A less than stellar year for PlayStation.
But does it have the vision to excite?
Bear with me.
It's a force of nature.
The Empire Strikes Back helped, too.
Just watch those Dogecoins rolling in.
All around the Watchtower.
Well, this is orc-ward.
That Bill & Ted homage is a good start.
"Dig up the past, all you get is dirty."
How one Alaska-based developer is making the year's most interesting sci-fi game.
Prepare for a new artisan and a new class - and a new end-game that's too good to leave until the end.
Streamlined yet familiar, Warlords of Draenor is built on a decade of experience.
We can be goats instead.
An hour with Second Son suggests this could be the best yet, but can it push the series towards greatness?
Death and syntaxes
Let's hear it for friends who splash out on day one.
From vital patches to game cancellations, players are often intimately involved.
FeatureThe trouble with female protagonists, and the influence of J.J. Abrams: Introducing Velocity 2X
Futurlab's starbound follow-up introduces new mechanics, and new challenges.
After the MMO comes the F2P CCG.
At the Gates sets its sights on the fall of Rome.
Firaxis' expansion offers gene-splicing, cybernetics - and robotic exo-skeletons.
"Those are the bad guys: go shoot 'em all."
What can you expect from games that are dictated by scheduling?
Get cape, wear cape, die.
Chris Donlan investigates Animal Crossing's strange spin on Wall Street.
Going full pelt with Tropical Freeze.
Fruit and wedge?
It's the only genre left standing.
Bayonetta's new touchscreen control option might be a good route in for series newcomers.
Maps, inventories and air-strikes are fine, but is there more to console gaming's latest preoccupation?
What you can expect from both the battlefield and the campaign map.
"I love the game design part most of all."
Meet the gentle puzzler with some planetary preoccupations.
An hour or so with Dishonored's latest DLC.
The Locust are back, but can an injection of Bulletstorm DNA keep things fresh?
Can Frostbite 2 and a new business model return the tank rush to its former glory?
Carbine unveils the Dominion proving grounds.
A couple of days with Dot Product's nihilism engine.
Mario's brother's back amongst the ghosts, and that's good news for everyone.
The latest superhero MMO on the scene is channeling Diablo. Excelsior?
4A's latest promises improvements in terms of the weaponry, the stealth, and the surroundings.
Prepare to lose lunch breaks to a new strain of "meditative strategy".
Blocks meet bullets in Jagex's team-based first-person shooter.
Mojang's follow-up to Minecraft is a very different beast.
As free-to-play games land on consoles, Chris Donlan re-examines his own prejudices.
Donlan checks out the first wave of multi-platform releases, including Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3.
How the studio head's tricksy blend of showmanship and strategy has helped define Gearbox Software.
Asymmetry and a focus on local multiplayer suggest great promise for Nintendo's new box of tricks.
Ubisoft Montreal goes free-to-play with this creative blend of construction and destruction.
The ornery first-person shooter returns to its roots.
Hands on with RedLynx's circus of horrors.
"I was watching the London riots on telly when I suddenly thought: I want to play that."
They're both too good to be lost to history.
This year's update returns to past glories.
Let's hear it for isolation.
Hands on with the spooky heir to Advance Wars.
A quartet of gems suggest that Nintendo's anti-Mario is as much fun as ever.
Red in tooth and claw.
Pure playfulness, from physics simulations to Windowsill.
Lights out for the territory.
Half an hour with Vigil's new leading man.
Relic's world-beating RTS turns its attention to the Eastern Front.
There are plenty of new ideas in Mickey's latest adventure, but is the design team playing it safe?
Why a game about type-setting might be good news for everybody
Lots of changes to get excited about, but Borderlands is still as gloriously violent as ever.
The squeezed middle could soon be squeezed out of existence argues Christian Donlan.
After years of waiting, Spidey's finally going open-world again.
Picking over the latest of COD's DLC drops.
With Michael Bay out of the way, High Moon is hoping for a return to past glories
Another feather in your PopCap.
How Deus Ex inspired an indie game about electricians.
Vigil digs deep for its Diablo-inspired sequel.
Death and axes.
Dubai to all that.
Why do licensed games have such a bad reputation?
Are gaming's greatest villains an endangered species?
"In this game there are hardly any verbs…"
Prisoners of the fun.
Up the wall.