Music festivals offers an alluring theme for a management sim, but BigFest's simplistic approach fails to make the most of its metaphor.
Fast Racing Neo offers a welcome and competent substitute for the long-absent F-Zero that's light on extras, but commanding on the track.
Majestic, vibrant, almost peerlessly handsome, Xenoblade Chronicles X is Japanese RPG-making at its most ambitious and determined.
Glimpses of Yuji Naka's outmoded genius can be seen in Rodea's barren skies, but a paucity and dissonance of ideas make this a failure.
Untame's experimental puzzle game pioneers a new style of interaction, layered onto a familiar premise, and finds gold among the ruins.
Dragon Quest gets the Dynasty Warriors treatment, but there are more fundamental changes than a mere asset swap; this is Musou re-imagined.
Platinum's brisk and breezy take on the 1980s Transformers cartoons is a joy, albeit one that wears itself out a little too quickly.
Glitch-ridden and seemingly unfinished, this is a tragic swansong for Tony Hawk's video game career.
A rich, occasionally abstruse digital board game, where assured victory can turn either on the roll of a die or a rival's act of cruelty.
This whimsical and original game mimics the disorientating effects of blindness, but fails to build meaningfully on its initial idea.
An elegant, idiosyncratic galactic roguelike that recalls both the style and unflinching challenge of 80s-era Japanese shoot-'em-ups.
A twitch epic in which the journey from beginner to master is told not via new abilities, but in your hands and muscle memory.
A caustic, often-prickly satire on contemporary game making, with an ingenious core mechanic that is, perhaps, yet to be fully explored.
This eccentric and often hilarious sadist 'em up has more expanse than finesse, but, through humour, makes cruelty a virtue.
Infinifactory is a rare and ingenious treat: a puzzle game that allows players to combine creativity and logic to craft their own solutions.
Her Story is a novel piece of interactive fiction, applying the flexibility of game structure to the ambiance of the murder mystery film.
A long overdue sequel to a puzzle classic, Chip's Challenge 2 has been well worth the wait.
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.