The best video games can take you on a spellbinding journey through a cleverly written and well thought out story, but the line between video game and drawn out movie is thin. Many games avoid this by giving you minor choices, making it feel like you have control over your destiny. As we know, most choices we make in games have minimal importance over the course of the game. The games on this list, however, double down on the idea of choose your own adventure. Here are 25 Best Video Games Where Your Choices Matter.
With your son kidnapped and possibly in the hands of the dreaded Origami Killer, it’s up to you to find the clues and rescue your son. The Origami Killer doesn’t make it easy, though. Along the way, you’ll have to make near impossible decisions that will test your morale and mental limits.
Will you have what it takes to complete these twisted challenges, such as mutilating yourself or killing a former criminal with a family of his own? If not, you risk the chance of the Origami killer taking your son’s life. The choice is up to you.
Life Is Strange
In “Life is Strange” you play Max, a high school student who discovers she has the ability to rewind time. The choices you make have lasting consequences that you might not see until late in the game. While you can rewind time after the immediate fallout of your decision, you won’t be able to reverse your choice later.
At first, many choices you make seem like simple teen drama, but the game quickly evolves and puts you in life or death situations. Early on, if you didn’t make a number of small decisions, it could result in the death of a character.
The moral decisions may have lasting effects in game but could very well have lasting effects on the player as well.
This Is The Police
In “This Is The Police” you play a police chief who’s only trying to make to make it for a few months before retirement. The city of Freeburg has other plans. This game pulls no punches. Within the tutorial of the game, you make a choice that could help a friend and crooked cop get himself out of trouble, but goes against your code. Depending on your choice, his fate is decided as he and his entire family could end up dead. Not long after, the game prompts you to “fire all black cops” due to threats to their lives from a group of extremists.
Tales From The Borderlands
This is Telltale’s hilarious take on the Borderlands franchise. You control a scoundrel from the streets of Pandora and a corporate stooge trying to achieve his wildest dreams.
In Pandora it pays to have friends and the allies you make throughout the game will play a big part in the finale of the game. If you haven’t made the right connections, you won’t see many characters a second time at the end of the game.
FTL: Faster Than Light
“FTL” gives you a daunting mission—save the federation from a massive rebel space station. It equips you with a ship and only a handful of crew-members to do so.
While it may seem like the biggest choices are what weapons to equip, the choices you make could mean the difference between saving the galaxy and dying in a horrible explosion.
This game has many small random encounters that test your moral limits. Do you send a few crew members down to a planet to help civilians knowing they could die in the process? Do you buy a slave in order to gain a new crew member or do you blow the dirty slavers out of the sky along with the slaves? What’s more important—the mission or what is right?