Also out this month
State of Decay 2
(Xbox One, PC)
Post-apocalyptic zombie fiction is a staple of video games, but State of Decay 2 is less fixated on splattering headshots than the mundane toil that comes with maintaining a small community of survivors at the end of the world. You hole up in an abandoned home and, after clearing the gore and debris, cultivate a garden, filter rainwater and tend to the sick. Slowly you begin to explore farther afield, scavenging for food and fuel and deciding whether or not to make friends or enemies of other locals. Technical issues only partially spoil this exhilarating if stressful sandbox for adventure.
Dark Souls Remastered
(PS4, Xbox One, PC)
This dark fantasy netherworld of lumbering knights and crackling dragons made a star of its director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, in 2011. Two successful sequels later and this remaster spirits us back to a game that remains, for many, the high point of his career. You skitter through narrow sewers and dense forests while cowering behind a shield in search of one of the bonfires that punctuate this unforgiving world. It’s never clear which of the characters you meet on the way are friend or foe, but finding out is strong magic. The lick of paint cannot hide
Dark Souls’ visual cracks, but its core remains undimmed.
‘Exhilarating if stressful’: State of Decay 2.