It would be so much easier to be cynical about a fifth Uncharted game arriving barely a year after the fourth Uncharted game if Naughty Dog didn’t keep doing such a good job of making these things. You’d be forgiven if you worried last year’s Uncharted 4–itself coming off a successful PlayStation 3 trilogy that felt like it had already run its course–looked like an unnecessary cash grab. But that game thoroughly justified its own existence in the end by acting as an elaborately plotted and personal coda to Nathan Drake’s entire treasure-hunting career. Surely that was it, though, right?
We've already seen artificial intelligence systems trounce human beings at the ancient board game Go, and now computers are winning at multiplayer video games too – the OpenAI engine backed by Elon Musk has been beating the best Dota 2 players in the world championships in the US.
Ninja Theory’s talent for video game storytelling reaches something like apotheosis with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a brisk and harrowing journey through a young woman’s deep internal torment. The studio pulls back from the complex combat elements it developed in previous releases like Enslaved and DmC and focuses more intently on dramatic ones, in order to paint an intimate and often painfully acute picture of grave mental illness in a fantastic setting. Hellblade’s gameplay mechanics are few and relatively straightfoward–though at half the price of most games with this quality of production, that’s easier to forgive–but as a narrative effort its success is almost unparalleled in the medium.
Though owning a high-end gaming PC is certainly an enjoyable way to play great games, these days it's not entirely necessary. Whether you're on Windows, OS X, Linux, or something else you can still enjoy some fantastic online gaming experiences straight from your browser.
With such a smorgasbord of games to choose from, logging into your Steam Account for the first time can be a little daunting. Where do you start? A big PC classic? An indie darling? A new and sparkling must-have? It’s a tall order to contend with, so rather than leave you floundering in a sea of choice, we’ve cherry-picked ten of our favourites from Steam’s impressive library of digital goodness.