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18. Over the Hills and Far Away (WarGirl Games)
War is inherently tragic, even at its most heroic. And as a once great video game series said, ‘War; war never changes’. Over the Hills and Far Away captures the innate despair of war by starting near its end and putting us in the shoes of a soldier who has nowhere to run. He’s in a foreign country, surrounded by people who are either indifferent or hateful to him, lost in a hostile environment and with death hanging above him waiting like a circle of vultures. To this end meeting Mai isn’t less about redeeming his soul or offering a glimmer of hope in a dark world, but rather a final, desperate reach to stay alive despite the odds. The same goes for Mai for our Protagonist who, despite everything, is not hostile to her and could arguably help her get back to the home she knew. This game is a straight line narratively: no real choices here. But its point hits despite that because no matter what you hope will happen or who you want to survive, war never changes.