A smooth board game style city building simulator, allowing you to combine hexagonal landscape tiles to create unique locations, creating more puzzles and pleasures as you go.
What we said: “This is a game at its most relaxing, with that rare opportunity, in video games, to be the architect of a world, rather than its conqueror.” Read the full review.
Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One
Part jazz-age murder mystery, part ontological odyssey of the birth of the universe, Genesis Noir is a point-and-click puzzle that works more like a philosophical toy than a traditional game, but don’t be put off by any preconceived idea of that idea. could be tighter.
What we said: “The game sizzles with invention, and its hyperactive movements from cosmic to prosaic combine to produce an astonishing, memorable and novel play.” Read the full review.
Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X
Agent 47 returns for a climactic series of assassination missions, including Berlin warehouse raves, Argentine wine cellars, and vast English mansions. Once again, players can take out targets however they want, sneaking up for elaborate trap kills or destroying the venue in a Scarface-style frenzy of bullets.
What we said: “The final part of the modern Hitman trilogy is a minor masterpiece, a treasure trove of unforgettable player-generated moments.” Read the full review.
It takes two
PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X
In this cleverly designed cooperative platformer, the estranged parents of a heartbroken girl are magically reduced in size and forced to work together to navigate a now dangerous home environment to reach their daughter and repair their relationship.
What we said: “A truly engaging family adventure that turns into a considerable challenge. The skillful combination of game conventions and fresh ideas is the true marriage at the heart of this unusual adventure. “Read the full review.
Little Nightmares 2
Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X
The sequel to the 2017 horror platformer sees the original main character Six accompanying newcomer Monkey on a stealthy, horror-filled walk through an Orwellian landscape of creepy adult stalkers and dark, expressionistic buildings.
What we said: “A fever dream made playable, with the haunting and spooky edge of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale or Jan Švankmajer animation, yet carefully fermented with rare but powerful exhilarating moments.” Read the full review.
PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
A romantic story told through a recursive puzzle game, where you play in an infinite series of worlds within worlds. Rearrange something into a miniature model of the palace you’re walking through, and the change will be replicated in the full-size version you’re standing in. Sometimes awkwardly abstruse, but also mind-boggling and unique.
What we said: “The creative possibilities of this world of Russian dolls extend beyond this short and delicious exploration.” Read the full review.
Massive effect Legendary Edition
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Relive one of the greatest science fiction stories in video games in this technically enhanced and updated RPG trilogy. Alien romances, excellent performances from the actors behind their well-written characters, heartbreaking tragedies, and dramatic battles make Mass Effect a pleasure to revisit or play for the first time.
Monster hunter rise
Grab a wacky weapon, summon your giant dog and helpful feline companions, and go out to defeat fantastic beasts in the latest Monster Hunter game. Although the fighting is focused and frantic, its trademark combination of tense violence and joyous absurdity is oddly heartwarming.
What we said: “The ridiculous anime-inspired special attacks will make you jump like a particularly wacky Power Ranger … a fun and simple action game.” Read the full review.
Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
A game that looks like it could be from the 90s in screenshots, but is absolutely beautiful in motion, Olija is a beautifully animated and enigmatic maritime adventure about a displaced gentleman trying to find a new home for his people.
What we said: “Olija is breathtakingly atmospheric and his narrative is interesting, but it’s the fights that push me effortlessly through this short, tantalizingly personal game.” Read the full review.
PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X
The human race has left a dying Earth for the seemingly safe haven of Enoch, a lush tropical planet sadly beset by devastating thunderstorms and savage alien invasions. As survivors of the carnage, players can work alone or in cooperative groups, destroying monsters, looting treats, and leveling up cosmic killing machines.
What we said: “If you’re the type of gamer who has reached a fluent state in Doom Eternal, or speaks nostalgically for Diablo, or perhaps remembers the rhythmic artillery of The Club from Bizarre Creations, Outriders will speak to you.” Read the full review.
iPhone / iPad, Nintendo Switch, PC
A surprise release from story game specialists Inkle in early June, Overboard! is a loving tribute to golden age novels, except here the player is the criminal rather than the detective and the goal is to get away with it. Set aboard a 1930s cruise liner en route to New York, it’s a sizzling adventure comedy that grabs you into multiple games.
Resident Evil Village
PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S
A sequel to Resident Evil 7’s grueling swamp horror shocks, Village sees troubled hero Ethan Winters attempting to start a new life in rural eastern Europe. But when his wife is shot and his daughter is kidnapped, he plunges into a nightmarish quest involving werewolves, gothic castles, and really tall vampire women.
What we said: “A delightfully silly survival horror adventure that makes constant references to previous games and will bring a lot of joy to fans.” Read the full review.
You have crashed on an alien planet and everything, EVERYTHING, is trying to kill you. Every time he dies, he comes back to life to fight for survival again. Fortunately, the planet is fascinating, the killer alien creatures are beautiful and terrifying, and the action is so exciting and unpredictable that even after the 50th try, Returnal continues to draw you in.
What we said: “To enjoy Returnal you have to abandon the idea of realization. Once you do, you can lose yourself in the near-infinite pleasure of movement and combat, and the near-infinite mystery and progressive horror of Atropos. ”Read the full review.
Subnautica: below zero
Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S / X
Abandoned on an aquatic alien planet and determined to uncover the truth about your missing sister, this sequel to the survival adventure game Subnautica gives you a rich ocean environment to explore, as well as time, space, and the freedom to do it alone, discovering intriguing new items and quests along the way.
What we said: “Subnautica: Below Zero is cozy and exquisite. Dive in and you’ll be amazed at how deep it ends up going. “Read the full review.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
A shiny old Mario game packed with a shiny new one. Super Mario 3D World features four-player fun in cat (not cat) outfits, and Bowser’s Fury is a fun and experimental open-world Mario game in which a giant kaiju-style Bowser appears periodically to rain literal fire on you. .
What we said: “A cascade of fun ideas that pop up, glow brightly for a level or two, then fade again to make way for more.” Read the full review.