Horror games, you may have noticed, are back in vogue. Instead of gore-soaked shooting galleries like Resident Evil 5, we’re now getting a wave of games that want to give you nightmares. Forever. Outlast is one of the best of these new-breed chillers. There’s no weapons, just a camcorder with night vision to help you see in a dark asylum filled with terrifying hulks and mutilated patients. Prepare to run, hide, scream and stock up on new undies.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
It might not be most stunning looking game and might be all story, but Telltale’s zombie drama is probably the finest interactive tale ever told. It’s better than The Walking Dead TV series and the comics too - grim but so emotional it’ll stain your memories forever. And if you’ve already played it, then why not try Telltale’s take on Game of Thrones? It’s only two episodes in but is already shaping up to be another adventure game classic.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Ah caramba! It’s the Day of the Dead festival and an evil army of the dead has risen leaving the fate of the world resting in the furious fists of Juan the luchador (that’s you). The resulting Metroid-in-Mexico romp is a piñata full of joy where a steady drip-drip of new abilities opens up once inaccessible areas of the map and brings ever more depth to its loveable 2D platforming and brawling action.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Ubisoft’s gorgeously inky take on World War 1 might be low on challenge thanks to its pedestrian puzzles, but it is so big on heart it’s easy to forgive. Valiant Hearts brings the Great War to life with a tale of everyday folk sucked into a war beyond their control. It could have been depressing or glib. Instead it’s enjoyable yet thoughtful and surprisingly emotional. Sniff. No, no, those aren’t tears. It’s these onions...
Ignore the trolls who have nothing better to do with their time on earth then spend their waking moments hounding its creator because Fez is brilliant. It’s a perspective-based puzzle game set in a world that looks two-dimensional but is actually a cube that rotates 90 degrees with a press of a button. Each rotation rearranges the platforms and figuring out how to use that to navigate around each level offers a brain-aching challenge that is both ingenious and delightful.