Murdered does its best to suffocate some great ideas while its investigative gameplay has its flaws. Yet there's something refreshing about this spooky detective story, and if you can live with some cardboard characters and scenery then the engaging narrative will pull you through. There's potential here for something smart, unusual and compelling, even if this first instalment doesn't quite make it happen.
Entwined is a beautiful game with stunning visuals and some lovely music. It has the guts to embrace big themes and some will find it a surprisingly emotional experience. All the same, it doesn't quite have the perfect flow of the synaesthasia games that came before it, and it can be hugely frustrating in its later levels, particularly if you struggle with synchronising two activities at once. Still, at the price it's well worth trying, whether you end up loving it or not.
EA Sports has created a visually stunning, impressively detailed MMA game featuring most of the biggest figures in the sport. However, the complex controls and mechanical feel can make it a difficult game for outsiders, and you'll face a steep learning curve before you get much satisfaction out of it.
Valiant Hearts isn't perfect, and not everyone will like its tone, its graphic novel style or its story, but it's a strange, beautiful and genuinely special game. Let's not get carried away; as a work of World War I art it's no Paths of Glory, Regeneration, Birdsong or All Quiet on the Western Front. It's not even a Blackadder goes Forth.
It's too rough around the edges for awards and higher scores, but we'd recommend Sniper Elite 3 all the same. It's beset by bugs and some really strange AI, yet the core sneak and snipe gameplay is still enthralling, and the open levels and sandbox approach make for a refreshing departure from the shooter norm. You'll see slicker shooters later on this year, but will they be this much fun?
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! is one of the most welcome revivals in years. It's a sympathetic HD update that looks better and plays better without sacrificing any of the personality of the original game. That can make it harsh, unforgiving and even frustrating, but it won't stop you working your way through. While some vintage remasters rely on nostalgia, this one doesn't need to. It still feels as fresh and original as it did first time around.
Hearthstone does for collectible card games what World of Warcraft did for MMOs: taking a niche genre and transforming it into a mainstream-friendly hit that's primed for success. It's hugely accessible and incredibly enjoyable, even when you're getting crushed, yet there are layers upon layers of strategy to be explored. If you haven't tried Hearthstone yet, then do so - just don't blame us if you can't give it up.
The visual upgrades are more modest than you might expect, but the extra definition and detail and the enhanced effects make The Last of Us even more stunning and richly cinematic, while the steady frame rate improves the gameplay. There's probably not enough of a difference to justify buying the same game twice, but if you have a PS4 and haven't played The Last of Us, then you can consider this edition a must-buy.
Not just the definitive version of Diablo III, but the best action RPG on next gen consoles – even if the competition isn't exactly fierce. Diablo III: Reaper of souls - Ultimate Edition is slick, gorgeous and ferociously addictive, even if the minute-to-minute gameplay is one-note. It's all-absorbing played solo, but virtually unbeatable as a co-op action RPG.