A very novel adventure game that some are calling a masterpiece is the mute filled, 90s saturated, FBI bonanza that is Virginia. Flung into a stylised world (not too dissimilar to Firewatch’s aesthetic), you are put into the shoes of Anne Tarver. A newly inaugurated FBI agent who is instructed to do the rather awkward task of investigating the agent she has been partnered with to find a missing boy. As you can imagine, hijinks ensue. Having a style that easily can make you feel that you are in fact watching 90s classics like Twin Peaks or X-Files and a genuinely original way of discerning the mysteries surrounding you, Virginia is definitely worth a place in this year’s top adventure games.
Big Beat’s coming back, there’s a new series of Twin Peaks being made and colourful polyesters are on all the trendy street corners again. When better to release the 90’s themed suspenseful adventure game that is Virginia. Grab your pagers and hold onto your Walkman for the truly original way that Virginia presents its story to you. Devoid of any narrative whatsoever, you as a player are truly forced to work out what’s going on rather than have your character spoon feed it to you. An indie masterpiece, Virginia does its developers proud.
Ironically for a game in which everyone is mute, Virginia had some amazing ear tickles this year, thanks in no small part to the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Forced to rely on music and background noise in order to show setting and story, the whole experience was a delicious feast for your little ear buds, definitely one to play with headphones on.