A celebration and analysis of the life simulator elements and mundane activities present in video games. From the living, breathing streets of Yokosuka in Shenmue, to the pleasant small-town atmosphere of Greenvale in Deadly Premonition, to the lovely jobs, hobbies and fun activities you can jump into in Persona 5 and Yakuza series.
In this video game video essay, I will try to identify the elements of inspiration that future games could learn from while analyzing a wide swath of unique games. Let's take a look!
0:30 - Deadly Premonition 1:34 - Alan Wake 1:45 - Twin Peaks 4:20 - Deus Ex 4:59 - Papers, Please 5:31 - Shenmue 7:14 - Yakuza 8:01 - The Bouncer 8:20 - The Darkness 8:47 - Final Fantasy XV 9:17 - Far Cry 5 9:36 - Persona 5 10:16 - Heavy Rain