Episode 25: We Wanted to Be Chicago
Released in early February, We Are Chicago is a serious game with serious goals: to put players in the shoes of a teenager amid the problems of Chicago’s South Side. As Aaron you navigate the landscape of gangs, high school, family dynamics, and a part-time job.
Structured almost identically to a Telltale game, you are presented with dialog choices in sometimes difficult situations.
But for us, the game didn’t live up to its lofty goals.
Bugs, strange narrative choices, and some fundamental structural issues distracted and took away from what might otherwise have been a real chance to put ourselves in a world we’d never otherwise encounter. While we salute what the game was trying to do, hopefully future games will be able to execute just a little bit better.
Games Mentioned in this Episode
- Oregon Trail
- Organ Trail
- Papers, Please
- Life is Strange
- Space Quest 4
- Persona 4
- The Darkness
- Telltale’s Batman
- Mr. Robot (featured back in episode 3)