The Void (also known as Tension) is a game from Russian developers Ice Pick Lodge — who also made Pathologic. It’s been out for a couple years now, but it still manages to impress me. I’ve included the trailer at the top of this post so you can get an idea of what the landscapes look like and what the gameplay is like. As for plot, well Ice Pick Lodge likes to sort of stick players right in the middle of games without ever really telling them explicitly what’s going on. But, here’s the wikipedia explanation for what’s supposed to be going:
“The game is about a soul that accidentally lingered in the Void, before absolute death. The Void is a purgatory-like place, in which the most valuable thing is Color, a liquid that represents lifeforce. Color is scarce and famine is a usual thing for its dwellers — beautiful naked Sisters and deformed monstrous Brothers. Color is a universal resource in the game — at the same time it is the hero’s health, armor, stats and ammo. With the help of Nameless Sister, the soul finds out that there is a way to escape and be reincarnated again on the surface, but in order to do this the player must disguise himself as one of the Brothers and eventually confront them.”
I picked this game up on Steam a couple months ago, and unfortunately have had little opportunity to actually play it, but what I have played has been pretty phenomenal. The game is an odd mix between Okami, Half-Life and Shadow of the Colossus. If that doesn’t pique your interest I don’t know what will.