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Paradise Lost is an alt-history adventure game about a young boy in a Nazi bunker

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Paradise Lost (opens in new tab) is an alternate-history first-person adventure game, set in a 1960s in which Nazi Germany hasn't lost the Second World War. It's about to, though, until it unleashes its nuclear arsenal on the advancing Soviet armies, turning all of Europe into an uninhabitable wasteland.

Unknown to the rest of the world, the Nazis were prepared for this, having created a series of fortified bunkers where the Aryan race could wait out the nuclear winter, and then emerge to claim victory. But something went wrong inside a bunker on the outskirts of Krakow, Poland—which is where you find yourself 20 years later, as a 12-year-old boy driven by personal tragedy to seek answers amidst its vast underground chambers.

Adventure games tend to be very linear affairs, but developer PolyAmorous says that Paradise Lost will change depending on the choices you make while you play. "Discover the past, shape the present," the Steam page says. "Decisions you make while learning the history of the bunker will affect what you will see on your journey."

It's tough to get a good bead on Paradise Lost at this point, but I'm cautiously optimistic. I love a good videogame story, and all my favorite post-apocalypses are in Eastern Europe. Paradise Lost is slated to arrive on Steam later this year.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.