Grand Theft Auto V
DESPICABLE me. Despicable you. Everyone's despicable. You can't prosper in GTAV by being an 'ordinary decent criminal' – you must be a monster. While the snowy opening scene hints at the subtlety of the Coen Brothers, Rockstar quickly thrusts you back into the beautiful ugliness of Los Santos – LA by another name.
Setting a new record for swearwords (f**k, muthaf*****r and n****r are on repeat), the characters strive to be dislikeable and Rockstar mandates that vicious violence is your only tool. The infamous torture scene is absolutely repellent.
Set against this relentless 'satirical' amorality, Rockstar nonetheless has crafted its most compelling game world, sprawling, inviting, spectacular. The structure, built around complex heists and switchable characters, reinvigorates the GTA formula.
Brilliant, yes, but hard to stomach at times. Please please, just don't let your under-18s play it.
FROM darkness into light. An utterly gorgeous 2.5D platformer, Legends reunites us with the irresistible charm of Rayman and the series' rejuvenation that began with Origins.
Stuffed with delightful scenery, whimsical tunes, kooky characters and a non-linear arrangement of levels plus mini-games, Legends is a treat for the senses.