Restricted – A Game I’ll Never Make

By: Craig Lager

Published: June 16, 2012 Posted in: PC Gaming Nonsense

This is what I want to happen in the game that will never be made. It’s a short FPS and it looks and feels a lot like Doom. You start outside of a building with a pistol equipped. The front of the building is grey and non-descript but for a sign that says “restricted”. You enter the building and Level 1 loads.

restricted - restricted

Each level has only 1 objective – get to the elevator to move up to the next level. Guards are hunting for you and when they shoot you, you get electrocuted. Lose enough hitpoints and you die, there are no checkpoints.

After a few levels a new enemy type starts spawning. He is wearing a white shirt, black tie and black trousers and as soon as he sees you, he charges at you. He charges at you, screaming “WHO ARE YOU? WHO ARE YOU? WHO ARE YOU?”, then he grabs you so you can’t move. The noise has attracted guards from all over the level and you can’t move and you’re being electocuted. You have to tap the shoot button really fast to break the grapple, kill the enemy and then deal with the guards.

After around 20 levels you get to the end boss. It is a computer terminal. You press activate on it and a menu screen appears, filling your screen.

MENU
[X] SOUND
[X] REPLAYS
[X] EXIT

Selecting sound immediately disables all sound in the game. When it comes back in, only shouting and sobbing can be heard.

Selecting replays cuts the perspective to a guard, stood by the doors on level 1 who is shot to death by something off screen. Then the display segments to show 50 screens at once, all showing guards being killed.

30 seconds later, all of the screens cut to black.

A new menu appears on the screen

WHY DID YOU DO IT?
[X] TO GET TO THE END

There is only one option. The next menu:

WHO ARE YOU?
[X] I DON’T KNOW

YOU KILLED THEM.
[X] I KNOW.

THEY ONLY HAD TAZERS.
[X] I DIDN’T REALISE
[X] I DIDN’T CARE

THEY WERE DEFENDING THEMSELVES.
[X] I DIDN’T REALISE
[X] I DIDN’T CARE

WHAT ARE YOU?
[X] I DON’T KNOW

The terminal goes back to the first menu, only EXIT is selectable. As the terminal display closes, the camera pulls back away from the gun, dragging you from first to third person. You are the exact same model as the enemy that run at you screaming. Your view then focuses on a window, on your reflection in the window. Your character starts screaming “WHO ARE YOU, WHO ARE YOU” as it runs at the window, breaking it and falling from the top floor of the offices.

– GAME OVER –

Craig Lager
twitter | blog | email