We Are Chicago is a game about how gang violence in Chicago's South and West Side neighbourhoods affects people's lives. In particular, the game follows Aaron, a young man trying to make it to his high school graduation. But where the game tries to be inspiring and heartwarming, it is treacly and patronizing.
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We Are Chicago was hardly the best game I played at PAX last month. It was rough and unfinished. My wife, playing at another demo station, barely got through it. In trying to depict life on the Windy City's troubled South Side, it's not trying to be fun, but it has to be interesting. It's not there yet. The team may be biting off more than they can chew, but that could be a good thing.