As a wimpy arachnophobe, Limbo had hairs sticking up on my neck at times. Set against murky silhouettes of an eerie world, it's a well-crafted absorbing adventure soaked in grim.
Players take control of an unnamed boy who works his way through one continuous level packed with hazards and deadly creatures. Opportunities to shuffle off your mortal coil are in abundance, although checkpoints are perfectly positioned for each puzzle, so frustration is kept to a minimum.
Unfortunately, Playdead's platformer is a short one, easily done in a single sitting. But it's worth every penny and if you haven't yet given it a go, reach for the pad now as it's undoubtedly one of the best games of recent years.
We've run a full review of Limbo too, which you can read about here on Reg Hardware. The game is also available at a discounted rate on PSN until 29 November.
Platform(s) PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
More info Konami
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
Anyone who remembers the days of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls dominance, will no doubt recollect the similar supremacy NBA Jam had over rival videogames. Even here in the UK where the top names in the sport are practically unheard of, the game has a glowing history.
Last year, a new version returned for the Wii and was soon ported to other consoles. It enjoyed much success and as a result EA released this follow-up last month.
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition brings back all the much-loved commentary phrases such as the famous "He's on Fire" along with the usual array of unlikely dunk moves and the tongue-in-cheek arcade gameplay that the series is so admired for. Virtually shooting hoops has never been so much fun. Boomshakalaka!
Platform(s) PS3, Xbox 360
More info EA
Next page: Outland
No Battlefield 1943? This is the best downloadable game of this generation in my humble opinion. Endless hours of fighting online for supremacy on the Pacific islands
Love their stuff. Super Stardust HD and its PSP port addicted me half to death. Had a quick bash on Dead Nation's co-op mode, but not given the single player chance to eat my free time yet. Outland looks like fun!
Amazed that Super Stardust isn't on this list, to be honest. It's one of those games that makes me adore my HDTV. I pick it up fairly regularly and run one of the more insane modes/levels, just to let it melt my fucking brain. (And the PS3 processor.)
What a lousy list of great games.
I mean these are all really good, but why include multiplatform titles. You could easilly filled that list with PSN exclusives that are unparalleled.
Not a single Pixeljunk game on the list? Come on...
I think you mean.
Nooooooooo Jooooooooooe D-D-D-D-Dangeerrrr!
It's not a great game, it's the only game.
Huh, I didn't even know it had been released -- I saw a flash demo version of a couple of scenes back in ... 2006? 2007? ..., and it was beautiful and intriguing, but never saw it had been released. Since I'm not a PSN user, I'm more than happy to see that it's available on the PC.