Beneath the wonderful presentation is a surprisingly conservative game that borrows too many of its best ideas.
Magicka 2 is short and sweet - and it also feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Playful yet surprisingly brutal, Cosmochoria is filled with strange mysteries.
Klei turns its hand to turn-based stealth - and the results are beautiful.
This is the strangest, most wilful game Intelligent Systems has ever made - and that's part of its greatness.
Driven by beautiful physics and an ingenious approach to the basics, this is the essence of baseball.
Behind the stylish black and white art is a puzzle-platformer that really wants you to enjoy yourself.
The gem-matching's pretty simple, but the strategy is surprisingly complex.
Slight but delightful, this is a lovely convergence of strategy and tactics.
Stressful and violent, Frozen Cortex offers great sport and beautiful strategy.
Brutal, panic-inducing and hilarious, Helldivers is Arrowhead Game Studios' co-op madness at its best.
A dull puzzler, undermined by the grasping philosophy behind its business model as much as the actual amount of money it could cost you.
Grow Home elevates climbing and collecting things to a new level of playfulness.
Sunset Overdrive's a blend of Crackdown and Jet Set Radio - and it's delivered with winning enthusiasm.
Beyond Earth isn't a sequel to Alpha Centauri, and it isn't quite an expansion of Civ 5, either. It's richer - and far darker.
Kuru Kuru Kuruin meets gleefully silly FMV in this wonderfully tactile arcade game.
Ultimate Evil is Blizzard's ARPG at its most lavish - and it works beautifully on console, too.
A ground-up remake of Abe's Oddysee, this strange game has lost none of its ornery charm or righteous anger.
Transistor's confusing, artful and ultimately dazzling - and it's wrapped around a combat system that rewards experimentation.
Super Time Force is an ingenious massively single-player shooter that allows you to fight alongside ghostly recordings of your own soldiers.
Shadow of the Colossus meets Angry Birds? David, it turns out, is very much its own beast.