Child of Light Ubisoft
Ubisoft Montreal s side-scrolling adventure has a hand-painted style, influenced by the platforming game Limbo and the films of Studio Ghibli.
Dark Souls 3 Namco
From Software s latest triumph has sheer Gothic grandeur to spare – but it s the way the architectural vision reflects and encapsulates the unyielding cruelty of the game that really impresses.
Photograph: Namco Bandai
Forza Horizon 2 Microsoft
Lovingly replicated southern European landscapes, intricate car models and high-end lighting combine to make this one of the most attractive racing games on the market.
Ori and the Blind Forest Moon Studios
A lush, stylised adventure platformer, Ori takes visual inspiration from animated movies such as The Lion King, Princess Monoke and The Iron Giant.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Square Enix
The latest Lara Croft adventure takes us to a secret city in Siberia, using movies such as The Edge, The Grey and Hanna as visual reference points for its grand icy set-pieces.
Photograph: Superhot Team
Unravel Electronic Arts
Heavily inspired by designer Martin Sahlin s camping trips into the northern Swedish countryside, Unravel captures the natural beauty of the region, and overlays it with a sense of magic.