Publisher/developer Supergiant Games Format PC, PS4 Release 2017
If Bastion and Transistor were cut from fairly similar cloth, Pyre sees Supergiant stretch its legs a little. OK, a lot: as a party-based RPG, a fantastical road trip and a mystical competitive sports game all in one, it defies easy categorisation. As the leader of a small band of exiles, you travel a colourful purgatorial world, battling other groups for your freedom. Combat takes the form of a team-based game where you collect an orb and launch it towards your enemy’s goal, the titular pyre. You can rely on careful passing moves, or thump the ground and shoot energy waves to tackle and briefly incapacitate approaching opponents. Between matches you’ll need to choose whether to learn more about the world, hunt for supplies or train your allies to be more effective in the strangest genre fusion since Yoot Saito’s Odama.