laydead’s harrowing puzzle-platformer stamped an indelible impression on 2016. While in many ways it was natural follow-up to the Danish developer’s debut Limbo, with smart environmental challenges and the blackest wit, Inside was a far more accomplished piece of work. The young boy you control was always on the run from … something, scampering through forests and clambering chainlink fences While roiling industry formed the backdrop for many ingenious one-hit puzzles. And then… that ending; a startling, evocative denouement that lingers long after the credits roll.
9. Dark Souls 3
he third part of From Software’s darkly gothic Souls trilogy was dripping with the same arcane atmosphere and sense of melancholy that we’ve come to expect from the series. The lore, always a strong point for Souls, was especially fantastic here, with some exceptionally grim and bleak backstories to uncover as you block and parry your way across Lothric. The combat system’s had a number of refinements since Bloodborne, and Miyazaki and co made sure to use a subversive familiarity to make this threequel as exciting as when the series first launched.