Eric Risser and Neal O’Gorman: “We want  artists focusing the majority of their time on being creative and leave our technology to work on the more mundane tasks – such as creating seamlessly tiling textures [realistic surfaces]”

Dublin-based firm Artomatix has had an extraordinary first year, climaxing with a $100,000 win at an Nvidia competition

Two Borderlands titles get the next-generation console treatment, and remind us just how vast and fun this series is

Imperfect, but at times admirably creepy, ‘Slender: The Arrival’ is will appeal to fans of minamilist survival horror

It might be basic, but this PC browser games from a new Dublin developer is distinctive and addictive

A free-to-play mobile game, Lastronaut is simple and derivative, but fast-paced and compulsive

A delirious, madcap tone make this 2D puzzler a good game to play with younger relatives – and they’ll love the fart jokes

A gentle, eccentric Japanese 2D puzzle game with grace and intelligence

Some baffling and unfair features hamper this otherwise fun shooter

This new mobile title from Chillingo is attractive, understated and gently compulsive - just like Tetris

With the latest instalment divided into four chapters, the unstoppable franchise ploughs on with the relentlessness of a zombie ho(...)

This accessible 2D fighter also functions as a YA urban fantasy visual novel

Evolve | Game Review

Play as a human hunter or as a monster hunted in this sci-fi themed shooter from Turtle Rock Studios

It might be dated in some ways, but this action/strategy number is still edgy and fun

The acclaimed 2D puzzle game makes its Xbox One debut

A violent, entertaining and fair free-to-play shooter for Microsoft Windows and PS4

The cheeky, self-aware series returns with an amusing trip to the underworld

Exploration, turn-based combat and cheesy puns abound in this retro role-playing game

This downloadable content for Far Cry 4 is exciting and challenging

A polished and playable strategy game, but its handling of micro-transactions is off-putting

Novel gameplay and a compelling story combine to make this an essential 2D platform puzzler

The gameplay has aged like wine in this retro re-release, but the title character has aged like milk

A quirky, likeable mobile game - if a little too twee for some tastes

This retro 2D action game is fun, but immensely challenging

Secret Ponchos

Despite some neat visuals, this online cowboy shooter is a frustrating experience

Futuristic in its setting, but retro in appearance, Frozen Synapse Prime is a sophisticated, fierce and challenging strategy game(...)

A quirky word-puzzle app with a sci-fi/disaster narrative

Playstation 2: launched in 2000

Sony believes PS4 will become a ‘truly amazing’ console five years from now

The Lego and Batman behemoths continue, with this familiar but fun puzzle/adventure

A retro 2D beat-em-up that delivers on wacky characters and simple, effective gameplay

Beautiful, sensitive and sometimes harrowing, Never Alone is a singular game and worthy tribute to Inuit culture

The latest Call of Duty retains the series winning formula - and adds more action, more super-soldier abilities . . . and Kevin (...)

For many, this mine-exploration game will captivate; for some, the constant digging will bring subterranean thumb-stick blues

Hoard | Game Review

Breath fire, rob from the people and add to a giant reptile’s hoard. Grand Theft Dragon, anyone?

Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy and Animal go all Hollywood for the new Muppets game on the PS Vita

Balancing chaos and pathos like nobody else, Kermit and co deliver a decent kids’ 2D platform game for the PS Vita

Sunset Overdrive: Technicolor cartoon apocalypse

The zombie mega-pocalypse never looked so good in this open world third-person shooter comedy for the Xbox One

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the story of a mysterious, malevolent rift that allows evil to pass between worlds

Dragon Age: Inquisition emerges after four years in development

Scene from Assassin’s Creed: Unity

Huge crowds and the latest in digitised action make EGX the biggest game event in the UK. This year sees the usual raft of seque(...)

A maddening game of patience made for the PS Vita

Cute and fun, this Lego title will appeal to young gamers

Tales of Xillia 2

Here’s a dense, imaginative and often captivating Japanese RPG

Sacred 3

A reasonably diverting brawler with a goofy sense of humour

Road Not Taken

A smart, challenging and morally murky puzzle game

Google’s Ingress: Niantic Labs took 18 months to develop the game from initial idea to rollout

The web search giant is seeking to combine game play with exercise and non-virtual exploration

Only slightly different from the Playstation 3 version, but this game still packs a punch

NPR One

An imperfect but user friendly and very handy app from National Public Radio

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Havok’s Steve Ewart will be giving a talk at this year’s GDC event in Cologne

Rogue Legacy

No two goes are ever alike in this addictive, challenging platformer

Abyss Odyssey

An eccentric, servicable 2D platform action game

Headspace

Learn to meditate with this user-friendly and comprehensive app

Vessel

This 2D platform puzzler is a challenge, but it’s fair, clever and satisfying

Strider

A confident reboot of the arcade classic, now free on Playstation Plus

Pick a Pet

This game from Dublin developers SixMinute is cute and inventive

Here’s a clever app game that mixes modern touch controls with retro 2D gameplay

As film tie-ins go, this isn’t the worst; a flawed, but sometimes fun game

Bursting with research, Valiant Hearts is a sincere, quirky and smart 2D puzzler

This wacky, self-aware downloadable content for Dead Rising 3 is flawed, but fun

Enemy Front

A flawed and dated, but sincere and playable first-person shooter

Lex

Form three-letter words in an intense, addictive kaleidoscopic app game

A welcome re-jig and reissue of the excellent fantasy side-scroller

This ghostly gumshoe game just about transcends its flaws

Bill Killem

This 2D shooter/app game offers retro fun – but not much more

A partial return to form for the long-running strategy series

Transistor

Here’s a classy and weird sci-fi adventure from the makers of Bastion

The rodent-saving classic gets a welcome reboot for the PS Vita

A welcome spit and polish for the icky but lively fantasy combat game

Crobble

Here’s a clever app game that tests your reaction time and vocabulary

Bright and cutesy, Nintendo fans and younger gamers will embrace this Kirby

Dreamlike, watercolour images help make this 2D RPG a captivating experience

Brick building meets Tolkien in this fun, if not very spectacular, film tie-in

Trials Fusion

The deservedly popular stunt bike franchise gets an adrenaline-fuelled boost

This microphone/dictaphone app is reliable, slick and free

Mixing long anime cutscenes with 2D action, this is an agreeably barmy game

Mercenary Kings

Tribute Games’ latest is an attractive, dense and challenging 2D shooter

Hitman Go

A new take on the franchise puts Agent 47 in a diorama puzzle game

Some baffling design decisions hamper an otherwise fun RPG

Cham Cham

A cute and challenging app game

The latest in the hands-free gaming franchise is a major disappointment

A challenging, charming and funny retro platformer

The latest in the long-running franchise is fun while it lasts, but far too short

Thesaurasize

This free digital thesaurus is simple, user-friendly and very comprehensive

Luftrausers

This 2D shooter is a simple but very effective little retro game

Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II is challenging bordering on infuriating, but also an accomplished RPG

Word Forward

This clever, sleek app shows that there are still fresh ways to make a word app game

A colourful, funny and playable game worthy of the film

This adaptation is both both genuinely funny and an effective RPG in its own right

Thief

The long-delayed stealth game is handsome and reasonably engaging

The latest Castlevania is more ambitious but less fun than its predecessor

Science Today

An elegant, comprehensive education and news app

TxK

This simple but immensely playable retro shooter is a perfect fit for the PS Vita

The latest Final Fantasy is solid but not up to the series’ usual standard

Outlast

A limited but fun and genuinely creepy survival horror

Mynd

A handy app that combines a smart calendar and do-to list

Bloodstroke

John Woo’s first mobile game is simple, blood and addictive

This interactive mystery is endearing, but there’s more story than gameplay

This colourful Japanese epic is like a Manga comic book made interactive

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