Games like Lisa are games that seek to purposefully make us uncomfortable. The stories they tell and the emotions they portray are designed to disgust and intrigue us.
When we play Lisa, we are meant to feel disgusted enough to be uncomfortable with what we are seeing but intrigued so much that we cannot seem to pull ourselves away from the screen.
Lisa tells the story of a man who has been beaten, broken and battered by life to the point where it is an immense challenge simply to live another day in his life.
Lisa is a side-scrolling, pixelated 2D RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world, where you must struggle just to survive, and you never know if someone will help you, or if they are just out to harm you to benefit themselves.
Throughout your game, you will be forced to make choices, and often times you will not like either of the choices you are given. These choices will have long-lasting consequences, both on you and on those who follow you.
If you choose to take a beating to defend a follower, the follower may be fine, but you will see scratches and cuts appear on your character. You can lose limbs, resources and ultimately your life in the name of helping others, or you can sacrifice others to ensure that you do not come to harm.
You will be faced with difficult moral choices, and there will be no easy way out. Lisa forces us to confront feelings we often choose not to think about, and immerses the players in a desolate, deprived world, where there is little hope. If you are looking for some more games that give you a gritty, desperate feeling, here are a few more.