The Sorrowvirus: A Faceless Short Story is a creepy, atmospheric, emotive horror game, but one held back by some baffling design choices.
Ghostwire: Tokyo conjures a brilliant, atmospheric rendition of Shibuya, but that potential is wasted on a bland, generic open-world game.
Martha is Dead is a potent psychological thriller underscored by empathy and humanity, but the Xbox One version should be a last resort.
Ghostrunner’s blend of action and first-person platforming is refreshing, precisely because it de-emphasises direct combat.
Layers of Fear 2 makes minor technical concessions for Switch, but keeps its unsettling atmosphere and psychological horror perfectly intact.
Preorders are now open for a limited physical Switch release of Kholat, a horror game based on real-life events and narrated by Sean Bean.
Layers of Fear 2 isn’t interested in jump scares so much as creating a unsettling atmosphere and getting under your skin—something it achieves brilliantly.
Metro Exodus trades claustrophobic tunnels for an open-ish world, but a lot of Metro’s unique identity is lost in the grab at mainstream appeal.
Leaving Lyndow is a teaser for the forthcoming Eastshade, but it’s also a delightful game in its own right, about the complex feelings of leaving home.
Valley is a great first-person platformer with some clever ideas, but its real strength is the thrill of running, jumping, and soaring through the woods.