Sunday, August 07, 2016

Surviving This War of Mine


War is hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman

Lots of games glorify war. You play the super soldier fighting intense battles to safe country/world/whatever.

This War of Mine is also about war. But that’s where the similarity ends.

You get to control a small group of war victims living in the war zone. Your objective? To survive.

You have to choose between high morals, or survival at any cost. Do you steal from the elderly couple who happen to be living comfortably thanks to their store of food, or do you leave them be even if it means starving yourself to death? Do you share your limited resources with your neighbors, or do you save everything you have for your own in these hard times? Will you kill to get what you need to survive, or choose nonviolence even in the worst of times?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I restarted this game with different groups of people before I managed to survive till the end of the war. It’s tough. You have to make tough choices.

But in the end, the game was enjoyable. It just might show some war crazy folks out there the ugly side of war often ignored in games. Maybe the world will be a little better for it...

Unfortunately, the Linux version failed to run on my Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS setup. Some have run it successfully though. I had to play this on Windows.