I have never felt good about robbing a hospital. It was an act of helplessness. Bruno was seriously ill and could not leave our shelter, so one night I set out to find our fastest runner. He went to the hospital from the war-torn city and stole luggage while the patient was asleep.

Over the next few days, when Bruno recovered, Pavlo became depressed, unable to forgive himself for stealing from the needy. One night he went to supply in a militia-owned supermarket and became careless. A single shot was fired and he died. I felt uncomfortable losing the steps, but I also recognized – somewhat guiltily – that I now have less to eat.

It meant a strong cocktail of hopes, troubles and internal struggles that I was experiencing This war is mine Was doing his job. This very original Twist on Survival style was first released by Polish Studio 11 Bit in 2014 and has now been remastered for the current console generation. It is still completely singular.

Most war games, while casting you as a soldier, inadvertently sow destruction This war is mine You control the citizens who try to survive the siege. He is the oppositeCall of Duty, The realism of war is sought not in military jingoism or advanced blood-spatter physics but in stories of human suffering and hope. Here, war is a dead end. There are no winners, just different amounts of losses. In 2020, the power of the game to create empathy was used to teach in Polish high school.

Characters like steps can be sent on a cleaning mission

Although the game’s fictional city was inspired by Sarajevo in the 1990s, it now inevitably reminds Ukrainians living under siege in Kyiv or Mariupol. As a sign of this tragic understanding, 11 Bit recently donated $ 850,000 from the sale to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

In the game, your home is a bomb-out house, a 2D cross-section in color, rendered like a rotating pencil sketch. Initially, players are not given any instructions – but later, or when they are drowned in battle, they are not real life citizens. It’s relatively intuitive, though: your characters need food, warmth, and shelter. Gameplay is divided into nights, when you go out for cleaning, and during the day, when you improve your base and meet the needs of your survivors. The elegant design makes the gameplay extraordinarily attractive.

Each character has specific skills: one is a good cook, the other encourages people with low morale. One is a loving parent, the other smokes when under stress. Through them we learn the value of small items in wartime: a welcome fire in the stomach after a sip of home-made vodka, the ability to trade in a pack of cigarettes, a brief relief provided by an old book or guitar. As the days go by, new areas open up for cleaning, the story of the besieged city is filled with memorable vignettes. There is a church where a priest trades in the necessities of life, a burning house that no one intends to extinguish, and an elderly couple’s luxurious home that you can plunder when you are desperate. But doing so will demoralize your characters.

These are scripted descriptive beats, but This war is mine It is most powerful when it allows players to tell their own stories. It does this by smashing popular survival style trops – like games Minecraft, Subnautica And Welham, Where players are left in a hostile environment and left to defend themselves. Such games are about difficult options: how to deploy limited resources or how to calculate the risk against rewards? The setting here makes such decisions even more painful: should you trade your last medicine for pure water? Does mom or daughter deserve dinner tonight? Often not a good option; You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.

Despite its serious theme, This war is mine Each playthrough benefits from unique stories with players co-authors, creating their own dilemmas, tragedies and stolen moments of joy. It’s impossible not to invest in these characters, not to feel responsible for their lives and to be eager to give them a ceasefire. This is a rare game that tells you to be careful not to hit. He argues that comforting a frightened child, for a minute or two, may be the most important thing in the world.

‘This War of Mine: The Complete Edition’ is now on PC, Switch, PS4 / 5 and currently on Xbox Game Pass