11 Video Games With Deeper Meaning

Mega Man

Mega Man also known as Rockman in Japan is an action platformer video game developed and published by Capcom with the first game being released in 1987. There are characters in the game called Reploids which are Androids aka robots created to look like humans but have their own free will. This has a moral question if the Reploids are on the same level as the humans or if they are just an expendable resource.

Sid Meiers Civilization

Sid Meiers Civilization is a turn-based strategy video game first released in 1991. It allows you to lead your nation from the Stone Age all the way to the Future Age. Happiness is an important metric in the game used to measure how content your citizens are. The creators of the game have said that one of the deeper meanings of the game is how all citizens are essentially prisoners of their states with regardless of their happiness the state deciding what happens to them.

Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange is an episodic graphic adventure video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You play as a teenage schoolgirl called Max who is going through the typical puberty hype while also dealing with the newfound powers that allow her to bend and reverse time. In Life Is Strange you are typically presented with terrible irreversible events like death and try to reverse the events multiple times.

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2013 exclusively for the PS3 and later for the PS4.  The game is an awesome zombie game but it focuses a lot on the deep aspects of the deterioration of society where humans are killing each other just to survive which is hard to imagine in the modern world.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game perfectly portrays what the wild west was really like, a place with no rules and no law enforcement where the strongest rule and survive.

Deus Ex

Deus Ex is a 2000 action role-playing video game developed by Ion Storm and published by Eidos Interactive on the 17th of July 2000 for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and PlayStation 2. The game is set in an alternate futuristic setting, the game at the time of its release was praised for being ahead of its time. The game allows you to choose whether to be good or bad and shows the moral dilemmas of the world very effectively.


Psychonauts is a platformer developed by Double Fine Productions and published by Majesco Entertainment in 2005. The game follows the main character called Raz who is working to uncover a mystery surrounding the Psychonauts training camp.

The Walking Dead 

The Walking Dead game series by TellTale games with Episode 1 first released in 2012, the game follows a third person perspective and allows the players to control multiple characters to allow the player to develop a connection to all of them. In the game, you can make dialogue choices and storyline decisions that affect the way characters feel about each other.


BioShock is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games, 2K Australia & 2K Marin with the game being published by 2K Games in 2007. The game is wildly praised for telling its story through its gameplay thus immersing the player. The game has a great story and is very well thought out spoiler alert*, throughout the game you are always told before a mission or task ‘would you kindly’ with later in the game it being revealed that this is the way the player is being controlled.

To The Moon

To The Moon is an adventure video game developed by Freebird Games and published by Freebird Games and X.D Network in 2011 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS. The game is set in a futuristic world where a corporation known as Sigmund Corp who are able to create artificial memories. The procedure is however only legal for people on their death bed about to die. The game explores the fact that many people have done many things that they regret doing throughout their life or have regrets about not doing a lot of things.


Bastion is an action role-playing video game developed by Supergiant Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2011 for literally all platforms. The player plays as the protagonist known simply as ‘Kid’, who wakes up without remembering a lot and has to travel to the infamous Bastion where people are supposed to go to resolve all their problems. The game is praised for allowing players to choose how to play the game and make key decisions like what characters to save.

To Top