RIME

Were this game released as a soundtrack alone, it would be well worth buying. Throw in a serene, stylised island world where exploration is everything and you've got the potential for a cult indie hit.

You wake up on the beach - which, let's face it, has happened to us all - and, from that moment, are free to explore as you see fit. Traipse along the sand, go for a dip, stroll through yellow fields gently blowing in the wind: it's all wonderfully rendered and aching to be seen.

Of course, there's more going on here than mere looks and sounds, and RIME offers plenty to discover as you roam the island. It feels very much like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild meets The Last Guardian, which is probably why it's also coming to Switch. We can't wait.

Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Steam

Release date: TBC

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Ruiner

An ultra-violent, top-down, dystopian action game rendered with a gritty red tinge? Sounds like a fun night in - and the cyber-future angle of Ruiner makes it one that you'll want to play and play.

With action that comes thick and fast as you fight through a neon-lit underworld, Ruiner channels more than a little of Hotline Miami in its blend of shoot-to-kill and dodge-death-to-progress gameplay - and that's no bad thing.

Set in 2091, a back story of hackers, totalitarian governments and vast cities might not be novel, but it's brilliantly realised in the brutality of Ruiner. This is one we can see stealing hours.

Platforms: Steam

Release date: TBC

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Tacoma

If ever you played Gone Home, you'll probably know the value of a story well told. Little wonder, then, that when that game's developer turned its hand to a sci-fi title it delivered one of vastly immersive story-telling.

Floating around in zero gravity, Tacoma sees you attempting to piece together corrupted parts of video logs and data reports as you look to discover just what out of earth has happened to the absent crew.

With plenty of evidence to unearth, the set-piece story moments are perhaps the most astounding: these play out as hologram logs which can be paused and replayed. What's more, you can circle around and interact with these logs to get to grips with the most dramatic moments and key story points. It's unique, and brilliant.

Platforms: Xbox One, Steam

Release date: TBC

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Thimbleweed Park

Pixellated to perfection, Thimbleweed Park nails its blend of adult humour, surreal storyline and puzzle discovery - largely thanks to veteran game-maker Ron Gilbert being at the helm.

From a cursive clown to a dead body that seems to be alarming no-one, Thimbleweed Park looks, feels and plays like the best old-school adventure games - with a healthy dose of enormity. In fact, even with limited hands-on time this felt like a game that could go for hours and hours without growing tired.

Ceaselessly self-aware, this is a title that feels more than a little bit like The Secret of Monkey Islands - another Gilbert game - and, given that that was a game which received almost universal acclaim, things look good for Thimbleweed Park.

Platforms: Xbox One, Steam, iOS, Android

Release date: TBC

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