Best PC Games 2017: The titles your gaming rig needs

The Xbox One X is stealing the headlines, but PC gaming is still where it’s at for supreme graphical performance. Be it on Steam, Origin or GOG, we have the best pc games you need to install on your gaming rig.

With graphics cards now combining incredible power and competitive price points, the platform is also now becoming available to more gamers. Experiences are consistently better looking and running smoother than their console counterparts, showing that those without a gaming rig are sorely missing out.

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If you’ve just purchased the ultimate gaming PC and don’t know where to begin, check out the list of great games we have for you right here.

We’ll be updating this page as more great games are launched for PC so be sure to bookmark to know which titles to be adding to your library!

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Available now on PC (Early Access), coming soon to Xbox One

PUBG is the latest Early Access title to become an incredible phenomenon. Like DayZ, Minecraft and others before it, this game has spread like wildfire with thousands upon thousands of players picking it up and diving into its Battle Royale-style world.

Players jump into a huge map and simple have to fight, survive and thrive. Up to 100 players dueling to the death on a remote island is as intense and thrilling as you’d expect, as desperate scavenges for resources become brawls to the death for scraps of food, fuel and ammunition.

If you haven’t heard of PUBG yet, chances are you’re about to, so why not get a headstart and jump into this incredible game right now!

Prey

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Prey is yet another triumph from developer Arkane stuiods in the realm of level design and creative puzzle solving.

Players are given almost complete freedom to explore the Talos 1 space station, with the ability to solve any of its problems and gain access to its locked rooms and blocked pathways using so many abilities including alien powers, creative thinking, weaponry and even simple exploration.

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PC players are in for a treat, too, with this version being far and away being the superior adaptation, PS4 and Xbox One offerings trailing in its wake.

With so many ways to explore this station, and so many abilities to unlock, this will certainly be a game that demands multiple playthroughs, too.

Read the full Prey review

Battlefield 1

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Battlefield 1 is a breathtakingly-gorgeous first-person shooter, and it looks unbelievable on a good PC. EA and DICE have always pushed the boat out on PC, and this World War 1 epic is no different. If you want an incredibly immersive first person shooter with intense battles and incredible multiplayer for your new rig, it doesn’t get any better than with BF1.

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And now, with the season pass content starting to arrive in the form of They Shall Not Pass, there’s even more content to enjoy.

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Read the full Battlefield 1 review

Resident Evil 7

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Resident Evil 7 is a glorious return to form for the iconic survival horror series. Switching the action to a first-person perspective, the infected horrors and gross environments have never felt so tangibly real.

You play as Ethan, a man searching for his missing partner in rural Louisiana. He soon stumbles upon The Baker Family, a group of strange people infected with some form of deadly virus.

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Making his way through sprawling mansions, filthy swamps and other strange locales, Ethan will have to solve puzzles and best horrifying enemies if he hopes to survive. This is essential for horror fans, and a masterful reboot for the troubled franchise.

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Read the full Resident Evil 7 review

NieR Automata

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Platinum has delivered another rock-solid combat experienced but seeped it into a deep and rewarding RPG, and brilliantly strikes the balance between the two. It also delivers a very intriguing story that only offers more layers the further in you get.

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If you enjoy smashing robots into lots of tiny pieces, then this is definitely a game you need to add to your library.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Read the full NieR Automata review

Dishonored 2

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Dishonored 2 is arguably the finest stealth title of 2016. Arkane Studios has taken everything that made the original so great and refined it. The art of sneaking and stabbing through the streets of Dunwall have never felt so good. You also have a new city to explore in Karnaca, a coastal metropolis filled with corrupt politicians and paranormal danger.

Playing as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, you have access to a range of incredibly fun tools and abilities. How you use them is up to you. You could finish the entire journey without harming a soul, or murder every idiot in sight. Of course, your actions will have moral consequences, so be sure to look before leaping.

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Dishonored 2 is worth picking up for the setting alone. The possibility for further adventures in this broken world is staggering, and that’s without touching upon the heaps of replay value each character offers. For stealth fans, this is nothing but essential.

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Read the full Dishonored 2 review

Forza Horizon 3

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Forza Horizon 3 is one of the best racers of 2016, presenting a truly breathtaking open world stretching across the vast Australian Outback. You’ll cruise throgh cities, beaches, forests and deserts before your final race rolls around, and every single moment is an unparalleled blast.

Instead of competing, you are now in control of the annual Horizon Festival. All of the events taking place across Australia can be customized by you with new rules and cars. The rewards for scoring first place are plentiful, dripfeeding you with all new vehicles and events as you discover more of the beautiful, sunny countryside.

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Boasting over 350 unique cars at launch, Forza Horizon 3 is the most ambitious game in the franchise yet, and it’s only going to get better with the addition of downloadable content further down the line. Whether it be the lovely new Lamborghini Centanario or a beaten down Dune Buggy, the thrill of racing against your friends has never been so fun and accessible.

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Read the full Forza Horizon 3 review

GTA 5

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Developer: Rockstar Games

While it’s hardly exclusive to the platform, there’s no doubt that the best version of Grand Theft Auto V is on PC. Better visuals and more comprehensive editing tools mean that even when you’re done with the main campaign, you can spend months modding and creating your own set-pieces with the surprisingly robust movie editor component.

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Almost limitless in scope and entertainment, we can see this appearing on “best PC game” lists for many years to come. A masterpiece.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £34.99 | Amazon.com from $39.99

At time of review GTA 5 was available for £44.99.

Read the full GTA 5 review

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Developer: CD Projekt Red

Previously a PC-exclusive, the Witcher series has since found fame on consoles but if you wish to experience the definitive version, you really need a PC. Set in a nightmarish fantasy world where assassins rub shoulders with undead monsters and mythical beasts, The Witcher picks up where PC classics like Ultima VII left off, offering the player a vast and highly detailed world and – to a certain extent – allowing them to tackle it in whatever manner they see fit.

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You can lose yourself for hours in the lush countryside, or seek out adventure and side-quests in order to raise your experience and gain gold. Or, if you prefer, simply stick to the main story, which involves the titular Wild Hunt and its sinister quest.

A truly remarkable RPG which raises the bar for the genre.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £27.99 | Amazon.com from $39.99

At time of review The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was available for £44.99.

Read the full The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

Titanfall 2

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Giant robots are awesome. Aliens are awesome. Swords are awesome. Respawn Entertainment has combined all three of these wonderful things in Titanfall 2, and the end result is what could arguably be the finest shooter of 2016.

The single player campaign follows a pilot named Jack Cooper and BT-7274, a Vanguard Class Titan who must remain loyal to its pilot, whomever they might be. This bond proves to be a fantastic emotional hook in a short yet explosive solo adventure.

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Of course, the multiplayer from the original Titanfall is back and better than ever. The basic practice of shooting enemies across a vast battlefield is faster and more in-depth than before, giving you an endless variety of weapons to experiment with. Prepare for Titanfalll!

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £37.99 | Amazon.com from $59

At time of review the Titanfall 2 was available for £39 / $59.

Read the full Titanfall 2 review

Stardew Valley

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Developer: Chucklefish Games

Heavily inspired by the popular Harvest Moon series on consoles, Stardew Valley is a cute farming simulator which sees you taking over an ailing farm and attempting to turn it into a successful agricultural venture. You can grow crops, cook food, craft new items, go fishing and even strike up a relationship which can lead to marriage.

Dealing with monsters and mining ore are pastimes for the truly adventurous farmer, and ensuring that your business remains profitable is quite a challenge – especially when you consider that you can only get so much done in a day before your character becomes exhausted and needs to sleep.

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Don’t let the simplistic 2D graphics put you off – Stardew Valley is just as addictive as the likes of Dark Souls 3 or The Witcher 3.

Buy Now at Steam.com from £10.99

At time of review Stardew Valley was available for £14.99.

Civilization 6

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Developer: Firaxis Games

Civilization VI is the best Civilization game to date. That’s no mean feat for a franchise with such a revered lineage, but the changes, refinements and additions that developer Firaxis has made to Civilization VI create a game that’s not only complex and deep; it’s fun, exciting and unpredictable over the course of dozens of hours.

Despite its various changes, it’s still Civilization. You still establish cities, expand an empire and grow an army. You still research scientific and cultural upgrades in order to plot a custom-made path through history, all the way from the ancient era to the space-age. Diplomacy, religion, trading – it’s all here at launch, making for the most feature-packed Civilization game, perhaps ever.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £41.99 / Amazon.com from $59.99

At time of review the Civilization 6 was available for £44.99 / $59.

Read the full Civilization 6 review

Gears of War 4

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The latest entry in Microsoft’s ultra-violent shooter franchise could very well be its best yet. Developed by The Coalition, Gears of War 4 marks the beginning of a new trilogy with all new characters, enemies and gamplay mechanics.

As always, you’ll be clinging to chest-high walls as locust and robots rain down bullets upon you. It’s your job to pick the perfect window of oppurtunity to peek out and take a few precise shots. Few thrid-person shooters play better than Gears with its beautiful mixture of tight cover shooting and truly breathtaking set pieces, and its debut on Xbox One more than proves this.

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Fans of the series’ chaotic online multiplayer and addictively challenging horde mode will find a lot to love here, as both return with refreshing new iterations. Sure, Gears of War 4 doesn’t exactly rewrite the rulebook of modern shooters, but it certainly has what it takes to be the best.

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Read the full Gears of War 4 review

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Total War: Warhammer represents a perfect partnership between two iconic franchises. While this still represents the stiff learning curve of other Total War games, Warhammer brings with it the incredible look, feel and atmosphere and for fans of both, there’s plenty of hours to sink in.

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With the addition of great new mechanics and refinements of long-standing ones, this is the best entry in the Total War series, and well worth putting the time in for those able to.

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Read the full Total War: Warhammer review

XCOM 2

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Developer: Firaxis

The sequel to the 2012 reboot of Julian Gollop’s famous turn-based tactical masterpiece, XCOM 2 is set 20 years after the events of the original game but showcases the same deep and engaging strategic gameplay.

New to the mix is faster combat and the introduction of secondary mission objectives which add a bit of variety and extra challenging to proceedings – as if XCOM wasn’t tough enough already.

Outside of combat, researching and building new weapons and gadgets plays a major part in ensuring success, and you’ll spend hours mastering all of the character classes and their respective load-outs.

It’s rare that a sequel manages to improve so comprehensively on the title which precedes it; this is one of those cases.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £19 | Amazon.com from $39.99

At time of review the XCOM 2  was available for £44.99.

Read the full XCOM 2 review

The Witness

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Developer: Jonathan Blow

Easily compared to the seminal ’90s puzzle title Myst, The Witness places you on a mysterious island packed with puzzles but short on direction. It’s up to you to slowly but surely feel your way around this location.

Director Jonathan Blow – famous for the superb Braid – decided to adopt a non-verbal approach for The Witness, challenging the player with exploring and learning about their new environment via other means. Over 650 different puzzles are featured, and while not all of these need to be completed to “finish” the game, they nevertheless assure plenty of brain-teasing gaming sessions.

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Digging deeper into the world of The Witness is one of gaming’s most rewarding pleasures, and the game is every bit as essential as Braid was back in 2008. A must-have, even if you’re not a fan of puzzle games.

Read the full The Witness review

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Developer: Blizzard

Blizzard’s Warcraft card spin-off has ironically become a more addictive experience than the title that spawned it.

Build a deck and challenge other players for glory and powerful new cards, all the time mastering new techniques and strategies which make use of each card’s unique abilities as well as spells and other buffs.

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It’s little wonder that for many players, Hearthstone has become something of an obsession – it’s impossible to have “just one game” with this compelling and dangerously addictive title.

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Developer: Kojima Productions

Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece may feel more at home on consoles, but the PC version offers superior graphical fidelity and the chance to mod the game.

The stealth-heavy gameplay of the original Metal Gear Solid titles remains, but this time you’re placed in an enormous sandbox where you can tackle missions, search for items or focus on forcibly recruiting enemy soldiers to grow your private army, which can then be used to invade the bases of other players.

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The scope is staggering, with each task presenting multiple possible solutions. Add in the usual bonkers Metal Gear storyline and eccentric characters and you’ve got an unmissable experience – and one which we may never see again in this franchise, given that Kojima has now parted company with Konami. A modern classic.

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Read the full Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain review

Her Story

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Developer: Sam Barlow

Full motion video gaming is making a comeback, but forget the terrible CD-based titles you played 20 years ago – Her Story is a complex and compelling narrative which will impact you in a way that few other games can manage, irrespective of their real-time visuals or freedom.

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Based around a series of video interviews with the wife of a missing man, the game is a fascinating example of how live-action footage can be used to deliver a narrative that both confounds and entertains. Excellent writing and stellar acting ensure that you’re sucked into a murky and often disorienting world, fighting your initial assumptions on exactly what has happened to this woman’s partner.

So much of the game’s impact comes from the fact that it uses a real person as its main character, proving that despite the advanced nature of 3D graphics these days, nothing can replace a living, breathing human when it comes to delivering a deep, nuanced performance.

Buy Now at Steam.com from £4.99

At time of review the Her Story was available for £4.99.

Read the full Her Story review

Dirt 4

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After Dirt Rally proved an excellent and addictive sim, Codemasters finally gave us a true Dirt sequel and delivered a much more meatier proposition.

With multiple race disciplines, an extensive career mode, online multipler and a brand new track generator offering near-countless variants of dirt and asphalt to drive, this is every racer’s dream.

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For PC gamers you are, of course, getting the premier experience, and if you’re enough of a race fan to have a race wheel you’re in for an absolute treat.

Read the full Dirt 4 review

Dark Souls 3

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Developer: From Software

FromSoftware’s punishing fantasy series was once called a cult classic, but its incredible mainstream success would suggest that it’s no longer a niche franchise.

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The unique approach of the series – which combines action with typical RPG elements such as levelling and a multitude of different weapons, armour, items and spells to collect – has endeared the brand to millions, and the online elements allow for co-op and competitive play, allowing skilled players to invade each other’s worlds for rewards and bragging rights.

As ever, the PC version trumps its console counterparts in terms of visuals and frame rate, making for the definitive experience.

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Read the full Dark Souls 3 review

Doom

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Developer: id Software

id Software has made the game Doom fans have been waiting 20 years for. With fast, frenetic combat with plenty of gore.

With three distinct modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Snapmap – a mode where you can create your own bespoke solo, co-op and competitive experiences to be shared online – there’s certainly plenty of game here to enjoy.

Glory Kills also add a new way to take out the demons of hell too, with several new executions to enjoy.

While it may not present a completely new way of playing, Doom modernises a classic for fans young and adult to enjoy.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £25.99 | Amazon.com from $39.99 

At time of review Doom was available for £44.99.

Read the full Doom review

Project Cars

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PC is certainly the best place to play racing games in all their glory, and thanks to the stunning detail Project Cars achieves on its motors and tracks you can’t afford to miss it.

An incredible racing sim that now includes more content than ever thanks to the Game of the Year edition, for the petrolhead PC players you need this in your library.

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Oh and it also now supports Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so there’s now another excuse to grab it on PC as you’ll be whizzing around tracks in virtual reality.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £23 | Amazon.com from $29.99

At time of review Project Cars was available for £54.99.

Read the full Project Cars review

Kerbal Space Program

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Developer: Squad

Don’t allow the cute green aliens to fool you – this simulation of space travel is astonishingly realistic, presenting you with the challenge of successfully getting a rocket into orbit and eventually exploring the galaxy around you.

The physics engine is surprisingly robust, and the crafts you build have to withstand various forces and pressures – so experimentation is often required, with failure having catastrophic consequences. However, when you do hit that sweet spot and construct a sturdy method of propulsion, the feeling of achievement is immense.

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Despite its cartoon-like characters, Kerbal Space Program has attracted the attention of NASA and SpaceX’s Elon Musk – which should tell you all you need to know about its quality.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £29.99 | Amazon.com from $39.99

At time of review Kerbal Space Program was available for £39.99.

Star Citizen

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Developer: Cloud Imperium Games

OK, we’ve cheated a bit here – Star Citizen isn’t actually complete yet, and if you decide to pledge some cash towards its production (currently the only way to gain access to the pre-released alpha version) then you should be aware that what you’re playing isn’t the final product.

However, even at this stage the game is truly remarkable; the successor to the famous Wing Commander series, Star Citizen will include a lavish single-player campaign boasting the acting talents of Gary Oldman and Mark Hamill as well as a “social” online mode which sees thousands of players darting around a persistent universe trading, fighting and pillaging as they go.

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It remains to be seen if this ambitious project can truly deliver on its lofty promises, but even in its current unfinished form, Star Citizen is a tantalizing prospect which simply has to be experienced if you’re a serious PC player.

Assetto Corsa

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Developer: Kunos Simulazioni

Described by some as the PC’s answer to Gran Turismo, Assetto Corsa is a driving simulation which doesn’t hold back in its attempt to capture the realism of driving a sports car at breakneck speeds.

Each vehicle has been modelled down to the last detail, and the game’s physics engine ensures that players can’t just hop in and put their foot down – serious skills are required to get that perfect lap time, and dedicated drivers are rewarded for their perseverance.

Boasting a mod-friendly engine, online modes and a steady stream of DLC, Assetto Corsa is the racer to beat on PC.

Buy Now at Steam.com from £29.99

At time of review Assetto Corsa was available for £40.99.

FTL: Faster Than Light

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Entrusted with vital information and with hordes of enemy vessels on your tail, Faster Than Light places you in command of a single ship, with your objective being a rendezvous with friendly forces eight sectors away.

The randomly-generated pathway between you and your goal is full of hazards and safe havens, and you’ll need to sign on new crewmembers and augment your ship to ensure you make it in one piece. While it owes a massive debt to tabletop strategy games, Faster Than Light takes place in real time and neatly manages to combine the tactical thinking with quick reflexes and decision-making.

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Because each game is different, the only limit to your enjoyment is your thirst for challenge – this is a game you could conceivably play forever.

Buy Now at Steam.com from £6.99

At time of review FTL: Faster Than Light was available for £7.99.

Rocket League

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Developer: Psyonix

Think football with cars and you’re pretty close to what Rocket League is, but even that tantalizing concept is selling the game short. Two teams try to ram a massive ball into the opposing goal, but when you’re controlling a vehicle which has a fixed turning circle and inertia it’s not as straightforward as it sounds.

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Positioning your car and knowing when to boost are essential, and you also need to factor in the ability to leap into the air and perform spectacular aerial shots. It’s also possible to crash into your rivals and cause them to explode, placing the odds in your team’s favour.

Rocket League’s online modes are what really make it sing – this is a game that will keep you glued to your monitor for many months to come.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £14.99 | Amazon.com from $19.99

At time of review Rocket League was available for £20.99.

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Ninja Theory’s latest work might just be its finest yet. The studio behind Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has crafted a harrowingly beautiful journey with amazing visuals,  great performances and ingenious design.

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It’s short-lived but perfectly paced with a blend of action and puzzles that grows in richness and complexity as the game goes on. Senua’s story is a tragic, heartfelt one that is just begging to be experienced.

 

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