 2
|Release year||2018 (PS4, X One), 2019 (PC)|
Although Red Dead Redemption 2 has much more to offer than just decision-making mechanics, but the players do have an influence on the ending of the game.
Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the life of Arthur Morgan, a close friend of RDR’s John Marston, and a loyal member of Dutch’s gang. Life in the Wild West was not a piece of cake then, and you will soon find it out yourself. We could also mention other Rockstar games, such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but the focus on decision-making in the RDR series is much greater and has a bigger impact on the future of the characters.
Life Is Strange & Life is Strange 2
|Developer:||Dontnod Entertainment, Feral Interactive|
|Release year:||2015 and 2019|
Life Is Strange is an episodic game, which means it was released in separate episodes, each telling another part of the story. The game focuses on the plot and the player’s in-game decisions.
The first game was highly praised for its story, character development and twists. It follows Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student who finds out that she has supernatural powers that involve time manipulation. She then discovers dark secrets of her school, its students and teachers. In the end, she may find both love and despair, and her decision could directly influence the lives of other people around her.
The second game tells the story of two brothers: Sean and Daniel. Taking control over Sean, the player is in power to shape the development and behavior of Sean’s younger brother. The game features third-person exploration and quick-time events. The game also has a sequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which is a prequel to the first game.