Norco filled me with love, hope, and wonder, then immediately asked ‘is that enough?’

Personal Picks

Game of the Year 2022

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In addition to our main Game of the Year Awards 2022 (opens in new tab), each member of the PC Gamer team is shining a spotlight on a game they loved this year. We’ll post new personal picks, alongside our main awards, throughout the rest of the month.

I’m really sorry everyone, but it’s the end of the year, we’re all cutting a little bit loose, and I think I deserve this: I want to begin this one with a quote. In Ursula K. Le Guin’s introduction to her novel The Left Hand of Darkness, she wrote “Science Fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive.” I don’t think I’ve felt that in a work of sci-fi more than with Geography of Robots’ miracle of a point and click adventure, Norco.

It’s the year 20XX or so and self-aware artificial intelligence has proliferated such that it’s a nuisance on the festering internet and a simple expectation of domestic labor and security-focused robots. Climate change has advanced unchecked, delivering at least one more Katrina-level disaster to New Orleans, and the United States is in the grips of some kind of low-grade civil war, “a meme that set Albuquerque on fire.”