46 minutes | Mar 30, 2017

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. We Are Chicago is $14.99 on Steam. 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) Show Notes & Links Polygon’s 2014 feature on We Are Chicago The YouTube playthrough of We Are Chicago that Chad watched
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