It’s been another year where PSVR has exceeded expectations, and among its roster of releases is Ghost Giant, a gem that many may have missed. The title sees you bonding with an 11-year-old kitten, using the PS Move motion controls to interact directly with the vibrant dioramas on screen. It’s the kind of game that’s impossible outside of virtual reality, and it’s powerful enough to stir real-life emotions as you progress.
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After an eternity of waiting, Kingdom Hearts III finally became a reality earlier this year. Tying up a story decades in the making, this sequel is, in many ways, a celebration of what has become a far-reaching franchise. With some often stunning visuals and plot twists guaranteed to squeeze a reaction from long-time fans, it's reasonably safe to say that Square Enix delivered on a promise that, at times, seemed near impossible. But even if you take Kingdom Hearts III away from its legacy, it still stands as a thoroughly enjoyable action RPG.
Resident Evil 2 is a remake done the right way. Two decades on from its original release, the Racoon Police Department is still as eerie as ever, with Capcom maintaining the flavour of the PSone title, while still managing to completely reinvent it. Replayable and sublimely presented, this is a masterclass of tight horror game design.
From Software's latest takes a step away from the Dark Souls formula, and the result is a brutal, intense action title. It ditches some RPG trappings in favour of a friendlier progression system, but don't let that fool you. Sekiro's merciless, posture-based combat system makes this one tough cookie, but it's incredibly rewarding when you learn its quirks. With its fantastical Japanese setting, some excellent bosses, and much more freedom of movement, this is another winner from the celebrated studio.
While there's no denying that The Division 2 has hit a few rough patches since its launch back in March, developer Massive Entertainment deserves credit for delivering a robust looter-shooter sequel on day one. The studio clearly learned a lot from its experiences with the first game, producing a dense, exciting open world stuffed with loot and secrets. The largely fantastic main mission design goes a long way too, and it's solidified with some top notch co-op functionality.
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