My opinion: Papers, Please was a game I really enjoyed, but is definitely not for everyone.
These types of games really captivate me, and when it was announced I was really intrigued. I love games that go beyond today's formula, game's that seek to push and explore new boundaries, even if they might fail. This game is certainly one of them.
But that same thing also hurts it, and some people might find this incredibly boring. You play as an immigration officer at a checkpoint in a fictional communist state, and you process people entering the country. As you can imagine, immigration officers don't have the most exciting job. It consists of checking to make sure their passports and papers are authentic, and if so, admitting them into the country. The gameplay is virtually the same throughout the game, but somehow it manages to captivate me, and clearly tons of others as well.
The gameplay, as I said before, is largely the same. In fact, it's almost entirely scripted for the most part. On day three a certain event happens, on day eleven another does, and there's no changing it. Despite that, however, there is still an incredible chance for a diverse experience. In fact, Papers, Please has 20 endings, each occurs as a result of you doing things a certain way, and there are still a lot of choices in this linear story. One thing I really enjoyed is how the game allows you to explore all those options. The game is set to have 31 days of work (there is an endless mode for those who complete the story) and once complete a day, you are allowed to start a semi-new game from that day and make a different decision. When each day takes around 15 minutes to complete, this was a brilliant addition that removed monotonous repeats that would've made me lose interest in a flash.
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Posted: December 13th, 2013