Virginia is a first person thriller told entirely in pantomime.
From the website of the game's developer, Variable State:
"Virginia is a first person interactive drama. It is the story of a recently graduated FBI agent and her partner as they seek to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young boy.
Virginia is the recipient of 3 BAFTA nominations, 4 IGF nominations and the winner of the 2017 Writers' Guild award for Best Writing in a Video Game.
"The game that titles like Dear Esther, Gone Home and Firewatch have hinted at, but in a way that evolves the interactive narrative form way beyond anything we’ve seen before." - The Telegraph ★★★★★
Virginia is available to download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and macOS. Play the free Steam demo today."
It’s almost impossible to imagine a game like Virginia appearing in the years prior to this past decade. It’s a story about two women detectives who are searching for a missing teenage boy. The women are professional rivals.
This is a game that’s just two hours long, and features no dialogue, yet it has more to say than the vast majority of 40-hour games. Virginia explores how women in the workplace are undermined by patriarchal power structures, including divide-and-conquer strategies. It’s a work of creative courage that tells a deeply engaging story about friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and identity. It’s also a valuable example of how, in the last few years, game developers have embraced complex political and social issues.