The designer behind Harvest Moon returns with a game that frustrates as much as it fascinates.
An elegiac, memorable and affecting tale of the misfortunes suffered by the members of a deeply eccentric family.
The FMV thriller is fully exhumed in this splicing of game and cinema, where high production values fail to obscure the creative fissures.
Relentless and brutal, this post-apocalyptic pixel art survival quest is a gruelling, if often beguiling, challenge.
A characteristically imaginative minigame suite that lays out the possibilities of Nintendo's new console, without feeling like a guidebook.
This period study of the arcade's formative beat 'em up has its charms, but the sense that this is a game out of time is not easily shaken.
A JRPG classic is revived for 3DS, and the years haven't dimmed its charm in the slightest.
A playful, often humorous tour of the modern world's transition spaces.
Ubisoft's sequel borrows from Rockstar's oeuvre to make a richly enjoyable open world game, despite its online troubles.
Billed as a grand, lavish piece of fan service, this is as much a tribute to Pokémon's charms as those of the series whose name it bears.
Much more than a mere 'Best Of' compilation, Rhythm Heaven Megamix is a tour-de-force of microscopic, rhythmic ingenuity.
Failbetter provides an exquisite expansion to Sunless Sea that runs deep.
Offering freedom within structure, Dragon Quest Builders manages to formalise a riveting story within Minecraft's expansive template.
This edgy revival of the scrolling brawler inherits the problems of its influences, and is both boorish and boring as a result.
The return of SNK's flagship series offers concessions to beginners, and new depths for veterans.
Not just a loving tribute to the JRPGs of the 90s, I Am Setsuna tells a memorable tale, with a few bright design jewels of its own.
A painfully undercooked Japanese RPG that shows how far the genre has fallen behind its western rivals.
A tribute to and evolution of Keiji Infaune's Mega Man, Mighty No. 9's moments of brilliance are tempered by its preposterous challenge.
The definitive version of one of the best and most overlooked fighting games of recent years.
Gareth Noyce's revival of the British isometric puzzle game offers a deep and amiable dungeon filled with eccentric wonder.
Heavy Spectrum's affectionate, idiosyncratic reboot summons the spirit of the original Shadow of the Beast, as well as some of its faults.
Enter the Gunegon combines familiar ingredients but the result is unique and delicious.
Dirt Rally transcends its simplistic presentation to offer one of the most engaging and dramatic representations of the motorsport yet.
Eight years in the making, Philip Bak's debut project is a twin stick shooter in which chaotic genius can be found.
An exquisitely presented co-op space shooter that can be burdensome when played solo, but delights when played with a friend.
Abstruse, demanding and silly, Resident Evil Zero has nevertheless stood time's test, thanks to its ingenious design and exquisite style.
Having dispensed with the rock-star posturing, Harmonix's return to its abstract rhythm action roots is a textured, vibrant triumph.
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.