Torn is a game where you play as an Native American before, during, and after European colonization (primarily British and French) occurs. We won't give much away, but your town is attacked by the British and your wife is dragged away to the British ships, where they take off. You choose what to do from there, but guaranteed, none of your decisions will feel like a side quest, it will be truly open world where there's no right way to go.
Sure, the controls and basic gameplay are just like any other game, but as you delve deeper, you will see the complex open world of decisions and emotional attachment. The story will blow your mind, no matter what path you take, but instead of just thinking about the NPCs as your expendables, you'll feel for the characters.