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.

Photograph: StudioMDHR

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.

Photograph: Konami

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.

Photograph: Microsoft

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.

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