No Man's Sky (2016)
Hello Games' procedurally generated tribute to sci-fi artist Roger Dean has all the right ingredients, even if its algorithms struggle with the recipe.
Production Studio 4's tank controls may have aged but the cool minimalism and gyrating Vanessa Z Schneider are seductive as ever.
Portal 2 (2011)
Smart writing and engaged performances add layers of intrigue and wit to Valve's geeky physics-powered puzzler.
Project CARS (2012-present)
A revolutionary crowd-sourcing model gives the bedroom coders of Slightly Mad freedom to push every aspect of this enthusiast sim.
id Software's enigmatic Mad Max-alike frees its artists with 'megatexturing' to create endlessly detailed environments before ravaging them with optimisation.
Remember Me (2013)
Technology's invasion of the human experience is the theme, but Dontnod's game belongs to its world and protagonist Nilin.
Remember Me (Walkabout Series) (2013)
Dontnod's tonally striking vision of a futuristic Paris is given a SweetFX makeover suited to its light and shadow.