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Every game on this list served as a balm for the depression cave that I lived inside throughout 2017. I'm pretty sure these games happen to be good even if you're not depressed, since most of them popped up on my coworkers' own best-of lists, but I had such a dire need for escapism this year that I found myself evaluating every experience through that grim lens.
Playing Doki Doki Literature Club is like realising you have a fever: For a while you deny the creeping feeling that something isn't quite right until it's too late to do anything about it. In the beginning of the game you think it's a cute dating sim, but before too long, you can no longer deny that you're playing a horror game.
While the latter half of the game is scary as hell, one of Doki Doki Literature Club's most impactful moments happens before its turn to horror.
Doki Doki Literature Club snuck up on everyone and became a cult hit. Dan Salvato, its writer and lead developer, played on the anime tropes present in its pink and cheery exterior to trick players into experiencing an unsettling story. "People might go into Doki Doki Literature Club making fun of it as a tropey anime game," he said, "only to find themselves caring about the characters (and possibly very scared of them)."