The Secret World (2012)
'Everything is true,' declares Funcom's MMO, leaving no stone unturned in its pursuit of weird fiction's monsters and madmen.
Shadow Of The Colossus (2005)
Epitomising Japanese ingenuity during PS2's twilight, Team Ico's moving adventure is a feast of technical trickery.
Shadow Warrior (2013)
Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital revive the old-school gameplay and rich venue (minus racism and sexism) of 3D Realms' original.
Shogun 2: Total War (2011)
Creative Assembly's game of historical generalship pushes the PC to create battles of peerless scope and authenticity.
Sonic & Allstars Racing Transformed (2011)
Sumo Digital turns nostalgia into a working artistic brief for this who's who of battling Sega mascots (and unlikely guests).
Space Engine (2011)
With its limitless discoveries and computed terrain, Vladimir Romanyuk's ode to the cosmos invokes more wonder than a dozen scripted sci-fi games.
Spec Ops: The Line (2012)
A psychedelic trip (through a Dubai entombed by sand) to meet its own Colonel Kurtz, Yager's shooter is a surprise meditation on gaming's gung-ho attitude to war.
STALKER: Shadow Of Chernobyl (2007)
A troubled development befits the unnerving, anomalous biome of GSC's 'The Zone', a place of supernatural, radioactive terrors.