The year is 1978, and you are Reza Shirazi, a photographer who has returned home from abroad to find his country in increasing turmoil. This Telltale-style game is set during the Iranian Revolution, and while it does have its flaws, its importance is undeniable. Given today’s context of a post-9/11 world, this game sheds an attentive light on one part of Muslim socio-political history and all of its complexities. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is not the first video game to teach history lessons alongside good gameplay (a beloved example being Valiant Hearts), but it portrays a controversial and underrepresented topic with such historical empathy that a trail blazing behind it is certain.

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