Celebrating its ten year anniversary, and still stuck firmly in the mindscape of its many fans, Alan Wake is a luminous example of genre storytelling.
Mirror’s Edge is a brilliantly designed experiment of a game. A first person platformer with an iconic style and highly focused gameplay.
Gang Beasts is a comedy focused physics driven arena brawler game. It’s also one of the best local multiplayer games that you can play with friends.
It’s so easy to get lost in Mount and Blade: Warband. A game that offers you a world of politicking and trade and system driven combat. One of those games where systems drive everything that’s interesting about the game.
The Unbelievable Gwenpool is the third in the Marvel Un-trilogy, sharing a prefix with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and The Unstoppable Wasp. Each book was a new and interesting take on a female character in the Marvel comics universe. For Gwenpool, that’s playing with the idea of comics and comic conventions, and what they mean to the people who read them.
Supermassive Games did something truly special with Until Dawn. They made a game that encapsulates horror films, and the potential of being inside one.
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is one of the most wonderfully clever games I’ve ever played. There’s no hyperbole in that. This is an understated adventure puzzle game that uses gameplay for narrative purposes in the best way.
Co-operative games are great. I adore working as a team to solve problems and experience stories in games. Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator takes cooperative gameplay to a whole new level of role playing and fun.
Stellaris is a deeply engrossing experience. It’s a member of the 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit,eXterminate) of strategy games from Paradox Interactive but with a real focus on story telling through the strategic gameplay and emerging narratives.
What Remains of Edith Finch is now the bar set for all Interactive Dramas going forwards. It’s a compelling anthology of little narratives that build up to much more than the sum of it’s parts.