Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided elevates the reimagined cybernetic universe seen in Human Revolution, letting you pick and choose from Adam Jensen's augmented abilities as you turn him into the techno-warrior of your dreams. It's a dazzling vision of a grim future, and it makes for a rather thrilling adventure.
Square Enix, $60
Got a soft spot for the classic Myst franchise? While not a direct sequel to that once-great series, Obduction is Cyan's latest first-person puzzle adventure, and it draws on the team's strengths to deliver a mesmerizing quest that feels both fresh and familiar. In fact, as our review expounds, the experience seems "timeless."
Speaking of a game that revives and amplifies a classic experience: id Software's new Doom is just that, capturing the intense run-and-gun thrills of the original entries while giving everything some welcome modern gloss.
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter is punishing and unclear, and yet both of these tend to feel like positive qualities once you've logged some time in this beautiful, post-apocalyptic pixel world. The combat is intense and requires precision and practice, yet makes you feel powerful and amazing. Stick with it and be rewarded.
Heart Machine, $20
Virginia has been a divisive game, but it's one of our favorites of this year. We praised the point-and-click adventure in our review for telling a captivating story despite lacking dialogue, and presenting an unfamiliar premise and characters. The wild ending lost some players, but getting there has some marvelous moments.
Variable State, $10
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