What, no more war? As if. The Gears of War series has ditched its suffix for the fifth (er, sixth actually) helping of space marines shooting terrifying narky aliens. Don't be fooled, though - Gears 5 slots its cogs quickly back into a comfortable routine, with barely a shift in tone.
This is what it feels like to be a peeping tom. Or maybe a hacker who listens to people's voicemails. Sam Barlow's Telling Lies rubs your nose in the grubby business of a private detective rifling through stolen footage of an FBI agent and several related characters.
Robert De Niro railed against the venal, filthy streets of New York in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. He'd probably be just as bemused by the cast of several dozen characters who pass through the back of your cab in Night Call, an off-kilter noirish murder-mystery set in Paris.
Almost 30 years (30 years!) after Wolfenstein 3D defined the first-person shooter, Youngblood remixes the formula with this co-op Nazi-slayer. Now the twin daughters of series stalwart BJ Blazkowicz have taken up the cudgels against the Third Reich after Dad vanished in Paris.
So goodbye then, Gamebreaker, you mad thing. Those of you as long in the tooth as me may dimly remember the mid-2000s FIFA Street series and its outrageous stunt-based football – whose matches were often punctuated by unstoppable rocket shots known as Gamebreakers.
Do you fancy yourself as the next Shigeru Miyamoto? Even if you don't have a clue who he is, odds are you've seen, played or even adored his work as the creative flame of the Super Mario series. This sequel to the Wii U/3DS roll-your-own Mario indulges your wildest Miyamoto ideas, but dishes out plenty of pre-made entertainment too.
A high-kicking Japanese detective with boy-band good looks and an achingly cool wardrobe? Somebody should make a movie out of this guy. It's almost as if they already have because Judgment immerses you in a deep murder mystery where you spend as much time watching as playing.
Nintendo understandably keeps its peerless Mario Kart to itself, making the giddy fun exclusive to its own platforms. But if you're craving a dash of cartoonish kart racing on other consoles, this polished remake of a 20-year-old PlayStation 1 title by revered studio Naughty Dog is an effective clone.
Like a strange interactive planetarium, The Outer Wilds strands the player in a pint-sized solar system to unravel its arcane mysteries. The exploration of these beautiful but treacherous worlds gains urgent impetus from the supernova that explodes at the system's core every 20 minutes.
We've been suspicious of AI ever since HAL refused to open the pod bay doors in Kubrick's masterful 2001. Observation wears its inspiration nakedly on its sleeve in this atmospheric thriller about an accident aboard an Earth-orbiting space station that leaves just scientist Emma Fisher alive.
Wonder Woman wangles a cameo appearance in Rage 2, which is the most surprising thing about this sequel to the overlooked Mad Max-esque shooter of 2011. Rage 2 bolts on the open-world expertise of Avalanche (as seen in the Just Cause series) to the gun-happy history of original Rage developer id (Doom, etc).
Slithering, hissing, squealing - the sights and sounds of the rat hordes never fails to set your skin crawling in gorgeous medieval adventure A Plague Tale. The story of two young innocents fleeing the murderous Inquisition in 14th-century France, APTI gives you a second enemy to constantly fear: the ravenous rodents who hunt in packs and baulk only at fire.
Imagine you're an assassin forced to visit a psychiatrist after every mission. How disturbed must you feel? How evil have you just been? That's one of the many imponderables in Katana Zero, an ultra-stylish cyberpunk slash-'em-up that echoes the notorious nihilism of Hotline Miami.
When a game character suddenly starts spouting Sartre at you, you know you're not in Kansas any more. This delightful VR game has an otherworldly edge to it, not least because you play the spectral helper of a troubled boy who just wants to help his mum on the farm (um, possibly in Kansas).
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