There are titles that really take into account your decisions for the character and adjust events accordingly. Each choice entails certain consequences.
Making decisions in games is a delicate matter. Many have tried and failed, as in most cases, game choices only lead to vaguely different endings or have no significant meaning at all.
However, the titles on our list know how to listen to the wishes of the player. How you decide to play this or that character matters to them and determines the further course of events.
Cyberpunk 2077 has enough solutions that affect not only the main quest, but also the side quests. For example, you can save your neighbor from serious problems, but will you make the right choice for this on behalf of V?
Cyberpunk also has several endings, and V’s journey with Johnny Silverhand will determine which ending awaits you. The game not only looks amazing, but also takes into account many of your decisions. It is a pity that this does not work with the choice of background.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
In the Assassin’s Creed series, player choices usually do not affect the course of the game, but this Viking story is quite ready to judge you for some decisions.
Even with multiple endings, it’s easy to get carried away with the local battles and dizzying scenery. Still, it’s worth following the history and your own actions. The supporting characters are amazing, and Eyvor goes through many twists and turns, which are so interesting and important to watch.
The latest game in the Hitman trilogy motivates the player to be more careful about their choices throughout the game. Will you kill the character or choose a more merciful fate for him? Here’s a hint of what to look for in terms of the ending.
There are three of them, and there is even a “secret” one. Not the biggest variation for modern games, but they are still quite different from each other, so think carefully about your decisions to get a good ending.
The Wolf Among Us
Many of Telltale’s titles have a branching storyline driven by player choices, but very few of them reach the level of The Wolf Among Us. In this adventure story, you play as a detective and try to find the killer in a bizarre fairytale version of New York City.
Why are decisions so important here? Because there is always not enough time to think about them: in most cases, timers are activated, which prevent you from carefully considering all the options. It remains to rely on intuition. Sometimes new plot details are revealed to you, but you can also miss a lot, so make the most of the available time.
Fallout: New Vegas
Modern titles from the Fallout series are pretty straightforward in terms of the plot. No matter how hard you try, your decisions will not be able to drastically change it. Fallout 3, with its simplistic choice between good and evil, at one time also disappointed fans. However, in the case of Fallout: New Vegas, things are different.
For the most part, it is unclear how the decisions made will affect the character’s morale and what role they will play in the future. You can make friends with certain characters and entire factions, which will lead to conflicts with others, you can even kill almost all NPCs in the game to see different options for the plot and endings. NV is renowned for endless choices and many different builds, and with every playthrough, the game is an unforgettable experience.
Story-wise, XCOM 2 is very different from most of the other titles on our list. The story itself does not change from your actions, except that the failure of several missions promises defeat in the current passage. However, the gameplay is almost entirely made up of choices: you have to make tactical decisions that will affect your entire campaign.
In addition to the lack of resources and random encounters with new enemies, you have to choose what misfortunes to deal with in the fight against an alien invasion. Add to this the amazing customization of your soldiers, with which you can create a great army of friends or favorite characters, and each playthrough is unique.
Quite a short game (on average it will take about 10 hours to complete) with almost endless possibilities. This is a story about a group of teenagers who are going to have a party in the snowy mountains after their friends disappeared there a year ago. Sounds like the perfect recipe for disaster, and it is. All of this is a great homage to horror films in the same vein.
You have to play for each character and at the same time keep as many of them alive as possible. Moreover, the game will interfere in every possible way, and even the most insignificant dialogues can lead to sad consequences. Among other things, the game masterfully conveys the butterfly effect, and it’s just gorgeous.
Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human is arguably one of the most intense choices and morals in the game.
The narrative is split into three separate stories that eventually intertwine. The game is based on the idea that someday androids will become a part of society, and then what? What rights await them? Should we treat them like people? Will they be able to feel like human beings themselves? If you have a heart, the game will repeatedly make you cry by raising poignant social dilemmas with beautifully crafted characters.
The Witcher 3
If you’re new to open-world RPGs, be sure to check out The Witcher 3. It’s certainly not as versatile as the previous two titles, but the game has three different endings: happy, slightly darkened and extremely sad, and each of them resonates in the soul of the player, unlike many other games with multiple endings.
Even DLCs have different outcomes, which depend on your choices, both in the main storyline and in the additional ones. Many decisions can unexpectedly affect the ending, so you will probably be surprised at the result you get. Want a happy ending? Then do not get distracted during the passage!
Mass Effect 2
It’s a sci-fi RPG that many consider the best in BioWare’s series, and it makes sense. The game has almost perfect ratings on all themed sites, and all thanks to a complex selection system that can dramatically affect the final.
This is one of the few games that takes place in space and is sure to appeal to sci-fi fans. It’s a pity that Mass Effect 3 did not reach the level of its predecessor, but, frankly, the second part turned out to be perfect and set a fairly high bar, both for the series itself and for BioWare.
Dragon Age: Origins
As with the aforementioned series, Dragon Age: Origins set the bar so high that it would be difficult to surpass it. And yes, the following parts disappointed fans a little. The first game cannot be called a standard open-world RPG, as its plot and various endings are so convincing that they captivate you from the very beginning to the victorious finale.
However, it’s not just the endings. The game has very flexible character customization, which determines his story, romantic and friendships. This allows you to fit seamlessly into the group and makes the passage much more personal than in games that do nothing but shower you with social dilemmas.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
This is an old PC title with an enviable variety of combat and storytelling. However, the recently released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is best suited for exploring this universe. The local setting is inevitably addictive, as are the many potential outcomes, as cyberpunk themes are great at expressing complex psychological dilemmas.
The game resembles XCOM 2 in many ways in its brilliant combat capabilities. Thanks to updates and DLC, the gameplay is replete with various options for stealth and action. Regardless of how your Adam Jensen fights for a just cause, each boss and mission will be truly unique.
Beyond: Two Souls
Another game from the wonderful company Quantic Dream, which means that it is worth paying attention to all fans of difficult choices. The story tells about the girl Jody (Elliot Page), who finds herself in the center of a military conflict with the paranormal world due to her connection with a certain spirit, and also works with her guardian and mentor (Willem Dafoe).
The cast is what sets this title apart from other Quantic Dream games in many ways: it’s much more like an interactive action movie than Detroit: Become Human. In action scenes, you will find many different options for actions that will allow you to either master your own powers to the fullest, or remain a weak person with an incomprehensible curse.
Life is Strange
Haven’t heard everyone’s enthusiasm for Life is Strange? Then where have you been for the past few years, in the bunker? People love this game, and they deserve it. This mysterious story has a rather unusual concept. The main character knows how to rewind time and change her choices in the past. And yes, the butterfly effect comes into play here too.
The whole point of the game is to explore the consequences of various difficult choices, and the characters are written so beautifully that the plot is truly mesmerizing. As in any other title on the list, your choices affect the fate of other characters, and in each episode the game will tirelessly remind you of previous decisions, forcing you to seriously think about them.