Let’s Talk Papers, Please

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-Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the The Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.

Hey Guys Nemo back with another game review about Papers, Please. In Papers, Please, gamers play a unnamed border checkpoint officer, an unnamed character, in a fictional Eastern Bloc-type country following a fictional World War scenario. The game consists of you doing your job: checking passports, documents, tickets and passes, and accept or deny entrants. At the end of the day you get your salary depending on how well you did and then manage your expenses to (hopefully) keep your family alive in the struggling economy. That’s it. It’s a slow burn and the game drops in different elements to keep you on your toes, requiring you to check the validity of worker’s permits, entry passes and the like. Some characters approach you asking you to reject or accept valid entrants, which you can do at the personal cost of your salary. Sometimes you mess up and let a terrorist in. other times, you let in a man with a woman’s passport; we all make mistakes. It’s a dense game, and strangely addictive for something that is equivalent to working at the NRMA.

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