I’ve had my eye on 1979 Revolution: Black Friday [official site] for a long time. The game, which covers the Iranian Revolution of 1979 from the perspective of a photojournalist returning to the country after studies abroad, looks absolutely fascinating. It’s not a part of history I’m overly familiar with and while I wouldn’t want all of my learning to come from games, I’m extremely happy when they do expose me to new facts and ideas. 1979 Revolution is out now.
It looks a little bit Life Is Strange, doesn’t it? I’d be delighted if more games did but it seems there’s more to 1979 than dialogue and decisions. These two bullet points have my interest:
PHOTOGRAPHY – Take photos of the period accurate in-game world and compare them to the original archival photos captured by celebrated photojournalists.
UNIQUE GAMEPLAY – Including urban triage, interactive action scenes and photo processing.
Yes, the photography is another Life Is Strange touchstone but I love the idea of comparing in-game photography to actual archival shots. The entire game has apparently been informed by eyewitness accounts.
From what I understand – though it’s not clear on the Steam page – the game is a complete standalone experience, rather than episodic, but is short-form. The length of a movie rather than a Dragon Age. It’s cheaper than the couple of tickets to see 10 Cloverfield Lane I paid for at the weekend though (bring back The Twilight Zone on my telly and good please) and your choices in the game will have an impact on the lives of characters. I hope it’s turned out well and I’m eager to play.