9. The Occupation
Released in March 2019 for the PS4 and Xbox One, The Occupation is an investigative thriller set over the course of four fixed hours. Set in a Government building in the north-west of England, players take on the role of an investigative journalist active in the heart of a controlling society where all is not as it seems.
The game features a complex interaction system where characters remember the decisions and responses made by players throughout their time in the game, and can wildly influence the ways in which the narrative is opened up.
The Occupation's narrative is one of intrigue and suspicion, really rewarding the players that go out of their way to explore every nook and cranny of the Thatcherite-inspired surroundings. Revolving around a controversial piece of legislation that has been introduced in the wake of a terrorist attack, the story throws players in the deep end by only allowing certain questions and conversation trees if enough pieces of evidence have been found.
With the real time pressures surrounding the player and presenting a unique challenge, The Occupation is one of the most inventive titles to have been set on the British Isles.