Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic is a role-playing video game set in the Star Wars universe, it was developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts with the game being released for the Xbox on the 15th of July 2003 and Microsoft Windows on the 19th of November 2019. The game uses the classic Star Wars mechanics of the dark side and light side, all decisions in the game from dialogue with the hundreds of characters you meet in your game, your mission choices, and interactions with your companions will shape your character and give you either light side or dark side points which allow you to unlock specific force powers and also unique decisions (such as being able to negotiate with characters from the dark side) when you become really leaning to either the light or dark side.
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas is an action role-playing video game and the fourth major installment in the Fallout series, it is developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world set after the year 2077. There is a system in the game known as Karma which is reflected whether you take good or bad choices and is a system that is incorporated in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and also Fallout Tactics.
Mass Effect is a science fiction action role-playing third person shooter developed BioWare and published by Microsoft Game Studios in 20th November 2007. The game uses a system called Morality which is one of the best in-game morality systems and its also a bit complicated. The way it works is that there is not a simple good and bad slider where a simple good action will improve your good rating instead there are multiple measuring scales measuring things like your Charm and Intimidation meaning that killing someone if you are playing a good gameplay it won’t destroy your progress.
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts, with the first game of the Dragon Age series being released in 2009. The game uses a unique system to measure your good and bad decisions by using a system called ‘Party Approval Ratings’, in Dragon Age: Origins companions are a big part of the game as they unlock new quests and provide serious in-game bonuses and your actions will make some of your companions like you less and others like you more meaning you need to prioritize which companions are more beneficial to you and your playing style.
Alpha Protocol is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by SEGA, it sees the player follow the story of Michael Thorton, a secret agent who must travel the world to unravel a mystery that threatens to destroy it. The game doesn’t have a morality counter however it does present you with tons of ethical decisions throughout the game for example whether to kill certain characters, dialogue decisions and the way you complete your objectives.
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is an action-adventure role-playing game developed and published by Polish studio CD Project RED, the game sees you follow protagonist Geralt of Rivia who is a monster hunter known as Witchers in the game. Throughout the game, your morality is challenged in a way that doesn’t necessarily make it clear which is the good and bad decision or action which means that you are more likely to go with the choice you would go with in real life as you like.
Dishonored is a stealth first-person action adventure game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda in 2012, the in-game choices will impact the entire open world game environment. Depending on whether you go the stealth way or decide to hack and slash your way through all the enemies the city will deteriorate with an unstealthy approach attracting rats and worsening the plague in the game and a stealthy approach keeping the cities plague problem at a reasonable and most of the time unnoticeable level.
Infamous stylized as inFamous is an action-adventure video game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment with the game being released in 2009. inFamous also incorporates a Karma system with every action and decision that you take affecting your Karma which has an overall effect on your entire game experience with your appearance changing and a good Karma allowing you to play as a hero of the various districts on the open world map but if your Karma is negative you will become a villain.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open-world action adventure game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, the game sees the player control a player created a character on their quest to defeat antagonist Auldin the World Eater. The game is full of decisions that play on your morals they don’t have any real effect on your gameplay but certain dialogue will make characters hate you and even end up trying to kill you but it definitely gets you in the game.,
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action role-playing video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, the game follows protagonist Adam Jensen an ex-SWAT officer working as security for Sarif Industries, a leading company leading the market of artificial organs and dubbed in the game as ‘augmentations’. Deus Ex: Human Revolution allows you to roleplay as a good or more evil character regardless of your quest against the evil industries, your decisions don’t have any actual effect or bonus instead it gives the player a massive moral and roleplay value by being able to complete missions in various of way and avoid certain actions.
Battlefield Hardline is the policy and criminal video game that kind of flopped mainly due to the massive popularity of the Battlefield series which made people have massive expectations for the game. The game sees you during the campaign be able to choose whether to be a good cop or a bad cop by being able to choose whether to take down the criminals with all guns blazing or in more ethical and sage ways for the peaceful occupants in the cities.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is a Western-themed action adventure game developed and published by Rockstar in 2010. Red Dead Redemption sees you being able to choose whether to be a Mr. Nice Guy and or be a merciless Western criminal, however, this will have repercussions as eventually the in-game towns and outposts will start to fight against you and reversing that when you reach a point is not easy.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is an episodic interactive drama video game developed and published by TellTale Games based on the popular The Walking Dead comic book and Netflix series. In the game decisions are the most important things it will affect your endings, paths in the game, how other characters perceive you and also ultimately who survives in your own unique story. You are able to play to a certain extent as a good or bad character but the story is still in a way linear.
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BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games in 2013 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Microsoft Windows platforms. The game tried to sway away from the simple good and bad choices present in Bioshock instead it tried to present more challenging decisions that both have benefits and drawbacks but fans were still not impressed with the game’s decision and action system.
Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, you play as a character known as Morgan Yu who is on a space station orbiting around Earth and the Moon known as Talos 1. Prey allows you to take moral choices which were extensively praised by critics and players. The game offers complicated decisions in even more complicated situations where interestingly enough sometimes not doing anything at all is the best decision. The decisions have no actual effects but it spices things up and leaves you wondering if everything you have done is morally correct.
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is another interactive episodic drama on this list that is developed by published by TellTale Games. The game is set in the fictional town of Fable where you play as Bigby Wolf a werewolf who is a detective for the local police force and is investigating the murder of a woman from the town, the game features famous fictional characters such as Bloody Mary, Grendel, and even Snow White.