To anyone who’s looking for new video games, I want to respectfully offer up Bedlam, which is currently available for Early Access play on Steam (it’s not finished, but you can access the first several levels and what theyre is looks good.)
The script for the game is written by Christopher Brookmyre, who’s a fantastic Glaswegian author, and it’s based around the premise that you are a young woman called Heather who finds herself sucked into “Starfire”, a fictional nineties video game that was a favourite of hers as a teenager. When she searches for a way to get back to the real world, she finds herself in a vast, interconnected realm made up of the world of dozens of video games. The first level looks and plays like a nineties FPS (primarily Doom), but as you travel through the game worlds you end up more or less travelling through the development of video games to the modern day through pastiches of various FPSes (in the novel the protagonist goes through hundreds of games of all genres, but for the sake of playability I think the game is entirely FPS.)
The game gets double points from me for the protagonist being female and Scottish alone (fully voiced by Kirsty Strain, btw), but the playable levels thus far are good fun and stuffed to bursting with referential humour for fans of the FPS genre and video games in general–and even if you’re not, being written by Christopher Brookmyre, the script is still sharp and hilarious. I’d say definitely check it out.