Beholder puts you in the role of a man attempting to take care of his family while fulfilling his duties as a landlord in a totalitarian dystopia.
You start out just spying on “suspicious” tenants for the government, and reporting crimes. Pretty soon, though, you’re identifying members of your own family as threats to the state. Planting surveillance cameras in the bedroom of the little old lady upstairs. Framing an obnoxious tenant by planting false evidence in their quarters.
My favorite part about the game is that you can feel this moral descent happening, but it’s optional. You start out believing you can be the exception. Then the bills begin to pile up, the directives more arbitrary, and you find your line in the sand obliterated before all-too-harsh reality.
I don’t think I’ve had a more intense experience in an indie game this year.