Tale of Tales' latest uses the routine of labour to exquisite effect as a framework to tell a story about class and political revolution.
David Pittman's neon-lit stealth game creeps into politically charged themes of surveillance with grace and style.
Titan Souls' barren landscapes and memorable battles with ancient giants provide a unique, if divisive journey.
The shape-shifting Tower of Guns offers a briefly irresistible Rogue-like that borrows Quake's pacing and Borderlands' outlandish arsenal.
Accessible yet deep, this is the definitive version of the lascivious fighter - but Xbox One owners should beware a buggy release.
Super Stardust's shine hasn't faded with the years, but this remake also fails to make it any brighter with a clutch of superfluous extras.
Storytelling and exploration converge to dazzling effect in Failbetter's luxurious and unmissable curio.
It's principally aimed at the series' fans, but the mesh of interlocking systems ensures that its appeal runs deeper than fan service.
An awful childhood gets a surprisingly arcadey revisit in this blistering action roguelike.
Shinji Mikami returns to horror with a greatest-hits package that recalls - but can't match - Resident Evil 4.
This marriage of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors is surprisingly successful - and strategic.
This gorgeous interactive dreamscape is brimming with new ideas.
Astebreed is a smart and slick indie shmup from Japan that moves the aesthetics of retro gaming on from sprites to 32-bit polygons.
Retro platform gaming may be an oversubscribed genre these days, but Shovel Knight only proves the enduring appeal of this play style.
Cave Story creator Daisuke Amaya returns with another pixel-perfect time warp, and the old-school values are more than just skin deep.
Mario Kart 8 is a rare thing: the best entry in its series and the most exciting installment yet.