Cult Game Review: Pool Edge

Rarely are we given the chance to see cutting edge design in a simulation game.  Most games fall flat when put to test, whether it’s because of mechanical limits or immersion breaking errors.  As such, any sense of realism is lost.  Some games indulge in their mediocrity (such as the both beloved and maligned Goat Simulator) while others try to hide it with various results (such as the infamous Street Cleaning Simulator.) However, all of those fall to the wayside when put up against the simulationist glory that is Pool Edge.  In fact, there are tons of reasons ahead why this game was “cutting edge!”  (I’ll work on my humor in the future, I promise.)

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Cult Game Review – Papers Please

PAPERS PLEASE

Back in 2013, this sleeper hit was met with high praise and tons of examination from critics and games alike.  In Paper’s Please, you are a citizen chosen from a work lottery to maintain a border patrol agency for Arstotzka, a strict Communist country.  While on the job, you must choose between your own morality and doing your job as your state expects.  Will you fell pity and show mercy to potential citizens or will you maximize your own benefits while potentially leading the suffering of many others?  No matter the choice, you always address your next potential citizen with the same phrase, “Papers Please!”

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