The 8 Games With the Toughest Moral Decisions You've Ever Made

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Imagine trying to explain to someone who’s never picked up a controller in their life how much fun moral choice games can be: “Yeah, so when it comes to making the decisions it can be horribly tense. Sometimes, what seems like the morally right choice may actually turn out to be bad for everyone. It’s rarely a case of black and white.

You actually feel guilty for unknowingly picking the option which ends up screwing everyone over. Some games, you don’t even find out how much of an effect your choices have had until later on, by which time you’re too far in to reload and change things – should you decide you’re not happy with the consequences of your actions. Oh, and occasionally there’s a timer counting you down, meaning you’ve hardly any time to think about what to do, making the whole thing all the more palpitation-inducing. They’re brilliant!

The choices we make in these games are often a reflection of the person we are, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes we want our character to be a bit of an obnoxious a-hole because that’s how we imagine them to be, or we choose to act like an evil Sith lord because we want to experience what it’s like - it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re secretly some kind of sociopath.

So what have been some of the best moral games ever made? There’s quite a selection, and it partly comes down to what can be considered part of the genre: a lot of games contain sections where the player needs to make difficult choices, but the ones on this list are titles which are famed for their moral decision gameplay. These are the games that really put you on the spot and demand you make the difficult choice. There’s no sitting on the fence here.

Published Mar. 25th 2015
  • The Slow Gamer
    Nice article! I love games that provide you with lots of choice (although I don't know if I would call it a genre).

    Have you played Always Sometimes Monsters or Gods Will Be Watching? They're two more recent games that really give your morality a workout.

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