Politics is a tough subject to approach in video games. It requires propulsive writing and firm tone, both of which are difficult to maintain interactively. Most games that tackle political subject material are merely action games set against a vaguely political backdrop. Add the intricacy of political situations and the sheer volume of information required - see the Democracy series’ cluttered interface - and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Which is why it’s so refreshing to see, in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, a bona fide political thriller that engages deeply and empathetically with its subject material, maintains interactivity, and stays riveting throughout.

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