Playground Games' series has never been a more triumphant standard-bearer for racing games as pure, escapist entertainment.
Big, beautiful and rewarding, Jon Blow's enigmatic puzzle epic is virtuoso game design - and only a fraction too clever for its own good.
There's a superb driving simulation at the core of this rough-hewn package, but it's strictly for enthusiasts only.
A majestic, earthy open-world adventure with great integrity and personality, this is the best role-playing game in years.
Hello Games' lush galactic odyssey is a unique work of engineering art - and an engrossing, if flawed, game.
This scrappy, surreal escapade cleverly uses programming as a game mechanic, but can't quite follow through on its ideas.
Gaming's most confident storytellers close the book on Nathan Drake's adventures with their best chapter yet.
This unimpeachable PS4 reissue exposes some rough, rudimentary design in Sony Japan's cult adventure, but its charm and originality endure.
Released on consoles at last, this elegantly grim adventure at the end of the world is that rare contradiction: a nostalgic original.
Ivory Tower's ode to the open road is an underrated gem, but this fiddly expansion still can't advance its MMO aspirations.
The new Lara Croft works out some kinks in a second act that, while slick and enjoyable, doesn't resolve Tomb Raider's identity crisis.
A unique, challenging and sporadically delightful co-op game - but forget about the clumsy solo play.
One of the most corporate games ever, Forza 6 nonetheless brings great advances like Showcases and League racing to its solid formula.
Laden with features and options, Project Cars rewards patient players with an authentic and exciting circus of motorsport.
A full-featured but rote cross-platform puzzler, Tipping Stars is a minor game that may yet have major significance for Nintendo.
The most melancholy, complex and troublesome Zelda gets a lavish restoration that leaves its strange and stubborn heart untouched.
As a way to turn the precepts of the Mario games upside down and inside out Captain Toad is a work of genius - though there are flaws.
Great multiplayer racing enhanced by a glorious celebratory tone.
Bungie's online shooter is a detached slow burner with superlative combat and intriguing hybrid systems that will keep people playing.
In an age of shallow gameplay and broken narrative logic, The Last of Us is a demonstration of how it should be done.
The first expansion for the action role-player makes the changes players wanted - and a good few more besides.